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INNER SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S BUSINESS NEWS!


Homestead Schoolhouse, Woodstock, Kiley Cronen, Keli Cronen
The “Homestead Schoolhouse” on Woodstock Boulevard was recently purchased by the couple who had been renting it for their preschool, Keli and Kiley Cronen – shown here with their one-year-old twin boys, and their seven-year-old son, Sims. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Renters of “Homestead Schoolhouse” buy it; summer program planned

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
for THE BEE

Directly across from Otto’s Sausage Kitchen is an iconic Woodstock house. Built in 1912, it has had several lives.

This house was once owned by Ole Lilleoreon, who used it as a gallery and year-’round market for Christmas ornaments and artifacts from throughout the world. He also housed some of his businesses in the upstairs rooms.

For the past five years, the now-renovated house has been home to the “Homestead Schoolhouse”, a preschool directed by Keli Cronen. Keli and her husband Kiley had been leasing from Brian Barisich, and had plans from the beginning to purchase it.

For those who cringe when learning that yet another old house has been bought and demolished by a developer with the intent to build two or three houses on the lot, the news about the Homestead property is welcome.

The Cronens now do own the historic home, and they have no plans to ever demolish it. Last month they bought the Homestead from Barisich. The Cronens are dedicated to maintaining their preschool in the Homestead, and are currently making plans for a new summer program.

“We have created a very close and special community at the Homestead, and I am excited about our growing preschool and its future possibilities,” says Keli.

The house and yard are on a 5,000 square-foot lot, with a separate 5,000 square-foot lot behind it, which provides ample outdoor space for the school. The northern lot has twenty raised planting beds that Kiley and Barisch constructed last year. It is there that the students will plant and learn about gardening during the spring and summer months.

“The summer program will have two weeks, with gardening as a part of the program,” says Keli, explaining how they want all of the preschoolers to have the experience of planting, tending, and harvesting. They add that gardening will be in the curriculum during several seasons.

In addition to the sounds of little voices, this old house will be enlivened by melodies, too – from a summer music camp for preschoolers. Bjorn Rowberg says he will be teaching “the basic elements of piano, hand drumming, lots of singing, and some call and response.”  Rowberg has a B.A. and Masters in piano performance and was accepted to the prestigious Chautauqua Summer Music Festival in 2007.

For one week of the summer program, the elements of art will also be taught – by Gina Biehl, who currently already teaches at The Homestead. Biehl previously was an art teacher for six years in the K-5th grades for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

For more information on the Woodstock preschool and its programs, go online: http://www.thehomesteadschoolhouse.com.

Fiber Rhythm, Brooklyn neighborhood, Dawn Seymour
Dawn Seymour, owner of “Fiber Rhythm” on Milwaukie Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood, displays a knit hat, and a dog jacket made with reflective yarn. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Brooklyn’s Fiber Rhythm: Yarn, classes, and fiber arts

By RITA A. LEONARD
for THE BEE

Since opening last fall in Brooklyn, “Fiber Rhythm Craft & Design” has developed a loyal following. The shop offers unique yarns – bamboo, silk, recycled, and reflective – classes, and rentals of sewing and knitting machines.

Owner Dawn Seymour tells THE BEE that she has always loved to knit, becoming a Master Knitter eight years ago through the Knitting Guild of America. She also completed an advanced knitting instructor program, and teaches classes to local fiber artists.

Seymour sold yarns and knitting patterns online for several years before opening her store at 3701 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, Suite F. “Reflective yarn is our best seller,” she reports. “It’s sold all over the world for use in hats, vests, and dog jackets, to help with nighttime visibility.”

In addition to yarns and finished crafts, Fiber Rhythm also offers work space and machine rentals. There is a sewing room with a serger and sewing machine that can be rented by the hour. The knitting machine room offers Toyota & Brother knitting machines, and an Erlbacher Gerhart Circular reproduction sock machine – as well as a Leclerc eight-harness table loom for rent on site. Seymour plans to add a library of fiber craft information in the classroom space.

A hallway gallery currently displays photographs by Katie Parks and Sam Hall, both Cleveland High School graduates. “We plan to display art by other artists soon,” Seymour remarks.

