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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Bi Mart, KOIN TV, coat drive, Portland Youth Buildings, Oregon
The donation box at Woodstock BiMart was piled high with coats donated in the KOIN-TV Holiday coat drive. Eight overflowing boxes were collected at the Woodstock store, and distributed to nonprofit Portland Youth Builders. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Woodstock BiMart store collects two hundred coats in charity drive


When KOIN Channel 6 TV partnered with forty-one BiMart stores in Oregon to collect winter coats for those in need, no one could have predicted what an overwhelming response there would be.

“To be honest with you, we were a little blown away with how successful it was. We were overwhelmed with people’s generosity. It was wonderful,” remarked Melinda Carlson-Smith, Promotions Manager at KOIN-TV.

Each BiMart store paired with a local agency for the coat drive. Some of the recipient agencies were Clackamas Women’s Service Center, YMCA Family Resources, City Team Ministries, and the Union Gospel Mission. Woodstock BiMart’s recipient agency was Portland Youth Builders, a Southeast Portland non-profit organization committed to providing long-term support for low-income youth.

Given the overwhelming response, it was necessary for some recipient agencies to share their surplus coats with other organizations.

At Woodstock BiMart the response to all the donations received from customers was one of awe. “We were overwhelmed with the community’s response. Some of the coats even still had price tags on them!” exclaimed Anna Berger, a Woodstock BiMart employee.

The Woodstock store collected a little over two hundred coats. The total for all forty-one participating BiMart stores was approximately 3,000 coats. “I think we’ll do this again next year,” smiled Melinda Carlson-Smith at KOIN. “It was a huge success.”

BiMart is a regional employee-owned store, with headquarters in Eugene.

Jennifer Faust, alterations, Aladdin Alterations and Design, Brooklyn neighborhood, Portland, Oregon
Jennifer Faust has opened a sewing studio in her Brooklyn trailer called “Aladdin Alterations and Design.” (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Alterations’ business opens in Brooklyn trailer


In October, a new sewing workspace for alterations and custom-designed clothing opened in Brooklyn. Owner-operator Jennifer Faust, whose background includes some twenty years of sewing experience with local companies, now offers a neighborhood “alteration station”, working from her remodeled Aladdin trailer.

The business, “Aladdin Alterations and Design”, fills a need and has quickly developed a reliable customer base that appreciates Jennifer’s quick turn-around (typically two to three days), and professional services.

Faust earned a BA in Liberal Studies, with a focus on fashion design, from California State University in Chico. She worked as a clothing designer for eight years, including locally with a company called Seaplane on S.E. Belmont Street. She has also worked as a seamstress and alteration specialist for several local companies and boutiques, and was co-owner of Funky Town Boutique on S.E. Hawthorne Boulevard.

While she exercises her creativity in fashion design, she’s not averse to tackling projects such as hemming curtains and working on home décor projects. “However, I prefer to focus on apparel orders, due to studio space limitations,” she says.

“I’ve met a lot of incredible people so far, and the trailer is abuzz with sewing projects,” she grins. “My prices start at $3 for button replacement, $5 for patches, $7 for hems, and so forth. I work typically for $15/hour, and enjoy meeting interesting people who seek me out. I’m grateful for the opportunity to offer my sewing services in the 'hood.”

Faust emphasizes the re-use of vintage materials in her designs, although she uses modern thread for strength. She locates fabrics at estate and garage sales, and also through donations. “I don’t want to contribute to planetary waste, and my sewing services help lessen the discarding of repairable clothing,” she explains.

Her trailer studio workspace is equipped with a professional-grade sewing machine and dress model, but it is not equipped to serve as a customer storefront, so she prefers to be contacted to pick up assignments, in place of in-person customer visits.

“I offer pickup and delivery services, and I generally work Tuesdays through Fridays. Contact me at 4325 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, call 503/839-4999, or e-mail me at:”

Travis Motter, deli sandwiches, Portland Bottle Shop, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
Portland Bottle Shop owner Travis Motter displays an Italian cold-cut sandwich – one of the many deli treats available at his expanded store. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Sellwood’s ‘Portland Bottle Shop’ adds deli kitchen


Because of its support of nonprofit organizations and schools, including Duniway and Llewellyn Elementary Schools and Sellwood Middle School, the Portland Bottle Shop in Sellwood has gained a reputation for being community-minded.

Now, in addition to also being known as a notable wine and beer store, the shop also hopes to develop a reputation for serving delicious soups and sandwiches.

“Having a deli in a wine store – they just seem to go together,” smiled owner Travis Motter.

“I’ve been in the industry for about 20 years. I worked in a bunch of places, including – when I first moved to Portland – at Woodstock Wine & Deli for about four years.

