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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Woodstock, murals, Portland, Oregon
The Woodstock committee planning new street murals includes, from left: Bryan Gilbert, Cloud City Ice Cream; Elisa Edgington, WNA Chairperson and a Board member of the WCBA; Kevin Myers, Reed College; Gene Dieringer, Dieringer’s Properties; Erin Beauchamp, Red Fox Vintage; Angie Even, Woodstock Stakeholders; and Laurie Flynn, owner of the Delta Café building. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

More murals on the way for Woodstock Boulevard


At the July Woodstock Neighborhood Association meeting Angie Even, a Woodstock neighborhood property owner and a spokesperson for the Woodstock Stakeholders group, reported on plans for beautification of the Woodstock business district.    

Referencing a finding in the Woodstock Charrette held in the fall of 2014, Even reported, “People commented that the business district is dull. [They said] ‘We want a more vibrant district. In addition to landscaping, the walls of businesses could be decorated’.”

In response, a committee has been formed to work on beautification. Composed of the Woodstock Stakeholders (Woodstock commercial property owners), other business owners, a Reed College representative, and the Woodstock Neighborhood Association Chair and Vice-Chair, with support from the Woodstock Community Business Association, it has met several times to review artists’ renderings for murals.

The first phase of the project will be the new murals, professionally-painted by local artists, on three business walls – the upper south-side wall of Cloud City Ice Cream, the west wall of the Delta Café, and the east wall of Red Fox Vintage.

Business owners along the Boulevard report themselves as looking forward to having the murals add color and vibrancy to the neighborhood. Erin Beauchamp, owner of Red Fox Vintage remarks, “We had a community art wall on the west side that has since been covered [but reproduced on the west wall of New Seasons Market], so we are excited about a new piece of art on our east wall.”

Even, who is the project’s manager, reported that the theme of the beautification projects is “community” and “positive imaging”. Funding for the murals will come from businesses, the Stakeholders group, and a grant from Metro. Even says they will also apply for a grant from Regional Arts and Culture in September.

Books With Pictures, comic books, store, graphic novels
Katie Proctor has set up a kids’ reading area at her new comic book store on S.E. Division, “Books With Pictures”. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Comic book store opens on S.E. Division Street


“Books With Pictures”, a new graphic book store for all ages, opened June 1 at 1100 S.E. Division Street, in the “Jimmy's Tire” building. The bright and inviting business is owned by Katie Proctor, a resident of Ladd’s Addition.

“I wanted to create a new space for kids, women, diverse readers, and especially people who are new to comics,” she says. “Graphic books can be a steppingstone to literacy, and they appeal to both beginning and advanced readers.”

Proctor has organized the store into several sections. There are fiction and non-fiction graphic novels, comic books, picture books, small press (handmade & local), Manga, dollar books, and staff picks. There is a kids’ section with comfy seating near the front of the shop, and an adult section at the rear.

“It’s a really interesting time to be in the growing field of comic books,” remarks Proctor. “Business has been great, and we hold frequent author talks. We've had three author signing events here so far, all of which were well-attended.”

In addition to selling books, jewelry with graphic designs, coloring books, and small collectibles, “Books With Pictures” also provides community-event meeting space. “There’s a monthly knitting club called ‘Yarn With Pictures’ that meets on the third Sunday of the month; also a ‘Creators' Meet-Up’ on Thursdays from 6 until 9 p.m.

“We host a twice-a-month Reading Club, art classes, and a First Monday Women’s Game Night from 7 until 10 p.m. Check our website for information:

“Our stock was built up with inclusivity in mind, as we welcome a new generation of graphics fans,” explains Proctor. There are graphic novels dealing with women and black heroes, as well as classics such as Walt Disney’s Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck.

Among the books in the store are those exhibiting themes of adventure, acceptance, responses to bullying, and doing the right thing. With inventory wide enough to interest all ages and fans of all genres, “Books With Pictures” may be worth a visit.

Organic Mealtime Bites, David and Darcy Kochis, Woodstock, Portland, Oregon, baby food
The “Organic Mealtime Bites” creators, marketers, and chefs – Darcy and Dustin Kochis – prepare to make a batch of their Bites. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Woodstock couple create new line of baby food


Woodstock residents Darcy and Dustin Kochis said that the grocery store category of “baby food” wasn’t at all something they’d ever thought about – until their son Jude joined the family a little over a year ago.

