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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Sellwood, Vintage Hardware, Old Portland Hardware & Architectural, Brett Hodgert, antique doorknobs.
The owner of Old Portland Hardware & Architectural, Brett Hodgert, is shown here with a display of antique doorknobs. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Vintage hardware store opens on Tacoma Street in Sellwood


Inner Southeast Portland history buffs will be excited to learn that Old Portland Hardware & Architectural has relocated from Northeast Portland to 1667 S.E. Tacoma Street in Sellwood.

Owner Bret Hodgert tells THE BEE, “We’ve been around for nine years – and our motto is ‘Pieces of history for your home.’ Our new space comprises 10,000 square feet of vintage stock, with eight off-street parking spaces.

“This used to be a flooring store and a sales outlet for faux antiques,” he continues. “My four employees and I cleaned it up real well, and packed it with stock for our Grand Opening in late July. Check us out online at: – for oddities, antiques, and one-of-a-kind home décor items.”

Indeed, the business offers an astounding array of salvaged, historic hardware for those wishing to update vintage homes and furnishings. Aisles of doorknobs, vintage hardware, and decorative moulding are lighted by overhead chandeliers and light fixtures. Stained glass panels, ornate wood-carved bric-a-brac, and industrial salvage are organized for easy shopping.

Best sellers so far, reports Hodgert, include lighting and antique door hardware. “Gears are also a popular selection. People often repurpose them in ‘steampunk’ projects, or for ‘assemblage art’. I'm open to looking at unusual items to purchase, too, but please send photos of them by e-mail first, to:

“We're pleased to be able to expand our stock in a larger showroom,” he continues. “This neighborhood has a keen sense of the area’s unique history. With many older homes being demolished and replaced with multi-use dwelling units, homeowners who treasure the historic aspects of their homes will find much salvage material here for re-use.

“Call us at 503/234-7380, or drop in to explore. Our hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays. We’re closed Mondays.”

Woodstock Gives Back, VCA Woodstock Animal Hospital, Pixie Project
VCA Woodstock Animal Hospital Manager Elisa Edgington and staffer Hanora Bauer welcomed guests they sponsored from the Pixie Project nonprofit animal adoption center – represented here by Jordan Carroll and Jen Yerty. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Woodstock Businesses host second ‘Give Back’ day


On September 11, some 30 businesses in the greater Woodstock area raised funds and generated awareness for the various charities or nonprofit organizations of their choice, by participating in the second annual “Woodstock Gives Back: A coordinated Day of Giving”.

People were invited to visit participating businesses, take advantage of special sales, and join in activities supporting the charities and present a “passport”, which, when stamped, entered them for prize drawings held by the overall sponsor, the Woodstock Community Business Association (WCBA).

At the WCBA Board meeting two days later, WCBA President Ann Sanderson of Odango Hair Salon and FotoSnap called response to the promotion “Amazing” – reporting “great neighborhood response”. It resulted in 4,000 additional visits to the neighborhood, Sanderson remarked.

“Laughing Planet” restaurant reported more than 150 additional patrons than on other Sundays, and crowd counts were up at the Woodstock Farmers Market. Red Fox Vintage commented they’d had “fun, and good response” for their chosen charity, The Dougy Center on S.E. 52nd.

New Seasons Market had good response to a tie-dye promotion they’d had that day, in support of the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

The Alex Rovello Memorial Foundation benefitted from grilled sausage sales during the day at Otto’s Sausage Kitchen & Meat Market, raising funds to pressure-wash the new memorial tennis courts and to install new plantings there.

Other businesses reported similar positive results from the promotion.

Next, the WCBA will again assist the Woodstock Neighborhood Association with their annual Hallowe’en Party on October 31, with many businesses giving out candy to trick-or-treaters enroute from the Woodstock Branch Library’s “Not So Scary Stories” to the party at the Woodstock Community Center party, 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Artslandia, Westmoreland
Artslandia publisher Misty Tompoles, center, is flanked by her staff. From left: BellaShowerman, Chris Porras, Carleigh Oeth, Lisa Johnson-Smith, and Megan Cutler. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Arts magazine publisher moves to Westmoreland


Misty Tompoles, publisher of the “Artslandia” group of arts news guides, spent July moving her company to Westmoreland. It’s now situated in Suite 207 above “Relish Gastropub”, 6637 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, two blocks north of Bybee Boulevard.

“We were formerly located in North Portland,” says the Eastmorelander, “but the commute was not fun. Now that I can walk to work, it’s great!”

