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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 Pamplin Media online "Community Classifieds"!

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INNER SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S

BUSINESS NEWS!


Oregon Employment Department Workforce Economist Jake Procino provided targeted information about the Brooklyn area business climate for the gathered members of the Greater Brooklyn Business Association on May 1, at Heckmann & Thiemann Motors.
Oregon Employment Department Workforce Economist Jake Procino provided targeted information about the Brooklyn area business climate for the gathered members of the Greater Brooklyn Business Association on May 1, at Heckmann & Thiemann Motors. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Local economy revealed at Greater Brooklyn Business Assn meeting

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Members and supporters of the revitalized and growing “Greater Brooklyn Business Association” (GBBA) gathered for their monthly meeting on May 1, at the location that Heckmann & Thiemann Motors moved to before the pandemic – 3220 S.E. 19th Avenue, on the south side S.E. Powell Boulevard. They’ve been in business for 56 years.

Some two dozen members and guests enjoyed a buffet banquet supper and beverages and networked, before the formal meeting began.

“We have monthly networking meetings at different locations – each GBBA member can host a networking meeting at their location, so they can show off their business,” said the organization’s current president, Melanie Dittler, of “More Realty”.

The GBBA was re-activated in June 2023, Dittler said. “And we just restarted our membership drive, and currently have 44 members, which is great – it’s the most we’ve ever had.”

During the meeting the GBBA president revealed that the organization will be hosting the Best of Brooklyn Barbecue on July 25 in Brooklyn Park. “There, we feed the community, and have all of our business out to meet and greet our neighbors,” Dittler explained.

The May 1 meeting’s featured speaker, Jake Procino – a Workforce Economist for the Oregon Employment Department, specializing in the labor market in the Portland area – provided an on-target presentation, specifically created for the Brooklyn-Reed area.

“In the near-term we are seeing employment growth stagnate; but, long-term employment trends in the Brooklyn neighborhood have been very strong over the past ten years,” Procino told THE BEE before the meeting started. “Another point is how we see the workforce is aging; and by that I mean a lot of people retiring. We’re not seeing enough population growth from births and in-migration [from other areas of the metro area or state] to offset that.”

During his presentation, Procino stated that 23% of the workforce in Multnomah County is expected to retire in the next 10 years, including in the Brooklyn and Inner Southeast area.

Also, Procino offered a chart that showed strong economic growth in the Brooklyn area over the past decade. Specifically, he charted an 18% increase in employment, and a 53% increase in “real payroll” in this specific neighborhood.

Another fact presented by Procino about the Brooklyn area was that, of all the categories of growth from 2021 to 2022, the “Professional and Business Services” sector showed the wildest growth, with an increase of 1,391 jobs. This was far ahead of the second category, “Leisure and Hospitality”, which grew by 203 jobs.

To wrap up the meeting, GBBA elected new Board Members. Learn more about the Greater Brooklyn Business Assn. by going online – https://www.greaterbrooklynba.com



Inside and outside seating at the new Harder Day Coffee Company café in Woodstock makes it a good place to enjoy choice pastries and coffee…or beer and wine…or, maybe even a meal.
Inside and outside seating at the new Harder Day Coffee Company café in Woodstock makes it a good place to enjoy choice pastries and coffee…or beer and wine…or, maybe even a meal. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

‘Harder Day Coffee’ is next, in Woodstock space

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

A recessed spot between Woodstock’s UPS Store and Advantis Credit Union is still home to a coffee shop – a space that has had three different names and three different ownerships in the recent past.

We recently reported on the departure of the Esperanza Trading Company – and now the storefront is open again, this time as “Harder Day Coffee”.

Is the new café called that because it aims to lift you up with a cup of Joe when you are having a harder day than usual? That’s plausible; and one could come up with a number of other creative speculations about the name. But in fact, it is actually just named for the co-owners of the business – Dustin Harder, and Brody Day.

The two met in 1998 while attending U.C. Santa Cruz, where Harder was most interested in coffee, and Day in home brewing.

Harder and Day took over the lease at the 4229 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard building in March, and bought the assets of the Esperanza Trading Company café to continue as a coffee shop.

Harder and Day are also co-founders of Steeplejack Brewing Company, with beer and restaurants on N.E. Broadway in Portland, as well as at locations in Beaverton and Hillsboro.

