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Henry Higgins, Boiled Bagels
Thanks to having been given restaurant equipment by her grandmother, who once operated a retail bakery, Leah Orndoff is prepared to open her first Henry Higgins Boiled Bagels store on Foster Road. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

“Proper” bagels find an Inner Southeast home

By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE

Many true aficionados of bagels, the “roll with the hole,” were deeply saddened when Kettleman's Bagels – the company credited with reviving “boiled” bagels in Portland – sold out to national chain store operator Einstein Bagel Company, which does not boil them.

“Kettleman’s had a really great product,” reflected the former General Retail Manager for the company, Leah Orndoff. “It’s a lot more labor-intensive to make a boiled bagel – it takes more people, more effort, more time. But it was the product helped them grow to five stores.” One of those was just north of the Brooklyn neighborhood, and was the subject of a BEE story, back when it was open.

In 2012, as a result of that sale, Orndoff took a job managing a pizza store during the days. But at night, she and two of the laid-off bakers from her former company decided to keep the boiled bagel tradition alive in the City of Roses.

“We started renting kitchen space at night, and were making sixty bagels a day for three accounts,” Orndoff recalled. “We thought, ‘This is the greatest thing we’ve ever done’!”

They came up with the name “Henry Higgins Boiled Bagels” for their product, because “It was weird enough that nobody would forget it.  And Henry Higgins, in My Fair Lady, teaches Eliza Doolittle how to be a ‘proper’ woman. In this case, we are making ‘proper’ bagels.”

Creating a “proper bagel” is all about the process, confided Orndoff. “Our dough ‘proofs’ for 18 to 36 hours, depending on the variety and atmospheric conditions. Then, the bagels spend a little more than just one minute in our giant 45-gallon boiler, before being baked.”

Those Portlanders who have learned the difference in taste and texture between a “steamed” and “boiled” bagel demand her product, she says. “We’re now making 2,500 bagels a night, and delivering to eighty shops and delis in the area.”

In mid-January, Orndoff invited THE BEE into what will soon be the first company-owned retail store for the new business, and she hopes to open it to the public sometime in mid-February.

“We’ll be offering eleven varieties of our boiled bagels. We’ll have seven ‘schmears’ [toppings, such as cream cheese], and we’ll offer both breakfast and lunch bagel sandwiches.”

Keep an eye on the store’s windows – at 6420 S.E. Foster Road, across from the Bob White Theater. Or, periodically check their website for information about the opening plans for the store: http://www.HHboiledbagels.com. Meantime, among the local venues serving their bagels now are Moreland Farmers Pantry, and Kenilworth Coffee House. Reed College stocks them too.



ODOT, Mark Mason, 82nd Avenue Business Association, 82nd Avenue of Roses
ODOT’s Mark Mason answers questions put to him by attendees of the 82nd Avenue Business Association meeting concerning the needed improvements to 82nd Avenue of Roses which he has uncovered and proposes that the state plan for. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

“Avenue of Roses” businesses hear of 82nd Street Plan 

By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE

Members and guests of the 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association (ARBA) got together for their annual meeting on the evening of January 13, at the Blue Room at Cartlandia. The association’s President, Richard Kiely of Home Run Graphics, brought the formal part of the meeting to order, and introduced the guest speaker, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Project Manager Mike Mason.

Mason described the developing scope of the 82nd Avenue of Roses Implementation Plan project he is leading. “The area involved is from N.E. Killingsworth Street south down to S.E. Johnson Creek Boulevard – about 7½ miles of this state-owned road, also known as Highway 213.”

After meeting with about 40 different groups along the corridor, as well as individuals and partners from the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation and Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, Mason said, many “key themes” for discussion had emerged.

Safety first
“First and foremost of these issues is safety,” Mason said. “This is safety for people walking along the corridor, or to transit stops. This includes areas around schools. The lack of sidewalks, especially along the south end, was highlighted as an important safety issue.”

He pointed out that 82nd Avenue of Roses, along with S.E. Powell Boulevard, “are State-owned highways that have the highest number of crashes resulting in fatalities, and severe crashes, for that type of highway in our whole [statewide] system.”

Other topics for discussion, Mason said, include:

  • Aesthetic and beautification improvements, including those related to traffic calming;
  • Creating a Plan with an “implementation component”, so stakeholders know that agencies are committed to getting things done;
  • Identifying funding strategies for getting the identified projects implemented, and being realistic about funding; and,
  • Investigating the implications and process of a “Jurisdictional Transfer of 82nd Avenue from ODOT to the City of Portland”.