After later being the sommelier at Simpatica, Motter and his partner Emily opened their own store in Sellwood about five years ago.

“But, now that we’ve been able to take over the second space that was next door, we can put out sandwiches and homemade soups – something that’s really needed in our area,” Motter told THE BEE.

Check out their new menu, and the expanded wine and beer offerings, at the Portland Bottle Shop. It’s situated at 7960 S.E. 13th Avenue.

Greater Brooklyn Business Association, GBBA, Board members, Pok Pok Wing, Portland, Oregon
New GBBA Board members, joined by Pok Pok Wing restaurant staff, are shown – from left: John Liesman, Treasurer; Jesse Layton, President; Toby Roberts and Elizabeth Jones, from the restaurant; Dan Schmitz, Board Member-at-large; Aliza Tuttle, Secretary; and Melaney Dittler, Board Member-at-large. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard0

Revived Brooklyn business association elects officers


At the “Greater Brooklyn Business Association” meeting on Friday, January 6th, a Board was elected for the newly-revived association to get things up and running. The new President is Jesse Layton, the Secretary is Aliza Tuttle, serving as Treasurer is John Liesman, and Board Members-at-large are Melaney Dittler and Dan Schmitz, who recently joined the Steering Committee.

The meeting was held at the new Pok Pok Wing Restaurant at 3120 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, one block south of Powell Boulevard. Refreshments were provided by the restaurant and by Brooklyn's True Brew Coffeehouse.

New GBBA Steering Committee member Dan Schmitz, owner of “Stevens Integrated Solutions” business printing, spoke on Steering Committee plans. “Currently we're working on a GBBA website and logo, while planning a directory and boundary map,” he reported. “The purpose of these meetings is to attract interest, and establish subcommittees for deeper discussions.”

Fred Riley from Classic Pianos expressed interest in the website committee. Melaney Dittler, who is on the Board of the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association, continues to work on a GBBA event to be included in BAC’s May meeting. “We want to introduce neighborhood businesses to the public, and are hoping this will help you promote your business,” she explained.

Jesse Layton, GBBA President, announced that the next monthly meeting would be held Friday, February 3rd, 8-9 a.m., open to the public, at Teutonic Wine, 3303 S.E. 20th Avenue. “We’ll have a mission workshop prior to that, to develop our focus and direction,” he promised.


Jason Stein, elevator speech, Association of Home Businesses, AHB, Portland, Oregon, Sellwood
Jason Stein shows exactly how to make your own memorable “elevator speech” at AHB in Sellwood this month. (Photo by Genevieve Russell)

Jason Stein visits AHB to tell how to “be seen, be heard, be remembered”: You have 30 seconds to leave a lasting impression on the person standing opposite you. It’s amazing how a mere 30 seconds can leave you feeling either confident in your abilities, or leave you deflated, wondering if networking events are just a big waste of your already limited time. Join Jason Stein, as he reveals a simple three-step process to solidifying your “elevator speech”, leaving you seen, heard, and remembered. That talk, and the usual networking and buffet supper, are all part of the February 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 February 16 – 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:

Advantis Credit Union returns to Southeast – in Woodstock: Originally, Union Pacific Railroad workers had their own credit union at S.E. Ellis and McLoughlin, ultimately known as the Rose City of Oregon Federal Credit Union; and the PGE workforce on S.E. 17th in Brooklyn had their own Elektra Credit Union. Rose City merged with Elektra, and Elektra joined other credit unions in merging with Advantis – whose branch across from PGE Headquarters disappeared in the widening of the street for MAX light rail. At last, Advantis Credit Union is returning to Inner Southeast with a full-service branch in the Woodstock neighborhood this summer 2017. It will be located at 4235 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, in the space once occupied by Beckwith Bicycles, and which is now being vacated by the Bike Gallery. “Our family celebrates Advantis stepping into the Woodstock corridor, because of their demonstrated commitment to community engagement,” says Deborah Beckwith Peterson. “We believe Advantis will continue to honor the legacy of our father, Frank L. Beckwith, with their participation in Woodstock’s community events, and through the services they provide to our neighbors.” For more information on Advantis, go online: http://www.advantiscu.or.

