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Community Classifieds appear each month in THE BEE, and can also reach up to a half million additional readers by being published in any combination of the 24 other newspapers in the "Community Newspapers" group, including the weekly Clackamas Review, Oregon City News, Lake Oswego Review, and West Linn Tidings; the monthly Sherwood Gazette, and Southwest Community Connection; the twice-weekly Gresham Outlook and Portland Tribune; and the other newspapers in the group.

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Watershed Building
The Watershed Building at 5040 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, just south of McLoughlin, is home to a remarkable number of industrial arts businesses. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Iconic Westmoreland building makes room for new tenants


It was originally a Portland Public Schools facility, the “Vocational Village”. When vacated by the school system, it acquired a new name – the Watershed Building – and new occupants.

The one-story structure across from the Springwater Trail access point just south of McLoughlin Boulevard, at 5040 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, has since been home to many industrial arts businesses, and now houses about 35.

When “Trackers Earth” left last year to move to their own building a couple of blocks north, an opportunity arose for some remodeling to create new access and office spaces. Property manager and business owner Max Grad (Dead Letter) has added more doors, insulation, lighting, and cosmetic details to create room for additional small businesses.

The facility has also recently received certification from the Dept. of Agriculture to produce processed foods on-site.

As a consequence of having once been a school facility, the 24,200-square-foot building has plenty of power and water. “All of our power here is from renewable wind resources,” asserts Grad.

Developer David Emami owns the building, but Grad has managed it for eight years, fixing the roof, updating, and making needed repairs. New permits will allow redesign of the staircase leading to basement offices, and the addition of a porch on the back deck. Grad will repaint much of the interior, and plans to marry his fiancée there in April.

“Trackers Earth grew up in this building, but created a lot of traffic when parents dropped off kids for their morning classes,” remarks Grad. “Traffic here on summer mornings immediately got better when Trackers moved north.

“Subsequently, they made an agreement with Salvadore Molly’s Restaurant, where Molly’s could use Trackers’ parking lot in the evening, if Trackers could use their parking lot for morning drop-offs.” This shared arrangement has worked well for both parties, and has opened up parking arounde the Watershed Building as well.

There is a great deal more going on in that building than you would ever suspect. Let’s take a quick tour!

Six different woodworkers, some of them hobbyists, now operate out of the business complex. Among them are Dave McDonald of “Moderndrift”, who creates custom woodwork, headboards, and specialty woodcraft items; and Jacquelyn Smith of “Perfect45Degree” designs specialty fine furniture, tables, custom boxes like jewelry boxes, urns, collector items, portable laptop stands, unique wood wallets, and jewelry.

“Business is booming, with clients all across the U.S.A. and as far away as Australia and Sweden,” says Smith. Having worked there four years, she is part of a stable group of long-term business anchors in the Watershed Building.

Metalworkers at the site include the Tool Shed, primarily a welding shop; and custom fabricator Matt Smith of “MatalSmith”, a business which creates railings, signs, and structural metalwork. “The Metal Shop” teaches classes here, while Trevor Kelly creates hip “chopper” motorcycles.

At “SofaTablePDX”, owner John Racker designs metal tables with polished stone inlays. Shelly Durica-Laiche of “Indiometalarts” creates metal garden art and trellises. Altered Cycles builds bike frames, and “Hubris Motorworks” is a group of individuals who work on their own motorcycles in the basement.

Another tenant, “”, creates “kegerator sculpture” for beer kegs. “The Mt. Hood Rock Club” produces lapidary work and jewelry, and plans to offer classes soon. A small computer business mines for Bitcoins; a glass shop offers blown glass or “torch glass”, and Rachel Happen creates laser-cut wood puzzles.

Meanwhile, “The Bow-Tie Brigade”, a high school-age Robotics Competition Team, has a space there to build and practice using their robots. Cory Knudson, owner of “Rebel Cricket Screen Prints”, has spread out in the building over six years, nearly quadrupling his area and output during that time.

