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Greenlight Community Classifieds appear each month in THE BEE, and can also reach up to a half million additional readers by being published in 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 up to seven other newspapers in the group.

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Love Art Gallery
Love Art Gallery was located in the historic Mordhorst House (est. 1908) at S.E. 13th and Spokane Street in Sellwood. The property is now marked For Sale. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Sellwood art gallery closes


Sellwood's “Love Art” consignment gallery at 8036 S.E. 13th Avenue, on the corner of Spokane Street, closed on Sunday, August 3rd, after five years in business. Owners Ted and Ruby Madrona report that they have supported at least 300 different artists during those years in their unique indoor/outdoor display area.

While the pair plan to retire from the gallery business, Ruby will continue to exercise her creative talents producing “Love Handles” dog carriers, and “Smouses” – small houses on wheels, decorated with the work of other artists. Ted will continue his home renovation work as “The Home Healer”.

Prior to operating Love Art, Ruby, a trained psychologist, had worked to open battered women’s shelters around the world. Art gave her respite from this intense career, allowing her creative access to beauty. “We have had four rescue dogs as pets here,” she points out. "A few months ago, it came to me in a dream how to bring your pets with you wherever you go.

“That idea led to my development of ‘Love Handles’, an animal support system with handles that allows you to carry your pet just like a purse. These were featured on ‘Oregon Live’, and the next day I had a hundred calls about them! They come in four sizes, with storage pockets to carry dog treats or poo bags. Currently, these are being made by local fiber artist Judy Moonbeam, and there are already 50 orders started.”

Ruby remarks that she has “Done art forever; usually some kind of glasswork. While we’ve been here, I made mosaic glass art, and Ted made garden art pieces.” The eclectic array of garden sculptures out in front of the gallery has ranged from delicate copper whirlygigs to the giant welded metal figures of a seahorse and giraffe.

“The larger pieces were moved out by crane,” says Ruby. “Each artist has been responsible for removing their own pieces.”

In late spring, $4,000 worth of mosaic concrete benches and stepping-stones were stolen from the gallery’s outdoor display, as revealed in a Letter to the Editor at the time in THE BEE, but they were recovered shortly afterwards in Gresham – when thieves tried to sell them from a roadside stand! 

“We’ve done extremely well here in the gallery, because the neighborhood is so supportive of our artists,” says Ruby. “We’ve always run our business in the black.” 

The Madronas had originally planned on retiring in 2013, but they waited one more year to give the artists more time to relocate their work to other consignment venues. “Our landlord, Gary Scrutton, passed away suddenly in March,” reveals Ruby.

“He owned this building [the historic old Sellwood Mordhorst House, est. 1908] and the one next door that used to be Farmhouse Antiques [the historic Dent Thomas Cleaners, est. 1932].”

There are For Sale signs posted on the property – and, says Ruby, “Developers have been checking out the site; but the family has everything currently in probate.”

Wikman Building
Part of Multnomah County’s new sales agreement will include that the new owners keep up and improve the look of the venerable Wikman Building. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Sale of Wikman Building finally underway 


It appears the long-vacant Multnomah County Wikman Building may soon have new owners.

Multnomah County Commissioner Judy Shiprack recalled how the County Board of Commissioners declared the Wikman Building “surplus property” almost exactly three years ago.

“I convened a community roundtable, hoping that the neighborhood associations, Foster Area Business Association, ROSE CDC, the Portland Development Commission, and a range of stakeholders could help us arrive at what became known as our ‘triple-aim’,” Shiprack told THE BEE.

That was, she said, to:

  • Retain community involvement and community access,
  • Keep the historic building intact, and
  • Receive market value for the property.

“We negotiated with the community groups for well over two years,” Shiprack commented. “They came up with an intriguing idea of making it a neighborhood center. The buyers’ central idea looks like it will continue, but it’s being done by a [financially] stronger business entity.”

