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Greenlight Community Classifieds appear each month in THE BEE, and can also reach up to a half million additional readers by being published in 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 up to seven other newspapers in the group.

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Classical Ballet Academy
High school students Alex Stewart and Abigail Robertson appear as the Soldier and the Eldest Princess show a scene from their production, show “The 12 Dancing Princesses”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Sellwood’s Classical Ballet Academy celebrates its first decade


The weekend before performing their “Spring Story Ballets” in downtown Portland, student dancers at the Classical Ballet Academy in Sellwood invited THE BEE to be there as they tried on their costumes for the shows on May 10. 

As they glided into the large studio at the intersection of S.E. 17th and Milwaukie Avenue, the room filled with color as the students gracefully assembled for photos of scenes from their show, “The 12 Dancing Princesses”.

The program is based on an 1812 Brothers Grimm fairy tale, set to music, Academy Director Sarah Rigles explained.

“We just celebrated our 10-year anniversary,” Rigles said. “10 years ago we did the same show – so it’s a commemorative performance this spring.” 

Her school attracts students from as far as Gresham and Hillsboro. But, the younger students are generally “very local” – many walk or ride in on their bikes.

Rigles became a professional dancer in New York City, before moving to Portland. “I knew that I wanted to start a school that was focused on ballet. I taught at several community schools, including the one in Sellwood. I fell in love with the community. So, when I decided to open my own place, I decided to open in Sellwood – and started with just two students.”

Students of the school attend pretty much every day of the week, including Saturday and Sunday, to rehearse for major shows, Rigles said.

“All of the costumes are handmade by our costume people. And, the parents invest a lot of time as well. In this production there are about 150 dancers. But we are doing five other productions during our ‘performance weekend’ because we have 400 students – we’re mounting different shows to accommodate all of our dancers.”

Although she and her staff spend countless hours at the school, Rigles nonetheless smiles brightly and says, “I’m pretty lucky. I’m very fortunate that I get to do what I love, and spend time with kids and their wonderfully-supportive parents.”

Find out more by visiting their website:

Brooklyn House, Berlin Inn
Erica Litner, left, and Lisa Samuels, longtime staffers and now the owners of the newly renamed Brooklyn House, on the restaurant’s front porch. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Brooklyn House Restaurant prospers with its new name

for THE BEE 

One of the most valuable assets of a restaurant is its name. When the two women who for years had been running the Berlin Inn in Brooklyn offered to buy it, they were confronted with a major challenge: The owner was happy to sell the profitable business to pursue other interests, but she had plans for both the name and the recipes – and new owners would have to change both the name and the food. 

Erica Litzner and Lisa Samuels took the leap anyway, and beat the long odds – the restaurant, now called the Brooklyn House, has not only survived but prospered in its first year under its new owners. They did it by keeping the established clientele informed as the sale progressed, and by developing new European-styled recipes and presenting them in the months leading up to the sale as seasonal specials.

The Brooklyn House Restaurant, still located a block south of Powell and a block east of Milwaukie Avenue at 3131 S.E. 12th in the Brooklyn neighborhood, has prospered sufficiently that the hours of operation were recently expanded to include lunches as well as dinners, Wednesdays through Sundays. The restaurant is closed – but available for private parties – on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Litzner and Samuels explain that they are carrying on the restaurant’s thirty-year legacy of serving farm-to-table “European-style comfort food” – but they are also developing a reputation for health-specific meals designed for diners with various dietary restrictions.

Litzner says, “We’ve all worked here for years. We like to say that coming here for meals is like coming home, and comforting. We have a sincere commitment to present nourishing food with a completely dedicated gluten-, soy-, and peanut-free kitchen. We also cater to customers who require egg-, nightshade-, and allium-free meals, as well as SCD-legal (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) meals.”

Despite all these restrictions, perhaps surprisingly everything is delicious. The restaurant buys meat and other organic produce direct from local farmers, including Alpine Forager’s mushrooms, fiddleheads, and wild berries. They purchase artisan breads and pasta, organic fair-trade coffee, and locally-made chocolate, tea and other beverages. They carry a multitude of beer, wine, cider and spirits, including hard cider from Bushwhacker Cider across the street. And they still make the signature desserts in-house.

Customer comments invariably cite the caring staff, and how well-informed they are about special diets. They are very accommodating to specific requests, and knowledgeable about the farmers who supply their menu ingredients. “We aim to custom fit each individual meal to each individual customer, and to make that feel natural in a community-style dining experience,” explains co-owner Lisa Samuels. 

The restaurant, seeking to be a community resource, has contributed time, gift certificates, and products to several local non-profits.

“We donated roasted romanesco and labor to become members of the NPO ‘Outgrowing Hunger’, which helps low-income people learn how to garden and prepare fresh foods,” recounts Samuels. “We held two fund raisers for Marriage Equality, raising almost $2,000. We donated gift certificates to Slow Food Portland and to an AIDS Walk benefit, and also participated in a GIG fundraiser.”

