THE BEE's want ads are named "Community Classifieds".

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 Greenlight "Community Classifieds"!

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Mezza, French cuisine, Woodstock, Portland
Joris Barbaray, co-owner of Mezza Restaurant in Woodstock, shows his son, Triatan, how to use a blowtorch to finish off a crème brulee. (Photo by Dick Trtek)

Milwaukie couple turns “Mezza” French, on Woodstock Boulevard

Special to THE BEE

Joris Barbaray and his wife, Gisella, met at Val Thorens, a French ski resort, where he was a chef and she was the resort manager for a ski company.

What followed in their lives was six years of working and traveling all around the United Kingdom, where Gisella had lived since she was 11, and then more travel – to India, North Africa, and Spain.

“Both of us worked in the food industry while in the UK; I as delicatessen manager of my family’s deli and catering company, and Joris as owner of his own deli and caterer, as well as stints as head chef at a caterer and an English Pub. We travelled in the UK and abroad during our vacations,” Gisella says.

So how did this young couple, both now 34, end up living in Milwaukie, and owning Mezza Restaurant at 5520 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard?

“In London I had a French delicatessen, but when our son was born, we decided we wanted to live someplace that was not as busy or expensive as London,” Joris said, adding that the couple’s aim was always to have their own restaurant.

They came to the United States and chose to focus on the West Coast, because Gisella’s mother was originally from San Francisco, and they had friends and family living in Portland and other parts of the Pacific Northwest.

They ultimately settled here, partly because the area is not as big as San Francisco, and partly because of the food scene in Portland.

The couple bought a house in Milwaukie a year ago and live there with son, Tristan, now 2½, and their 2-month-old daughter Olivia.

“With a young family we don’t need [the pace of] a big city, and here we have the river, the woods, a ski resort, and the sea – and all the food that comes from the sea,” Joris remarks.

Because Portland is at the same latitude as France, we have the same seasons that Joris is used to, he said, adding, “We have here the same vegetables and the wine is the same. It is good to work around the four seasons.”

Before buying and reopening Mezza, Joris worked as a chef at St. Jack, a neighborhood café specializing in rustic French cuisine, which opened first at S.E. 20th and Clinton Street, and then subsequently moved to Northwest 23rd a year ago.

“I saw what it was like to have a neighborhood restaurant; the coziness of it,” Joris smiles.

In the more than two years since they have been in Portland, the couple has seen a lot of fast changes, including the evolution of the restaurant business.

“When we saw Mezza on the market, it was really close to home, and the Woodstock area is really alive. It is getting better and better, and we want to be part of this – to be a new face in this area,” he explains. The couple reopened the restaurant last October.

“The business association here is really active, and it looks like planning for [the growth of] the Woodstock area is coming this way,” Gisella observed.

French “with a twist”
For years Mezza was a Middle Eastern restaurant, and Joris has kept some of the items from the former menu, while adding dishes that reflect both his French heritage and his travel experiences.

“This is not a classic French bistro – I will keep some of the traditional dishes, but nothing fancy. I like to play with Greek, Lebanese, and Italian cuisines. This is really ‘Mediterranean food with a French twist’,” he says.

“I’ve kept the wraps from the old menu; I love to play with dough, and pitta bread is so spontaneous. We give the wrap a French touch, by adding more vegetables,” he demonstrates. “All my food is simple; I use garlic, nutmeg, and cloves to bring out the perfume of the gratin [potatoes], and make the dish a little more earthy.”

Future plans
“We are planning to start doing a weekend French-style brunch by the end of February, and we hope to add a new cocktail menu,” Gisella confides. “We are working mainly with a French wine supplier, Le Petit Monde, who source their wines exclusively from France and Italy and the owner is also French.”

“In December we had a special four-course dinner and that went really well, so we will have a Valentine’s Day dinner with wine pairings,” Joris says, adding, “This is a family-style business, and we take comments from people. We’d like to transfer a bit more personality to the atmosphere, and we want to work with what people tell us. It’s about the food; I come out of the kitchen and chat to customers to help me find out what locals are looking for in a neighborhood restaurant.”

The new Mezza is situated at 5520 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, and is open noon till 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon until 8:30 p.m. on Sunday – closed on Monday. Call 503/777-6399 for information or reservations. Online at, where you will find complete menus, including the special Valentine’s Day menu.

Stroheckers Pharmacy, Brooklyn neighborhood, Brooklyn Yard
Three of the Pharmacy Technicians at the new Stroheker’s Pharmacy, opening in the “Brooklyn Yard” development at Holgate and McLoughlin, are – from left: Kayla Rassi, Melanie Menchaca, and Nick Kenward.

