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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.

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INNER SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S BUSINESS NEWS!


KILT, Irish Pub, Woodstock, closes
KILT Irish Brew Pub on Woodstock Boulevard closed suddenly in mid-July, after the owners experienced a series of unforeseen setbacks. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Woodstock’s KILT Irish Pub suddenly closes

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
for THE BEE

It’s happened again. For the third time in less than two years, a tavern/restaurant on the southwest corner of S.E. 44th and Woodstock Boulevard has abruptly closed.

On Wednesday, July 15, KILT Irish Pub announced that, after just a few months in business, they were shutting their doors for good.

The closure caught the neighborhood by surprise, but reviewing a series of events experienced by the owners during the past few months provides an explanation.

Last month, THE BEE reported the armed robbery at KILT, which occurred in the wee hours of the morning on May 24th. The loss of $5,000 for a business just starting out was significant. Although the men accused of the holdup are now in custody, the money has not been recovered.

And, during the past few months the business received several other blows. First, Tyson Miltenberger, KILT owner, recently spent five days in the hospital believing he had a heart attack. Also, his son was in the ICU on two occasions. In addition, the OLCC recently cancelled their sidewalk seating permit. And on Monday, July 13th, the restaurant’s walk-in cooler broke down, and they lost everything inside before they had a chance to fix it.

Owner Miltenberger says he is sorry things turned out this way. In an online post, he wrote:

“First off I want to thank everyone who gave us a shot; we really appreciated having you, and we hope that you had a good experience. I’m so sorry that it came to this; we seriously gave it our all. We and our employees worked our butts off to make it work, but it just seemed like it was one thing after another… I guess you could say that this was a very expensive college crash course, as we did learn a lot from it.”

The building he is vacating at 4336 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard has had an interesting history. It was built in 1948, and was originally owned by the Miller Family, who sold it several years ago to Lim, LLC, and that company still owns the property.

It was a furniture store throughout the1940s, 50’s, and 60’s; and then, in the late ’70s and ’80s it was home to Mike’s Auto Parts, before becoming Mickey Finn’s Restaurant and Brew Pub. More recently it was Fenders Moto Café and Brew Pub, a business that lasted only a year or so. 

As for the future of the building? Miltenberger says, “There are a couple of people interested in the space, so I’m hoping that we can get a great restaurant/brewery to come and make the space great.”



Randy Schulman, Atlas Scoops, gelato, Sellwood
Actor Randy Schulman has found great success since moving to Portland, appearing in “Grimm”, “Leverage”, and “Wild” – and he has now joined the Sellwood food cart culture, with “Atlas Scoops”. (Photo by Jaime Valdez)

Sellwood Scoop: From “Grimm” to gelato

By MAX DENNING
The Portland Tribune

Special to THE BEE

You might recognize him from his role in “Grimm,” but this summer you’re most likely to find Randy Schulman at his gelato cart Atlas Scoops in Sellwood.

Open for its second season, the bright teal and yellow cart stands out on the grassy knoll where it’s parked, just west behind Sock Dreams, on S.E. 13th Avenue at Nehalem.

The cart’s family-friendly atmosphere and entertainment – which includes silent movies, and performances from local musicians – form what Schulman hopes will become Portland’s newest summertime destination.

“There’s all these kids, all these families in Sellwood, but there was no gelato, no ice cream here,” says Schulman’s wife, Delcie Adams, a fellow actor.

“This is not something I always had mapped out in my head,” Schulman adds. “It’s a blend of what our area needs, what it doesn’t have, and how we can go into business for ourselves. And, also stay flexible for when I book work.”

After a successful first season, Atlas Scoops expanded this summer, with a bike cart in Westmoreland Park that will serve two flavors of gelato and a sorbet. The bike cart was at the annual SMILE/PP&R Sellwood Riverfront Park concerts for the five Mondays starting July 6th.

They serve eight flavors of Staccato Gelato at the cart, including a vegan sorbet, classic vanilla, and chocolate, and more sophisticated options – such as caramel sea salt, and honey lavender.

With a bucket of chalk placed on the sidewalk adjacent to the cart, lawn games in the seating area, and lights strung above, Schulman has kept the cart’s atmosphere family-focused and simple.

