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An important innovation is that classified ads placed in THE BEE may also be available at the special Community Classifieds website, at the HotLink below!

In addition, Community Classifieds now offer the additional service of in-column photographs of vehicles and homes for sale. The photos can not only appear in THE BEE, but on the website as well.

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.

To get information or place your classified ad by phone, here's the number to call: 503/620-7355!

Now, click on the logo directly below, and read the Pamplin Media "Community Classifieds"!

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Southeast Portland apartment-dweller Marla Nixon, with her eight-month-old boxer/shepherd mix Buffy, in the Woodstock backyard owned by Amanda Hurley that she’s rented for an hour through the Sniffspot app or website.
Southeast Portland apartment-dweller Marla Nixon, with her eight-month-old boxer/shepherd mix Buffy, in the Woodstock backyard owned by Amanda Hurley that she’s rented for an hour through the Sniffspot app or website. (Photo by Paige Wallace)

Sniffspot offers ‘AirBnB’ experience for SE Portland dogs

By PAIGE WALLACE
For THE BEE

Dog lovers across Southeast Portland are giving cooped-up canines the exercise they need, using a service called Sniffspot.

It functions much like the more familiar AirBnB does for people, but in this case homeowners rent out their property by the hour to people looking for a private place to let their four-legged friends run and play. Often the space is a yard or a field. Users and hosts can rate each other based on their satisfaction with the experience. Sniffspot is available through its app or website, and there’s no fee to set up an account and to browse available locations.

Portland currently has 14 Sniffspots listed, with additional sites in surrounding suburbs and rural areas. Here in Inner Southeast, the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood boasts two locations, and there’s a third in Woodstock (as of when this issue of THE BEE went to press). The number of Sniffspots fluctuates, as homeowners travel or do yard projects, temporarily removing their property from the app until it’s again ready for use.

Marla Nixon lives in an apartment in the Buckman neighborhood in Southeast, with no private outdoor space. That makes it tough to exercise her young German Shepherd/Boxer mix, Buffy. A friend with a reactive dog told her about Sniffspot, and she’s found it affords her a perfect fit for her pup, who’s still learning recall and socialization. “Being able to go someplace where we can let her off leash and have that experience, without the stress of a dog park, is really cool,” Nixon remarks. “Every time she gets to a new yard she will just zoomie around, and is living her best life!”

Nixon often uses a Sniffspot location simply named “SE Portland (Woodstock/Foster-Powell) Backyard.” The property owner, Amanda Hurley, reports that people rent her backyard because it’s securely fenced, free from major distractions, and close to home. Although it covers less than a tenth of an acre, it’s big enough for dogs to get their needed exercise in a safe environment.

Most Sniffspot hosts provide a range of amenities, with basics like drinking water included in the rental fee. Hurley also offers dog toys, a waste can, an electrical outlet, chairs, shade, and nighttime lighting. She charges a $5 add-on fee for the use of a lawn sprinkler if dog owners want to let their pups frolic in the water. She even offers to let her friendly Great Pyrenees/Pit Bull mix, Turkey, come out and play – but only if the user requests that.

Sniffspot’s rates in Southeast Portland range from $7 per hour for an average-sized backyard to $20 for a lush half acre. Those amounts are set by the hosts, and often apply to each dog using the space, although many Sniffspots offer a discounted price for the second dog. When users look at the app or website, they’ll see locations plotted on a map, photos of the space, notation of whether it’s fully or partially fenced, and how often others report hearing or seeing nearby distractions like dogs, people, and other animals at the location. Insurance coverage is included.

Hurley charges $8 per hour because she wants to keep her rates affordable. After Sniffspot takes its booking and payment processing fees, she get about 70% of what the user has paid. “I’m by no means making bank,” Hurley says with a laugh. However, she finds profound happiness in her ability to help canines and humans forge deeper connections. “I've actually gotten emotional seeing how much joy it brings people to be playing outside with their dog!”

Since joining Sniffspot in March, Hurley has watched her bookings increase steadily as the weather warms up. A glance at her yard’s availability shows a mixture of booked hours and available openings through August. At many locations, there are open time slots as early as the same or next day.

Nixon loves that “last-minute” aspect of Sniffspot, because she can almost always book same-day appointments when she finds herself with a free hour. She wants other local dog owners to know that Sniffspot offers many benefits like this one to canines and humans alike, especially those who live in urban environments.