The county created a set of expectations for the building’s look and potential uses which they wrote into a Request for Proposals in March. In August, the Board of Commissioners unanimously accepted an offer.

“Developers Brandon Brown and Rahim Abbasi, who have the financial ability and experience to keep the building a community asset, submitted an offer,” Shiprack said. “Their offer is to pay $260,000 in cash for the 95-year-old building, and spend another $270,000 to make repairs and upgrades.”

The developers say that one of their goals is to get the former Carnegie Arleta Library listed on the National Register of Historic Places after spiffing up the building’s exterior. Inside, they’ll offer leased office space, and a conference area for use by the community.

The sale is pending, as both sides negotiate the final terms. It is expected to close in mid-September.5-year-old building, and spend another $270,000 to make repairs and upgrades.”

The developers say that one of their goals is to get the former Carnegie Arleta Library listed on the National Register of Historic Places after spiffing up the building’s exterior. Inside, they’ll offer leased office space, and a conference area for use by the community. 

The sale is pending, as both sides negotiate the final terms. It is expected to close in mid-September.

Oodles For Kids
Carolyn Miye, owner of Sellwood’s “Oodles 4 Kids”, at right, stands with sales clerk Cynthia, whom she describes as her “store angel”. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Sellwood toy shop expands; doubles display area

for THE BEE 

Just two years after opening, “Oodles for Kids”, the Sellwood children’s toy and book store, is expanding into the business space next door, virtually doubling its showroom area.

Business owner Carolyn Miye tells THE BEE she is excited to have more room for additional products, classes, and events. “We’re going to expand our stock of science and outdoor items, and books," she smiles. “We’ll also have more space for play tables, where kids can enjoy demonstrations, and try out toys before purchase.” 

The colorful shop at 7727 S.E. 13th Avenue is an exciting place for kids and adults to explore. “We focus on affordable learning toys, and sustainability to encourage creative age-appropriate play,” remarks Miye. “These ‘real toys’ are alternatives to digital play for tech-savvy children. They foster interaction and social skills, and open up a sense of curiosity in sensory, science and craft activities. Even adults enjoy playing with sensory items, such as moldable ‘Bubbe’, and Kinetic Sand.” 

Current best-sellers at the shop include Legos, books, crafts, and equipment for summer and travel activities. “Interest in science toys, such as Science Wiz (kits related to chemistry, magnets, electricity, and physics), increases more during the Holidays,” reveals Miye. “We're pleased that more little girls appear interested in science, and I want to offer more options for ’tweens, too. I’ve felt kind of squished for space lately, and we’ve had to display our products high on the shelves. Now, everything will be more accessible. 

“The space we’re expanding into was formerly the site of ‘Oregon Dachshund Rescue’. With about a thousand more square feet of showroom, we’ll be able to bring in a few larger items that we didn’t have room for in the past. After renovation and restocking, we’re planning to hold a Grand Re-Opening party on September 27th,” says Miye. “Call me for details, at 503/719-7670.”

Portland Mercado, depave
Neighbors lift broken pavement into drop boxes as they “depave” large sections of the Portland Mercado parking lot. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Future “Mercado” depaved on Foster Road


Although the dozens of volunteers who came to the new home of El Mercado Latino de Portland [“Portland Mercado”], at S.E. 72nd Avenue and Foster Road, were working hard under the hot summer sun – most of those 150 community members who came out on July 26 nonetheless had big smiles on their faces as they smashed the asphalt.

“We’re having so much fun,” said “Depave” Program Director Eric Rosewall. “Most of the volunteers here today are community members, who came out to celebrate the rebirth of this derelict used car lot by busting up a whole lot of pavement.”

The volunteer work force were mostly “locals”; they’d canvassed about 300 homes in the immediate neighborhood of the project to invite them to participate, Rosewall said.

The event in which they broke up and removed nearly 5,000 square feet of asphalt was “Depave’s” biggest event of the year, Rosewall added.