In July, Schulman began Saturday night screenings of old Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin silent movies. So how does one go from acting to running a food cart? Schulman, 47, grew up in Los Angeles, and began acting at the age of 9. He attended San Francisco State University, where he met his wife, Adams.

The couple owned a theater company in Los Angeles for nearly ten years, which won the “Ovation Award” for Best World Premiere Play, given for a play Schulman wrote and directed – “La Gioconda.”  

Schulman was working in the MTV story department when the couple decided to move to Portland.  “A lifestyle change is what we were looking for – and we believed Portland would be a healthier place to raise our daughter,” he says. Certainly the air is better here!

The couple and their daughter, Atlas, whom the cart is named for, moved to Portland six years ago, when his daughter was less than a year old. They moved any without jobs lined up, and had actually intended to stop working as actors.

“But I quickly realized TV and film production was evolving here — and so I signed with an agency, and began booking work,” he says.

Schulman began his work in Portland by acting in a lead role in the independent film “House of Last Things,” with RJ Mitte, the “son” from “Breaking Bad.”  He followed it up by guest starring on “Leverage”; booking a recurring role on “Grimm” as Freddy Calvert, owner of the spice shop; and playing Reese Witherspoon’s therapist in “Wild”. He just finished filming for “Cabin Fever,” a horror movie remake of the 2002 film.

Adams has booked commercials, including one for M&M’s.

“Ironically, my wife and I always joke that we moved a thousand miles away from the nucleus of the film and television industry – in order to finally, and unexpectedly, book more consistent work,” he says.

When moving to Portland, Schulman and Adams had decided they wanted to start a business together. They originally wanted to open a home design and furnishing store, but realized the time and financial commitment of owning and operating a store would be overwhelming.

After “Staccato Gelato”, a Portland-based gelato company, closed its Westmoreland location on Bybee Boulevard in 2012, Schulman came up with a way to bring gelato back to their neighborhood in February of 2014.

In April of 2014, Schulman found a food cart in British Columbia, then spent weeks filling out the correct paperwork needed to get the cart across the border. Two months later, Schulman and his nephew, Kyle Zada, who worked at the cart last summer, drove up to Canada and hauled it back.

After redesigning the cart in June, the cart opened on July 3 last year. Schulman estimates he invested $25,000 doing everything from buying the cart to getting it across the border and renovating it. But it’s paying off now in summertime gelato sales.

Meantime, Adams works full-time for Dry Soda Co., whose products are also sold at the cart. She has handed over full responsibility of the cart to Schulman. She says they always had a vision for what they wanted the space to feel like. “We always wanted to create a vibe that invites people just to come hang,” she says.

Victoria Dorsey, a recent graduate of St. Mary’s Academy who is one of Schulman’s three part-time employees at the cart, says she loves the job. “It’s just a really good vibe, and I love that it’s so family-oriented,” Dorsey says, mentioning details like offering kids their choice of spoon color, and letting kids watch the gelato being scooped through the cart’s windowed exterior.

While some customers know Schulman from his on-screen roles, more recognize him from his place in the Sellwood community. “I think a lot of people know him as ‘Randy who lives down the street’,” Dorsey says.

Atlas Scoops is at 8005 S.E. 13th Avenue. It is open noon to 8 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and noon to 10 pm Fridays and Saturdays; the bike cart is stationed in Westmoreland Park daily from noon to 5 pm, during the summer season.



Red Castle Games, shoplifter, Matthew Micetic, John Scott Ustler
The security camera shows that when the owner turns his back, the man walks out – with an obvious bulge in the back of his shirt. (Courtesy of Matthew Mičetić)

Foster Road game store owner nabs shoplifter

By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE

Looking at still images taken from their security cameras, it seems obvious that the burly man in the blue shirt who was looking over the merchandise at Red Castle Games in the Foster-Powell neighborhood really had no intention of paying for what he was selecting, on Friday evening, July 10.

After greeting thousands of customers over the past three years, store owner Matthew Mičetić tells THE BEE that odd behavior now always attracts his attention.

He says some people who visit his store believe they can don a “cloak of invisibility” and not be caught shoplifting.

“The vast majority of our customers are like friends, and would never think of stealing from us,” Mičetić reflected. “But still, we lose as much as $10,000 worth of merchandise – that’s our cost – every year.  For a business our size, that’s really a huge amount of money.”