Strohecker’s Pharmacy to open in south end of Brooklyn


Strohecker’s Grocery Store in Portland’s West Hills was established over 100 years ago on S.W. Patton Road, just up Broadway Drive from downtown.

It’s a Portland institution, but it recently announced that it would be closing for good, without publicly stating a reason. Strohecker’s has included a grocery store, a pharmacy, a post office, and a liquor store – but only the pharmacy will survive the closing.

The surprise is that Strohecker’s Pharmacy is moving to Inner Southeast Portland!

Although the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood has been loudly calling for a pharmacy to open there, this one will at least be the closest one to Westmoreland; its new address is 1286 S.E. Holgate Boulevard, in the “Brooklyn Yard” development, near the La Carreta Restaurant, and adjacent to “24 Hour Fitness”, just off McLoughlin Boulevard.

Pharmacy Manager Tyler Treharne will oversee eight to ten employees there, in a space larger than it enjoyed in the West Hills grocery store. Treharne says, “We are a specialty compounding pharmacy, and we hope to open in February or March, after the remodeling is complete.

“Our new site will be about 2,000 square feet, with on-site parking. We’ll carry regular retail over-the-counter items, as well as provide individual customer service to all of our patients and doctors’ offices.”

The new pharmacy expects to be open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and 9-3 p.m. on Saturdays; closed Sundays. The phone number is traveling to Southeast with the store: It will still be 503/222-4822.

Treharne tells THE BEE that he adheres to the pharmacy’s long-time credo: “At Strohecker’s you are not a number, you are family.” The Brooklyn neighborhood seems happy to see another solid retail outlet coming to the Brooklyn Yard development, at the junction of S.E. McLoughlin and Holgate Boulevards.

Naomi's Organic Farm Supply, new location, Powell Boulevard
One of Naomi’s pet goats, Binga, poses with her farm supply store’s sales staff, Katie and Becca.

Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply moves north again – to Powell Boulevard


Originally, it opened and built a loyal customer base at S.E. Tacoma Street, just west of McLoughlin Boulevard in Sellwood. Then it moved north into the Reed neighborhood, at S.E. 26th and Schiller Street, just south of Holgate.

Recently, Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply Company packed up and moved north again – this time, to 3454 S.E. Powell Boulevard, a location from which the “Urban Farm Store” had just departed. Owner Naomi Montacre tells THE BEE she is pleased to now have twice the indoor space and five times the fenced exterior space available for customers, as well as more parking.

An indoor wooden pen near the front counter occasionally holds one or both of Naomi’s two pet goats, Oona and Binga, whenever they visit the shop. The store is open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., bringing along with it its cheerful staff, and plans for “a beautiful big plant area on the west side of the building.” The phone number and website remain the same: 503/517-8551, and, respectively.

Naomi reveals that gardeners can expect vegetable starts to appear in late February, while baby chicks should arrive in March. Fruit trees and vines, herbs, garden flowers, and Mason bees should come later, as weather permits.

Meanwhile, customers can browse through organic farming books and gardening tools to plan healthy gardens. Wild bird food is available for winter birds, and treats for customers include honey, teas, coffees, cocoa, nuts, and snacks.

Naomi is a certified Master Gardener who has taught many gardening and urban farming classes. Her intent is to provide information, as well as monthly “Pullet Days”, so that urban dwellers can raise their own healthy fruits, vegetables, and chickens. To that end, the business provides hay, fertilizers, soil amendments, compost, worm castings, and pine shavings, among other things.

“We’re excited to be able to offer more native plants, ornamentals and organic vegetable and flower starts, especially for smaller backyard gardens,” remarks Naomi. “Our chickens – both rare breeds and classics – are raised organically, and we have lots of pre-orders for them. We’ll also have ducklings for sale.”

Marion Skoro, Marions Carpets, business building, Woodstock, 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard
The new business building, now completed at the corner of 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard is one that the owner, Marion Skoro, says he is proud of. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

New business building finished at S.E. 52nd and Woodstock


Construction on the Southeast corner of S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard, facing Our Lady of Sorrows Church, is finally at the finish line. The previous structure on the lot, which was home to Mike’s Auto Parts, was demolished a year ago following a fire, but the city permit process kept construction in limbo until the end of June.

Marion Skoro, of “Marion’s Carpets” on S.E. Grand Avenue, has owned the property since 1978, and is very familiar with the neighborhood. He lived in Woodstock for many years, and his children attended Our Lady of Sorrows School.

His carpet business originated at the corner of S.E. 52nd and Cooper, until it expanded and moved to its current location just south of the Multnomah County building on Grand. This is the fiftieth year for that business, which is now run by Marion’s son Carl.