When Esperanza Café announced in late February that they were closing, there was sadness in the community. Aware of the neighborhood’s fondness for the ambiance and staff of Esperanza, Harder and Day attempted to keep many of the features that were loved by Esperanza customers – and retained several of the Esperanza baristas, too.

The glass garage door still has seats facing to the outside. The wooden deck has been taken down, but the outside seating area has been expanded with six small tables and chairs. The room to the right, upon entering, is now provided for people – including some Reed students – as a place to use their laptops while drinking coffee.

Esperanza Head Roaster and barista Ren Hua remains, splitting his time between tending the coffee bar and roasting coffee on the roaster left behind by the first of the three coffee shops, Loma Coffee Company – and formerly used by Esperanza.  Several other longtime Esperanza employees stayed on as well.

That issue which eventually drove out Esperanza – of the back room not having two entrances, as required by city code, which accounted for the mounting code-violation fees challenging Esperanza owner Angel Medina – has been resolved simply by closing off that space to customers, and using it for storage.

Pastries offered at the latest iteration of the coffee shop include bagels and cookies – double chocolate cookies, and 4-inch snicker doodles – from Sparrow Bakery in Portland’s St. Johns neighborhood (and also in and Bend). Sparrow’s signature pastry, the Ocean Roll, is there too. It has a layer of cardamom, sugar, and vanilla, on a croissant roll.

And there’s now beer in the coffee shop – offered exclusively through Steeplejack Brewing, with a curated draft offerings list, and a wide variety of beers-to-go. Wines there are, too – sold by the glass or bottle, with such favorites as “Orange” from Muller-Ruprecht. 

Harder Day Coffee is open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., and on the first of June a food and cocktail menu was added, along with outdoor seating. Fire pits are promised in the near future; it’s turning into quite a gathering place for the Woodstock neighborhood!



Meet three of the five family owners of Brooklyn’s new “Ochoa Lupita’s Tacos” food cart now open on Powell Boulevard at 9th: From left, Ana, Jose, and Ana Ochoa.
Meet three of the five family owners of Brooklyn’s new “Ochoa Lupita’s Tacos” food cart now open on Powell Boulevard at 9th: From left, Ana, Jose, and Ana Ochoa. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Mexican family food cart opens on Powell Blvd

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

The closing of the highly-regarded, longtime “San Felipe Taqueria” in Westmoreland is now followed by the arrival of a new Mexican food cart in the Brooklyn neighborhood, which opened on May 7th.

“Ochoa Lupita’s Tacos” has relocated their small family-owned business to 908 S.E. Powell Boulevard. The food cart was originally located in Beaverton, but at its new Southeast address it now boasts several outdoor tables for customers – and it’s also on Door Dash, Uber Eats, and Grub Hub.

The five owners, two of whom are named Jose and three are named Ana – but of different generations! – operate their business from Tuesday through Sunday each week from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Their phone number is 503/572-9602, and they say that they are interested in developing their catering business, as well as walk-in diners, in Inner Southeast Portland.

The family reported to THE BEE that the most popular items from their menu so far are tacos and super tacos, quesa-birria, quesadillas, crunchy tacos, asada fries, enchiladas, burrito suizo, chicken fajitas, milanesa, and Mexican rice – with shrimp tostadas and Grilled Steak Torta de la Casa being special favorites.

A full menu of food options is posted for customers to choose from, and they invite BEE readers to discover their authentic Mexican cuisine.



BUSINESS BRIEFS


New bar opens in Sellwood: Trent Lewis is manager at a new watering hole – “The Munchie Bar” – located in Sellwood on S.E. Tacoma Street at 11th – specifically, at 1035 S.E. Tacoma Street, Suite B. He advises that the new business is “neighboring the Green Oasis Dispensary and the Munchie Philly and Gyro food cart. I call it the triangle of happiness. Herbs, Hops, and tasty American-Mediterranean fusion, conveniently located on one corner.” Further, “We also have a very unique ‘BottomsUp!’ tap system that piques the interest of all who order a pint.” The owner is Hayder Alnaisani, says Lewis: “Due to his work with the U.S. military and his subsequent injuries sustained, he was able to move to the States with his family. He and his brother, Dhafer, own and run three food carts – one in Hillsboro, one in Downtown Portland, and one in Sellwood.”




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