He was working behind the counter that night, Mičetić said, stocking a shelf, when he noticed the heavy man in blue “acting a little odd”. “We make it a point to greet customers when they come in the store, and when they leave.

“When he looked uncomfortable after I wished him a nice evening, it triggered something in the back of my mind that something was not right,” Mičetić said.

Then, as the man passed in by the front windows, heading east on the sidewalk along S.E. Foster Road, Mičetić said he saw the outline of a “perfect square sticking out” of his shirt.

“As I walked after him outside, he was pulling the book out from under his shirt,” Mičetić said. “I grabbed the product from him, and called 911. He was fairly cooperative at first, and then tried to get away.

“Here’s a pretty big fellow, I would guess he was about 400 pounds,” Mičetić went on. “I’m not exactly spry at my feet, but I was able to catch this guy. I was holding him by the belt of his pants.”

A customer saw the scuffle and came to assist. The alleged shoplifter clamed that Mičetić was assaulting him, and pleaded for help, but to no avail. “My customer saw me, holding the product I’d just taken from him. He told the guy, ‘We can do this the hard way, or that easy way’.”

At first, the man offered to pay for the merchandise found on his person. “Then, he played the ‘sympathy card’, saying he didn't have money and he was poor,” Mičetić said. But when the police searched him, he had more than $100 on him.”

The man was identified as 52-year-old John Scott Ustler, who was then arrested without incident, Mičetić said.

Although the alleged shoplifter was handcuffed and transported away from the scene in a district patrol car, a search of Multnomah County Detention Center so far has no record of Ustler being booked into the county jail.

Asked if he’d go after a shoplifter again, Mičetić thought for a moment before answering. “In the spur of the moment, I’m sure I would. If I think it over, maybe not. There is no merchandise here worth getting hurt over.”



Randy Spelling, Unlimiting You, Being in Flow
Sellwood Life Coach Randy Spelling, owner of “Being In Flow”, has published his first book, “Unlimiting You”. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Sellwood’s Randy Spelling publishes first book

By RITA A. LEONARD
for THE BEE

Born into Hollywood royalty, and now a Sellwood resident, Randy Spelling has been a Certified Life Coach for eight years -- and has just published his first book, “Unlimiting You”.

The book gives new perspectives on living life with purpose, richness, and direction, using principles of intuition and self-realization. Its purpose is to help people discover what matters most to them, in order to empower themselves toward fulfillment.

Spelling’s unconventional career, from Hollywood actor to Life Coach, credits his personal success to living a passionate life with purpose. His late father, movie producer Aaron Spelling, provided a background in the entertainment business which led Randy to act in various television shows and run an independent record label, Spellbound Records.

From an early age, he felt much pressure to succeed. In “Unlimiting You”, he encourages readers to step out of their pasts, realize their own limitations, and make conscious changes to move towards their life’s purpose.

Spelling helps clients with relationships, and spiritual and career coaching, through workshops and one-on-one counseling. “My greatest joys are the moments of connection,” he says. “There is nothing more fulfilling than watching someone realize how truly special they are. The messages we tell ourselves play a significant role in the quest toward ‘unlimiting’ ourselves.”

Spelling's path of self-discovery began when he found his voice to help others evolve, while evolving himself. After his father’s death in 2006, he confronted his own demons of grief, drugs, and alcohol. He entered a rehab program in which he traded peer and societal pressures for in-depth soul searching.

Spelling went on to start a life coaching company, “Being in Flow”, and that in turn led him to move to Portland, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He now uses his abilities to help others create transformational change in their lives. His mission is to assist people in discovering who they are, using their own unique gifts to express themselves and share in a journey of self-discovery.

Spelling credits his father with teaching him the power of words and how to write from the heart. This first book serves as an introduction to “the real you”, wherein the author shares his own journey, while guiding you on a discrete path toward your own life's purpose.



reFresh, coffee shop, Gladstone Street, Sinae Lim
Sinae Lim is one of the two owners of “reFresh Coffee and Wine Bar” at 2860 S.E. Gladstone Street, now open in the new Creston Lofts mixed-use building. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Mixed-use building on Gladstone Street hosts new coffee and wine bar

By RITA A. LEONARD
for THE BEE

A new coffee and wine bar, “reFresh”, recently opened at 2860 S.E. Gladstone Street, on the ground floor of the newly-constructed mixed-use Creston Lofts. The small cafe is both kid- and dog-friendly, and has earned praise from visitors.