Skoro, now 76, is not on site of the 52nd Avenue property every day, but he has stayed engaged, providing oversight and guidance for the construction, and visiting the property when necessary.

The new two-story building occupies a total of 15,000 square feet, and has retail space on the bottom floor and offices on the second level.

“It will be a ‘green’ building,” says Skoro. “It will be a nice building, with an elevator up to the second floor.”

Who will the new tenants be? He has always said he wanted to have the property develop into something compatible with the values and needs of his former neighborhood that he loves. 

Earlier rumors of possible tenants included a dentist’s office, a yoga studio, and a coffee shop – but those are just rumors; now there’s a new rumor that one of the tenants will be an Hawai’ian restaurant. However, Skoro seems not quite ready to reveal definitive information on his new tenants yet.


Reader Mark Gustafson, a property manager for Multnomah County, sent us this photo on the snowy morning of January 3, remarking, “Saw the cutest outdoor display in front of Rusted Rooster Antiques, on this beautiful Snowy Day in the Wood – ‘SELLwood, That Is’!”

Rusted Rooster Antiques, snow, Sellwood


Emily Pinkstaff, New Seasons Market, Sellwood, Westmoreland, Business, Alliance
Emily Pinkstaff is the new President of the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance. (Photo by Eric Norberg)

New President announced for SWBA. The Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance business association announces that it has a new President: Emily Pinkstaff, of the Sellwood New Seasons Market. Stepping down is Tom Brown, the founding President of the organization, who will remain active on the Board. Brown heads Brown Properties. The organization has its monthly General meeting on the third Thursday of each month at 9 a.m., at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, one block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood. The organization is online at:

“YogaRIOT” opens in Westmoreland. A new yoga studio has opened on the second floor of the “newly restored Masonic Lodge building” at 7126 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, a block south of Bybee Boulevard. Inspired by the Baptiste “flow” yoga method, founder Annie Ory has named the studio “YogaRIOT”,  with over 140 classes a month and low membership fees. Ory has practiced yoga for some fifteen years, and taught for more than ten years in San Diego, Buenos Aires, and Los Angeles. Call 503/477-7135, or go online at:

RE/MAX participates in “Southeast Food Project”. RE/MAX Equity group gathered over 200 lbs. of food – which equals close to 200 meals for neighbors in need – in just two weeks after Thanksgiving. Kellie Jenkins of the Sellwood office of RE/MAX Equity Group on S.E. 13th Avenue, next to the library, headed the drive that benefited the Portland Food Project, a local organization which delivers food to many pantries in Southeast Portland.

Piece of Cake, bakery, Marilyn DeVault, Cooking Channel, winner, donation, $10,000, Portland State University
Piece Of Cake Bakery owner Marilyn DeVault (center), flanked by Shelby Page and Dr. Steve Brannon, has presented her $10,000 winnings from a Cooking Channel TV competition to Portland State University.

“Piece Of Cake” gets national recognition; makes donation. Marilyn DeVault, owner of Sellwood’s well-known “Piece Of Cake” bakery, at S.E. 17th at Umatilla Street, advises, “Dr. Steve Brannon (my professor at Portland State – he was my mentor and my professor in the special education department) – helped me start the Marilyn DeVault Scholarship Fund. My special education and my bakery are both dealing with special needs.” Shelby Page and Marilyn DeVault of the bakery were invited to be on the Cooking Channel’s program “Sugar Showdown”, recorded on July 10 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada – and Piece Of Cake Bakery won the program’s $10,000 first prize, and presented the money to Portland State University’s Graduate Department, earmarked for Special Education teachers.

“Hoodworks” opens for business in Westmoreland. A new startup, “Hoodworks”, is marketing a new approach to pickup truck tailgates, called “GearGate” – designed to replace the tailgate installed on trucks with something more functional. Matt Bader advises THE BEE, “GearGate™ is a fundamental departure from the tailgates we have come to know over the last 70 years. It is not your grandfather’s tailgate. It is a revolutionary replacement tailgate system that works like a Swiss Army Knife. GearGate™ features base functionality including a recessed waterproof toolbox, multi-directional LED lighting, bottle opener, and retractable chain locks. The system can deploy a variety of useful additional features, each one optimized for specific outdoor activities. The first GearGate™, called the GearGate Cycling Comp One (GGS-CC1), is specially conceived for the needs of cyclists and includes innovative storage and locking solutions for three complete road or mountain bikes. In all, Hoodworks has developed over forty GearGate™ specialized activity areas. Hoodworks launched the GearGate Cycle Pro to the public on December 18, and has secured pending patent protection for its designs and intellectual property.” For more information, go online to: – or call 503/974-4003. Hoodworks is headquartered next to the Iron Horse Restaurant on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland.

