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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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INNER SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S

BUSINESS NEWS!


Just one hour before the final closing of the S.E. 45th Franz Outlet Store, on Thursday, April 14, there were still shoppers turning up to buy what remained of the store’s inventory.
Just one hour before the final closing of the S.E. 45th Franz Outlet Store, on Thursday, April 14, there were still shoppers turning up to buy what remained of the store’s inventory. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)
On the day before the Franz Bakery Outlet permanently closed, Allen Sands was shopping for his gluten-free products, and for bakery items for his family. Four year-old Isabelle liked the “kiddy cart”, and 5½ month old Addison slept through the shopping.
On the day before the Franz Bakery Outlet permanently closed, Allen Sands was shopping for his gluten-free products, and for bakery items for his family. Four year-old Isabelle liked the “kiddy cart”, and 5½ month old Addison slept through the shopping. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Franz Bakery Outlet Store on SE 45th closes permanently

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

After over thirty years in business at S.E. 45th Avenue and Harney Street, it wouldn’t seem right to let the Franz Bakery Outlet Store close without an explanation. And indeed, late Thursday afternoon, April 14, it did close its doors forever.

Franz does not own the property, and with the expiration of the lease, the company decided to close the store due to problems relating to the exterior of the building. “We have been honored to serve the community, but the store has been under tremendous stress with the encampments,” admitted a Franz executive. There had been recent reports of crime resulting from encampments across the street, and along the nearby Springwater Corridor.

“It has been a constant battle with people cutting open the gate, blocking the fire hydrant, and having employees fearing for their safety,” continued the Franz executive.  Company executives and employees declined to be named and quoted.

The store, just north of Johnson Creek Boulevard in the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood, was valued by its many customers from Southeast Portland neighborhoods near and far. One employee remarked, “This is a very special community.”

Anyone entering the store could find shelves filled with organic, keto, and gluten-free breads, along with a many varieties of more traditional breads, Franz English muffins, preserves and jellies, Glory Bee raw honey, fruit pies, Nutella, and “breakfast breads” – lemon crème, cinnamon raisin, cinnamon swirl, as well as many specialty items from around the country, such as Little Debbie pastries. All made a great start to the day for many people.

A wide variety of cookies and Bob’s Red Mill products, varieties of chips, pretzels, pasta, condiments, Bear Creek dry soup mixes, along with milk products in the cooler, were purchased by over a hundred customers a day.

Some bread products were “day old” and priced below the items that were fresh. Some fresh breads were competitive with nearby grocery stores and supermarkets, but priced lower.

On April 13th, one day before the permanent closure, the usual stream of customers came through the door all day long. Some were surprised, and some were shocked, to learn of the closure. Most seemed unaware of any problems – probably because these had mainly happened at times when the store was closed.

Allen Sands, who lives in the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood, was there with his four-year-old daughter Isabelle (who was filling her mini cart with items) and his 5½ month old daughter Addison in a baby carrier. “I have celiac disease, so I come here for gluten-free and other things for my wife and family. I didn’t know it was closing. It is really sad,” remarked Sands.

Bruce Hadfield, longtime Eastmoreland resident, said he had been patronizing the outlet store for at least 30 years. Asked his reaction to the closure, his immediate pithy response was, “Mad.”  He informed THE BEE, “We come here once a week for certain breads that I like. You can’t find some of these breads in the stores. It’s irritating [that they are closing].”

Hadfield volunteered for many years with St. Vincent DePaul, helping to supply Eastmoreland’s Holy Family food pantry. “Franz has been really good to St. Vincent de Paul. Each year Franz donates 1,500-2,000 loaves of bread for Multnomah County’s St. Vincent DePaul Christmas food boxes.”

The history: Franz Bakery began when Engelbert Franz, at the age of 15, immigrated to the United States in 1896 to work in his uncle’s bakery in Portland -- the United States Bakery. Franz headquarters are still in N.E. Portland on 11th and Davis. With 67 outlets in the Northwest, including Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Alaska, it has recently expanded into California.

To read a short history of the bakery’s 116 years, illustrated with 24 portraits and historic photos chronicling name change, ownership changes, acquisition of additional Northwest bakeries, and the beginnings of baking organic and gluten free products, see:  http://www.franzbakery.com/HTML/story

Now, if you are among the many who feel devastated at the store’s closing, take heart – apparently none of their other Franz Outlet stores are closing; and the nearest one to the closed store is located at 11540 S.E. Foster Road. The telephone number there is 503/761-2412.