“It’s way cheaper than daycare, and it’s just more safe than a dog park,” she explains. “For me, it's like the best-case scenario.” The website to visit is – http://www.sniffspot.com



Few things are more exciting than Ballet Papalotl Folklorico performances. Here, they were showing their colorful and traditional costumes.
Few things are more exciting than Ballet Papalotl Folklorico performances. Here, they were showing their colorful and traditional costumes. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Foster-Powell’s ‘Mercado’ celebrates 7th year with big fiesta

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

At first, it looked like the seventh anniversary celebration planned for the Portland Mercado, on Saturday, June 18, might actually be rained out.

But, by about 1:30 p.m., the clouds began to break up and the sun emerged to shine kindly on the fun to be had that day in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood. (We have a brief VIDEO of the celebration, below.)

It was at the border of the Foster-Powell neighborhood, seven years ago, that City of Portland officials and Hacienda CDC staff broke ground for this thriving Mercado. That took place on May 15, 2014. The Portland Mercado officially opened eleven months later, on April 11, 2015, with a large celebration.

“We are so proud of what the Portland Mercado has become, since we started this initiative in 2015,” Hacienda CDC’s Communications and Event Manager, Andréa Guedes, beamed. “This was an expansion of our entrepreneurial support programming started back in 2006.

“Today, we’re celebrating how far we’ve come since that beginning,” Guedes observed. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the last two years we haven’t been able to celebrate anniversaries – so now, we’re really ‘doubling down’ on the excitement of getting the community together again.

“We’re happy to be honoring not only Latin American culture and traditions, but also the vendors and the people who make up this community,” Guedes told THE BEE.

Due to the wind and rain that morning, organizers weren’t able to set up a Bounce House for the kids, but there was plenty of live entertainment – including cultural dances, face painting, and the vendors.

And, many visitors enjoyed food from the carts offering cuisines from nine Latin-American countries, as well as fresh Smoothies from Xŏcotl, and adult beverages from Barrio Neighborhood Bar.

Many people who see the Portland Mercado’s food carts along S.E. Foster Road think of it as a place to buy delicious and unique meals, Guedes pointed out. “But it is much more. It’s also a focal point for people to reconnect with the Latin American culture, and to find a ‘taste of home’ while living here, far away from their country of origin.

“Additionally, the facility serves as a ‘business incubator’ – a hub for people who want to make their dreams a reality, and figure out how to grow and scale a business,” Guedes commented. “And, for those of them who use our licensed Commissary Kitchen, we give them a place to create everything from food products for humans and pets – to cosmetics and other products!”

If you missed the fiesta, take a look at this brief BEE video, to get an idea of all that went on during the seventh anniversary celebration:

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Dustin and Heather Daniel were in Woodstock selling artwork created by Heather; their company name, “Carbon Footprint Designs”, was suggested by Dustin.
Dustin and Heather Daniel were in Woodstock selling artwork created by Heather; their company name, “Carbon Footprint Designs”, was suggested by Dustin. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Black-owned businesses the focus at Woodstock ‘Juneteenth’ celebration

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

This year, on Saturday and Sunday, June 18th and 19th, the newly-official Juneteenth holiday was celebrated in a number of festive events in Southeast Portland and throughout the state and country. 

For Black Americans, for over a century and a half it has been a day of “liberty, life, joy, and freedom”, to be celebrated with family and friends through the generations. The day gets its name from June 19th, 1865, the date when the last enslaved African Americans were finally freed.

Two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln in 1863, Union troops sailed into Galveston, Texas, to enforce the emancipation order. Texas was the last state to accept freedom for enslaved African Americans. It was a joyous occasion for those freed, and this year, that joyous and festive day was more widely recognized, understood, and celebrated.

In Portland, Juneteenth has been observed by the Black community for exactly fifty years.  In 1972, the late renowned social activist Clara Peoples along with Ora Lee Green organized the first Rose City public Juneteenth celebration.

In Woodstock in late May, All Saints Episcopal Church offered several short workshops with Leroy Barber, co-founder of the “Voices Project”. Attendees were prompted to probe their views on race, and learn about Juneteenth.