“But, we started working with Hacienda Community Development Corporation on this project about two years ago. They had just purchased the building, and were looking for a way to engage the community around this marketplace project.

“And, that’s really what our organization does,” Rosewall told THE BEE. “We are a community-building organization that does this through ‘radical landscape intervention’ – where people come and rip up pavement, and get to take part in transforming places in their neighborhood.”

The result of removing unnecessary pavement will be mitigating stormwater on the property, and building a community green space. About half of the paved area will remain for parking, Rosewall said.

“The north half will provide vendor space and an outdoor gathering courtyard. The pavement we’re ripping up will be replaced with permeable pavers that will allow rainwater to infiltrate from the site, and let it flow into the ground.”

Before noon, about two hours after the “depaving” began, most of the targeted asphalt had been removed and put into drop boxes.  Hacienda CDC Board Member Ellen Wyoming looked pleased as the work progressed at a rapid pace.

“It is incredible to have them here doing this,” Wyoming smiled. “We have been looking forward to this day since we had conversations about it in 2011. Now, it’s finally happening, and there is incredible energy here today!”

When it opens late this year, or in early 2015, “El Mercado Latino de Portland” will offer about 18 vendor spaces, including day tables, small stalls, larger retail shops, a commissary kitchen, and eight outdoor food carts. Additional information is online at:



Shell Tain, Association of Home Businesses
Portland area money counselor Shell Tain returns to the Association of Home Businesses meeting in Sellwood this month to discuss “Billing and Collections, Oh My! – You've done the work; learn how to get the money.”

AHB – “Get the money for your work” talk, dinner, and an Internet marketing session too! Ms. Shell Tain returns to give collections advice and answer money questions as September’s speaker at the Association of Home Businesses meeting, Thursday evening September 18, 6-9 pm, at SMILE Station, on the corner of S.E. 13th and Tenino Street, a block south of Tacoma, in Sellwood. Shell says, “You’ve done the work. Learn how to get the money. There are some very simple and practical processes to use to insure you get paid for all your hard work. Come learn how to improve how your money flows, so it’s smooth, easy, and prompt.” Meeting attendees arriving promptly at 6 pm may join in a free roundtable discussion hosted by AHB member and online marketing consultant Sandy Hubbard. Topics vary, and may include social media, online marketing, e-mail newsletters, and other sales-building activities. Open to all; $10 door charge covers the meeting and the buffet meal. RSVP requested for food planning; call Eric at 503/232-2326, or go online to:

New Executive Director for charity on Powell Blvd. Catholic Charities of Oregon, headquartered at 2740 S.E. Powell Boulevard, #7, announces the appointment of a new Executive Director, Richard Birkel. Dr Birkel is recognized as a national expert on a range of public health issues including mental health, disability, and family caregiving. He holds a doctorate in Psychology and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Virginia and a BA from Yale. Dr Birkel has most recently served as Senior Vice President for Health at the National Council on Aging in Washington, DC. Catholic Charities works with more than twenty thousand people each year through a range of social services and affordable housing; its mission is to serve the poorest and most vulnerable. It acts as the official social service arm of the Catholic Church in western Oregon.

“Repair Café” on September 14 in Sellwood. Portland Homestead Supply Co. and Repair PDX are teaming up to bring the first “Repair Café” to Sellwood and Westmoreland – on Sunday, September 14, 1-4 pm. It’s free, but registration is required. Go online to: to see repair availability and to register. It happens at Portland Homestead Supply, 8012 S.E. 13th in Sellwood; call them at 503/233-8691. They also will host a “Portland Homestead Fair” on Saturday, October 4, 1-6 pm. Free.