For information or reservations, call 503/236-6761 – or go online to:, where the menu is displayed.

Mercado, Foster Road
Shovels in hand, officials break ground for the Portland Mercado. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

“Mercado” comes to Foster Road

for THE BEE 

Hopes were high, on the afternoon of May 15, when about 70 people gathered in the parking lot of the former “Metro Auto Wholesale” lot on S.E. Foster Road at 72nd Avenue, situated along the border of Mt. Scott-Arleta and Foster-Powell neighborhoods.

As city and county officials joined the project, supporters gathered for the groundbreaking of the “Portland Mercado”, Hacienda Community Development Corporation Executive Director Victor Merced spoke with THE BEE.

“In addition to providing about 400 units of affordable housing,” Merced said, “our organization’s ‘Micro Mercantes’ initiative continues to be a social enterprise incubator that empowers and collaborates with hard-working Latino culinary micro-entrepreneurs.”

Beyond simply operating a commercial food-preparation kitchen, part of the Micro Mercantes mission is to provide training to immigrant entrepreneurs, Merced said. “We teach them financial literacy, how to sell their products, how to obtain a loan – everything needed to start and succeed at running a small business.” 

So, in addition to providing additional kitchen space, the Portland Mercado will provide a “retail location” for small businesses that now primarily provide catering services and sell food at outdoor markets.

“It won’t be only Mexican food,” Merced explained. “Yes, there will be tacos and empanadas. But there'll also be food from different parts of Latin America, including Cuba. We're also planning on having a little bakery, as well as a ‘bottle shop’ selling beer and wine.”

Before the formal program began, Multnomah County Commissioner Judy Shiprack commented, “I’m happy to see this coming, because I both live in, and represent, this neighborhood. I am so excited to see this piece of property being put to such a fantastic community use.”

It’s a signal that is being sent to the community as a whole that diversity is welcomed here, Shiprack added. “This totally fits in with the ‘Equity Lens’ we’ve implemented with all the communities Multnomah County serves. We’re are benefiting from having this amazing blend of cultures right here in the neighborhood.”

Portland Development Commission Executive Director Patrick Quinton said the Portland Mercado “represents a very effective model for community economic development.

“It is a project that grows out of a collective interest in helping small businesses succeed,” Quinton added. We think this is a great model that can be replicated elsewhere.”

PDC is participating significantly, Quinton remarked. “We helped throughout the planning process, grant funding, and developing the concept and the business plan. Our total investment in this project is over $1 million. And we’re extending a long-term lease of this property we own to Hacienda, for $1 per year.”

Having been involved throughout the process has given them a “great deal of confidence” in the project, Quinton added. “When an organization goes through this kind of process, and usually they come up with a refined product. We have a lot of confidence in their success.”

While people continued to gather for the groundbreaking ceremony, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales commented, “This is a big deal for Portland and for our Latino community.  It’s part of Portland's culture to support our small businesses.  And now, we’re supporting our Latino community with this project.”

Merced and other Hacienda Board members took turns introducing dignitaries and supporters of the organization, and this project.

When Mayor Hales was invited up to speak, he said, in part, “When there are positive activities on a visible corner, the police have less problems to deal with. At the same time, we’re providing a place for the community to build businesses and have a place to socialize.

“We need to repeat this kind of success story, again and again, throughout the city,” Hales extolled. “This project will become a landmark location for our city.  It's like the opposite of the Joni Mitchell song – in this case, we’re tearing down a parking lot and putting up a ‘business paradise’.” 

With that, representatives donned hardhats and grabbed shovels, to ceremonially turn over a patch of dirt in front of the building.

Officials said they expect the grand opening by the end of the year. Follow the progress online:



Zoe Morrison, Association of Home Businesses
Zoe Morrison, who has assisted a number of local businesses and organizations with their marketing, discusses successful niche marketing at this month’s AHB meeting in Sellwood.

AHB – “Successful Niche Marketing” talk – and an Internet marketing session too! By popular request, local marketing expert Zoe Morrison will again be the speaker at the July meeting of the Association of Home Businesses in Sellwood – speaking on “Cracking the Nut on Niche Marketing: A Case Study”. As co-creator of “Let’s Share Housing”, Zoe discusses the challenges, pitfalls, and benefits of building a concept from the ground up. Seeking a toehold through social media will be one of the aspects covered. In addition, guests and members arriving promptly at 6 pm may join in a free roundtable discussion hosted by AHB member and online marketing consultant Sandy Hubbard. Her topics vary, and may include social media, online marketing, e-mail newsletters, and other sales-building activities. The monthly AHB meeting is Thursday evening July 17, 6-9 pm, at SMILE Station, on the corner of S.E. 13th and Tenino Street, a block south of Tacoma, in Sellwood. Open to all; $10 door charge covers the meeting and a buffet supper. RSVP requested for food planning; call Eric at 503/232-2326, or go online to:

“Healthy Pets Northwest” opens in Woodstock. A local series of stores, “Healthy Pets Northwest”, has opened a new location in the Woodstock Shopping Center near Safeway, at 4435 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Offered are “natural pet foods and supplies”, and the store also has a self-service dog wash facility for patrons to use. The telephone number of the new Woodstock location is 503/889-0789. Online at: .

