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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Foster Area Business Association, tree lighting, twiggy tree
Visitors admire the FABA “Traveling Twiggy Tree” before it heads off to its first destination for the season. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Foster Road businesses welcome Holidays with tree lighting, and a traveling tree


Members and the Board of Directors of the Foster Area Business Association (FABA) decided to let “Black Friday” pass, and hold their own Holiday Season kickoff on the evening of “Giving Tuesday”, November 29.

“We’re all here in Laurelwood Park – that little triangular shaped park at S.E. Foster Road and Holgate Boulevard – for our second annual tree lighting,” smiled FABA President Matthew Micetic of Red Castle Games.

“This year, we have been able to light a larger section of the tree in the park, bring lots of hot cocoa, and provide goodie bags for everyone,” Micetic told THE BEE. Included in the bags being given away were activities, recipes, and information.

Under strings of Christmas lights blinking green and blue, several canopies were set up in the park for crafts and community information.

“All 44 members are represented in the book, and sponsors provided the content for the special pages,” explained FABA District Organizer Marina Martinez-Bateman, from the city-underwritten support organization Venture Portland.

Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association Co-chair Eric Furlong was at the festive evening, helping promote the businesses along Foster Road.

“We’re here supporting FABA, because the more businesses that spring up around Foster Road, the more livable and walkable the neighborhood is,” Furlong remarked. “And, having neighbors come out and support our businesses, helps attract other businesses to the Foster Road area.”

Looking forward to 2017, FABA’s Micetic said businesspeople anticipate continued growth, and more community events. “And, without a doubt, we’re looking forward to ‘shovels hitting the pavement’ as we see the Foster Road Streetscape come to fruition.”

By the time the tree was lit, the more than 300 folks in attendance were also introduced to the FABA “Traveling Twiggy Tree” – an ongoing tradition.

That tree signals that the business where it’s staying at that moment is offering special Holiday deals. Looking ahead, it’s visited the Portland Mercado, and Red Castle Games; it’s at Backstory Books (12/13 to 12/20), and ends the season at Carts on Foster (12/20 to 12/27).

Find out more about FABA by visiting their website:

Greater Brooklyn Business Association, Brooklyn neighborhood, Portland, Oregon
Meet the GBBA Steering Committee: From left, Jesse Layton, Melaney Dittler, and Aliza Tuttle. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Greater Brooklyn Business Assn’ closer to relaunch


The recent attempt to reactivate the long-dormant Greater Brooklyn Business Association led to a second organizational meeting on Friday, December 2, at “Know Thy Food” cooperative grocery on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue.

Representatives from two dozen businesses gathered to network and share ideas for promoting the neighborhood and build business visibility. The GBBA steering committee presented plans for 2017, with background support from Heather Hoell from Venture Portland. The next GBBA meeting is scheduled for January 6th, 8-9 am, at the new Pok Pok Restaurant, 3120 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue.

Brooklyn resident and Windermere Real Estate Agent Melaney Dittler announced, “We mailed notices to over 500 area businesses inviting them to share in our goals. We have been invited to the May meeting of the Brooklyn Action Corps (BAC) for an event that showcases area businesses and offers promotions. At that time we'll sign up GBBA members, and begin plans for a summer promotional event.”

During the social time, Jacobsen Valentine, Executive Director of “Feed the Mass” (which works out of Know Thy Food) announced plans for a Spring Break Health Fair, “Health-a-Palooza”.

“We’re ramping up our ability to work with the community, offering classes on nutrition, health care and cooking,” he said.

Renee Neely from “Hip Chicks Do Wine” near Holgate Boulevard revealed plans for a December Holiday Market and remarked, “This is our eighth year holding a food drive for Esther’s Pantry.” John Liesman, resident manager of Safe Journey Dog Boarding, advised, “This year we’re proud to be part of the KGW-TV Great Toy Drive. On Toy Day Fridays, when you donate a quality Christmas toy, you receive a complimentary day of dog care.”

Aliza Tuttle of the co-op grocery store provided coffee and pastries for the group, and added that a speaker is planned for the next GBBA meeting. Heather Hoell described several local business promotions that helped highlight small businesses. “Seventy percent of money spent in a local business stays in the community,” she observed. “A business event such as Passports, Street Fairs, or Business Tours helps reveal neighborhood resources to the community, and helps businesses promote each other.”

Dittler proposed a “Punch Card” event for local businesses, or a party for the GBBA and BAC, next summer. Several folks at the meeting suggested formation of a GBBA newsletter, brochure, or directory, to help showcase local businesses. A window-cling logo for the GBBA was also proposed. Dittler advised that a directory would also be helpful to include in a “Welcome Bag” for new residents. The meeting provided an open forum for area businesses, as well as safety and parking issues.