SMBA Interim President Tom Brown listened with concern as business owners told how the citywide spike in crime is impacting their businesses in Sellwood and Westmoreland.
SMBA Interim President Tom Brown listened with concern as business owners told how the citywide spike in crime is impacting their businesses in Sellwood and Westmoreland. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Sellwood-Moreland Business Alliance returns to action, in theater meeting

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

After meeting virtually for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic – and pausing its popular promotions for that reason – leaders of the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance (SMBA) decided to hold a “live” meeting on Thursday morning, March 31st, in the Moreland Theater in Westmoreland.

With his eyes adjusting to the dim light of the movie house, SMBA Interim President Tom Brown wondered aloud if more than a handful of people would attend this 11 a.m. meeting. But, as it turned out this gathering drew 26 attendees.

“We’ve hired a marketing strategist, Jessica O’Rear of Pondering Mind Creative, to help us redo the SMBA website, and automate many of our online functions,” Brown reported to the business members who were filtering in that morning. “Now we’re ready to kick off the organization again. Hopefully, we will start arranging events again. we are looking forward to keeping the neighborhood thriving!”

As the meeting began, after self-introductions, Brown thanked SMBA former Executive Director Terra McGibbon and the Board of Directors for helping them weather the pandemic.

Sellwood Community House Director of Community Relations and Development Erin Fryer, along with Elizabeth Milner, took to the stage toannounce their upcoming programs, including starting up the popular “Thursday Market”.

Then Brown put forward the idea of updating the SMBA’s “Walking Map” of the Sellwood-Westmoreland business district. “Looking over the last map we put out, it is remarkable how many businesses are still here, after the pandemic.”

More music this summer planned
Longtime SMILE concert planner Jim Friscia was there to recall the success they’d had with a dozen concerts last summer, held in three smaller venues, and supported by the business community.

“We are going to scale at back a little bit this year – tentatively, we’re looking at eight concerts – and we are still discussing what we will be doing, and where,” Friscia said.

Before the pandemic, SMILE presented weekly July Summer Concerts in cooperation with the Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) “Summer Free For All” program – most recently in upper Sellwood Park in 2019.

Now, Friscia explained, this year, PP&R is revising their programming and scaling it down. “We’re going to get just one such concert in Sellwood Park this year; it is scheduled for Friday, July 29. We’re also thinking about the weekend of July 29th as an expanded celebration that would include the concert, and perhaps – just perhaps – we can feature a newly-revived Sundae in the Park.”

Crime prevention committee considered
Turning to the upturn in burglaries and vandalism in the Sellwood-Moreland districts, Brown suggested that a developing a volunteer committee to address the issue might be helpful. Several of the business people present offered their own ideas to reduce crime in the area.

Finally, Brown pitched for SMBA memberships, and asked attendees to consider joining its Board of Directors.

Look for the next SMBA meetings to take place on May 26 and June 23 – with locations to be announced. Get on their email list, or get more information, by visiting their official website – http://www.sellwoodmoreland.com



At “The Lightening Society” hair salon in Brooklyn, stylist Tiffany Crist works on client Molly.
At “The Lightening Society” hair salon in Brooklyn, stylist Tiffany Crist works on client Molly. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Lightening Society Salon’ opens in Brooklyn

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

A new hair salon called “The Lightening Society” opened recently at 4290 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

Inattentive readers may think we have just reported a promise of high voltage; but notice that there is an extra E in the name which makes it a play on words, and refers to tinting!

The main focus of the salon is hair cutting and coloring, although they also offer hair consultations, highlighting, shampooing and conditioning, and “balayage” – a French technique for 'painting' colors onto hair. Owner Tiffany Crist and three other professional hair stylists – Matti Braux, Stefani Dimeo, and Kendall Colton – serve customers there. All the stylists have independent schedules and pricing.

These women, all of whom live in the area, are professionals. Crist graduated from Fagan’s Hair Salon in 2014, and formerly worked at Tangerine in Sellwood and Transformations in Woodstock before becoming independent 3-1/2 years ago. The new shop is about 750 sq. ft. in size, with a courtyard in back, one chair available, two shampoo bowls, a couch, and shelf space for selling styling products.

Crist comments, “I like the open windows we have on the south and west sides of the building. This allows our clients to see the results in natural lighting.”

Tiffany Crist can be contacted at 503/953-4240, or via their Instagram account – The Lightening Society Salon – for bookings. The shop offers tea, sparkling water, snacks, and free wi-fi to clients and guests.