“In addition to yarns, we sell felted scrubbing soaps, scarves, cowls, shawls, jewelry, handbags, hats, and knitting accessories.”  The shop also serves as a consignment venue for local fiber artists to sell handmade items from a storefront.

Fiber Rhythm is open 11 am to 6 pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays. A regular knitting group meets on Wednesdays at 1 pm to share techniques and to chat.

For more information, the business is online: http://www.fiberrhythm.com

Paige Lowery, CD, malaria, charity
At the microphone, Paige Lowery sings a song from her new CD – which she hopes will raise funds to help eradicate malaria in Africa. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Inspired Llewellyn student makes fundraising CD

By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE

To support a cause that sparks their imagination, some grade school kids will ask for donations, or sell crafts to raise money.

But a Llewellyn Elementary School student, 9-year-old Paige Lowery, decided on a more ambitious plan to support a cause in in which she believes: “Imagine No Malaria”, a charity that helps raise awareness about, and works toward eradication of, malaria in Africa.

“I got the idea when attending our United Methodist Annual Gathering of the Churches,” Paige told THE BEE. “Our bishop gave a sermon, telling of a boy who made and sold paper cranes to help people.

“I wanted to do that too,” Paige continued. “Bu we decided to do music instead.”

Jeff Lowery, her father, said that they wrote, produced, and recorded eight original songs. 

“Six of the songs we wrote together, and two those of the other songs I had written previously,” Jeff said. “For example, one is called ‘The magic letter E’, about the letter of the alphabet that makes you say its name. The other one is called ‘Bridgetown Baby’, a song about Portland’s bridges.”

Through the online fundraising site “Indegogo”, they’ve been doing “pre-sales” to get seed money to produce and manufacture the CD music album. As of this writing, it appeared as if they had already surpassed their goal of $1,500.

“We plan to sell the CDs, and donate the money to ‘Imagine No Malaria’,” Paige said.

“I hope people like the songs, and buy it, so we can help people in Africa and other places not have to be sick with malaria. We learned that every 60 seconds, a child somewhere in the world dies of malaria, but it can be prevented and cured. It is beatable.”

Asked by THE BEE if she hopes to be a music star when she grows up, Paige smiled broadly and nodded her head yes.

Find out more about the project, at dad Jeff’s website: http://www.JeffLowerymusic.com



Red Castle Games, SE Foster Road, Portland
All kinds of games are available in this Foster Road store – except video games. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Foster-Powell’s “Red Castle Games” celebrates five years

By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE

The mood was definitely celebratory at Red Castle Games on March 7, as this independent store, dedicated to cerebral pastimes, celebrated its fifth anniversary.

Among the many shelves, stacked to the ceiling with merchandise, not one video game was evident.

 “We offer board games, role playing games – in fact, any kind of game that is not electronic,” proprietor Matthew Mičetić patiently explained.

“Here you can find games where you sit at a real table, with real people, and play together, Mičetić told THE BEE. “We have tiny games, quick games, and epic games that take 10 or 12 hours to complete. You’ll find games of strategy and games of chance.”

Games that involve bluffing are popular right now, Mičetić said. “Interestingly, some of the more popular new styles of games are based on cooperation. These games require all of the players to work together to win, or they all lose.”

Mičetić said his family emigrated from Yugoslavia, now known as Croatia. “Before starting the store with a partner, I marketed web design. My cousins in Croatia wrote the code. But, when the economy fizzled, my business dried up.”

So, about five years ago Mičetić and a friend, who also liked board games, decided to open a game store on S.E. Foster Road. “We noticed the commercial rent was very affordable here. We thought, ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’ It’s gone much better than I thought it would.”

After buying out his partner about a year ago, Mičetić became the sole proprietor of Red Castle Games.

 “I enjoy the freedom of owning and operating a business,” Mičetić commented. “I know it sounds like an oxymoron, but this business gives me the freedom to take time off. When I’m here, I’m always working, but it’s really nice to be able to take time off and take a road trip, for example! Just phenomenal.