Now, they’ve started a true “mom-and-pop” company, manufacturing and marketing their own of food for tots.

“When our son was six months old, we decided to feed him in a way called ‘baby-led weaning’,” Darcy remarked to THE BEE, as she and Dustin were working in a Brooklyn neighborhood commercial kitchen.

“This means letting the baby feed itself; you never spoon-feed the baby purées,” Darcy continued. “This really allowed him to explore the tastes and textures of food, and discover them for himself.”

Wanting to provide healthy foods, as they considered introducing more food options, like whole grains, they found a problem. “We quickly realized that cooked-quinoa-on-a-tray is very, very messy!”

So, using miniature muffin tins, they set about making “bites” that contained quinoa, and packed vegetables, herbs, and spices, that Jude could pick up and eat without help from his parents.

“As we experimented, one of our hard and fast rules was making sure that there was no added salt and no added sugar,” Darcy explained. “So many foods today are either prepared for adults, or are really bland foods for children. We wanted to make food Jude loved, but which contained healthy ingredients.”

With Darcy working in food marketing, and Dustin doing product sales for Frito-Lay, and more recently Pirates Booty, they had little time for food preparation, so they started making up Jude’s bites in batches, freezing them, and then warming them up in the microwave.

Early in 2015, while having dinner in a restaurant, it occurred to the couple that their solution to baby feeding might also appeal to other parents.

With their combined experience serving the food business, they decided to use their skills to create their own product.

“I did a market study to see if there’s anything else out there like this, and there wasn’t,” Dustin said.

“All I saw on the baby food aisle was what I call the four ‘Ps’ – purées, pouches, puffs, and pizza bites,” Dustin went on. “That’s when we said ‘we’re going to take a leap of faith, and trust in our experience at sales and distribution, and start our own food marketing company’.”

They spent most of 2015 writing a business plan, naming the company “Little Handfuls Organics”, researching ingredients, and working with food consultants, like their Registered Dietitian, Wendy Brazilian. “She helped make sure that the bites that we’re making were properly proportioned both in nutrition and in size for our little ones,” Darcy said.

Other people they met who were affiliated with the Oregon Entrepreneur Network gave them advice, tips, and ideas. “This is how we found Warehouse Café, to build our kitchen,” Darcy said.

They finalized on three products, and created packaging for what they call their “Organic Mealtime Bites”.

Finally, after their inspected and certified commercial kitchen was complete, the Kochis’ “went live” this past April, making their first sales at the store inside the Warehouse Café, at 3434 S.E. Milwaukee Avenue in Brooklyn.

And, as each opened for the season, the couple took samples and products for sales at the Moreland, Woodstock, and Hollywood farmers markets.

With their line of “Organic Mealtime Bites”, this local couple – who took a leap of faith by starting this business – may well be on their way to creating new food empire, right here in Inner Southeast Portland.

Find out more by visiting their website:

Foster Area Business Association, promotion, Spirit of Foster Tasting Tour
“Troubadour” Brian Oberlin entertains, during the “Spirit of Foster Tasting Tour” stop at Carts on Foster. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Foster Road businesses host “Tasting Tour”


While looking for a new summertime promotional event, members and leaders of the Foster Area Business Association (FABA) settled on an inaugural “Spirit of Foster Tasting Tour”, which took place on Saturday, July 9.

The tour was in the category of a “pub crawl”, in which people go from one establishment to another to sample beer, wine, and liquor.

But the event also featured “All Ages” routes, with family-friendly places to visit, including Carts on Foster, Nayar Taqueria, Portland Mercado, and Red Castle Games.

“The event gives people a reason to get out and experience the many good establishments up and down Foster Road, and meet their owners,” explained tour organizer Justin Amrine, proprietor of Starday Tavern.

In addition to encouraging folks to explore Foster Road businesses, the promotion included each participating store giving out “passports” and stickers, making visitors eligible to win prizes.

“The best thing to come out of this, for the business district, is bringing our business owners together,” Amrine said. “When business owners come together on the same team, we support one another. There are plenty of customers for all of us.”