Tanis, sushi, Woodstock Neighborhood, Portland, Oregon
Yoshiharu Tanizawu, a/k/a Tani, and his wife Atzuko Tanizawa, have created sushi and Japanese dishes for Tani’s Sushi Bar and Japanese Kitchen in Woodstock for many years. Their tenure in the neighborhood is coming to an end. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff

Woodstock says Sayonara to beloved sushi chef


During the last couple of evenings in Woodstock before Tani’s Sushi Bar and Japanese Kitchen closed on November 23rd, the restaurant was filled to capacity, with some people waiting for tables.

For many patrons, Tani’s has been the favorite neighborhood Japanese restaurant since it opened fifteen years ago – first  in the Burger Country building, and then in the new building that was built on the Burger Country lot at S.E. 48th and Woodstock Boulevard.

Although Tani worked as chef for fifteen years, since 2005 Tani and his wife, Atsuko, have shared the work – Tani creating sushi rolls at the Sushi Bar, and Atsuko preparing many assorted dishes in the kitchen. Atsuko was the person cooking yakisoba, grilled salmon, and chicken; Udon dishes, Oh My Cod! – and much more.

In November Tani announced the establishment’s closing, saying to his clients, “We want to thank you for your support over the years, and for the wonderful memories!” His written notice added, “New Japanese Izakaya Restaurant opening very soon.” He says his landlords, Kris Kim and James Kyung, suggested the Izakaka Restaurant that will be owned by Sujing Shin.

This news represented a change in direction for Tani, after thirty years of working in restaurants in New York, San Francisco, and Portland. He says that now he is ready, at some time in the future, to return to Japan. “I would like to settle in a very quiet spot, more village-like.” He says he will look at a lot of different job opportunities, including possibly farming.

For Tani, the restaurant represented more than just creating food. While working at the sushi bar, he often conversed with those seated there. Many became friends who would e-mail him, and keep in touch if they moved away.

During the restaurant’s next-to-last evening, many customers expressed their sadness at the closing. “It’s such a neighborhood staple,” said Lewis Childs, dining with his wife Lisa Kagan. “That’s so sad.”

Roy Sakaguchi was there with his wife Bich and ten month old son Kazuo. “It is home-cooked, comforting food, approved by my mom when we brought her here,” he said with a smile.

Spencer Van Sant and his wife Kathleen Emmanuel have been eating at the restaurant since it was in the Burger Country lot. “I’m disappointed that it’s closing. We like the variety [not just sushi],” commented Kathleen – who pointed out that her husband does not eat sushi.

Ninety-one year old Jan Elliott was eating her favorite grilled salmon with her son, Robert. “We’ve been coming here every Friday for eleven years,” she said.

Tani says the new restaurant, Shoka Izakaya, may open as soon as early to mid-December. It will serve sake and beer with “Japanese pub food”, a blend of modern and traditional Japanese dishes. Tani says he will continue to make sushi for a while for the new owners while he prepares to sell his house and eventually move to Japan.

Parting words from Tani reflect his relationship with the community: “I will miss all the people here, being a friend, having good conversation. People who move away phone me and keep in touch.” Undoubtedly some of his customers will now do the same over the miles.

Pok Pok Wing, Brooklyn, Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, Oregon
A new Thai restaurant, Pok PokWing, has opened in place of Milwaukie Teriyaki in Brooklyn, a block south of Powell Boulevard. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Pok Pok Wing Restaurant’ opens in Brooklyn


After several months of closure and remodeling, a new Thai restaurant – Pok Pok Wing – has opened at 3120 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, across from the Aladdin Theater. The red-roofed building, the former location of “Milwaukie Teriyaki”, is the fourth local Pok Pok Restaurant opened by Chef Andy Ricker, featuring flavors and dishes which, he tells THE BEE, he brought back from his travels across Asia.

“Ike’s famous fish sauce wings” are the focal item, along with fried chicken, papaya salad, steamed buns (mantou) filled with pork or chicken, and khao man som tam (sweet pork with coconut rice and a side of papaya salad). The vegetarian option consists of fried tofu tossed in a caramel sauce with vegetarian fish sauce. Ricker has also developed a new signature sauce by combining ranch and Sriracha hot sauce, which he calls “sri rancha”. For dessert, Pok Pok Wing offers ice cream in flavors such as mango, durian, and Thai coffee.