Asked when this improvement project might be expected to begin, Mason explained that the scope of his work is simply to create the plan, based on community input – which would eventually lead to the projects, whenever State funding becomes available.

Association President Kiely said one of the main interests of the ARBA is “to radically transform the Avenue of Roses to look more attractive, so people driving by will want to slow down and shop, and therefore ring the cash registers.”

Mason responded, “We’ve identified $50 million to do certain projects along the corridor. Depending on what you’d like to see out there, we need to find the money. If this is a priority for everyone in the area, then that will be the type of project that will rise to the top of the plan.

“But, I don't think we know, at this point, what it means to ‘radically transform’ the avenue,” Mason added. “That would be a long-term process; it’s not going to happen overnight.”

Maintenance needed
Beautifying the avenue aside, Cartlandia owner Roger Goldengay remarked that he simply longs for basic maintenance. “The most disturbing part about going down the avenue is dodging the potholes and the bumpy ride. The road surface is in such poor condition, it’s almost embarrassing to have a business here.”

The challenge of a major paving project, Mason countered, is the additional improvements that must be made. “To get funding [for paving], we’re required to also improve the sidewalks to the current standard, including adding ‘Americans with Disabilities Act curb cuts’. There are good reasons for this; everyone needs to be able to use the sidewalks to be able to get around. But, it makes the project very expensive.”

Turning to the association’s own business, Richard Kiely reported that thirteen new members joined during the past year.

“And, we’re looking forward to our ninth annual ‘Avenue of Roses Parade’ – the third largest parade in Portland. Last year, we were just eight entries short of being as large as the Starlight Parade in downtown Portland!” It’s the first official event of the Rose Festival, and it happens on S.E. 82nd.



Pied Piper Cafe, Sellwood
Owner Melissa Swan, left, serves breakfast specials to Andrew Teitelman and Ashley Alan at her new Pied Piper Play Café in Sellwood. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Teacher opens café for parents and kids to share in Sellwood

By RITA A. LEONARD
for THE BEE

Former teacher Melissa Swan felt there was something lacking for parents of small children in Inner Southeast, and set about to provide it – by opening the Pied Piper Play Café at 8609 S.E. 17th Avenue.

The concept is to offer space for local families – parents and their children – to enjoy an outing with coffee, conversation, and a rotating collection of toys in a colorful play area. “We want parents to find comfort, and kids to find fun here. We hope to embed education, stories, and sing-a-longs in a place that feels both adventurous and safe,” Swan explains.

The space was once occupied by the Twin Paradox coffee shop, next to Thai Square. It provides an opportunity for caregivers and kids to get out, make connections, share tips, and enjoy a new scene. Parents monitor their own children while developing connections with their peers.

A fundraising boost from “KickStarter” helped furnish and outfit the Play Café with couches, a jungle gym, and a variety of toys. “I want it to be perfect for children of all ages and adventure levels,” says Swan. “Eventually we hope to offer Saturday classes in art, music, science, and other enrichment areas.”

Friends helped her remodel and paint the space, and set up its inviting environment; Grand Opening week was January 11-17, and hours are daily, 8 am-6 pm. Anyone can drop in at the Café, but the play area is only for kids whose parents have each paid $3/day.

If a family visits frequently, they can buy a monthly or annual pass for their kids, although children under 12 months play free. Parents need to monitor their own kids in the play area, where socks, but no shoes, are required.

A staff of five oversees the food area, with seating for thirty. The menu includes breakfast items, sandwiches, daily soups, salad, and baked goods. Parents with young children like getting out of the house, and Ms. Swan believes they should enjoy this new space to connect with nearby families.

The Play Café will close on certain holidays such as Christmas, and also for two-hour periods for rented/reserved birthday parties, but prior notice of those will be posted on Pied Piper’s Facebook page. Call 503/498-6550 for information, or to rent the space for birthday parties.



Moreland Farmers Pantry
At Moreland Farmers Pantry in Westmoreland, Grant Medeiros and Elise Burke display new gift baskets. In the background, Jennifer Faust assists a customer near the store’s new deli. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

“Moreland Farmers Pantry” showcases new options

By RITA A. LEONARD
for THE BEE

The historic brick storefront at 6717 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland – once home to Rogers’ Five and Dime, and later to an antique mall – is now the location of “Moreland Farmers Pantry”, an indoor farmer's market owned by local farmers. Their aim is to provide the neighborhood a year-round option of “regional, sustainable, and pesticide-free organic foods”, as well as classes, nutrition information, and a venue for local artisans.

