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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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INNER SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S

BUSINESS NEWS!


Towne Crier, restaurant, Grandma's, revival, Holgate Boulevard, Southeast Portland, Oregon
At an informal champagne celebration and painting party on September 8 for the forthcoming new “Towne Crier” restaurant, from left: Heidi Lawler, building manager; Tacee Cobb, owner; Stuart Ramsay is partially hidden, holding the champagne bottle; and Jeffrey Kaplan is wearing the “nextseedfunding” T-shirt. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Announced strip joint is out – new ‘Towne Crier’ Restaurant is in

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

Many neighbors in the Woodstock and Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhoods say they are breathing a big sigh of relief, having heard that the long-planned strip club and cannabis dispensary will not be going in, after all, at the corner of S.E. 41st Avenue and Holgate Boulevard.

The long-vacant building at 4515 S.E. 41st has been home to various restaurants over the last six decades – Ye Olde Town Crier, the Hollyhurst Neighborhood Grill, Grandma’s, and most recently The Hutch.  Now it will be renovated and restored to give re-birth to a restaurant called, once again, the “Towne Crier”.

The new owner of the 7,000 sq. ft. building, Tacee Webb, tells THE BEE that she and her daughter were frequent patrons of Grandma’s Restaurant when she moved to Portland back in 1999.  They used to sit on a little bench outside the restaurant, and they have great memories of home-style food.

“I became very sentimental about this neighborhood restaurant and have had my eye on buying it for many years.”  Last year Webb was finally able to purchase it, when Johnny “Diablo” Zukle’s strip club project fell through. (He still owns Casa Diablo on McLoughlin Boulevard, in Sellwood.)

Webb is known throughout Portland as someone who has, over the years, assiduously collected antiques, architectural items, and even signs from iconic restaurants and bars that have been demolished to create apartments and office towers.

On Saturday, September 8th, a painting party and celebration was held at the new Towne Crier, which will open on a model similar to McMenamins – with a family dining room, a community coffee shop, and downstairs lounge. 

At the ceremony, bagpipes, craft beer, and hot dogs from Otto’s in Woodstock drew Webb’s friends and co-workers, as well as people from the neighborhood. Tours of the building revealed the “old lodge” look with the antiques Webb has gathered.

“I’ve been collecting pieces to put in here,” remarked Webb during a tour. “Three chandeliers from the Rhinelander, bricks from the Lotus Cardroom, chairs from the Fernwood Inn. Some of the chairs still have signs for the people who sat in them, such as Raquel Welch and Tom Jones.”

Built as a house and market in 1927, the building was extensively renovated in 1953 to become the American Heritage style restaurant, “Ye Olde Towne Crier”.  People from all over the city would come to dine in the family-friendly atmosphere, with a décor that included stone fireplaces, totem poles, wall carvings of Pilgrims, and assorted other wood sculptures. 

Ye Olde Town Crier served its home-style food for forty-three years before it closed in 1996 and became the Hollyhurst Grill. Then as the building transitioned to Grandma’s, and later to The Hutch, the décor was kept for the most part, and the food remained much the same.

Webb says of her new plans, “I want the restaurant to be multi-generational, and be a place that covers all kinds of eating from the classics [from the original menu] – Yorkshire pudding, prime rib, grilled salmon, and with blueberry preserves on each table – but extending to vegan and gluten-free options.”

Webb’s business partner is Stuart Ramsay, a writer and consultant who’s also well-known for his craft brews of Whisky Back beer and scotch. His new in-house brew will be called “The Crier”.  Assistant building manager Heidi Lawler also has longtime ties with the community, and will assist with the renovation.

Previously Webb owned and operated the Red Light Clothing Exchange while living in Seattle, and then opened the long-running Red Light vintage clothing store on Hawthorne Boulevard when she moved to Portland. She later sold the Red Light store and moved into a position with American Apparel, locating fifty store sites and handling project management duties as those stores were constructed.