“The reason I can do that is that we have very good employees,” Mičetić said. “We treat our employees well. We can’t pay huge salaries. But, if I can help my employers enjoy life, and enjoy coming to work, it’s a good situation for us all.”

The store is set up in a unique way, for a retail establishment. Almost half of the square footage is open, game-playing space. People can borrow the games to play, from the store’s library, or bring in their own games to play.

“Surprisingly, providing free play space has turned out to be a sound strategic business model,” Mičetić commented. “People often purchase snacks and beverages; and many times, they purchase a game they’ve played here to take home. We also rent board games. All of this keeps people coming back.”

After five years of being a “bricks-and-mortar” retailer, Mičetić announced they are in the process of rolling out a website for selling games online. “So far it is successful.  And it’s good to have our point-of-sale system integrated with the Internet site, so customers can track which games they’ve purchased in the past.”

Then it was time to cut the celebratory cake. Customers were delighted to have a slice on their way to the game tables to continue game playing with their friends.

Red Castle Games is located at 6406 S.E. Foster Road – or visit them online: http://www.redcastlegames.com



Molly Baggao, Branches,  Westmoreland
Molly Baggao, new co-owner of “Branches” in Westmoreland, will add more gift items to the longtime card and curio shop on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Westmoreland’s “Branches” has new owner, new look

By RITA A. LEONARD
for THE BEE

“Branches”, Westmoreland’s long-established card and gift shop at 6656 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, is branching out.

Molly and Arville Baggao purchased the shop last fall from Kayleen Langfeldt, and are expanding into the business space next door which was formerly occupied by Fuchsia (which moved to 7007 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue).

“We’ll carry the same ‘uncommon cards and curious finds’ that customers have learned to expect here,” assures Molly, “But we’re increasing our stock to include more gift items for men and women.

“We're adding another four hundred square feet of display space,” she continues. “We have a variety of candles with unusual fragrances in handmade lidded pots, and a new line of natural soaps – some with loofah – by ‘Wandering Goods’.

“We have a lot of flasks, bar-ware, and journals for men, and we plan to bring in more mens’ product lines. For women, there are scarves, shopping totes, and refrigerator magnets.”

The couple has widened the aisles and added a new granite countertop. They found that customers were fascinated with the paper star lanterns decorating the front window, so they’ve begun to stock those as well.

“Branches” is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, and on Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm. Phone 503/235-7124 for more information.



Viewpoint Software, PGE, Water Avenue
This old PGE building is now the home of Viewpoint Software on S.E. Water Avenue, just north of OMSI and the Ross Island Bridge. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Another old PGE building gets new life, near OMSI

By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE

It’s a matter of record that the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry moved from near the Zoo in Washington Park down into a former electric generating facility just north of the Ross Island Bridge which had long been used by Portland General Electric. But that was not the only building PGE owned nearby and no longer needed!

For almost a century, the block-long building on the east side of S.E. Water Street, between S.E. Clay Street and Hawthorne Boulevard, housed Portland General Electric shops and offices.

Now, fully remodeled, it has become the home of Viewpoint Software, a leading company in the building trade.

“We’re just across from where we had our largest power plant to serve the city,” said Portland General Electric Sr. VP of Customer Service, Transmission, and Distribution Bill Nicholson, at the building’s grand reopening on March 12.

“The power plant was redeveloped into the OMSI complex,” Nicholson continued. “But, we long thought the only way to take care of this site was to bring the building to the ground, and let someone else build anew. But now, creative partners have worked to save this old building’s ‘really great bones’ – making them its keepers for the next 100 years.”

Having worked in the building with his PGE team for about a decade, Nicholson recalled that it was a dark, closed, and very utilitarian space. “I look at it today, and I think ‘Wow! Who would of thought it could become beautiful like that!’”

Asked why they did choose to rehabilitate the old building, Viewpoint Software CEO and Chairman of the Board Jay Halady replied, “Why not!”

“In life, I’ve never taken the easy path,” Halady told THE BEE. “But oftentimes, the more difficult path yields better results. We also use the building across the street, and we wanted to create a campus-like setting, so this building was a natural.