Reed College, Milyon Trulove
Milyon Trulove is the new Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Reed College.
Reed College Selects Vice President. Reed College on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard has announced the appointment of Milyon Trulove as Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid – “a position charged with enrolling talented and diverse students to the college”. Trulove comes to Reed from Hamline University in Minnesota, where he has worked since 2008 and where he has also been Dean of Admission and Financial Aid. Prior to that, he worked for 10 years in admission at St. Olaf College, his alma mater. He also led the development of local, regional, and international recruitment and communications for the full-time MBA program at the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas, where he received a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Leadership. “I’m looking forward to bringing my strengths and experiences to Reed,” remarked Trulove. “It’s an amazing institution where people are passionate about what they do.” In announcing the selection, Kroger cited Trulove’s reputation for data-driven innovation, demonstrated team-building skills, and an ability to mentor. “Milyon is an effective admission leader with high integrity and a proven track record of success,” said President John Kroger. “I am excited to have him join our team at Reed.”

New “Fit 4 Mom” classes announced. Trisha Highland announces a new slate of “Fit 4 Mom” classes in public parks in Inner Southeast Portland: “Stroller Strides” classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays in upper Sellwood Park on S.E. 7th, 9:30-10:30 am, and in Mt. Scott Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the same hours. “Classes for Body Back” (done outside of traditional working hours, without little ones in tow, to accommodate working moms) are Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 5:45-6:45 am, in Mt. Tabor Park, and in the evening just across the Sellwood Bridge in Willamette Park on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm. Those interested in the classes are invited to attend, for more information.

“Feastworks Delicatessen” opens on S.E. Tacoma. Now open in the spot next to the UPS Store that twice before has hosted a Subway Sandwich shop, locally-owned “Feastworks Delicatessen” describes itself as “the new spot for delicious food and drinks”. Feastworks has been selling their sausages, bacon, pates, and smoked meats at the Woodstock Farmers Market and other local farmers markets for five years, while running a full-service catering operation. With “Feastworks Delicatessen” they now have a hub for their catering kitchen, charcuterie retail, and their menu items. Ashley Bisagna and her husband Ethan are the owners of Feastworks; both have backgrounds in fine dining and butchery, and they live in Sellwood. Along with the hot sandwiches, “Feastworks” has seasonal salads, small plates, platters for sharing, and beer and wine. “We want people to be able to come in for the breakfast sandwiches and lunch, but also come by after work for a glass of wine or beer and a bite to eat or as a casual place for dinner,” says Ethan. People can also stop in for sausage, bacon, and pate to take home from the meat case. The address is 1325 S.E. Tacoma Street, and the telephone number is 503/284-1704.

SMILE, Sundae in the Park, Gail Hoffnagle, Collette Livermore, Meals On Wheels
SMILE President Gail Hoffnagle, left, and Collette Livermore, Manager of the Thelma Skelton Meals On Wheels center, received checks from Southeast Portland Rotary at its August 11th meeting – representing the proceeds from the ice cream sales at this year’s Sellwood “Sundae in the Park”. (Photo by Patricia Nichols)

Proceeds of ice cream sales given to nonprofits. The Southeast Portland Rotary Club, which has been the group scooping ice cream sundaes at Sellwood-Westmoreland’s 35-year-old annual celebration of “Sundae in the Park” in upper Sellwood Park, collects the fee for the sundaes as a benefit for the Thelma Skelton “Meals On Wheels” facility, and this year presented a check for $777.00 to Collette Livermore, its Manager, at the club’s August 11th meeting at the Eastmoreland Golf Course Clubhouse. In addition, the club presented a check for $388.76 to Gail Hoffnagle, current President of the SMILE neighborhood association, the sponsoring agency for the event, to assist with the rising cost of the ice cream. SMILE has underwritten the entire cost of Sundae in the Park, but this year received a portion of the ice cream sales to help with the costs of the ice cream. Both recipients are 501c3 nonprofits.