“We are a locally-sourced neighborhood cafe,” assert owners Sinae Lim and Sara McMahon. “We strive to highlight Oregon’s bounty, focusing on small batch and artisanal foods. Our intent is to support local commerce, reduce our carbon footprint, and foster strong relationships in the community.

“The most popular items so far are the veggie sandwich and roast beef panini,” says Lim. “We offer both fresh or heated foods, dine-in or to-go. We plan to start a take-one/leave-one indoor bookshelf for customers, too.”

reFresh serves Water Avenue Coffee, Pearl Bakery pastries, Bowery bagels, as well as espresso and local wines and beers. Their cheese plates, salads, and freshly-made sandwiches, make a fine casual lunch or light dinner. A roll-up glass garage-door along the sidewalk offers a view, with indoor and outdoor seating for about 30.

The Café is open Sundays through Thursdays from 7 am to 8 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 7 am to 9 pm. Call 503/477-4196 for information.



Mexican Gothic, mural, Tienda El Campesino
This new mural, “Te Otro Gothica”, adorns – and also attracts customers to – a Mexican grocery store at 6611 S.E. Powell Boulevard. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Powell grocery store sponsors “Mexican Gothic” mural

By RITA A. LEONARD
for THE BEE

A unique mural has been painted on the south wall of Tienda El Campesino Mexican Grocery at 6611 S.E. Powell Boulevard.

The 12x20-foot-long expanse is called “Te Otro Gothica”, and features a subtle reference to Grant Wood’s well-known painting, “American Gothic”. Here, though, the stern iconic farm couple Wood posed with apron and pitchfork are instead represented by skeletons – a nod to the Mexican holiday Dias de las Muertes, or Day of the Dead.

The Hispanic couple in the mural, clad in vest and tall farm hat, stand in front of a scene representing Mexico City, and the area around Acapulco Bay. At the left of the mural, a skeleton farmer wielding a hoe represents a hardworking farmhand eking out a living from a dry cactus-bordered field. A doorway niche in the center of the mural presents an image of the Virgin Mary attended by a tiny skeleton cherub, watching over the scene.

Market owners Socorro San Pedro and Jose Mendoza tell THE BEE that the mural was painted in June by Mike Eugene, and has received many compliments from shoppers. The market has operated at the site for two years now, but the mural seems to have increased business, as passers-by stop by to admire the artwork, and then stop in.

Across the top of the scene, the name Tienda El Campesino in cursive script identifies the grocery behind the mural. The market is packed with fresh and packaged foods, piñatas, tortillas, and popular Mexican drinks and snacks. Mendoza adds, “We also have a meat market and bakery here, and we are open to helping people with recipes.”

Mike Eugene’s colorful and creative efforts prove that artworks can make good advertisements for small businesses. And that could lead to more murals in the area.




BUSINESS BRIEFS


Tri Met, contest, MAX, light rail, Orange Line
This graphic will help you find the local businesses participating in the MAX-themed contest.

Opening of MAX line Sept. 12 preceded by contest. TriMet announces that, as part of the opening festivities for the new Orange “Inner Southeast” MAX light rail line, it is sponsoring a contest in which a number of local businesses are participating, called “Marks The Spot”. It’s a free digital game for those with smart phones, “designed to encourage exploration and ridership of the MAX Orange Line.” The game is part of the TrilMet Tickets mobile ticketing application, and encourages participants to find “beacons” that will be placed at MAX stations and at participating businesses and destinations along the new light rail line. When players find the beacons, they will be awarded points and entered into various drawings to win a range of prizes, as well as the grand prize. “The TriMet Tickets mobile ticketing app currently has more than 180,000 downloads,” reveals TriMet. The new line opens on September 12; for more on the opening day celebration, go online to: http://www.catchtheorange.com

Westmoreland Union Manor being renovated. Union Labor Retirement Association (ULRA) has secured funds to renovate Westmoreland Union Manor, a 300-unit affordable senior housing project, to assure its long-term affordability. The nonprofit Manor has been an important part of the Sellwood-Moreland community since ULRA developed it in 1966. Located on 6.6 acres of lush grounds on S.E. 23rd Avenue north of Bybee – a site once owned by Fred Meyer, with the later-abandoned idea of building a store there – the seven-story apartment building provides affordable homes to low-income seniors. The $30.2 million renovation will replace the building’s aging envelope/façade, and greatly improve the building’s energy efficiency, fire safety, accessibility, and seismic resistance. Walsh Construction will serve as the general contractor. Residents will be temporarily relocated during portions of the estimated 22-month construction period, already getting underway. In addition to federal rent subsidies projected to be worth $144 million over 40 years, funding resources for the preservation effort total $44 million – and include a $29.4 million state-allocated tax-exempt affordable housing bond believed to be the largest project revenue bond issued by Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) in its history. In addition to OHCS, key funding partners include the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), and J.P. Morgan Chase.