Tompoles has worked for several local publications over the past 20 years, and was a graphic designer for White Bird. After publishing playbills for 15 years, she founded Artslandia five years ago as an annual magazine to cover music, dance, and theatrical events around Portland, and also to produce a similar magazine for Vancouver, B.C.

The publication also serves as a seasonal arts guide for those interested in what’s offered in the arts scene.

Artslandia publishes a glossy 140+ page magazine for adults, another one for kids, and five bimonthlies for theaters in the city. The company also prints five children’s monthlies for Oregon Children's Theater and for Oregon Ballet Nutcracker. Tompoles tells THE BEE, “We have a mix of magazines and newsletters, which you can order online at: – or you can phone us at 503/922-2110. Together, our total annual circulation approaches 650,000.”

“Our mission is to connect our readers to their city’s music, dance, and theater – to enliven their appreciation for the arts, and to enrich their engagement to the level of life-long patronage,” she explains. “Our coverage of the performing arts is extensive, informative, inclusive, and fun. Our multi-discipline stories encourage audiences to explore more art events than they initially chose to research.”

Tompoles reveals that they've partnered with Oregon Arts Watch, a group of senior culture critics who have been reporting on Oregon arts for over thirty years. “Our team has been covering Portland art topics for a long time.

“The most fun thing about my job is going out and talking to people, selling ads, learning what people are interested in, and how to feature those topics,” she adds. “I also like being able to make a difference to people who want to explore different areas of the arts in Portland.”

Bill Jones, Portland State University, Capstone
Professor Bill Jones heads the Capstone Program at Portland State University, and invites businesses to apply to participate for free professional business consulting services. (Photo by Eric Norberg)

Local businesses offered a free path to success

Editor, THE BEE

At the monthly meeting of the local “Association of Home Businesses”, at SMILE Station in Sellwood on September 15, the featured speaker was Bill Jones, who heads the Portland State University School of Business “Capstone Program”. He’d come to assure local entrepreneurs that this program of free business consulting, which has established a good reputation for success over the past few years, is not only for small and storefront businesses, but home businesses as well.

The “Capstone Program” involves teams of advanced students in their graduation year. In order to get that diploma, they have to use all their skills to provide professional-level business consulting services to identified businesses who want to have such help, and are willing to interact fully with these students to obtain it. Although businesses, nonprofits, and associations of any size are eligible to apply for these services, the average client has under ten employees, and might have as few as one.

Jones presented a PowerPoint presentation offering full details. There have been 347 business clients in the Capstone Program since its inception several years ago, and most rate the experience positively – and frequently, very helpful in meeting their goals. Help includes all aspects of business, and is designed to meet client goals. It’s good for the community when a business gains success, Jones observed: “You stabilize a neighborhood with strong business.”

The application to submit a business as a potential client is fairly simple, Jones said, and takes thirty minutes or less to complete. More information about the Capstone Program is available online at:; for more information, or to request the application form, Professor Jones invites a call to him at 503/869-6407, or via e-mail to:

As for the Association of Home Businesses, this area-wide business association for those who work at home welcomes anyone interested to attend its monthly Thursday evening meetings, 6-9 p.m., at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, in Sellwood. Annual dues are $36. For more information, go online:

Voyager Imports, Lisa Raymer
Lisa Raymer, owner of Voyager Imports newly open on S.E. Division at 11th, stands among ethnic and vintage hand-crafted items imported from around the world. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

New ethnic import store opens at S.E. 11th and Division


A new ethnic import store, “Voyager”, has opened at 1100 S.E. Division Street, Unit 102. Owner Lisa Raymer formerly had the same kind of shop in Dallas, Texas, and tells THE BEE she missed being in contact with hand crafters around the world, so she opened her new Inner Southeast outlet in midsummer.

The 1,200-square-foot showroom is filled a large array of international items. “I do some of my own importing, but always try to acquire items through fair-trade importers,” remarks Raymer. She features vintage textiles such assuzanis from Uzbekistan, saris and dupattas from India, vintage Japanese kimonos, and blessing scarves from Nepal.

“I have some semi-antique Persian carpets here, and new Afghan carpets made by tribal craftsmen,” Raymer says. “There’s some Sterling silver, and one-of-a-kind gemstone jewelry, and many items from Mexico: Flags, paper flowers, and Dias de los Muertos T-shirts. In October, I’m planning to erect a large ‘Day of the Dead’ altar with handmade sugar skulls and other holiday items.”

The new store carries handmade wood carvings from Africa and Central America, Vietnamese “tape measure critters”, Guatemalan worry dolls, Kuchi tribe jewelry, and Dutch wooden shoes.