A recording studio manned by D. Neil Blake offers a space for bands to make CDs. A sewing studio, “Moon Pads”, makes green cloth reusable menstrual pads that are sold at New Seasons, among other places. “They’re one of our longest-term businesses,” remarks Grad. “They’ve had three full-time employees here for six years.”

“Nomad Brush” produces a special stylus for painting on iPads. “The Lower 48 Band” practices in their upstairs studio, and recently created music for an ad in Superbowl XLIX.

“Lightcraft Technology”, in a basement studio in the Watershed, creates real time “greenscreen” for TV and movies. “We make the software that allows clients to make movies,” says co-owner Phil Mass. In addition, an Internet Radio Station called “HouseOfSound” plays all genres of music from the site, and streams live music ’round the clock.

Food producers at the Watershed Building include “Honey Mamas”, who create un-processed fudge sweetened with raw honey, and “Fuller Foods”, who make a snack called “Cheesy Poofs” that has become wildly popular in Japan. The company recently received an order from across the Pacific Rim for 1,000 crates of the crunchy snack.

“It’s handy that we have some people working here at all hours of the day and night,” says Grad. “It helps with security that someone’s always here. Since the owner allows us to re-invest rent money back into the building, we’ve made a lot of progress updating office spaces to be more useful and comfortable. It's a great resource for small business start-ups.”

If you have an interest in joining this astonishing beehive of activity, call Grad at 503/232-7433. He’s delighted to showcase Watershed businesses and building improvements.

Woodstock Community Business Association, Commissioner Nick Fish, Gregg Fujino, Woodstock Wine and Deli, WCBA
Gregg Fujino of Woodstock Wine & Deli, the location of this year’s WCBA Annual Meeting, serves Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Business leaders celebrate Woodstock district


Although it was closed for the evening, Woodstock Wine & Deli nonetheless hosted a full house in the evening of February 2, as members and guests of the Woodstock Community Business Association (WCBA) held their Annual Meeting and elections.

The popular deli’s owner, Gregg Fujino, and his staff busied themselves setting out a colorful smörgåsbord of vegetables, fruits, cheeses, and hot dishes of Escalloped potatoes and roasted ham, while guests arrived and mingled.

The meeting began with a welcome from WCBA President Ann Sanderson, of Odango Hair Studio. “This is a festive night; one where we can have conversations with one another and build new relationships.”

With that, Sanderson introduced the keynote speaker, Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish, who commented that he’d grown up near Woodstock – not in Oregon, in his case, but in upstate New York.

“I'm the first Commissioner in about a dozen years to have both the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services in my portfolio,” Fish said. “Many of you have received a bill from me, and I apologize.”

One of his “joys of life” is working on small-business issues, the commissioner continued. “I'm also in charge of small business, older adults, the arts – and I serve on the Governor’s Regional Solutions Task Force.”

Fish recounted how the referendum to change the Water Bureau into a public Utility District failed and added, “The good news is that our water bureau ‘AAA Bond’ rating is only one of five in the nation. And, our water system is the envy of the world.” He will propose a utility rate increase of less than 5% during the city’s budget process this year, Fish said.

Turning to business development, Fish observed that the Portland Development Commission is working on a “strategic five-year plan on jobs. Go online, view a copy of the first draft report, and see if you agree with the strategy of how jobs will grow in the next five years.”

Fish also urged involvement in the final stages of the Portland Comprehensive Plan.

“I promised not to talk about transportation,” Fish went on. “But, riding out here with my staff member Liam Frost, in the last of the ‘land yachts’ – a Lincoln Town Car – we missed the deli, and tried to make right-hand turns to double back.

“But, it was not so easy!” Fish elaborated. “The car was no match for the unimproved street, connecting the avenues. It looked as if it had been hit by a meteor that created a crater. I was sure I could see Mayor Potter in the bottom, and we were ready to pull him out.