Getting back to her new project, the coffee shop at the back of the building will be called “The Treasury”, named for the collected old Portland pieces, and will open sometime near the Holidays in December. Starting at 7 a.m. there will be grab-n-go food, in addition to breakfast sandwiches, waffles, and pastries.

“The Treasury will serve three kinds of coffee: Happy Cup, which provides jobs and training to people who have disabilities; Central City Coffee, which works to end homelessness; local favorite K&F, an old Portland brand we love,” says Webb. 

She adds, “My son Jack Ryder, now 15, will bring coffee to the tables on the weekends. Jack was born with Down Syndrome, and was featured on the cover of the Oregonian when he had a life-saving heart surgery at 4 months old. [“King of Heart, 2004”.] Jack attends Cleveland High School.” 

Funding for the project is innovative and, Webb says, in need of community support. 

“This is place-based funding,” explained Jeffrey Kaplan, Webb’s longtime friend, and head of “Nextseed Funding”, who flew in from Houston, Texas, for the ribbon cutting ceremonies.  “This funding platform is ‘people-to-people financing’, the first one in Portland, a fully community-based project.” 

Webb adds, “We opted to finance this way, with our neighbors as our backers, rather than getting a loan from a big bank. We’re hoping our community and future customers will invest in the success of this project.” 

Those who would like to contribute to the project can contribute $100 minimum to a crowd investments funding effort in which contributors eventually receive both the return on an investment and a dividend.  $150,000 more must be raised before October 22nd. That amount sounds a bit intimidating – but, apparently, over $50,000 had already been raised by September 10.

For more information on the funding project go online – http://www.townecrierpdx.com – and, to tour the forthcoming restaurant, contact Tacee Webb at 503/754-0731.

Berry Good, produce stand, Reed neighborhood, 28th Avenue, sold, new owners, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Tori Ledesma shows some of the fresh berries on sale at “Berry Good Farm Market” on S.E. 28th, now under new ownership – just north of the Portland Rhododendron Garden. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Berry Good Farm Market’ on SE 28th changes owners and hours

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

The “Berry Good Farm Market”, the Reed neighborhood’s year-’round source for plants, produce, and duck food, changed hands over the Labor Day weekend. The business is on S.E. 28th just east of the Reed College campus and Crystal Springs Creek, on the west side of the street.

Former owners Marci and Gary Daniels, who had been there for fifteen years, sold their roadside stand at 5523 S.E. 28th Avenue to Cliff Parsons of Parsons Farms. The new owner family also has sites in Canby, Dundee, and Dayton, and has participated in many farmers markets over the years. They plan to be open daily from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Manager Lori Christensen assures THE BEE that all produce will be local. “Some produce, purchased in bulk, may receive a discount,” she reveals. “We plan to focus on seasonal items. Currently we have lots of berries. For fall, we'll carry pumpkins, hay bales, corn stalks, and other farm items used for decoration. At Christmas, we'll carry Holiday Trees and wreaths. We’ll also have duck and squirrel food, local honey, and other farm staples. Phone us at 503/266-7875 for more information.”

In addition to “Berry Good” fresh produce and cut flowers, the new owner has rented space to a new adjacent vendor, a mobile red food cart called “Bol & Crust” – which offers scratch-made hand pies and “healthy rice bowls”, to eat on-site or to go.



Woodstock Boulevard, new apartments, Southeast Portland, Oregon
At S.E. 54th Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard, on the north side of the street, are thirty-eight new apartments offered for rent in late September. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

‘54 Woodstock’ apartment complex is open

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

Across the street from each other at S.E. 54th and Woodstock Boulevard are two multi-family building complexes – under construction by different developers.

The complex on the north side of the street, called “54 Woodstock” – three levels, with 38 apartments – was the first one ready for occupation, in late September. The builder is “LISAC Brothers Construction”, a business owned by Mark and Brian Lisac. The structure was designed by architect Barry R. Smith.

