THE BEE's
COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS

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"!

Community Classifieds, want ads
 
 

INNER SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S BUSINESS NEWS!


Bullseye Glass, Fox Hunt, glass art
In the tongue-in-cheek “Fox Hunt” by Erika Chubeck, the tables are turned, and it’s the foxes who are hunting for something. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Bullseye Glass employees again create art in glass – on their own time

By RITA A. LEONARD
for THE BEE

Bullseye Glass Resource Center in Brooklyn is holding its 13th annual “Working Glass” Art Show right now – through the end of January.

The exhibit features work made by Bullseye’s employees on their own time, demonstrating creative uses of the company's many different forms of colored glass. All of the company’s employees judge the work, awarding prizes in three categories – functional, non-functional, and “first-timer” awards.

This year, the upstairs gallery at 3610 S.E. 21st Avenue includes more display pieces than functional ones, although whimsy and creativity still shine.

A black box entry by Lee Ingalls holds two curious glass treasures made of kiln-formed glass: A pink one labeled “pickle hammer”, and a green one labeled “bonus pants!” A fused glass wall scene by Erika Chubeck depicts a fox hunt – one with three foxes walking upright, searching the woods for something, with flashlights. A square blue fused and slumped glass serving dish by Anton Hauptman is embedded with razor blades that spell out “Eat Me”.

Two blue plates by separate artists exhibit different glass-working methods, using kiln-formed glass and visual textures. A unique free-standing sculpture by Charlie Tellessen, made of fused glass and screen print, features a profile of singer Bob Dylan. Another entry, a combined effort by four different artists, consists of four quadrants of the company's Bullseye logo, fashioned with different types and textures of glass to create a collaborative entity entitled “Four Kilns”.

Unusual art pieces include three colored glass masks by Jamie Grove; an arrangement of large purple crystals; a sculpture by Todd Beaty called “Birth of Dionysus”, made of wood, glass, and plaster; and other diverse pieces embellished with wire, buttons, a dog collar, colored felt, and blinking lights.

The nearly two dozen art glass entries were created using such skills as glass painting, powder printing, stringer, frit, sheet glass, glazes, and fused, cold-worked and kiln-formed glass, among other techniques. Bullseye offers classes on how to master all of these skills. There’s more online at: http://www.bullseyeglass.com.

Bullseye employee Charity Reeves, a former Working Glass Show winner herself, organized this year’s exhibit. Reeves participated in the “Four Kilns” collaborative piece. The show can be viewed at your convenience during working hours at the Resource Center Art Gallery. Prizes will be awarded during an awards ceremony on January 31st.

Wallace Books
James Maynard, on the staff at Westmoreland’s Wallace Books, plans a January 23rd free local author event at SMILE Station in Sellwood, featuring readings by poet/authors Kate Gray and Paulann Petersen. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Wallace Books listed as “AAA Favorite”; January author event planned 

By RITA A. LEONARD
for THE BEE

Westmoreland’s Wallace Books was featured in the November-December Issue of “Via”, the magazine of AAA Oregon for members in the Pacific Northwest.

The distinctive little blue-and-yellow bookstore on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue at Knapp Street was likened to “a miniature Powell’s Books”, overflowing with new and used reading material for all ages. Like Dr. Who’s “Tardis”, there’s a lot more room inside than there appears to be outside!

Indeed, owner Julie Wallace worked several years at Powell’s “City of Books”, subsequently using her experience and love of reading to address book needs in Inner Southeast neighborhoods with her store.

This area is home to not only a large population of readers, but also to many published authors as well. Wallace is on a first-name basis with many of her customers, too – keeping their interests in mind and in stock.

Wallace places the new publications in the cozy lobby of her bookstore at 7241 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. Books by Portland authors are prominently displayed, along with other nationally popular tomes. Staff will help you search for old favorites, order new editions, and even buy back books you’re finished with, for credit.

The store’s Staff Assistant, James Maynard, plans to host an authors’ reading at Sellwood’s SMILE Station, at S.E. 13th and Tenino, in January.

“Poet Kate Gray will be reading from her first fiction book, ‘Carry the Sky’,” says Maynard. “Sellwood resident Paulann Petersen, Oregon’s former Poet Laureate, will also read some of her poetry.”

The free event is scheduled for January 23rd at 7pm, at 8210 S.E. 13th Avenue. Call 503/235-7350 for more information.



Foster Road, murals, Window Project
Selected as one of the vacant buildings to receive the special art treatment on Foster Road, the Phoenix Pharmacy building, at 6615 S.E. Foster, was once owned by Pharmacist John Leach, whose name is memorialized by Leach Botanical Garden. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

“Window Project” to promote business on Foster Road

By RITA A. LEONARD
for THE BEE

A “Creative Engagement” grant from Southeast Uplift has been awarded to the Foster-Powell neighborhood. The purpose of the grant is to help enhance the Foster Road business corridor with community-based artwork on several underused storefront windows.