“Of the nearly 800 employees in our company, we now have about 400 of them here in the Southeast Industrial District, in a beautiful, recycled building,” Halady added. 

Many of their software customers worked on the project, Halady added. “Now, both customers and prospective customers can come into town, and can see that, in fact, we practice what we and they mutually preach – reuse and sustainability!”




BUSINESS BRIEFS


Association of Home Businesses, AHB, Kelly Kindrick, Sunset Computer
The April 16th program at the AHB meeting in Sellwood features a return visit by local computer guru Kelly Kindrick.

“How to keep your computer and customer data safe” this month, at AHB. The April meeting of the area-wide Association of Home Businesses, which meets in Sellwood, brings a PC expert, Kelly Kindrick, who will address data security. He’ll show home business and small business owners what they need to do to protect themselves and their customers from data loss, data theft, or exploitation – and perhaps solve a problem or two for computer users. 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, April 16, 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: http://www.ahboregon.org.

CenturyLink announces 1 gigabit Internet in Southeast. On Thursday, March 12, the CenturyLink telephone company announced that it now has 1 gigabit Internet service available in the Sellwood, Westmoreland, Brooklyn, and Creston-Kenilworth neighborhoods, with more to come. For neighborhoods in which that speed is not available, speeds up to 40 megabytes or more may already be available. The company refers interested customers, or would-be customers, for availability information at specific addresses, to the website: http://www.centurylink.com/gig.

Westmoreland Windermere office reveals top agents. The “Top 2014 brokers from the Southeast Portland office” have been named by Windermere Stellar Real Estate, at S.E. 16th and Bybee Boulevard. Honored were:

  • Dana McKillop, who has been a broker with Windermere Stellar for over twenty years. She is a fourth generation Portlander, graduate of the University of Oregon, and SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) Volunteer.
  • Ron Rogers, “a top producer since 1984, a Portland Million Dollar Club Diamond member, and Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors member. He specializes in Portland’s established neighborhoods.”
  • Linda Skeele, who has lived in the Portland area her entire life. “She has been a top producer at Windermere Stellar's Southeast office for the past fourteen years. Linda is a director, board member and participant in the Windermere Premier Homes Program, which provides support and mentoring to brokers serving not just clients with homes of distinction, but all clients.”
  • Robin Springer, whose “ten years of experience as an attorney revolved around helping others, acting in a proactive manner, and assisting clients through challenging issues. Today as a broker, she brings that same skill and dedication to assist clients with buying and selling homes.”

The Windermere Moreland office adds, “These brokers work out of the Southeast Portland office; however they may sell real estate throughout the Portland-metro area.”

Moreland Farmer’s Pantry presents “Healthy Grocery Girl”. The founder of “Healthy Grocery Girl”, Megan Roosevelt RD LD, will present a cooking demonstration on Sunday, April 19th, 3-4:40 pm at Moreland Farmer’s Pantry, 6717 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, across from the Moreland Theater. Also included in the event are a plant-based tasting, a Q-and-A on your nutrition questions, and more. Free, but space is limited, so RSVP by April 14th if you would like to attend – by e-mailing: alex@healthygrocerygirl.com.


12x16 Gallery, Richard Enger, Invasion of the Body Snatchers
One of the artworks at the “Four Artists” exhibition at 12x16 Gallery in Sellwood in April is this print, called “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”. It’s one of several analog black and white prints from a Hallowe’en series being shown by Richard Enger.

12x16 Gallery in Sellwood exhibits four artists in April. “Four Artists, Four Visions” is the name of the exhibit this month at the 12x16 Gallery in Sellwood. The four artists in question are: Lee Ann Slawson, Raymond Keller, Richard E. Enger, and Carol Basch. The First Friday Reception is April 3, 6-9 pm; the Artists’ Reception is Sunday April 12, 2-4 pm. 12x16 Gallery is at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, No. 5, and is open Thursday through Sunday from noon till 5 pm. Call 503/432-3513. Online at: http://www.12x16gallery.com.