Portland urban farmer publishes book on subject. Kollibri terre Sonnenblume writes, “David Ashton wrote a great article about Sunroot Gardens in 2008 called ‘Urban farmer rides bike, not tractor’ for THE BEE, so thought it might interest you that I have published a book called ‘Adventures in Urban Bike Farming’.” The 230-page softcover book with over 100 color photographs has been published by Macska Moksha Press – and is available through

Eric Norberg, Association of Home Businesses, THE BEE, advertising, Jerry Auker
Eric Norberg, BEE editor, is the featured speaker as part of the February 18 meeting of the Association of Home Businesses in Sellwood, open to the public. (Photo by Jerry Auker)

Editor Norberg on “making advertising work – and what it cannot do”. The February meeting of the local Association of Home Businesses business association in Sellwood, open to all, will feature BEE editor and general manager Eric Norberg, whose background also includes radio, and who will speak on what advertising can accomplish and what it cannot – and how to use it effectively – at the meeting. The 6-9 pm meeting on Thursday, February 18, includes networking time and a buffet meal. First time guests pay the members’ rate for the evening -- $10 – which includes the meal. RSVP requested for meal planning to 503/232-2326. The meeting takes place at SMILE Station, on S.E. 13th one block south of Tacoma Street, on Tenino, in Sellwood. For more, go online:

Sellwood entertainer plans show in Southwest. Henrik Bothe, Danish-born internationally-known physical comedian who has performed at Sundae in the Park in Sellwood, where he now lives, writes that he will perform at Nordia House, at the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road, on Saturday evening, February 27, 6 pm. It’s open to the public. He tells THE BEE he plans to “take the usually calm and controlled Scandinavian crowds on a hilarious joyride. Come laugh!” He will spin plates “a la the Ed Sullivan Show” and get out of a strait jacket while riding a unicycle. “Suitable for anyone who likes to laugh. And no lutefisk involved.”

Southeast duo publishes again. Sandra Denbo and Tamarine Vilar, a local mother-daughter writing team, based in Inner Southeast and working together since 2012, have just published a third novel, “Unwanted Agenda” – in their “family-friendly saga”, The Unwanted Series. “Unwanted Discovery” and “Unwanted House Guest” were their first two books, with a fourth and final book planned for publication in 2017, “Unwanted Family”. They are also online at:

Mid-February classes at Portland Homestead Supply. Three new one-session classes have been announced for February by Portland Homestead Supply, 8012 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood. On Thursday, February 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. a Kombucha class is offered, for a fee of $35. On Friday, February 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., “Herbal Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day”, for a fee of $40. And, on Friday, February 19, from 6 to 9 p.m., there’s a class on Hungarian Home Cooking, for a fee of $60. All classes are at the store. Register online at:, or call 503/233-8691.

Hot real estate market piques career interest. With Portland’s real estate market being touted by some as one of the ten best in the country right now, Mollie Bond at the John L. Scott office in Woodstock advises that there has been a lot of interest in real estate as a career – and consequently, her office is presenting a Career Night Open House on Thursday, February 18, 6-7:30 p.m., in which anyone interested can meet and talk to successful experienced agents in Woodstock about what a career in Real Estate can mean for you. The office is situated at 4111 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, and the office number for more information is 503/775-4699.

Two local artists in Sellwood exhibition. David Mayfield and Roberta Aylward will be showing their new work at the 12x16 Gallery in Sellwood this month. Both artists explore land, sky, light, and more, in their paintings. The exhibition starts on February 4 and ends on the 28th; the First Friday reception will be 6-9 p.m. on February 5th, and the Artists’ Reception will be 2-4 p.m. on February 7. 12x16 Gallery is situated at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, No. 5, and is open Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Call 503/432-3513 for information, or go online:

New-Orleans-trained private chef plans dinner. “Celebrate Mardi Gras with an authentic New Orleans dinner!” Bonnie Ward Strauss (“Ms Bonnie”), chef and owner of “Oh Honey! Cookery”, was trained in New Orleans, and loves to share the traditions and cuisines of her home town. She previously ran an evening Creole-style café in Bend.  Now living in Inner Southeast, she spends her time as a personal chef, caterer, and cooking instructor, and says she especially loves gathering people together to enjoy her down-home cooking. She is currently offering a series of casual Cajun/Creole community dinners; the upcoming fete at 6 pm on Friday, February 5th, in Woodstock, will feature a main course of gumbo along with special regional appetizers and, for the final touch, beignets and coffee for dessert.  Cost is $40, of which a portion will benefit local charities. Call 503/432-1021 for questions, or to reserve your spot. Future dinners will feature the same and various other cuisines.

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