The $1,200 grant will provide materials for the community to design and create installation artwork to draw attention to the business corridor. An additional grant from RACC will also help fund the project.

The “Foster Window Project” was envisioned by Vicki Wilson and John Larsen – the husband and wife artistic team who championed the Foster-Powell Community Garden, located on a paved parking lot at S.E. 62nd and Powell Boulevard. The windows to be highlighted in the project are in vacant storefronts along Foster Road.

Wilson explains, “We’re doing this to help promote the neighborhood association, create community, help beautify Foster Road, and to make Foster storefronts more appealing. We hope that currently-unleased property will receive new interest through this project.

“From October to December,” she says, “Design choices related to the type of business were developed by community input at neighborhood association meetings. Following approval, one window design will be completed each month from January to April of 2015 through community work parties.

“Documentation of the project will appear online, and window designs will remain in place for at least a year – or until the building owner rents the space.”

Wilson and Larsen have invited Foster Road businesses to donate supplies, work space, funds or refreshments during meetings, and work parties.

“Anyone can come,” smiles Wilson. “So far we’ve discussed different ways to represent the character of each former business in each space. Much community creativity has been unleashed. Artists envision paint, papier-mâché, lighting, and other decorative elements, to showcase the Foster Road business district.

“We've already selected sites at the historic Phoenix Pharmacy and The Habibi Building for art installations. Performance Works NW will host the community work party for the Phoenix site on the evening of January 15.” Phoenix Pharmacy was owned and operated in the early 1900’s by Pharmacist John Leach, of Leach Botanical Garden fame.

“We’re hoping that other business tenants who like the art might be inclined to spruce up their own windows, too. Go online to: http://www.fosterwindowproject.wordpress.com, for updates.”



Dutch Brothers, Holgate Boulevard
A Dutch Bros. Coffee drive-through business is coming to S.E. 26th and Holgate Boulevard. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Dutch Bros. Coffee drive-thru coming to S.E. Holgate

By RITA A LEONARD
for THE BEE 

For many folks, a cup of coffee is a must to start the day. Commuters along S.E. Holgate Boulevard will soon be able to zip through a new Dutch Bros. Coffee station at the corner of S.E. 26th Avenue.

When a former do-it-yourself car wash business there was recently demolished, builders quickly began constructing the distinctive blue and white coffee drive-through with triangular wall dormers on each side. A similar franchise of the regional coffee chain at 6710 S.E. Foster Rd serves a busy line of walk-up and drive-through clients.

Dutch Bros. Coffee, founded in Grants Pass nearly 25 years ago, now has almost 200 locations in five western states. Dairy farmer brothers Dane and Travis Boersma created the country’s largest privately held drive-through coffee company as an outlet for their handcrafted coffee drinks, smoothies, freezes and teas. Takeout cups feature a Dutch windmill with an edge of tiny tulips. Their private-label trademarked Dutch Bros. Blue Rebel energy drink can be infused with customers' favorite flavors.

Dutch Bros. coffee franchises are locally owned and operated, establishing a personal investment in local communities. Their website, http://www.dutchbros.com, asserts that they’ve “always focused more on people than the bottom line, with a desire to transform lives rather than conduct transactions. In 2011, the company donated more than $1 million to non-profit organizations.”

The official opening date of the new drive-through has not yet been announced.



Portland Mercado, Spirit of Portland Award, Mayor Charlie Hales
Mayor Charlie Hales presents the 2014 Spirit of Portland Community Award to Hacienda CDC Executive Director Victor Merced; and its Board Chair, Guillermo Sandoval, from Banner Bank. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Southeast’s “Portland Mercado” wins Spirit of Portland Award

By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE

Attendees from Inner Southeast had to travel quite a distance to attend the 2014 Spirit of Portland Awards ceremony this year, on the evening of November 6; but an organization on S.E. Foster Road found the trip rewarding

Honorees and guests found their way to the Atrium area of Legacy Emanuel Hospital in North Portland, where seating and a stage had been set up, along with drapery, to fashion a temporary auditorium.

Guests were greeted with snacks, featuring meats, cheeses, crackers and fruit, and were serenaded by musician Tito Maye, playing guitar and pan pipes.

“There is a lot of joy in this room,” Portland Mayor Charlie Hales commented to THE BEE. “This is a great event at which we celebrate ‘heroes’ in our community.  These are people who stepped up as volunteers, not politicians, in their communities. Many times, theirs is a thankless job – this is our way to say ‘thank you’ to those who have given so much to the city.”

After greetings from the organizer of the evening, City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement official Victor M. Salinas, he introduced Mayor Hales.

As part of his opening remarks, Hales quoted Oregon Governor Tom McCall: “Volunteers are heroes [but are not remembered by] giant statues framed against a red sky.  Heroes are people who say, ‘This is my community, and it’s my responsibility to make it better’. Tonight, we’re celebrating our community heroes.”