The business is organized like an old-fashioned general store, decorated with old-fashioned product posters and farm equipment. In the week of January 10-18, the official Grand Opening Celebration featured their newly-opened deli, and growlers for wine/hard cider and beer. In response to customer requests, they now have a license to sell all wine and beer by the glass.

Owners John and Chancy Childs reveal, “Our mission is to revive a pre-industrial approach to food, and remember how vital a farmer is in the community. Our focus is on ‘farm-to-table’ relationships.”

Elise Burke, the store’s Director of Operations and Marketing, says, “Our new Deli offers organic salads, soups and sandwiches, as well as a popular ‘grab and go’ section. We have pastries, cookies, and a unique sandwich bread made by Columbia River Sourdough Bread Company. Our butcher shop features organically-raised pork and other meat products. A few tables with seating are located near our ‘Book Shop and Sundries’ area at the front of the store. We’re now exploring classes on homemade kombucha, ginger ale, and bone broth, and are open to suggestions from chefs and teachers who would like to present here. We’re very excited to serve the neighborhood’s needs.

“Some of the farmers we work with are Flying Cow Dairy, Caldwell Farms in Oregon City, and Pleasant Valley Farms near Eugene,” she continues. “This is the first time many of them have gone retail, and we’re helping them present their products to best advantage. Everything has to be certified non-GMO to be sold in our store, and we carry over 2,000 different items. We do the homework for our customers. Most of our produce comes from within a 30-mile radius of our store, but due to customer requests, we now carry bananas, too.”

The Pantry champions small and unique vendors and artists, giving them free rein to display their wares among other merchandise. They sell “Streets and Neighborhoods of Portland” calendars, featuring full-color regional art by Mason Parker. “We also set up a new olive oil and vinegar tasting table where you can taste-test our products, then fill up a bottle with the ones you like best,” says Burke. “The organic flavors are strong and fresh-tasting.”

Store Manager Grant Medeiros worked in variety stores in San Francisco for eleven years. “We feature a bulk foods area here with organic products from Pantry Barn in Lebanon,” he says. “They offer non-GMO rice, oats, flax, barley, wheat and nuts, and mixes for muffins, pancakes, brownies, etc. We’ve also begun making gift baskets, gift certificates, and flower arrangements on request. We take our customers' suggestions to heart.” Elise Burke concludes, “We offer catering services, and a free meeting space in our event room upstairs; phone 503-954-2334 for information. We’re a 100% non-GMO grocery/deli, served mostly by local farmers and direct farm connections. We’re open daily, 10 am-7 pm.” The store is across the street from the Moreland Theater.

Bandita, terrariums
Matthew Tompkins, co-owner of “Bandita” in Sellwood, displays Southwest décor – and here shows a handmade succulent garden in the store’s DIY Terrarium Studio. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

New Sellwood shop: Southwestern theme; terrariums

By RITA A. LEONARD
for THE BEE

Bandita, a new Sellwood shop at 8063 S.E. 17th Avenue, showcases Southwest décor, leather belts & bags, jewelry, baskets, blankets, and handmade objects. It also features a unique do-it-yourself Terrarium Studio, where you can bring or choose your own container, select plants on-site, and have someone help you create your own terrarium. Plants available for this purpose include mosses, ferns, succulents, cacti, air plants, and even carnivorous plants.

These “gardens in glass”, or dish gardens, can be made in just about any container, and there are many on hand to choose from. You can create a hanging terrarium or one to set on a surface, creating a small natural world that appeals to gardeners, shut-ins, and other folks who are hard to shop for.

These easy-care creations are open at the top, and easy to transport. They can be enhanced with figurines or other treasures for a special touch, and require very little care. Potting soil is free at the store, and you will be given adequate materials and instructions for care. Owners Matthew Tompkins and Geneva Sutter have found the terrarium studio a popular draw for all ages.

The little store faces 17th between Miller Paint and Bertie Lou's Restaurant, just north of Tacoma Street – and is open Thursdays through Sundays from 10am to 6.  Call 503/890-3122 for information, or stop in to explore. You’ll be surprised at what you find there.