Pulp Stitchin’ owner Brooklynne Tanner, with one of her embroidery machines.
Pulp Stitchin’ owner Brooklynne Tanner, with one of her embroidery machines. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Custom embroidery and upholstery shop opens in the Brooklyn neighborhood

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

A custom sewing and machine embroidery shop humorously called “Pulp Stitchin'” – a reference to the movie “Pulp Fiction” – has opened at 4305 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Brooklyn. Owner Brooklynne Taggart – it is not clear whether or not she was named after the neighborhood – tells THE BEE that she is a mostly-self-taught artist who has been doing promotional embroidery for twenty years, and upholstery for seven. She also works on car upholstery, re-covering furniture, and making custom handbags. Her storefront has parking in back, and formerly housed a physical therapy center for children.

In her one-woman shop Taggart says, “I focus mostly on custom work – and, really, anything that requires sewing that is not clothing. I have not done much advertising, relying mostly on word-of-mouth referrals. There are currently a few fabric and automotive shops that refer clients to me on a regular basis.

“I am set up to do many things,” she explains. “I do vinyl cutting for signs and sublimation onto garments and various other products, such as mouse pads. People are welcome to stop in any time if they see that I am in my studio, where I can be found most days from noon until 5 p.m., Monday through Saturdays.

“I have two commercial embroidery machines that I use on all types of services, from hats and shirts to patches. I often tell people I am a ‘textstylist’, and I can help solve problems that involve sewing or fabrication. If I can’t provide a particular needed service to clients, I’m happy to direct them to others who do provide that service.”

Call Brooklynne at 503/453-3640, or check the business out on Facebook – http://www.pulpstitchin.com




BUSINESS BRIEFS


Leaving Oregon: Audrey Charmant (the mom), Elias (the kid), and Luke (the dog).
Leaving Oregon: Audrey Charmant (the mom), Elias (the kid), and Luke (the dog).

Prominent dog trainer and pet nail trimmer moves away: Audrey Charmant, who has been a monthly fixture at Sellwood Pet Supply on “nail trimming day”, and also is a noted dog trainer, announces that she and her family are relocating out of Oregon effective May 1. Her last day of seeing clients was April 27th. She adds that she will still be seeing her Oregon training clients remotely – “And will continue my career as a certified dog trainer in my new location. If you have any training concerns, I would love to talk with you. I may be traveling back to Portland periodically, so training sessions will be scheduled for in-person appointments in advance. I would also just like to hear how your dogs and cats are doing!” She has not publicly disclosed where she is moving to.

Woodstock Wine and Deli celebrates wine month…with wine: On May 13th, Gregg Fujino, owner of Woodstock Wine and Deli, at S.E. 41st and Woodstock Boulevard, offers a public event to celebrate May as “Oregon Wine Month”. As part of it, the shop is resuming its inexpensive wine tastings starting that evening – from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Gregg says, “We started wine tastings in 1985, and we’re eager to have everyone back for tasting of twenty great Oregon wines after a two year COVID break. Wine reps will be pouring – and present to answer questions. Admission is $15, and all Oregon wines tasted will be discounted for pre-sale.” An RSVP is requested to Gregg Fujino, at: woodstockwineanddeli@gmail.com


The AHB speaker on May 19th is Damashe Thomas of “Bedrock Innovations” – who helps make online marketing work.
The AHB speaker on May 19th is Damashe Thomas of “Bedrock Innovations” – who helps make online marketing work.

May “in-person” AHB meeting makes online marketing easier: Once again meeting in person at SMILE Station, The Association of Home Businesses meets on the third Thursday each month, 6-9 p.m. The featured speaker on May 19th is Damashe Thomas of “Bedrock Innovations” – an expert in the technology of online marketing. Whether you are looking to sell e-books or teach an online course, Damashe will discuss the best solutions available. From DIY and plug-and-play options, to fully-customized solutions, he'll help you learn how to decide which will work best for your business and your budget. As a family man and small business owner who is also blind, Damashe has a broader-than-usual perspective on what needs to happen to make technology work for you. Plan to be at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino (a block south of Tacoma) in Sellwood, on Thursday evening, May 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. The $10 door fee includes supper; meetings are open to everyone. But, to attend, you’re asked to RSVP to: communications@ahboregon.org – or, call 503/232-2326. Further information is available online – http://www.AHBoregon.org  


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