“And that’s not right,” Fish continued. “You pay taxes like everyone else. If we can’t get this car through, how can we get police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances through, to protect life and safety?”

After nearly a year of street tax debates that Fish described as “loud and vigorous”, he said the City Council was taking time away from the issue while the state legislature pondered the question during this session. “In the next two months, we need to figure out what our core responsibility is to streets, and how we pay for it,” Fish commented. “And, it probably starts with us ‘tightening our belts’ and putting more ‘skin in the game’, so we’re not constantly coming to you asking for more money.”

Wrapping up, Fish advocated for participation in the Portland City Budget process. “We have about $450 million that is not already allocated, called our General Fund – half of it goes to safety, some goes to parks, some to transportation.  This is where you have the chance to tell us what you think is important.”

Also at the meeting, Woodstock property owner and former WCBA officer Angie Even shared early information gleaned from the Woodstock Charette series, saying that a more complete summary would soon be available.

WCBA President Sanderson announced that, instead of hosting a parade or street fair, the business association hopes to create “Woodstock Gives Back” as its signature event. “We hope that every single business in Woodstock will find a way to participate in this charitable campaign.”

To conclude the meeting, those present elected the WCBA 2015 Board of Directors and its officers: Ann Sanderson was reelected President for a second one-year term; Bill Bradley joined the Board as Vice President; Renee Mako was re-elected Treasurer; and Eric Norberg was re-elected Secretary. Reelected to at-large Board seats were Cory Hansen, Art Galego, and Jin Darney. WCBA Board seats have two-year terms, and continuing into their second year are Carol Uhte, Anita Carly, and Gretchen Eichentopf.

The WCBA meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 9:30 am at the Woodstock Library, 6008 S.E. 49th Avenue, open to all. For more, visit online:

Cole Akeman, Ugly Mug coffee shop, Sellwood coffee
Cole Akeman, new co-owner of the Ugly Mug Coffee Shop on S.E. 13th is making coffee and making friends, at the Sellwood shop. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

New owners: No changes for Sellwood’s  “Ugly Mug”


After making the Ugly Mug Coffee Shop on S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood a neighborhood attraction for a dozen years, owner Kim Nudelman decided to “hang up her apron” – to focus on getting a nursing degree.

In January new owners, Cole and Cheryl Akeman, bought the business.

“Kim really made this shop a part of the community,” Cole Akeman remarked, between making beverages for customers. “With the ‘changing of the guard’ at the Ugly Mug, we’re planning to keep up her tradition.

“I want people to feel free to come in, hang out, relax, work on their computer, and enjoy a good cup of coffee,” Akeman smiled.

Because an OLCC certification automatically expires when a business’ ownership changes, the couple reapplied for the beer and wine license. “We look forward to offering Sunday Brunch, with Champagne mimosas, cheesecake, and quiche,” Akeman said.

“We’re working hard to make really good coffee,” he affirmed. “And, it makes a difference to us that people feel we’re still part of the community. That hasn’t changed, just because the ownership has changed.”

Foster Area Business Association, FABA
The Foster Area Business Association Directors for 2015 are President Matthew Micetic from Red Castle Games; Vice President Steve Woolard of Carts on Foster; Treasurer-Secretary Laura Kropft from Steve Turmell Designs, and immediate Past President Kristin O’Neill of Knockout Words. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

“Vitality” sought by Foster Road business leaders


Members and guests of the Foster Area Business Association (FABA) met in the “Pod Bar” at Carts on Foster on the evening of January 27 to share plans, and to develop ideas for bettering their business district. Those attending the meeting sampled food and snacks provided by cart vendors, as they introduced themselves to one another.

During the brief formal meeting that followed, Venture Portland Grants and Communications Coordinator Jacob Falkinburg told the group that that city-backed support organization has received $100,000 for what is being called the “East Portland Pilot Project”.

“This is project is to increase capacity for East Portland business districts that have been overlooked for so long, and are not part of the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative Zone,” Falkinburg went on.