COFFEE DRIVE-THRU OPENS

The new Dutch Bros. Coffee on S.E. 26th at Holgate Boulevard held its Grand Opening celebration on Monday, January 19. Hundreds of customers lined up for free coffee all day long.

The event was well-organized with traffic cones and detour signs, but traffic still backed up along S.E. 26th. A giant-sized inflatable coffee cup and a limber blue “dancing man” balloon attracted attention to the site.

Owner Jennifer Roberts, at left in the photo at right – shown with employees Shane, Serena, and Jenna Lea – said that by mid-afternoon the new drive-thru had given away nearly 3,000 drinks. If you missed it, though, the coffee there is no longer free! (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)


Dutch Brothers Coffee, Holgate Boulevard


BUSINESS BRIEFS


Pat Rutan, Association of Home Businesses, AHB, Search Engine Optimization
The February 19th program at the AHB meeting in Sellwood features a talk on Search Engine Optimization by local Internet expert Pat Rutan (shown) – and a live online demonstration as well.

“How to Optimize your Website” by Pat Rutan at AHB. The February meeting of the area-wide Association of Home Businesses, which meets in Sellwood, brings back a favorite speaker – local Internet expert Ms. Pat Rutan, who will not only discuss how to “search engine optimize” your website, but will also do a live online demonstration during her talk. 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, February 19, 6-9 pm at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, one block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood. First-time guests pay members’ rates for the dinner meeting – $10. Your RSVP requested for meal planning; call Eric at 503/232-2326, or e-mail from the website: http://www.ahboregon.org.

Bikram Yoga reopens in Westmoreland. The previous owners of Bikram Yoga, in the Windermere building diagonally across the street from the Sellwood-Moreland Post Office, at 7070 S.E. 16th in Westmoreland, closed the business abruptly in late October. On December 14, new owners Leah Shirley and Julie Yates completed a renovation of the studio space and reopened the business. They reveal, “In addition to a new heating system, the flooring is brand new, the bathrooms have been updated, and new cedar paneling has been added throughout. It feels like a brand new space.” Yates and Shirley have over eighteen years, combined, teaching Bikram Yoga. “Bikram Yoga, the original hot yoga class, consists of 26 postures in 90 minutes. Every class is designed for the first time student, and beginners are encouraged.” Call 503/232-9642 for more information, or go online to: http://www.bikramseportland.com

Realtor makes donation for tuition assistance. “Windermere Stellar” real estate recently presented a check at its Westmoreland branch to St. Mary's Academy, the only all-female high school in the state of Oregon, located in downtown Portland. The $1,500 donation from the Windermere Foundation will provide tuition assistance to low-income scholars. The business reports, “Windermere Stellar has a long-standing tradition of assisting low-income families and giving to the community. Windermere Stellar associates participate in annual community service projects and donate a portion of every commission to the Windermere Foundation, a nonprofit organization that has raised and donated more than $2 million to programs that support low-income children and families in the Portland metro and north Oregon coast area.”

Second location for “Sellwood Medical Clinic”. Lisa Whitlock, CEO of the Sellwood Medical Clinic, which has been expanding its facilities to meet demand at its original location at S.E. 13th and Harney, announces it will establish a second clinic in North Portland. She tells THE BEE, “Sellwood Medical, in addition to hiring another new pediatrician, is expanding to North Portland. Our additional location will be a half mile north of the Adidas Campus on Greeley.”

“Salvador Molly’s” on Milwaukie Avenue closed for repairs. The management of Salvador Molly’s Roadhouse and Tiki Garden, which recently opened in the former Yummy Garden space at 4729 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Brooklyn, has announced, “We’re sorry but our Southeast location has had to close for repairs. We plan to reopen in April! Please visit us at our S.W. Sunset Boulevard location! If you have coupons from the Southeast location, they are good at our Southwest location.” The telephone number is 503/477-6438.

New kids’ and women’s clothing store opens in Westmoreland. “Cotton Caboodle Factory Outlet”, a clothing shop, has moved from Seattle to Portland, and is now open in Westmoreland, behind Stars Antiques Malls at 7080 S.E. 16th Avenue. The store offers babies’, kids’, and women’s clothing at considerable discounts. Owner Charlotte Green tells THE BEE, “With an ongoing commitment to producing a high quality product, made in the USA, our luxe fabrics have an irresistible hand and are garment dyed to wearable perfection.” The store is open Wednesdays through Saturdays only – from 11 am to 5 pm. Call 503/239-3878; or go online to: http://www.facebook.com/cottoncaboodlefactoryoutlet.