“FotoSnap” launched by Woodstock entrepreneur. Longtime Woodstock resident, President of the Woodstock Community Business Association, and owner of Odango! Hair Studio, Ann Sanderson, has founded a second enterprise. Her new venture, FotoSnap, is a “new type of photography company designed for the Internet age”. She explains, “Online, your profile picture on LinkedIn or on Match.com is often the first thing people know about you, and a ‘selfie’ is a bad way to make a first impression – but traditional photographers can charge hundreds of dollars for a disk full of pictures when you only need one. With FotoSnap you book a quick convenient photo shoot for just $29, and get the one photo that you need, and not a bunch that you don’t.” FotoSnap offers their mini photo sessions in locations all over the city at “cute coffee shops, colorful retailers, vibrant restaurants, and more”. For more information, go online to: http://www.fotosnap.co – or email Sanderson at: ann@fotosnap.co.  

“Dog Coach” also trims dogs’ nails. Audrey Charlton, whose business is called “Dog Coach”, reports that in addition to her various mobile services, she started doing nail trims at Sellwood Pet Supply on July 4th, to be repeated every other Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. “Gentle trimming is offered at $5.00 per trim or $7.00 for dremmels.” Sellwood Pet Supply is situated at 8334 S.E. 17th Avenue. Call the store for Audrey’s next appearance: 503/239-1517.

OLCC announces liquor license applications. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced applications received at the end of June from a few businesses in THE BEE’s service area:  “Devin’s Dive” a/k/a “The Dive Bar” at 1112 S.E. Tacoma Street in Sellwood; the “Warehouse Café” at 3434 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue; the “Portland Fish Market” at 4404 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard; and “Rose City Strip” at 3620 S.E. 35th Place.

“No Rest Productions” releases album. An Inner Southeast recording company called “No Rest Productions” recently released an album, “Folkslinger, Volume 1” by Shannon MacMinn. The business is located at 6306 S.E. 49th Avenue in the Woodstock neighborhood; the website is planned to be: www.norestproductions.com – but as of press time, the website had not yet been completed or published. The e-mail address is: norestproductions@gmail.com.  

Another donation from Windermere’s Moreland office. Windermere Stellar Real Estate recently presented a $2,500 donation at its Westmoreland branch to St. Andrew Nativity School, a nonprofit Catholic school located in Northeast Portland that prepares students of all faiths from low-income backgrounds for college and career readiness. A Windermere spokesman remarks, “St. Andrew Nativity School is a highly successful program in which many students gain five grade levels in three years. Since its first class in 2011, 94 percent of the school’s graduates completed high school with 80 percent of those students advancing to college. This $2,500 donation will allow the school to continue its focus on highly individualized instruction by advancing to one-on-one technology for their students.”

12 x 16 Gallery exhibits two local artists. Mary Jo Cook and Linda Olson-Osterlund will be showing their new work at the 12x16 Gallery in Sellwood August 6-30. The First Friday Reception is August 7, 6-9 pm, and the Artists’ Reception is Sunday, August 9, 2-4 pm. 12x16 Gallery is situated at 8235 SE 13th Avenue, No. 5, and is open Thursdays through Sundays, 12-5 pm. Online at: http://www.12x16gallery.com.

New Farmers Market open in Brooklyn. A Brooklyn Farmers Market opened on Friday, July 17, at 3338 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. Owners Clint MacKay and Tyler Germann plan to “bring in quality products from around the region to showcase this gateway to Inner Southeast neighborhoods”. It will be open both Fridays, 3-7 pm, and Saturdays, 9-2 pm, during the season. Vendors sell juices, fish, coffee, jams, nut butters, beef jerky, and dog treats, among other things.





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