The restaurant has twenty-four seats indoors and two covered picnic tables outdoors with a “fast casual” menu. Payment is by credit or debit card only – “no cash”. Ricker hopes soon to offer online ordering and delivery. All drinks, including beer, wine, and hard cider, are bottled and available for take-out. The fried chicken, he points out, features a special extra-crispy batter.

Pok Pok Wing is open for lunch & dinner Mondays through Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Catering is available by e-mailing:

Dennis 7Dees, Powell Boulevard, Marcia Coffey, God of SnoCone Blue, bazaar
At the charity bazaar, Southeast Portland author and former local TV newscaster Marcia Coffey Turnquist signed copies of her first novel, “The God of SnoCone Blue”. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Powell merchant backs craft bazaar to benefit Southeast nonprofits


A November 5th craft bazaar located at, and sponsored by, Dennis’ 7Dees Garden Center, at 6025 S.E. Powell Boulevard, was held to raise money for several Southeast Portland organizations. And it was not the first time.

Manager Dave Etchepare told THE BEE, “This is our eighth annual bazaar. There are twenty-five vendors, and all of the booth fees go to local nonprofits. We’re supporting Southeast Uplift, Rogerson Clematis Garden, and Human Solutions. We also support the Foster-Powell Community Garden, which plans to start raising fruit trees so they can donate fruit to charity.”

Thomas Phillips manned the booth for Human Solutions, who elaborated on the services they provide to Southeast Portland and Multnomah County. “We help homeless and hungry families with training programs, emergency shelter, energy assistance, food, and clothing. Our Holiday Store, December 15 through 17, provides free Holiday gifts for children up to age 17. Our goal this year is to serve at least 500 children in the community.”  For more, go online:

Another booth, focused on seniors -- providing information about “Eastside Village PDX.” The motto of this organization is “We’re not a PLACE; we’re a PLAN for aging in place”. For interested seniors, the nonprofit hosts information sessions on the third Saturday of every month (you’ll find more online at: Their November meeting on Saturday the 19th was at Woodstock Wine & Deli.

“We’re neighbors helping neighbors with networks of support and reduced-cost professional services, to allow seniors & people with disabilities to remain in their own homes for as long as they choose,” explained volunteer Jin Darney, who is also on the Board of the Woodstock Farmers Market, as well as the Woodstock Community Business Association.

There was entertainment, too, at the Dennis’ 7Dees bazaar – the Daumen Brothers’ music enhanced the colorful scene, sheltered from the late afternoon steady rain under cover at the Shade House. Rose City Coffee had a booth across from Aunt Becky’s jams, sauces, and fruit butters. Doll clothes, winter hats and sweaters, kitchen accessories, and dog coats were among the items for sale.

There was a book-signing booth for author Marcia Coffey Turnquist, a former newscaster at KOIN-TV-6. Turnquist signed copies of a mother-daughter novel set in Southeast Portland entitled, “The God of SnoCone Blue”, which has received favorable reviews. Turnquist is currently working on her second book.

And the sponsoring Dennis’ 7Dees business is not yet through with such events. Similar fundraisers occur throughout the year.


Kaye kloster, Association of Home Businesses
Kaye Kloster shares profitable strategies at January’s Association of Home Businesses meeting in Sellwood.

Kaye Kloster visits AHB in Sellwood with profitable ideas:
Kaye Kloster, sales and marketing expert of over 25 years, has developed skills and discipline to not only grow sales revenue, but to increase visibility of companies and services through various marketing methods. As featured speaker at January’s Sellwood meeting of the AHB, her presentation will provide easy-to-implement methods that help promote your business, grow your network, and increase your revenue. That and the usual networking and buffet supper are all part of the January monthly meeting of the nonprofit business association for those who work from home, the 23-year-old Portland-area Association of Home Businesses. The meeting will be held on the evening of January 19 – it’s always the third Thursday of the month – 6-9 p.m., at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino Street, one block south of Tacoma, in Sellwood. Guests pay the member’s door fee of $10, which includes the buffet supper. Call 503/232-2326 to RSVP, please, for meal planning; include any food restrictions. More information online at:

“Adobe Rose” closed; owners retiring:
THE BEE is advised that the popular Adobe Rose Café on S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland, just west of Milwaukie Avenue, is now closed. The owners, Larry and Terry, have retired after thirty years of running the place. Their last night in business was Saturday, November 19, and they held an open house on the following Tuesday, November 22, after which the doors closed permanently.