Home décor and houseplants shop opens in Sellwood. “Sassafrassity furnish & flora”, a new home décor and houseplants store, has been opened on S.E. 17th south of Tacoma Street, Between Sellwood Dog Supply and Piece of Cake. Owner Sheressa Dolph tells THE BEE, “We have a mix of select vintage glassware, linens, furniture, games, and hardware. New items are locally-made, including much from Southeast crafters – and they blend form with function and environment friendliness. Every home needs a little green, we have all kinds of houseplants, indoor succulents, terrariums, and supplies.” The new shop is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 to 6, and Sundays noon to 5 pm. Facebook: Sassafrassity furnish & flora.

Fenders closes; to be replaced by bar. Fenders Moto Café, which itself replaced Mickey Finn’s on the southwest corner of Woodstock Boulevard and S.E. 44th Avenue, abruptly closed at the end of February, announcing in an e-mail simply that it was moving to a so-far undisclosed location, and THE BEE is advised that that Woodstock corner will next be occupied by an age-21-and-over Irish pub.

Foot pain addressed in new Sellwood business. A brand new retail store has been announced in Sellwood. Arch Fitters, a new business in an historic building, is preparing to open its new footwear and orthotics store at 8315 S.E. 13th Street. That’s the corner of S.E. Umatilla and 13th Street, the former location of the “Bike Commuter”, since moved to 17th. The grand opening of Arch Fitters is set for Saturday, May 2nd. “Get a free foot evaluation without an appointment. Visit for stylish and comfortable shoes, as well as arch support inserts (pre-made and custom-casted) fitted just for you.” Or visit online at: http://www.archfitters.com.


Mason Parker, Black Cat Tavern, Sellwood, painting
Artist Parker captured the Black Cat Tavern in Sellwood in August 2013; this 100+ year old business was subsequently demolished, and replaced by a four-story mixed-use apartment house.

Artist Mason Parker moves to Sellwood; paints Oregon series. Mason Parker started doing ink/watercolor paintings of his favorite places and scenery in Massachusetts and Vermont in 1990, subsequently moved to Sellwood to start a side business of doing an “Oregon” series. He tells THE BEE, “this is the first time I’ve ever lived in a city, or near trains, and the variety of activity at intersections, whether walking, driving, or standing, further inspires me. I have now done almost a hundred paintings of local places you may recognize, always working outside on-site, which makes for interesting ‘artist war stories’, and I’m planning to do many more, mostly river scenes for a while.” Some of his originals are still available; all the images on his website are available as greeting cards, small prints, and full-size art prints, as well as postcard sets, as are advance copies of his 2016 “Bridges of Portland” calendar. He also does commissions. Contact Mason Parker by e-mail: sonofthespiralshop@yahoo.com. His website is: http://www.masonparkerwatercolors.com.

New day spa opens in Woodstock. “Radiant skin care + makeup design”, an Aveda exclusive day spa, has opened at S.E. 41st and Woodstock, in the space below Laughing Planet. Radiant shares space with Sharon’s Hair Care, and replaces what was formerly Elieen Coffey Hair Design. The owner, Allie Collins, is a Licensed Esthetician and Certified Makeup Artist. Allie grew up in Eastmoreland, attended Whole Child Montessori pre-school (across the street from Radiant), Duniway, Sellwood Middle School and Cleveland High, and says she is very happy to now have her own business in the neighborhood. (Allie says, “Sharon Kraushaar, of Sharon’s Haircare – with whom I share the space, gave me my very first haircut 25 years ago!”) Radiant services include custom facials, facial waxing, brow and lash tinting, makeup consultation, and special-event makeup application. Hours of operation are 10-6 Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about Allie and Radiant, or to book an appointment, go online: http://www.radiantskincareandmakeupdesign.com, or call 503/866-3474.

Brunch cocktails now available at Sellwood’s “Feastworks”. Along with beer and wine, Feastworks Delicatessen announcing it is adding cocktails to its offerings. “Portland loves brunch, and brunch loves a good Bloody Mary. Although, like breakfast, cocktails will be offered all day and they’re not just for brunch.” Feastworks Delicatessen is open Tuesday through Saturday, 8 am to 7 pm; Sunday 8 till 5. Closed Monday. 1825 S.E. Tacoma Street, next to the UPS Store.





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