Then on Saturday, June 18th, Juneteenth was celebrated at All Saints at 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard – a way for people to learn about Juneteenth, and to get acquainted with some small businesses locally owned by Black Americans. So on Saturday eight such business owners – with their services or products – set up tables and canopies in the church parking lot. There were also children’s activities, including face painting, in the grassy area in front.

Amani Austin was there to tell people about her new nonprofit, “Austin Advocates With”, LLC. Austin partners with organizations and corporations to help them cultivate a culture of equity and inclusion by developing evaluative tools and equitable practices and policies. “I help them build sustainable processes that they can [continue to] use without me,” Amani explained. See more at – http://www.aadvocateswith.com

The seven other business owners displayed original art, or products they had created for sale.

Sixteen-year old Bella and fourteen-year old Brasil Campbell were there for a company begun seven years ago which sells barbeque sauces following the recipes of their great grandparents, Felton and Mary Campbell. Their BBQ sauce and spice rubs are sold in New Seasons and Market of Choice, and can be found online – http://www.feltonandmary.com

Regina Morgan, owner of “10:30 Braiding and Natural Hair Design” in Vancouver, Washington, and her daughter and assistant Neairra, were there as experts in braiding black hair. Their business is also online – http://www.1030braiding.com/services

Three kinds of buttercrust homemade pies – pecan, pumpkin, and spiced peach crumble – were featured by Florence Jenkins. Her fifteen-year old business “Nana’s Exquisite Confections” is located in Gresham, and is known for its convenient “Preorder, Prepay, then Pickup” policy. It’s also on the Internet at – http://www.nanasexquisiteconfections.com    

The booth of Carbon Footprint Designs featured art pieces by graphic designer and artist Heather Daniel.  “Our slogan is ‘Creating an Atmosphere of Love’ because our production entails a minimal amount of waste,” explained Ms. Daniel. Her husband, Dustin Daniel, came up with the business name that conveys the legacy they want to leave behind – a minimal carbon footprint.  For more, go online – http://www.carbonfootprintdesigns.com

Jessica Mayhew was selling her “Nayk’d Cocoa”, a cocoa butter product that she says can be used as a hair product, as body butter, a tattoo healer, and a massage butter. “I have been making it for ten years and marketing it since January of this year. It can also heal eczema and psoriasis.”  She sells it at the Night Market on S.E. 82nd Avenue at Woodstock Boulevard (in the former pawn shop building) on Fridays and Saturdays, 4 until 10 p.m. You can see more about the Night Market on Instagram – @lionseyetavern.

Nicholle Ortiz’s small thrift and consignment business is called “Every Sunflower PDX”. Ortiz sells through her Facebook page, and at various events, and has been a vintage and secondhand curator/reseller for a year. “My dream is to open my own place as kind of a ‘business collective’ – a community of small businesses where people can learn about business, and build generational wealth.”

Young artist Mercia Mutombo, a Portlander whose parents were born in the Central African Republic, has begun fashioning and selling jewelry. Her business is called Artsyme, and she can be reached through – artsy.mercia@gmail.com

The Woodstock Juneteenth celebration remained rain-free until just an hour before it ended at 2 p.m.  Then a cloudburst sent some people scurrying for shelter.

To learn more about public events at Woodstock’s All Saints Episcopal, at Woodstock Boulevard and 41st, go online – http://www.allsaintspdx.org/calendar



The new “Brooklyn Eats” Food Cart Pod opened in July at the corner of S.E. 9th Avenue on Powell Boulevard, in the Brooklyn neighborhood.
The new “Brooklyn Eats” Food Cart Pod opened in July at the corner of S.E. 9th Avenue on Powell Boulevard, in the Brooklyn neighborhood. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Food Cart Pod’ opens on Powell Blvd in Brooklyn

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

A new Food Cart Pod called “Brooklyn Eats”, decorated with colorful balloons, has opened at the corner of S.E. 9th Avenue on Powell Boulevard. With all the new apartment buildings under construction in Brooklyn, the market for food variety is expanding in Brooklyn. Colorful circles and swirls along the walls and edges of the cart space draw attention, and were done by a local artist known as “Klutch.”

Currently the new pod hosts “Spudz Express”, and “Bobablastic” – a cart that offers hot and cold drinks, hot dogs, nachos, and salads.