Local young author in book and game event. On Sunday, September 28th, at Cloud Cap Games, 1226 S.E. Lexington Street (off S.E. 13th Street, around the corner from Collage), the ten-year-old local author of the middle-grade novel “Magic The Crest”, Rena Marthaler, will celebrate the success of her book, and invites visitors to “play the very cool student-designed board game based on the adventure”. All young guests to the event will receive a wood token for a free scoop at Cloud City Ice Cream on Woodstock Boulevard outside Safeway, and a coupon for $5 off any used book at Wallace Books on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland. All ages are welcome. If you RSVP to, there will be a free paperback copy of the book reserved for you. At the store, signed copies will be available for purchase. “‘Magic The Crest’ is a fast-paced, seven-chapter adventure novel written for 8-12 year old readers who like Percy Jackson books. It’s perfect for young readers who want inspiration to write their own book, and Rena will talk about how to do that. For more information, visit”

“Renee’s Café” is “permanently closed”.
Proprietor Shanthi Holland, who announced her coffee shop and café at 6116 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland as closed for a vacation on July 19, posted on her Facebook page on August 13, “Due to personal circumstances, Renee’s Cafe is permanently closed. Many thanks to all our regulars and loyal customers. You made it an amazing two years and without you we couldn’t have come this far!! We will miss you all! Once again, thank you very much for your patronage and remember to keep shopping local!” THE BEE was alerted to this development by reader Steve Szigethy, who added, “I am very sad to find this out, as they made a great breakfast, were super friendly, are were within convenient walking distance of ‘Northmoreland’.”

New broker at Re/Max in Sellwood. Re/Max equity group announces that Sarah Clark has joined its expanding Sellwood Branch at 7886 S.E. 13th Avenue. “Sarah enters the real estate industry with five years of experience in operating her own business in Portland; she has a solid knowledge of researching and networking.  She has lived, worked, and homeschooled her child in Inner Southeast for over 14 years.” 

Richard Enger
This is one of the impressionistic photographs Richard Enger takes using an all-plastic camera.

Enger and Archer in Sellwood exhibition. Richard E. Enger and James Archer will be showing their new work at the 12x16 Gallery in Sellwood this month -- September 4-28.  Richard E. Enger, with a blend of inexpensive camera, black and white film, and sepia toning, has produced photographs for a Sherlock Holmes era. The results are dreamy and ethereal images. James Archer creates collages with a minimalist approach. The First Friday Reception is September 5, 6-9 pm; and the Artists’ Reception is Sunday September 7, 2-4 pm. The 12x16 Gallery is situated at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, No. 5; it’s open Thursday through Sunday 11-5 pm, and the telephone number is 503/432-3513. The gallery is online at:

Putter’s Bar and Grill reopens. Woodstock stalwart Putter’s Bar and Grill, forced to close on the 4500 block of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard when most of the block was sold for a New Seasons Market, has found new quarters and reopened just east of S.E. 72nd on Woodstock Boulevard, next to Woodstock Chainsaw and Mower.

“Birthingway Breastfeeding Center” opens in Woodstock. The nonprofit “Birthingway Breastfeeding Center” held a grand opening on August 14, as it opened to serve women from its new location at 5627 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. As of September first, the center will be open for free weight checks every Monday, 10 am to 2 pm; “stop by to weigh your baby with a lactation consultant – all families are welcome to utilize this service”. A facilitated Mothers Support Group will be held every Monday, 10:30-noon, starting October 6th. The telephone number of the center is 503/762-1632; online at:

Brooklyn Park Pub offers community event. The Brooklyn Park Pub announces that it, and Oakshire Brewing, are sponsoring a Brooklyn neighborhood event, “Art, Cart, and Crafts” from 4 to 8 pm on Saturday, September 13th, hosted at the pub. “From fine art to jewelry, the Brooklyn neighborhood is showing off some of its local craft makers. ‘These Guys’ food cart will be doing special BBQ, paired with live bluegrass music to accompany it. It’s a 21 and over event.” 3400 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue.

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