For organizations like FABA, the pilot project would give them some “staff time” to promote membership, and help writing grant applications and implementing various projects. “It is for whatever they decide will boost their membership, and generate revenue within the district for the businesses,” Falkinburg explained to the group.

 “We are looking to see the Foster Road Streetscape Plan go forward,” responded incoming FABA president Matthew Micetic of Red Castle Games.

“We are encouraged to see new businesses continue to come into the district,” Micetic told THE BEE after the meeting, “And we hope to capture some of that new energy that these businesses bring, and channel it to help create positive change for the district.”

He and his partner originally decided to open Red Castle Games on S.E. Foster Road because of the inexpensive commercial rent there, Micetic said. “But, this area has been very good to us, and that is why we’re now expanding here. This area has young people and young families, making it the place where we want to be.”

For the most part, business owners and managers in the area are telling him that they feel positive about the Foster Road business climate, Micetic added. “You can see it with the new businesses coming in; that Foster Road is a good place to be.  I think in another eight to ten years it will, at least, be as desirable as areas of S.E. Division Street are now.”

The Joinery, Stephanie Ryan, Jon Blumenauer, solar power
B-Lab Senior Associate Stephanie Ryan spends a moment with The Joinery’s new CEO and owner, Jon Blumenauer. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Things “solar” celebrated at The Joinery in Woodstock


A monthly networking meeting for folks in the Portland metropolitan area who are interested in renewable energy journeyed to Woodstock, on February 4, to gather at The Joinery.

“This meeting is for people to want to attend an informal event where they can learn about new programs and initiatives that are going on,” explained Solar Oregon Program Manager Joshua Baker.

The traveling monthly get-together called “Solar Drinks” is held at businesses identified as supporting renewable energy, said Baker. “This evening, we’re at The Joinery; they have ‘solar electric’ on the rooftop.” 

Architects, engineers, contractors, and people who are simply solar power aficionados attend the gatherings, we learned. “What they have in common is they want to learn a little more about the topic. We often have people who want to get into the industry as well, and those wanting to network with an installer, contractor, or architect, at an event that is not a trade show, conference, or formal meeting.”

The Joinery’s new CEO and owner, Jon Blumenauer, said his business was happy to host the group.

“We have had B Lab certification as a ‘B Corporation’ since September, 2010,” Blumenauer said. “We’re just going through the recertification process which will certify us for an additional two years. And, our company is on the B Corp. “Best for the Environment” [list], scoring in the top 10% of all the companies that are certified.”

B-Lab Senior Associate Stephanie Ryan joined our conversation, and explained that the mission of the nonprofit organization is to “support businesses in being a force for good. It is to redefine what it means to compete, not to just be the best in the world, but the best for the world – for their own workers, their community – and for the environment.”

Maintaining the certification is important to him, Blumenauer said, “Because it provides us with an external benchmark that measures on environmental and social issues. Hopefully this ‘stamp of approval’ is also [applicable] to our customer base and community.”

It is true, Blumenauer confirmed, after operating a “pop-up store” downtown over the Holidays, that The Joinery plans to open a permanent showroom west of the Willamette River.

“But all of our product will continue to be made here in Woodstock,” Blumenauer assured. “And we’ll continue to have our retail showroom here on Woodstock Boulevard.”


Venture Portland, Ann Sanderson, Matthew Micetic
Venture Portland Directors WCBA President Ann Sanderson of Odango! Hair Studio and FABA President Matthew Micetic from Red Castle Games volunteered to check-in guests at the organization’s third annual Celebrate our City party – at OMSI this year. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Annual business district celebration held at OMSI 


Leaders and members of Neighborhood Business District associations from across Portland came to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on the evening of February 12 – the location chosen for their citywide party this year.

“This gathering is a celebration of our many small business districts in Portland,” explained Venture Portland Marketing Group Chair Randy Bonella, who represents the Lloyd District, and is an independent semiconductor design consultant.