Carson Smith, the owner of the site, has worked to develop “Brooklyn Eats” for over a year; he tells THE BEE that he believes the area will support five or six food carts, and utilities are available. There is one restroom, as well as eight outdoor tables, although many customers are likely to just grab-and-go with their orders. For more information about the location, call 503/349-1270.



Co-owner Brittany Fasulo stands near the indoor treehouse in PlayForest, a new facility for kids in Westmoreland.
Co-owner Brittany Fasulo stands near the indoor treehouse in PlayForest, a new facility for kids in Westmoreland. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

New planned kids’ play space opens in Westmoreland

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

PlayForest, a children’s play space business, has opened on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland. Owners Geoff and Brittany Fasulo have operated the “Little Seeds Farm School” in Sellwood since 2014; Brittany has a degree in Early Childhood Education from PSU. In June of last year, she opened “Wild Daisy Vintage” store, a 1,400-sq-ft space in the Iron Horse building at 6032 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland. The Fasul's have now replaced that shop with “Play Forest”, a Montessori-inspired play space.

Brittany Fasulo tells THE BEE that children need time dedicated to social play, in order to understand the boundaries of peer interaction. Observing other children in play, parallel play, and developmentally interactive play with peers, all need to be practiced before children are confident in relating with others. The couple explains they have organized the space to allow youngsters the chance to process the world around them through experimentation and hands-on interaction, “thus discovering the laws of nature”.

“At PlayForest,” continues Brittany, “We are deeply committed to creating a joyful and relaxing family experience that engages young children. Our space, from the lovely forest theme, to our curated collection of the best open-ended tools for learning, is purpose-created as a calm, focused laboratory for children.”

“We use high quality toys made from natural materials, with a focus on play that invites children to experiment with objects in inventive ways. PlayForest is also our love letter to the flora and fauna of the great Pacific Northwest. The natural world is an endlessly fascinating teacher for kids, and we incorporate nature-based objects throughout our space to encourage this peaceful sense of wonder. We've had a wonderful response from the neighborhood. Kids love it here.”

Play Forest is open daily. “Daily Open Play runs from 9 to 10:15 a.m,, then 10:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. You need to reserve a space in the weekday mornings – call us at 503/954-2280. Walk-in hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m.”

For more information, or to reserve a space online, go to  http://www.playforestkids.com



THE BEE was given a pre-opening sneak peek of the newly re-branded “Holler Treats” ice cream shop – next to Holler Restaurant – in the Meetinghouse apartment building, on Milwaukie Avenue at Ogden in Westmoreland.
THE BEE was given a pre-opening sneak peek of the newly re-branded “Holler Treats” ice cream shop – next to Holler Restaurant – in the Meetinghouse apartment building, on Milwaukie Avenue at Ogden in Westmoreland. (Photo by Blake Benard)

New ice cream focus in Westmoreland dessert shop

By BLAKE BENARD
For THE BEE

Summer arrived promptly on time on June 21st – and, as temperatures rise, so does the sweetly satisfying need for a scoop or two of cold ice cream. “Holler Treats” – already popular in Sellwood-Moreland as a coffee, dessert, and pastry shop which shares space with Holler Restaurant – has re-launched itself with a strong focus on meeting the creamy need to become the neighborhood scoops and treats shop. 

Holler Treats opened last fall at the same time as co-located Holler Restaurant. The two businesses share the eastern portion of the bottom floor of the “Meetinghouse” full-block apartment building at S.E. Milwaukie Avenue and Ogden Street. An arcade combines the two spaces. One could grab dinner at Holler, walk a few steps to enjoy a beverage while playing some classic arcade games, and then stroll a few more steps to top it off with a dessert. 

These establishments are the latest creations from the Holler Hospitality Group, which also owns the Downtown Portland Bullard Tavern and Abigail Hall cocktail bar. Danielle Bailey, Holler Hospitality’s pastry director, helps run the sweet-tooth side of the business, and is excited about the change coming to Westmoreland.

“I’ve been with Holler Hospitality five years now. Every time they expand I get to be a part of the new project,” Bailey told THE BEE. “I’ve done several different types of restaurant work, and I get to combine all of that here. I make some bread, some ice cream, and some cakes. It’s really sweet.” 

Holler Treats originally started as a partnership involving “Good Coffee”, and didn’t hone in on the sweet tooth as much then, selling mainly espresso, with pastries, and party cakes, and some ice cream offerings. However, with the plethora of coffee shop options in Inner Southeast, and with their sales of the ice cream skyrocketing, there seemed a clear need to make some adjustments. 