Portland’s “Home Forward” announces plans to renovate Sellwood building. Sellwood Center, the multi-story low-income housing apartments at S.E. 13th and Tenino in Sellwood, is to undergo $7.7 million worth of renovations. Nonprofit Home Forward, owner of the building, has applied to the Bureau of Development Services for a permit to begin renovations to the 44-year-old apartment building. That will include seismic improvements, sidewalk upgrades, and work on the building’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, according to city documents. The building houses tenants who are more than 55 years old or have a disability. Tenants also must have an annual income that does not exceed 50 percent of the area median income for their family size. It has 106 studio units and four one-bedroom units.

12x16 Gallery, Maureen Herndon
In this show, Maureen Herndon continues her exploration of the small collage. In this one, “Amber Waves”, these abstract, richly dark pieces have a wintry feel to them.

Four local artists show at 12x16 Gallery. Eunice Parsons, Israel Hughes, Maureen Herndon, and Luke Dolkas are four of the founding members of the “12x16 Gallery” in Sellwood – which is where their new works are being exhibited the month of February, through March 1. The First Friday Reception is February 6, 6-9 pm, and the Artists’ Reception is two days later on Sunday, 2-4 pm. 12x16 Gallery is situated at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, No. 5, and is open noon to five pm Thursdays through Sundays. Online at http://www.12x16gallery.com, or call 503/432-3513.

New manager for OnPoint branch. OnPoint Community Credit Union announced in mid-December that Denise Ingebretson-Tetz has been named manager of the Sellwood branch, 8085 S.E 13th Avenue at Tacoma Street. As branch manager, Ingebretson-Tetz is responsible for all daily operations at the branch, providing leadership to branch staff and developing new business relationships. Ingebretson-Tetz has over 25 years of financial services experience, and has worked at OnPoint the past 14 years. Most recently she served as assistant manager of OnPoint’s Lloyd Center branch.

Ceramics business opens in Sellwood. “Shesurpent Ceramics Paint Your Own Ceramics and Glasses” has opened inside and upstairs at “Pretty Paws and Claws”, 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue “in the old Sellwood Square”, by artist Robin MacKenzie – who invites: “Come and be creative in painting your own art on our bisque ceramics, in our relaxing comfortable environment, with your friends and family. We have a great selection of bisque to choose from. Look for the Shesurpent sidewalk sign!” The hours of the business are 10 am to 5 pm, Mondays and Tuesdays, and Thursdays through Saturdays. Closed Wednesdays and Sundays. For more information, call 503/703-1933.

Portland Homestead Supply announces classes. Portland Homestead Supply Company in Sellwood announces three classes in February: Making Mustards, February 7, 2-3:30 pm, $45 and all materials provided… Lotions, Balms, and Lotion Bars, February 23, 6:30-8 pm, $45 and all materials provided… and, Herbal Family Remedies, February 28, 2-3:30 pm, $35 and all materials provided. All Classes take place at the store, 8012 S.E. 13th Street.

“Shabby Nest Antiques” forced to close on Feb. 28. If you’ve been meaning to visit Shabby Nest Antiques, at 7805 S.E. 13th in Sellwood, it’s worth the trip, but you only have until the end of February to do so. Owner Raylene Peraza writes, “Unfortunately, I have some sad news to share. I am closing Shabby Nest Antiques as of February 28th, 2015. The owner of the property has sold it to developers. I have been nervously awaiting to hear the ultimate decision since last fall. It has been a very tough wait. I have put my heart and soul into this shop and I want to THANK every one of you who shared in this love with me!! I do not have any plans to relocate. As I have entertained the idea....it is just not a cost effective choice for me.” The shop’s telephone number is 971/238-6378.

Stellar Real Estate donates to charity. Windermere Stellar Real Estate, whose Inner Southeast office is situated on the southeast corner of S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 16th in Westmoreland, announces that the company foundation supported 45 charitable organizations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington in 2014. Through the local chapter of the Windermere Foundation, the firm donated $370,000 to organizations supporting low-income children and families in our local communities, “with a portion of that going to nonprofit organizations based in Southeast Portland, such as the David Douglas Education Foundation and Franklin High School Food Program”.





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