The store’s hours are Monday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, the telephone number is 503/841-6145, and the website is:


Kim’s Taekwon-do, Sellwood, Master Cynthia Brown, Grand Master Kim
Photo taken at the 10th anniversary ceremonies on September 10 at Kim’s Taekwon-do in Sellwood. Left to right in the foreground are Master Cynthia Brown and Grand Master Kim.

Distinction for Kim’s Taekwon-Do.
Master Cynthia Brown reports that “Kim’s Taekwon-do” celebrated its tenth anniversary in Sellwood in September. She remarks, “We are so very grateful to be a part of this wonderful neighborhood.  A big thank you to all our students and neighbors!” In addition, on September 10th, the studio hosted a black belt test at which Grand Master Kim presided – and promoted three local instructors/students to the title of 6th Degree Master. Master Aaron Brown has been participating in Taekwon-do for 35 years, and heads the Sellwood school along with his wife, 6th Degree Master Cynthia Brown. Master Shelby Williams teaches at East Portland Community Center; and Master Monique Tindall teaches in Scappoose. Several other Sellwood studio students tested to their first degree black belt: William Burkhart, Jake Nelson, Dalia and Yana Samouilidis, and Alina Mello. Master Brown adds, “Their hard work and dedication over the past several years led to this achievement. We are very proud of all of them!” The web address is:

National P.R. firm opens office in Sellwood.
Daniel Keeney, APR, of DPK Public Relations, reports that his full-service firm “specializing in reputation management, crisis communication planning and response, spokesperson training, and content marketing”, has established a Pacific Northwest headquarters in his home office on S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood, to serve clients throughout Oregon, Washington, and Northern California. Keeney tells THE BEE, “I returned to Portland in early 2015, after 15 years of operating PR firms in Texas. With solid teams operating for DPK Public Relations in Houston and Dallas, it was time to return to Portland and establish a Pacific Northwest presence for the firm. Clients I am allowed to reference include NASA, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter, ERHC Energy, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Virbac, and the Houseton Police Federal Credit Union.” The local telephone number for the firm is 503/922-0023.

“Mezza” restaurant gains new name to match cuisine.
“Mezza” restaurant in Woodstock, at 5520 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, previously a Lebanese restaurant, became an authentic French bistro just one year ago this month, and is now adopting a name that matches its new cuisine: “Bergerac” – restaurant and catering. The new European owners, Gisella from England and Joris from France, have transformed the menu and interiors into a local neighborhood bistro with a French touch. The menu is a nod to the classic French cooking that Head Chef Joris grew up with in the Southwest of France, alongside dishes inspired by travels throughout Southern Europe and North Africa. House-made duck confit, escargots, and creme brûlée are just some of the items that customers have reviewed well, alongside the weekly specials. “Bergerac prides itself on offering medium price points, a curated wine list, French-inspired cocktails, and very friendly servers,” Gisella tells THE BEE. The telephone number is 503/777-6399.

Zachary Jeans, Association of Home Businesses, Sellwood
Washington State home business owner and expert on Social Media, Zachary Jeans, is the AHB speaker in Sellwood on October 20.

Assn. of Home Businesses program: Social Media expertise.
Based in Vancouver, Washington, Zachary Jeans operates two home-based businesses – “Tourizing” and “ImpactMatters”. He specializes in helping nonprofit clients create global impact through online community building, mentoring, and advocacy. He recently returned from an extended visit to India where he spoke to high tech audiences about the power of social media for cultivating a brand. Zachary will share his story and tips about how Twitter, Medium, and LinkedIn have leveled the playing field for small business players. He'll also give examples of how large enterprise companies use social media to serve and expand their online communities. He'll offer practical ways that anyone with a home business can make an impact on the lives of many. The 6-9 p.m. informal dinner meeting is always on the third Thursday each month, and this month it’s October 20 – and includes networking time and a buffet dinner. First-time guests pay the members’ rate to attend – $10 – which includes the supper. RSVP requested for meal planning to 503/232-2326; please mention any food restrictions. The meeting takes place at SMILE Station, on S.E. 13th, one block south of Tacoma Street, on Tenino, in Sellwood. For more, go online:  

Woodstock Naturopathic Doctor affiliates with co-op.
Dr. Jennifer Curtiss, a Naturopathic doctor in Woodstock with Portland Family Health, announces she also is a provider for Patient/Physician Cooperatives (PPC), a local Portland membership-based nonprofit offering monthly affordable primary care. Dr. Curtiss has joined other local providers in the PPC “in order to provide healthcare to those who may not have insurance, or those who do not get the care they need and/or require from their policies (whether it is private, ACA coverage or Medicare/Medicaid). The philosophy of the co-op and the providers who work with us is to build real relationships with our patients and members and be able to help those who need more primary care.” Dr. Jennifer Curtiss can be reached at 503/777-0444, or e-mailed at: The address of Portland Family Health is 4004 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, Suite 4.