To stay in touch with FABA, visit their official website:

Venn Chairs
Venn Chair developer Tyler Benner, left, of the Brooklyn neighborhood, displays (and sits on) his spherical chairs – with the product’s designer and manufacturer, Fine Karunamit. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Brooklynite invents new chair; it’s made in Southeast


Recently, Brooklyn neighborhood resident Tyler Benner developed a new business producing comfortable air-filled chairs for home and office.

The “Venn chair” – inspired, he says, by the Venn diagram – is described as “a spherical upholstered chair that improves the three overlapping foundations of life: Body, mind, and spirit”.

“I was originally inspired by stability balls,” says Benner, “But I wanted to make a piece of upholstered furniture.”

The chairs are made to last, he assures – using Pendleton wool, upholstery grade textiles, thick double-backed upholstery foam, and an anti-burst air cushion. Benner says his new chairs promote core strength by allowing the body to exercise equilibrium, appealing to natural urges to move and stretch: “The chairs help you stay alert, maintain balance, be happy, exercise patience, and embrace change.”

Venn chairs come in a variety of colors to match home or office, or can be custom designed for a customer. They are manufactured right in Inner Southeast at Fyn Apparel, 2132 S.E. Division Street, a design shop and display room. Owner Ms. Fine Karunamit remarks, “It was initially challenging to sew the spherical pieces together, but we created patterns for two sizes.” 

Benner comments that his chairs are comfortable, and engineered for the future. “We made over fifty prototype designs before hitting on the right combination of materials, and were featured in Domino Magazine.

“The chairs are sold at Fyn Apparel, online at [not “com”], at Hunt & Gather in Portland’s Pearl District, and in some Pendleton stores.”

Watershed Building, Milwaukie Avenue, Westmoreland, Max Grad, Portland
Max Grad uses forklift in the process of performing upgrades to The Watershed Building, just south of the McLoughlin overcrossing, at 5040 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Amidst changing surroundings, Westmoreland’s Watershed Building upgrades


Since THE BEE’s article about the place last year, chronicling the many businesses at Westmoreland’s “Watershed Building”, just south of McLoughlin Boulevard at 5040 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, there have been several changes.

Property manager/business owner Max Grad (“Dead Letter”, to his friends) reports that there are about 33 spaces, with more than 67% of the building occupied by full-time businesses. “Others have come and gone, but we now have an 800-square-foot room available for meetings, as well as many structural improvements.”

Grad recently painted a bright yellow loading zone area on the sidewalk along Milwaukie Avenue to provide space for deliveries. “We also plan to update the outside of the building to match neighboring new businesses: Trackers Earth, Bar 33, and the new Brooklyn Yard apartments being constructed by Solterra. When that project is complete, we hope to host a neighborhood open house as a get-acquainted event.

Structural improvements to the building – which once was a Portland Public Schools “Vocational Village” – include three sets of recessed doors and two new rear exits, a remodeled back stairwell, and the updating of all sinks and natural gas plumbing. “We’re now working on mechanical permits for fans, ducts, and exhaust systems,” he remarked, “and will update the backflow system and fire doors.”

New businesses at the site include “PDX Laser Works”, owned by Steven Cox, and a concrete contracting business called “Golden Mean LLC”, operated by Mike Fulton and Abe Max. “They specialize in big concrete-pour jobs like basements, walls, and structural columns,” says Grad. “There’s also a new avante garde performance arts group here called ‘Lacuna’. Long-term woodworking businesses like ‘Inventia Design’ and ‘Perfect 45 Degrees’ continue to be our cornerstone tenants.    

“Most of our tenants here are crafters, but there is also a band, ‘The Lower 48’, which recently had one of their songs, ‘Come Awake’, purchased for a Superbowl ad. We’re real proud of them,” he continues. “We’ve mothballed the Tool Shed business – a teaching metal shop – and will convert that project into an Arts Grant Association. Cory Knudson, owner of Rebel Cricket Screen Prints, is currently offering a special on cotton T-shirts for intramural sports teams, at $8 each.”

In reference to the adjacent building to the south, formerly a St. Vincent de Paul facility whose services included the homeless, and which now will be a Multnomah County homeless service facility and shelter, Grad has a welcoming attitude. “We understand the shelter will be open to women, and couples with no children, and we expect they will be good neighbors,” he says.