During the awards, Mayor Hales introduced the Portland Mercado, on S.E. Foster Road, previously reported upon in BEE articles, as a “Community Award” recipient.

“The Portland Mercado is a community economic development initiative of Portland nonprofit, Hacienda CDC,” Hales said. “The project is a grassroots initiative – Hacienda CDC’s response to the high percentage of unemployed Latinos living in our region, and to the lack of access to culturally specific products and affordable business opportunities available in the City.

“The process to develop the Mercado began by surveying and interviewing Latino community members, which revealed the strong desire and potential for a Portland replication of a Latino public marketplace.

“Since 2010, Hacienda CDC and its ‘comunidad viva’, along with governmental, fiscal and community supporters, have teamed together to create a true cross-sector development that has the potential to transform the livelihoods of Latino business owners, families, and residents of the surrounding neighborhoods, spanning the area known as the ‘Lents Urban Renewal Area’.

“Portland has the opportunity to develop and bring amenities to neighborhoods without displacing people, and the Foster corridor is a great place to do it right. The Portland Mercado is just part of the current efforts to transform a neighborhood with a lot of history and community support. 

“Ultimately, the Portland Mercado can serve as an example of how a nonprofit that works together, across sectors, can deliver equitable business and job producing opportunities,” Hales concluded.

“What we do at Hacienda CDC is not a one-person job,” responded Hacienda CDC Executive Director Victor Merced. “It is a collaboration of community members, staff, and supporters. We've coined the term “Latinismo” – which means that everything we do, and especially in developing the Mercado, will exude the Latin culture and celebrate this with all the citizens of the Portland.”

This Hispanic marketplace is being developed on the former site of a car lot on S.E. Foster Road.



Woodstock Wine and Deli, Gregg Fujino
Woodstock Wine and Deli’s Gregg Fujino told THE BEE before the party started that again this year he’d be uncorking this huge nine liter-bottle of “Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte” for the store’s 29th anniversary celebration on December 6. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Woodstock Wine & Deli breaks out the bubbly

By DAVID F. ASHTON
for THE BEE

The staff of Woodstock Wine and Deli was busily tidying up the shop in the last week of November, getting ready for the store’s 29th anniversary celebration.

Owner Gregg Fujino was checking out a colossal nine-liter bottle of French champagne he planned to open and share with celebrants at the event. “This bottle of ‘Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte’ holds the equivalent of 12 750-ml bottles.”

Fujino grew up in the grocery store business. His parents owned and operated the Franklin Market, at S.E. 54th Avenue and Powell Boulevard, from 1950 to 1976 – and he recalls playing in the aisles as a child, and helping out in the business as he got older.

“Now, I credit the success of my store to my dad,” Fujino smiled. “Every year at our anniversary party, I tell people that this business succeeded because of Mom and Dad. They had natural customer rapport, and that's really what helped us get going over the first few years.”

In addition to plying his guests at the December 6th anniversary with tastings from fifteen Oregon wineries and five microbreweries, and circulating with hand-made hors d’oeuvres at the soirée, Fujino said he was getting his barbecue cooking unit ready to roast a whole pig. And finally he uncorked that massive bottle of special champagne.

“We hope our friends and neighbors will come back to celebrate our 30th anniversary, next year,” Fujino said as he sipped from his glass.




BUSINESS BRIEFS

 

Nancy Chapin, Association of Home Businesses, social media seminar
The January 15th program at the AHB meeting in Sellwood is led by local business association veteran and business expert Nancy Chapin, and the focus will be on use of Social Media.

“Social media” panel led by business expert Nancy Chapin at AHB. The January meeting of the area-wide Association of Home Businesses, which meets in Sellwood, features a panel assembled and led by business expert Nancy Chapin of TSG Services, called “Effective Use of Social Media for Your Product or Service”. There will be guests speaking about The Basics, The Set-up Stage, Making it Work for You, and Keeping it Fresh. 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, January 15, 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. RSVP requested for meal planning; call Eric at 503/232-2326, or e-mail from the website: http://www.ahboregon.org.

Moreland Farmers Pantry announces “grand opening”.  The Moreland Farmers Pantry, across from the Moreland Theater on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue just north of Bybee, having been open for some time, now announces its grand opening celebration for the week of January 10 through 18. “Featuring farm and vendor demos and live music daily. Special discounts on meats, produce and our new Non-GMO deli. Catering services and free meeting space now available, and soon to be serving wine, beer,  and hard cider by the glass.” The hours of operation daily are 10 am to 7 pm.





For more information on the local, sociable, committed, low-pressure leads and referrals group, and its members, click on the ad above!
Thanks for visiting THE BEE online! Check back for the latest from the neighborhoods in Inner Southeast Portland!

CLICK HERE TO RETURN TO PAGE ONE