The thirty-eight units include 13 studios, 22 one-bedrooms, and 3 two-bedroom apartments. Three apartments are set aside for “inclusionary housing”, renting for $855 for a studio and $916 for the one-bedrooms. Applications have already been received for these three. The rest are set at market rent rates, with a $500 deposit.

The apartments’ amenities include air conditioning, WiFi, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, floor to ceiling windows, open floor plans, additional storage, and ample bicycle garaging. Two pets per apartment are allowed, with some restrictions.  There are two stairwells, front and back, to accommodate the three levels.

While many apartment complexes are being built these days without parking, this particular project has a parking lot on the north side with eight spaces that will rent, first-come-first-served, for $50 a month. Tri-Met bus routes 19, 71, and 75 are within walking distance. 

As for the building’s architect, Barry R. Smith has a long career of designing buildings in the Portland area, including many townhouses and apartment complexes. He designed RiverPark near the Sellwood Bridge, and the complexes in Sellwood at 7339 S.E. Milwaukie and S.E. Linn and 11th Avenue.  He also is the architect for the townhouses that will be built on the lot across from Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial, where the Moreland Farmers Market has been through this year, at S.E. 14th and Bybee Boulevard.

Smith says the highlight for him in the “54 Woodstock” building is that it is one of the first three apartment houses in the city to contain some “inclusionary housing” i.e., units that are considered to be affordable to people with low to moderate incomes.  He says the Housing Bureau and the Mayor’s office were still determining how inclusionary housing would work, when he was designing the building. 

Smith credits builder Mark Lisac for figuring out the rather laborious process for “inclusionary housing”. One extra floor of apartments was added to make three affordable units possible.  “I am happy we were able to make it work, and to also include more density,” remarked Smith.

Meantime, on the south side at 54th and Woodstock is another three-story apartment complex being developed under the name of “EkoLiving.com” and built by WDC Construction.  It will remain under construction for several more months, and will be reported on in THE BEE in a future issue.

An Open House for “54 Woodstock was held on Wednesday, September 26, from 2 until 5 p.m. The official address is 5401 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. To see more, go online – http://www.54woodstock.com.



Birds and Bees Nursery, Southeast Portland, Oregon
“Birds & Bees Nursery” co-owner Amanda Simard, shown with cacti and succulents. (Rita A. Leonard)

‘Birds & Bees Nursery’ celebrates first year in new location

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE 

“Birds & Bees Nursery” opened in 2012 at S.E. 37th and Gladstone Street, as reported in THE BEE at the time. But they recently moved several blocks east. In August, Birds & Bees celebrated their first year at a new and permanent location at 3327 S.E. 50th Avenue.

The nursery focuses on Northwest annuals and perennials, gardening accessories, wild bird seed, and feeders. They also have a variety of mason bee houses. “We are dedicated to selling locally-sourced sustainable products for the urban garden, both indoors and out,” proudly says co-owner Caitlin Gaul.

Birds & Bees not only sells plants, ladybugs, seeds, cards, and gifts, they also help identify plants and plant diseases for their customers. “We have many different containers, and offer classes in terrarium-making,” advises co-owner Amanda Simard. “We have many cacti and succulents, and we teach how to make planters mounted on wood with air plants or staghorn ferns. We also teach a class on creating ‘kokedama’, which are a type of containerless bonsai.”

As at their former site, Birds & Bees occasionally has animal visitors (pigs and a cat), although they no longer have chickens.

Business hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sundays 11 to 5. Call 503/788-6088 for information.







BUSINESS BRIEFS


Renee Campbell, Rotary District 5100, District Governor, Association of Home Businesses, AHB, Sellwood, Southeast Portland
Recent Rotary District Governor speaks at AHB meeting in Sellwood on October 18.