“Earlier this year, a Bernie Sanders political volunteer group formed here that created large display signs and provided phone-bank support for the Sanders presidential campaign,” he reports.

“Since that campaign has refocused, the group now phone-banks for other local ‘progressive’ leaders. They meet here Tuesdays at 8 p.m.; but otherwise the room, which has a projector and lots of seating, is available for neighborhood meetings for a flat fee, on a sliding scale. Call 503/232-7433 for information.”


Southeast Portland Rotary Club, Mark Pennington, Joel Fields
: The changing of the guard at Southeast Portland Rotary: Outgoing Club President Mark Pennington, left, is honored with a plaque by his successor, Joel Fields. (Photo by Eric Norberg)

Southeast Portland Rotary installs new President.
Joel Fields, former proprietor of the UPS Store in Sellwood, was installed as the new President of the Southeast Portland Rotary Club, at the club’s annual Awards and Installation Banquet on June 29, at the start of the new Rotary Year (July through June of each year). He replaces Westmoreland resident Mark Pennington, who served in that role for the past year. In addition, David O’Connor, the club’s 2017-18 President-Elect, was honored as the club’s Rotarian of the Year for his deep involvement in the activities of the club and of Rotary District 5100; Tamara Still was honored by the club with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition for her contributions to the club; and several members were recognized for their years of “perfect attendance”, led by former Club President Joe Amato, for 42 years of unwavering weekly attendance. International Service Chair, and former Club President, Kathy Stromvig introduced the club to the next “outbound” Rotary Exchange Student sponsored by the club, Fiona Kavanaugh of Cleveland High. The club meets weekly, except on holidays, at Monday noon at the Eastmoreland Golf Course clubhouse, and the public is always welcome to attend. For more information, go online to:

“Lake Grove Upholstery” moves to its Highway 224 factory location.
Lake Grove Upholstery, a local business which began in the 1940s in Lake Grove and moved to S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood – just north of Spokane Street – sixteen years ago, has developed its own factory facility, previously named Classic Interior Concepts, two blocks east of Bob’s Red Mill on International Way in Milwaukie, and Lake Grove Upholstery is consolidating its operation by moving the Sellwood showroom into it. There they custom manufacture fine furniture, and reupholster customers’ furniture. The exact new address is: 4288 S.E. International Way, Suite A, Milwaukie 97222; and their new telephone number is 503/595-8029; e-mail address:; and their website remains:

Orange Line Wines, Ester Janne Hill, Westmoreland
Owner Ester Janne Hill has just opened “Orange Line Wines” in Westmoreland.

“Orange Line Wines” opens in Westmoreland.

Owner/Sommelier Ester Janne Hill has just opened a neighborhood wine shop called “Orange Line Wines” across the street from the Westmoreland 7-Eleven store, with “a selection of hundreds of distinctive labels, augmented with her intimate knowledge of each” to assist customers. Hill, an experienced sommelier and trained chef, assures that she “will help guide customers in choosing great wines for themselves and their occasion”. She is fluent in English, Russian, and Hebrew, and speaks limited German as well. Orange Line Wines is situated at 6212 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 503/863-2012, or go online to:

“Piece of Cake” in Sellwood wins again.

Marilyn DeVault’s “Piece of Cake” Bakery was represented last October by Marilyn DeVault and Shelby Page on the nationally-broadcast Cooking Channel’s “Sugar Showdown” contest, and won. Now, in early July, Marilyn reports that the duo won Portland’s “Brewery Cupcake” competition – a beer-infused cupcake contest, hosted by Portland Brewery, with the proceeds donated to Friendly House – with “Apricot Ale goes to Ireland”: Irish oatmeal drenched in apricot ale – apricots and mango marinated in beer – added to the Irish oatmeal cake formula. Apricot and mango compote on top. Iced in maple buttercream, and topped with cashew brittle. Marilyn exults, “Thank you voters! We won and our team is so excited!”

Westmoreland business opens patio, receives recognition

In June Milla Woller, owner of Buttercraft, at 6664 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, opened a backyard garden patio behind the business which seats 30. The space has a quiet, relaxing charm. “People think it’s beautiful, and want me to keep it a secret,” she says, “But it’s available to all my customers.” She brightens, adding: “We were also just named in Portland Monthly’s ‘Best of the City’ – quite an honor.”