“It turned out the neighborhood really liked the ice cream component, and that was our biggest seller. We decided to focus more on that,” said Danielle. “We went for more scoops and treats, rather than a café.”

The store traded the espresso machine for a milkshake mixer, and the menu now offers a full lineup of locally made ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes, floats, and many of the familiar pastries, treats, and cakes previously associated with the shop. “We are doing more float flavors and ice cream sundaes now. We got a larger-capacity ice cream freezer, so we can do more flavors of ice creams,” explained Bailey. 

Their ice cream is made in-house, and she shared that most folks love pairing it with a homemade waffle cone dipped in fudge and peanuts: The classic drumstick. 

The grand re-opening happily occurred on the summer solstice, June 21st, which turned out to be one of Portland’s hottest days of the year to date – and, of course, with summer break in full swing. Bailey hopes their launch can capitalize on this. 

“We’ve seen more kids around, and we also have some adult beverages if the parents want to come along too,” remarked Bailey. “We love hosting parties. Kids mostly, but adults too. There is an arcade between us and Holler, so you get the whole area to run around in and have your party.”

As for the future, keep an eye out for a growing menu. “Not so much\ changes, but just expanding on this idea. We want more frozen treats: Grab and go Popsicle style things; seasonal flavors. I want to change the floats and sundae flavors periodically,” said Bailey. 

Through it all the shop isn’t forgetting their coffee-flavored roots. “We do have a coffee flavor [ice cream] and still use that ‘Good Coffee’ to make it!”




BUSINESS BRIEFS


New “Transition Projects” President and CEO Joy M. Jones.
New “Transition Projects” President and CEO Joy M. Jones.

New leader for “Transition Projects”: The nonprofit chosen by Multnomah County to run its special homeless shelters to assist women and veterans who are homeless into homes and jobs, Transition Projects, has chosen Joy M. Jones, MSW, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. She assumed the position on August 1. Ms. Jones relocated from California to assume the position. In her role as Vice President of Programs at “Abode Services” in Northern California she led Permanent Supportive Housing and other housing services in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo Counties. Prior to Ms. Jones’ tenure at Abode Services, she was a federal consultant for ICF, a global consultant and technology services firm based in Virginia. At ICF, she worked with state human service agencies around the country to build capacity. Stacy Borke, Transition Projects’ Senior Director of Programs and Tony Bernal, Senior Director of Public Policy & Funding were interim Co-Executive Directors through July 31. Transition Projects has been running shelters for the county in Westmoreland and Foster-Powell in Inner Southeast Portland.

Woodstock Mexican restaurant closes: On Saturday, July 23rd, the owner of El Gallo Taqueria in Woodstock, Jake Brown, issued a press release announcing that the restaurant would be closed immediately, and indefinitely. In his statement, he said, “Having the privilege to cook and serve the Woodstock Community for the past 13 years has been an honor, and I want to truly thank all our loyal customers who have supported El Gallo Taqueria since our inception. Owning and operating a small business in the City of Portland has become increasingly challenging; the growth, demand, economic challenges, and supply chain issues have impeded our ability to continue providing the best possible customer service while still serving some of the finest Mexican food in the city. My decision to close the business was by far the most difficult I have experienced in my professional career in the food industry. . .  Enjoy exploring all the fantastic restaurants in our fine city in your search for your new favorite taqueria!” Westmoreland’s “Fat Albert’s Breakfast Café” made a similar announcement a month before. Both hold out some hope that they may be able to reopen at some point.

Former Westmoreland resident publishes benefit cookbook: When the 2020 pandemic brought upheaval to everyone on the planet, Oregon grandmother, home chef, food writer, and former Westmoreland resident Judi Berman-Yamada set to work writing her bucket list cookbook – “Thrifty Comfort Cooking for Challenging Times” – to benefit the Oregon Food Bank, and thus those experiencing food insecurity. While creating her cookbook at her new home in Rockaway Beach, Yamada says, she began eating better (she lost forty pounds), moving more, and improved her own health. All author royalties for retail and online sales will be sent by her publisher, Gatekeeper Press, to the Oregon Food Bank (OFB). It’s available from any bookstore, online from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, or from links at the author’s website – http://www.kitchenmaven.org



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