“Cha Cha Cha Taqueria” closes in Westmoreland; “PDX Sliders” coming: The “Cha Cha Cha Mexican Taqueria” in Westmoreland, across from the Sellwood-Westmoreland Post Office at S.E. 16th and Bybee Boulevard, has closed. It was opened in December of 2003 by Carmen Meyer, her sister Magdalena Valdivieso, and her husband Brian Meyer, as one of two locations – the other one being in Downtown Milwaukie. They have closed the Westmoreland location “primarily due to the necessity of taking care of an elderly parent.” Carmen tells THE BEE, “We want to thank the Sellwood-Moreland community for supporting us over all these years. We have a lot of very good memories. We enjoyed seeing families, and seeing the kids of this fun community, growing up. Some of these kids were babies when we first opened our doors and now some of them are thirteen years old, others are teenagers and some are already in college. We invite our Westmoreland location customers to visit us in two miles south in Milwaukie at 11008 S.E. Main. We are online at:” According to an application for liquor license transfer submitted to the OLCC and signed by Ryan Rollins, a new restaurant plans to open in that location called “PDX Sliders”, planned to be open daily at 11 a.m., closing at 9 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays, and at 11 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. No opening date for the new enterprise has yet been publicly announced.

Reed Swan, Jeremy O'Neal, Pizza Roma, contest, Woodstock neighborhood, Portland, Oregon
Reed Swan, 8, pauses for a photo with Pizza Roma shift manager Jeremy O’Neal, on December 30th at the pizzeria, on Woodstock Boulevard. (Photo by Mary Ann Swan)

Holiday pizza contest winner in Woodstock: Reed Swan, age 8, took first-place honors in a Pizza Roma Holiday art contest, winning a $30 gift certificate. The Woodstock Elementary School third-grader modeled his drawing of a holiday beach scene after “Pizza Steve”, one of his favorite animated characters in the Cartoon Network's TV show, “Uncle Grandpa”.

Foster Road bagel bakery opens second store Downtown: Henry Higgins Bagels, whose opening some time ago at 6240 S.E. Foster Road to offer genuine boiled bagels was chronicled by THE BEE’s David F. Ashton, has since opened a second location Downtown at 523 N.E. 19th Avenue, and on December 15 won attention and praise from the Portland Tribune, where reporter Jennifer Anderson observed, “Owner Leah Orndoff and head baker Dave Barile, a Long Islander, keep it simple, local and fresh at their bagel bakery. They make 11 New York-style boiled bagels, from garlic, salt and onion to pumpernickel, sesame seed and jalapeno, plus a few schmears and sandwiches. Their focus is on fresh, local ingredients, using Shepherd’s Grain flour, Bob’s Red Mill flour and seeds, and local meats and cheeses whenever possible. $13 for a baker’s dozen.”

Inner Southeast company saves wood from urban trees: “Sustainable Northwest Wood”, which describes itself as “the only lumberyard in America that offers only local and sustainably harvested lumber products”, announces the official launch of its partnership with Epilogue LLC, “an urban lumber company that saves beautiful urban trees from the wood chipper and turns them into a unique collection of live-edge slabs, beams, and other specialty wood items. This collection is available exclusively through Sustainable Northwest Wood.” The wood reclaimed is from urban trees that must be taken down before they cause harm to people or property. Carefully extracted from back yards, parking strips, and other tight spaces in Portland and surrounding communities, these include elderly walnut, elm, sycamore, birch, cedar, and fir trees. Ryan Temple, President of Sustainable Northwest Wood, remarks, “They really are beautiful trees, and it’s so much better to use the wood for a table or a shelving project that can last for generations than to just turn it into woodchips.” Sustainable Northwest Wood and Epilogue are hosting a launch party to celebrate the new collection on Thursday, February 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Sustainable Northwest Wood showroom, 2701 S.E. 14th Avenue in Portland. It’s open to the public, and guests can look forward to special product giveaways and discounts there.

Dietician moves west, hangs shingle in Westmoreland:
Staci Gulbin is a registered dietitian who recently moved to Southeast Portland from Maryland. Staci has been a dietitian since 2010, she tells THE BEE, with experience in medical weight loss counseling, long-term care, family practice nutrition, and most recently in bariatric nutrition. She has joined the team of wellness practitioners at Westmoreland's Cypress Beauty and Wellness on S.E. Bybee Boulevard, just west of Milwaukie Avenue, to offer clients nutritional counseling services and group workshops. Staci's new business, “My Lighttrack Dietitian”, is web-based, offering nutritional counseling services via tele-health, a secure video-conferencing software that gives clients the personal touch of an in-person consult, but with the convenience of a session that can take place at any laptop or computer. Staci hopes this new session format will make it easier for busy professionals, busy parents, or those that are physically unable to travel to appointments to be able to receive the nutritional guidance they need to create a healthy life. More information about Staci and the services she offers can be found online at:

“Micah and Me” rocks toddlers in Sellwood: “Micah and Me” is a local two-man band – “two stay-at-home dads who host rockin’ toddler dance parties and ukulele classes!” And, they report, they perform for children up to about age 7 “and the young at heart” every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at Pied Piper Play Café, 8609 S.E. 17th Avenue in Sellwood. “Free entry, and tips greatly appreciated.”

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