Piece Of Cake, Sellwood, Marilyn DeVault
“Piece of Cake” bakery in Sellwood won an award for this cupcake in a Portland competition.
Buttercraft, patio, Westmoreland
Milla Woller, right, owner of Buttercraft, chats with customers Stu and Leigh Trembath in the business’ new backyard garden patio in Westmoreland. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Brooklyn juice business chronicles its growth.
Since opening four years ago in Brooklyn, the Portland Juice Co. reports that it has expanded to six new locations, including one in the mixed-use apartment building on the former Black Cat Tavern site, at 8288 S.E. 13th Avenue, at Umatilla Street, in Sellwood. “The micro-juicery business offers a variety of snacks and fresh, raw cold-pressed juices as a healthy choice of drink or cleanse,” advises their pamphlet; “Each of our juices contains several pounds of produce with living nutrients and enzymes that help release body toxins and increase energy levels.” They offer pick-up or delivery service by calling 503/913-3367, or go online for information:  

John L. Scott benefits Doernbecher in Woodstock promotions.
Sunday, July10, was a big day at the Woodstock Farmers Market for John L Scott Real Estate, a major sponsor. There was a booth set up with JLS Balloons, a face painting station, and a seed planting station for the children to plant seeds in a pot that could then be planted directly in the ground. It was a benefit for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Agents involved include Lisa Reid (Committee Head), Alex Roy, Donna Sellman-Pilorget (“face painter extraordinaire”), Eric and Kelly Vecchi, Christopher Love, Shanon Adamson-John, Chad Skroch, and Trisha Highland. This Woodstock John L. Scott office also will be involved in the WCBA’s business promotion, “Woodstock Gives Back”, which takes place on Sunday, September 11, from 10 to 6. There will be a John L. Scott “Bot Station”. The Bots are dominoes that are painted on the back side by the kids and parents as well. There will be a requested – but not required – donation to benefit Doerbecher Children’s Hospital through the John L. Scott Foundation.

Woodstock author to read at Powell’s Books.

Sage Cohen, a Woodstock neighborhood resident since 2003, will be celebrating the release of “Fierce on the Page” from Writer’s Digest Books at Powell’s City of Books on W. Burnside, on Wednesday, August 17, at 7:30 p.m. Sage tells THE BEE that she believes “writers have everything they need – and are everything they need – to do the writing they are meant to do. And yet the path to success can be difficult to find and follow.” In “Fierce on the Page” she proposes that ferocity is a writer’s best compass for finding their true way forward, and tells how. Sage is the author of “The Productive Writer”, and “Writing the Life Poetic”, both from Writer’s Digest Books; and the poetry collection “Like the Heart, the World” from Queen of Wands Press. Since founding Sage Communications in 1997, she reports that she also writes campaigns for companies including Blue Shield, American Express, and McKesson. For more on the new book, she refers writers to:

Windermere Moreland philanthropy – and a new agent.
Real estate brokers from Windermere Stellar Real Estate donated more than $127,000 in the first half of this year to 13 local nonprofit organizations to benefit programs serving low-income children and families. The donation from the Windermere Moreland office went to Color Outside the Lines – an organization that empowers and inspires foster children and at-risk youth by providing opportunities for self-expression and creativity. Meantime, Windermere announces a new real estate agent in their Moreland office, at S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 15th: Jane O’Connor, who previously was employed as a teacher at a Montessori School in Southeast Portland for four years. She can be reached at 503/233-7777.

John L Scott, Woodstock, Doernbecher Childrens Hospital
Donna Sellman-Pilorget painted faces at the John L. Scott Real Estate booth at the Woodstock Farmers Market on July 10. Proceeds were donated to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
Sage Cohen, Fierce on the Page, Powells Books
Woodstock writer Sage Cohen has just published a new book for would-be writers.
Jane OConnor, Windermere Real Estate, Westmoreland
Jane O’Connor, a former Montessori School teacher for four years, has joined Windermere’s Westmoreland office as a real estate agent.

New agent at John L. Scott, Woodstock.
Lisa Smillie recently joined John L. Scott Real Estate Woodstock upon relocating to Portland from Eugene. Lisa has been a licensed Real Estate Broker since 2015.

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