Hai Gov, convenience store, Powell Boulevard, Portland, Oregon
Hai Gov opened a new convenience store near Cleveland High School in December. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Portland Food Mart Opens at S.E. 24th and Powell:
In December, Hai Gov opened “Portland Food Mart” at 2419 S.E. Powell Boulevard, the former home of “Shwop Clothing Boutique”. The new convenience store carries food, drinks, groceries, ice cream, wine and beers, toiletries, toys, and other miscellaneous items. The store is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and offers nine parking spaces. “We have nearly 2,600 square feet here,” says Hai. “We hope to stock more groceries for the neighbors, and develop a deli for nearby Cleveland High School students. We carry a few tools, cellphone accessories, gifts, and blankets, as well as snacks and candy. Call 971/266-8380 for information.”

Sellwood UPS Store teams with local coffee and tea shops:
For the Holiday season, The UPS store Sellwood announces that it has partnered with neighborhood coffee shops to offer “a warm drink, while you print cards/calendars or ship packages to your family and friends. In an effort to support and promote local businesses, a different local coffee shop is featured there each week: Customers can get a taste from shops like Rose City Coffee, Living Room, Ugly Mug Coffeehouse, Tea Chai Tea, through Friday, December 23rd. We expect 100 or more walk-ins per day; it will be a good opportunity for local coffee shops to promote their brands.” Also, there are special offers in-store on printing, packaging, and shipping. The Sellwood UPS Store is just east of the Columbia Outlet Store, near S.E. 13th and Tacoma.

Cuff bracelet, Sellwood Bridge, jewelry, Portland, Oregon
Local jewelry maker puts new Sellwood Bridge on your cuff.

Sellwood Bridge now wearable as jewelry:
“betsy & iya”, a Portland-based jewelry maker specializing in handmade modern pieces released its Sellwood Bridge Cuff Bracelet in late November. The local jewelery company launched its popular Bridge Collection of shirt cuff bracelets featuring New York’s Brooklyn, and Portland’s Fremont and St. Johns Bridges. “The collection was inspired by designer Betsy Cross’ travels, and the bond a bridge makes in or between the communities it spans. Over the years the series has grown to include the Golden Gate, Steel, Hernando de Soto, and Tilikum Crossing bridges. Each cuff is a celebration of the bridge’s unique elements and structural beauty.” The new Sellwood Bridge Cuff Bracelet celebrates Portland’s newest bridge, which replaced the 1925 Sellwood Bridge. “The cuff’s minimalist design references the graceful lines of the triple deck arch used in the construction of the 2016 bridge,” Cross remarks; “I like the simplicity of this bridge. It offers a soft, feminine contrast to the more geometric bridge bracelets in the collection.” Rendered in Brass and Silver-Plated, the cuff features etched and oxidized details, as well as the use of negative space. Marked on the inside of each cuff is the year the bridge was completed and its geographical coordinates. “We’re delighted to give Portlanders another opportunity to wear their Bridgetown pride on their sleeve, so to speak,” she says. They can be purchased online at: – or in their shop in Northwest Portland at 2403 N.W. Thurman Street.

Israeli Choreographer Iris Erez to teach at Reed College this spring:
Iris Erez, described as a celebrated Israeli choreographer whose work has been performed internationally, will serve as a visiting lecturer at Reed College this spring. Erez, who is on the faculty at Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and The School of Visual Theatre, will be in Portland from January 16 to May 8. She is regarded as one of Israel’s finest dance teachers. Erez is lecturing at Reed College through the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists Program, which is bringing 14 Israeli artists for residencies at top universities across the United States during the 2016-2017 academic year.

David Stabler, Classic Pianos, Brooklyn neighborhood, Powell Boulevard, Portland, Oregon, music appreciation class
Music Critic David Stabler offers monthly classes in music appreciation at Classic Pianos in Brooklyn.

Music appreciation classes, open to all, at Classic Pianos:
David Stabler writes, “I worked as The Oregonian’s classical music critic for 29 years, retiring last year. In September, I began a monthly series of music appreciation classes at Classic Pianos, on the corner of S.E. Milwaukie at Powell Boulevard in Brooklyn, next to the Aladdin Theater. The store has been very generous in providing space, equipment, and catering.” He calls his classes, “The Infinite Power of Music: Exploring Great Music”. Upcoming classes include January 29, Prodigies and Virtuosos – “Why they aren’t like you and me; child prodigies will make you believe in reincarnation, while adult virtuosos will drop your jaw.” February 5, Great Endings – “What makes a great ending to a piece? Composers thunder and shimmer in exciting ways as they draw their music to a close.” March 26, Music of grieving – “The music we turn to in times of profound need.” April 30, The Great Pianists – “The piano comes vividly alive under the fingers of these magnificent artists.” May 21, Opera versus art song – “We explore the human voice, on stages both grand and intimate.” All classes at 4 p.m. at Classic Pianos, 3003 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue; cost is $20/class, payable at the door. Online at –

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