The new title of the party this year was Celebrate our City – changed from the previous Celebrate the City – because, Bonella said, “It is the neighborhood business districts that make Portland so very unique.”

About 220 people checked into OMSI’s Theory Restaurant, overlooking the Willamette River on S.E. Water Avenue, to network, enjoy liquid refreshments, and dine from a buffet of hot and cold foods.

“Another reason we’re here,” Bonella said, “is to raise funds to keep Venture Portland doing what it does – supporting our districts with training, advocacy, marketing and grant programs.”

For example, both the Foster Area Business Association and the Woodstock Community Business Association are getting involved with a Venture Portland program that will provide them with professional technical assistance to help their organizations continue to grow.

At the party, former Division-Clinton Business Association President, and former APNBA (the organization that proceeded Venture Portland) President, Jean Baker explained how networking with other organizations was materially beneficial to their business association during the year-long construction project in their district.

“The leadership of the Multnomah Village association had just gone through a major paving program,” Baker said. “They gave us ideas about how to keep our business district going with tips on signs, marketing, and other ideas, so we didn’t have to ‘reinvent the wheel’ when our district faced the same situation.”

After the celebration was over, Woodstock Community Business Association (WCBA) President Ann Sanderson of Odango! Hair Studio spoke with THE BEE about why she attended, and volunteered at, this soiree.

“I thought it was a great way to celebrate the successes of the WCBA, and other similar groups,” Sanderson said. “It was great to talk with other neighborhood business district leaders.”

She happily volunteered her support, Sanderson said, because of the support WCBA has received from Venture Portland. “For example, a grant helped us bring in new members; and with their staff support, it helped our organization grow.

“Having a stronger business association helps us do more things, such as beautification projects, and putting on a signature event that brings neighbors and businesses together,” Sanderson added.

This year, organizers chose not to have a formal meeting or a keynote speaker, but instead allow attendees the freedom to dine, mix, and mingle at the event.

A live band provided an upbeat soundtrack for the evening that was punctuated with drawings for raffle prizes such as four “Neighborhood Eatery Experiences”, providing four lucky winners with 12 fabulous meals-for-two.

The party was also the major fundraiser of the year for Venture Portland. To learn more, visit their website:

Rusted Rooster, antique store
NEW ANTIQUE SHOP OPENS IN SELLWOOD. In a time when more antique shops seem to be closing than opening, a new one has appeared – Rusted Rooster Antiques, at 7836 S.E. 13th Avenue. Sellwood couple Mark and Kathy Gustafson have opened in the former location of a podiatrist’s office. Shown, from left: Mark, Hana, Emma, Morgan and Kathleen. Mark says, “Ultimately, our goal is to open a restaurant and coffee shop here, with outdoor seating.” For now, the antique store is open Thursday through Sunday, 11 to 5 – specializing in glassware, sterling, silver plate, collectibles, and kitchen and dining room furnishings. Call 503/206-7102. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)


Association of Home Businesses, Doug Menely, AHB
The March 19th program at the AHB meeting in Sellwood spotlights liability risks in operating a business at home, and ways of deflecting them, featuring Portland’s Doug Menely.

“Avoiding liability issues in home businesses” at AHB. The March meeting of the area-wide Association of Home Businesses, which meets in Sellwood, this month responds to persistent AHB members’ requests for expert answers about home business liability issues, including errors and omissions, what homeowners insurance covers and does not, and much more – with your own questions welcome. Doug Menely, noted local insurance expert, who has volunteered for decades in various community nonprofits, is a respected expert on these issues. The program is part of the monthly meeting of AHB, a business association with a home-business emphasis (but everyone is welcome), on Thursday evening, March 19, 6-9 pm at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, one block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood. First-time guests pay members’ rates for the dinner meeting – $10. Your RSVP requested for meal planning; call Eric at 503/232-2326, or e-mail from the website:

Financial advisor announces seminar. Financial Advisor Colton Seiler of the Westmoreland office of Edward Jones, across the street from QFC Market and next door to the Bank of America on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, announces a complementary seminar on strategies to help protect retirement income. He is hosting this seminar, which is being presented by Prudential Financial's Regional Vice President, Doug Rupiper. The event will be held at Relish Gastropub, a block south of QFC, at 6637 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, on Tuesday, March 24th, from 5:30 to 7 pm, with light dinner served. To reserve a seat, RSVP before March 20th – by calling 503/232-1747, or by e-mailing:

12x16 Gallery features two local artists in March. Oregon artist Kelly Saxton’s current body of work is of mixed media winter landscapes; she uses multiple layers of paint and canvas to render the flickering color and light of winter. Jenny Siegel lives and works in Sellwood, and weaves different mediums, layers, textures, and color into her work. Both artists will display in March at 12x16 Gallery, 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, No. 5. The First Friday Reception is March 6, 6-9 pm; the Artists' Reception is March 8, 2-4 pm. The gallery is open every week, Thursday through Sunday noon till 5 pm. For information, call 503/432-3513.

El Gallo Restaurant, Woodstock
One of the features of the rustically-finished new El Gallo Restaurant now open on Woodstock Boulevard is the maple countertops, fashioned in wood salvaged from trees that once grew in Reed College Canyon.

From food cart to storefront, in Woodstock. El Gallo Taqueria, the first food cart to open in the Woodstock neighborhood over five years ago, has expanded into a restaurant space just a few blocks down the street from its original location, which was the parking lot of The Joinery. The new restaurant space is just west of Woodstock Ace Hardware, at 4422 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Chef Jake Brown and the El Gallo crew have spent the time since closing the food cart in December coming up with new menu items and boast that they “purchased sustainably harvested maple from trees that blew down in the Reed College Canyon to create the bar and table tops.” The new hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 to 7 – with plans to open on Sundays, too, this summer. The new Woodstock restaurant formally opened to the public on February 21.

Moreland Farmers Pantry adds happy hour. Moreland Farmers Pantry, across from the Moreland Theater on Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, which recently opened a deli in the store and obtained an OLCC license, announces it has begun a “happy hour”, serving Charcuterie & cheese platters. “Serves up to two people for $7.00 a platter; platter combo with a glass of wine for $10.00.” 4 pm to 6 pm daily.

Jake’s Place in Sellwood finds use for pennies. Nicole Manley e-mails THE BEE, “Jake’s Place just got a brand new counter top made out of pennies. Little revamp, pretty awesome!” The Jake’s Place bar is on S.E. 17th in Sellwood, a block north of Tacoma Street at Spokane Street.

New “housekeeping with a twist” service opens in Southeast. “We Got This, LLC” has opened for business in Sellwood – not only offering standard maid service “that leaves your home looking and smelling shiny and new”, owners Jessica Andrew and Christy Vyse say they will also prepare a home-made meal for you. “‘We Got This’ aims to give you back your free time.” The owners report that, having spent years in the service and retail industries, they knew that what they themselves valued the most was time spent doing the activities they enjoy. Says Jessica, “I thought, wouldn't it be great to come home to a clean house with dinner ready on the table? That thought blossomed into a business idea to help others struggling with similar issues.” The business is based on S.E. Tacoma Street; you can reach it at 503/680-9762. Online:

New guitar instruction studio opens in Woodstock. “The Studio of Rory Kenner” has opened at 4100 S.E. 62nd Avenue. Kenner, who has a music degree from Western Washington University and has been a resident of Portland for eight years, says he offers “Music Lessons and Instruction; Performing Arts Education, and Tutoring. Students can expect to be instructed in music reading, learning interpretative styles, fretboard theory and guitar technique. Whether the student desires to learn classical or contemporary styles of music, goals will be met through the traditional, one-on-one teaching style.” Call 1-360/510-0096, or e-mail: – for more information.

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