Oregon “Rotary District Governor” speaks on business ethics: Renee Campbell, a professional printer in Salem and last year’s regional “Rotary District Governor”, is the speaker at the October monthly meeting of the nonprofit business association for those who work at home, the Association of Home Businesses. At the meeting in Sellwood at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, 6-9 p.m. on Thursday evening, October 18, Renee will be speaking on how ethics in business can positively impact the bottom line: “For those who want to build community, a solid good reputation, and long-term relationships – along with good products, good pricing, and customer service, fair and ethical practices and service to the community and to your profession – can be some of the best marketing tools at your disposal!” Businesspeople and guests are welcome, and a buffet supper is included in the meeting. RSVPs requested to Eric at 503/232-2326 for meal planning. Cost at the door $10 includes the meal. For more, go online – http://www.ahboregon.org.

Mobile physical therapy service started, based from Eastmoreland: Colleen Gilroy tells THE BEE she has opened a mobile PT business. She writes, “I have been a PT for 20 years, working with older adults, and have seen the life-changing impact of falls, generalized weakness, and deconditioning can have on people who want to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible.” As for why a mobile service? “Many patients are limited by transportation issues, or feel intimidated working out alongside much younger people in a traditional outpatient therapy clinic.  In addition, if someone is having trouble mobilizing in their own home, where better to work with them, than in their home?” If you would like more information, call her at 503/577-2706, or e-mail her at: cgilroypt@gmail.com.

“Music of Protest” explored at Classic Pianos Oct. 7: Pianist and former classical music critic of the Oregonian newspaper David Stabler will explore “powerful [classical] works that call out war, oppression, sexism, women’s suffrage, working conditions, even homelessness,” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 7, at Classic Pianos, on the corner of S.E. Milwaukie Avenue and Powell Boulevard in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Admission $20, payable at the door. For more information, go online – http://www.davidstabler.net.  

Woodstock teacher Aron Steinke – an award-winning author: Students at Woodstock Elementary School might know him best as Mr. Steinke, who teaches fourth and fifth graders. But in other circles, Aron Nels Steinke is better known as something else: An award-winning author of graphic novels for kids. PPS announces that he has already won an Eisner Award, often called “the ‘Oscar’ for comic books”. Steinke is now promoting his newest effort, “Mr. Wolf’s Class”, a graphic novel that was released in June. On Saturday, September 15, he hit one of the benchmarks for a Portland author – a 2 p.m. reading and signing at Powell’s City of Books on West Burnside, downtown Portland.

“Sock Dreams” moves; “Petunia’s Place” arrives: Long a fixture in Sellwood, the “Sock Dreams” retail store has moved north – to 3962 N. Mississippi Avenue in Portland. The store remains available for online ordering – http://www.sockdreams.com – which may be the more convenient option for Inner Southeast residents in the future. Meantime, the space where Sock Dreams used to be – 8005 S.E. 13 th Avenue in Sellwood – has reopened as “Petunia’s Place”, which proprietor Carolyn Ackerman says is renamed for “my first bunny and the love of my life”, and will feature a wide variety of housewares, jewelry, clothing items, “and so much more.” Ackerman also runs the “Let Carolyn Paint It” business often advertised in THE BEE, which now also offers needed repair on older houses being painted, and much of the proceeds from both her businesses are dedicated to the care and wellbeing of homeless and abused animals, she says.

Provence & French Rivera Walking Tour planned: A walking tour in Provence and the French Riviera is scheduled for the coming spring from May 15th to 25th by 20-year Sellwood resident Ms. Ryan Crosby. Ryan has taught yoga for two decades in Sellwood and Lake Oswego, and explains that she was looking for European locations to offer yoga retreats and realized walking trips might be more affordable, while at the same time giving travelers an opportunity to see more of a country. Previous trips have taken Ryan and her travelers to Amalfi, Tuscany, Ireland, Greece, and now France. “GoAhead”, with whom she works, has been providing travel opportunities for more than for 50 years she says. If you are interested in learning more, or reserving space on the tour, details are on her website – www.ryancrosbyyoga.com – or call 971 / 212-0514.



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