New market opens in Westmoreland.
Moreland Farmers Pantry has officially opened in Westmoreland – located in the building across from the Moreland Theater in what once was a Rogers five-and-dime store, at 6717 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. The new owners have restyled the space as “an old-style market from the 1920s era – a time when a General Store was your neighborhood destination for local and regional products, supporting farmers, ranchers, textile makers, and vintners. During this pre-industrial era, food was not processed; it was organic, non-GMO, and safe to consume. Shopping back then was a different experience than it is today. The general store was the center of the community and vital to the local economy.” The owners say the new market is “farmer owned”. It’s open 10 am – 7 pm, seven days a week. Call 503/954-2334, or go online to: .

Art School Studio
Art School Studio has moved south into Woodstock, and is using classroom space in the Our Lady of Sorrows block for art and summer camp activities.

“Art School Studio” moves to Woodstock. “Art School Studio” opened in the Richmond neighborhood in 2012, “with a desire to make art accessible to the masses in a fun and unique way, with a goal of supporting and inspiring creativity and art appreciation and education in our community.” Art School Studio is a local business, family owned and operated. This studio is unique in that it is a working artists’ studio, created to mirror collegiate and professional artist studios; this environment is ideal for people to create in. The communities’ response to the Art School Studio for Kids program was so great Art School needed more room, and moved to Woodstock village, doubling the studio space. In addition to the larger studio space Art School Studio created a generous scholarship program to ensure that “all children interested in making art have an opportunity to do so with us”. To celebrate the move, Art School Studio is offering $50 off Summer Camp registration for remaining slots in the 2014 sessions. Register online at: – with coupon code “Woodstock”. Art School Studio is now located at 5239 S.E. Woodstock on the Our Lady of Sorrows block, in Classroom #6.

Windermere Foundation presents check to Impact Northwest. At the Windermere Moreland real estate office in Westmoreland, the Windermere Foundation has presented a $2,500 donation to Impact Northwest, a nonprofit organization located in East Portland that helps families living in poverty prosper through a community of support. “Impact Northwest offers numerous services to children and families in need, including Richmond Place, a transitional housing facility. Richmond Place not only gives shelter to families that are escaping homelessness, but also provides comprehensive services and case management, including job training programs and counseling, so residents can eventually support themselves and break the cycle of poverty. The $2,500 donation will be used to purchase necessary housing supplies for new residents who move into Richmond Place.” The Windermere Foundation reports that it has raised and donated more than $2 million to programs that support low-income children and families in the Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Deli and caterer to open on Tacoma Street. Ashley Bisagna, who currently owns Feastworks, which offers catering, as well as a variety of sandwiches at the Woodstock and Beaverton Farmers Markets, announces plans to open a storefront location at 1325 S.E. Tacoma Street in Sellwood, in the former Subway Sandwich spot. “Feastworks Delicatessen & Catering” promises a 25-seat “family friendly” deli, and in June a liquor license was applied for. The grand opening date has not yet been announced. The website is: .

“Collage” offers classes in July. Collage, in Sellwood at 7902 S.E. 13th Avenue, is offering classes for adults and kids in July. One such is “Embroidery Stitch Sampler”, on Tuesday, July 8th: Learn the basics of embroidery while creating a super stitch sampler; Walk out with several techniques mastered. 6:30-8:30 pm on the 8th; cost is $20, with all supplies included. For information on these or other classes this month, call the store at 503/777-2189. 

Story time at Ugly Mug. Kim Newdelman of the Ugly Mug Coffeehouse on S.E. 13th in Sellwood advises, “Ugly Mug Coffeehouse will be hosting story time with Sy James on July 13th at 11am. Other events: Open Mic happens July 25th 5-7pm. We serve Stumptown coffee and a variety of other local vendors, including Petunia’s gluten free and vegan pastries.”

Sellwood authors publish again. Sellwood authors Sandra Denbo and Tamarine Vilar, a mother-daughter writing team, have just published their second novel, “Unwanted House Guest” – Book Two of “The Unwanted Series”. And there are plans for at least two more.  This is the sequel to “Unwanted Discovery”. On July 26th, Sandra and Tamarine will appear at the NW Book Festival at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland. The festival runs 11 am - 5 pm. There they will be selling signed copies of both books. That day only, you can purchase both books at a discount. Check out the festival online at: – and go online to:,  to read more about the series and the authors.

New Realtors in Sellwood office. RE/MAX Equity Group in Sellwood announces that Todd Winslow, Oleg Lyaskoronskiy, Jane Moe, and Mindy Delplanche have just joined the team at their branch office. “Oleg is fluent in Russian and Spanish, Jane is at the finally stages of getting her pilot license, Todd is also licensed in Washington, and Mindy in addition to being a Realtor is a shop owner in Woodstock.

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