“Sassafrassity” makes big move from Sellwood.
Sheressa Dolph, owner of Sellwood’s “Sassafrassity” shop, formerly located next door to Sellwood Pet Supply on S.E. 17th, advises, “Sassafrassity has moved and settled into our new Southwest location, after closing our Sellwood store at the end of August. Our new showroom focuses on both vintage and furniture that we have refurbished; vintage lighting; and our one-of-a-kind soft lines. The workshop is available to rent for individual work time and for classes. Our showroom hours are Monday through Friday 10-3, and by appointment. Our new format focuses on custom work. We can paint, refinish, and do light upholstery on furniture for you. If you are interested in a quote for a piece you would like to have redone email us pictures to: Our Grand opening and Fall-Winter Showcase will be on November 4th, 10-6, and the 5th from 10-4. Our latest line up of refurbished furniture will be featured along with tours of our workshop. Please join us to celebrate our new shop, we would love to see all our Sellwood customers again. Visit us at 10120 S.W. Hall Boulevard in Beaverton, Suite 104. Still online at:; our new telephone number is 503/245-2453.”

ReMax, backpack project, Sellwood
Among the realtors in this year’s “Friends of Children” backpack project at the RE/MAX Sellwood office were, from left, Josh Cohen, Dan Milligan, Alex Stewart, Karen Kelly, Mark Hufnail, Stephanie Wilde, and Michael Jakola.

Sellwood RE/MAX agents continue backpack project.
Realtor Stephanie Wilde tells THE BEE that the RE/MAX Equity Group's Sellwood Branch “joined forces again this year with Friends of Children to donate 50 filled-to-the-brim High School backpacks. Friends of Children assist 450 students from Kindergarten through High School with mentors and programs.”

“Fawn Boutique” opens in Sellwood.
Owner Fawn Raab tells THE BEE that she recently revamped the former “Salon Chi”, and has reopened it as “Fawn Boutique”, offering “unique gifts or something special to wear to work or on a night out – as well as beautiful handbags, scarves, jewelry, candles, and handmade lotions and soaps.” The address is 8035 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood; open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 to 5; closed Monday. The telephone number is 503/799-1879.

Brentwood-Darlington author publishes historical novel.
James Martin, a Brentwood-Darlington author, premiered his new historical novel at Portland’s 23rd annual Polish Fest on the weekend of September 17-18. He had a booth there both days to acquaint readers with “The Boy Who Wanted Wings”, a novel set in 1683, when the Ottoman Empire was at the gates of Vienna and poised to overrun all of Europe. He explains, “On the eve of September 11, 1683, a massive Muslim Ottoman horde was besieging the gates of the imperial city of Vienna, and had been doing so since the previous July. Now, however, they were just hours from capturing this capital of the Holy Roman Empire. The Turks’ intent was to bring Islam to all of Europe, and this city was seen by East and West alike as the gateway. With the window of time closing for Vienna, the walls were about to be breached on September 12, when the vastly outnumbered Christian coalition, led by Polish King Jan III Sobieski and his legendary winged hussars, descended Kahlenberg Mountain to engage the Turks in an attempt to lift the siege. As crucial and consequential as the 1066 Battle of Hastings, the ensuing battle changed the course of European history.” He adds provocatively, “Was it a coincidence that Al-Qaeda chose September 11, 2001, for their attack on New York and Washington? Or had the battle of Vienna inspired a symbolic message that the time had come to resume the struggle of 1683?” The book is in hardcover, paperback, and e-book, at online stores, and can be ordered from any local bookstore.

New owner for Westmoreland “nails and spa” business.
“Classy Nails and Spa” at 7206 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, has opened in the former Tao Nails location. Karen, co-owner of the new business, tells THE BEE, “We remodeled our space before opening the Spa, and we have added soaking bowls at the adjustable service chairs. Uniquely, we line the soaking bowls with a disposable surface, and our instruments (nail files and skin buffers) are disposable, in order to prevent unwanted fungal disorders. We have added the waves and water feature on the wall space to provide the sense of meditation and peace while experiencing the services. We live in Southeast Portland, and we wish for our clients to come away from their experience with us having an overall sense of inner peace.” She adds, “We have had clients show disappointment when we told them we do not honor the gift certificates of the previous owners – and to address that disappointment, if they bring us such certificates, we will exchange them for a 20% discount off the services stated on the gift certificates.”

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