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INNER SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S

BUSINESS NEWS!


Sock Dreams, Milieu Collective, Sellwood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Danielle Lavine is the manager of the newly-opened Sellwood retail store of Sock Dreams, now situated on the second floor of the Milieu Collective, at 8012 S.E. 13th Avenue. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Sock Dreams’ makes a return to Sellwood

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

“Sock Dreams”, which started their retail and online sock business in Inner Southeast, and left the space they had occupied on S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood a year ago for a spot in North Portland, has opened a second store back in Sellwood, as of November 2.

This one is to be found upstairs at “The Milieu Artist and Retail Collective”, 8012 S.E. 13th Avenue.

“Milieu” opened nearly two years ago, featuring five different women-owned businesses, and a second floor mini art gallery. Since that time, some of those businesses have come and gone, but now Sock Dreams has a second retail store there, near their former Sellwood location.

In 2018, Sock Dreams moved from S.E. 13th Avenue to a storefront at 3962 N. Mississippi Avenue, which was A.D.A.-accessible for customers (the former Sellwood store had stairs leading up to the front door), and also had more room for their employees. The phone number remains 503/232-3330.

Although the newly-opened retail store at Milieu is located on the second floor, proprietor Monique Natosi says its staff can bring items downstairs for viewing by those unable to climb stairs – or, they can refer people to the “accessible” North Portland store. “Milieu seems to be a perfect fit for us,” she reflects.

Monique Natosi and her husband Dara Jellinek co-own Sock Dreams. In 2018 they launched a brand new website – http://www.sockdreams.com – to expand their market. They continue to improve their online sales and service, they say – and to offer new styles and patterns. Currently their stockroom houses over 1,500 different sock styles and accessories.

Indeed, the North Portland Sock Dreams continues to be their main retail outlet; but when Monique learned about an opening at Milieu, she decided to set up a second retail shop there. “I still live in Sellwood, and love the area. At Sock Dreams, we believe everyone deserves fun socks that make them feel happy and comfortable. We personally test everything we sell, and we work hard to offer an amazing selection of U.S.-made styles, in addition to our international collection, and our ever-growing array of organic and eco-friendly socks.

“We’re also committed to being a positive force for change...by giving back,” she continues. “In 2016 we started doing ‘Donation Partnerships’, a collaborative giving effort between ourselves and our customers. Each month, a portion of sales from specially-marked socks are donated to great organizations . . . charities we believe in, and others chosen from customer suggestions.

Currently, the Milieu Collective also is also home to several other stores – Portland Chocolate Laboratory; Modern Madini handcrafted metal jewelry; Purpose Handmade leather goods; Roots of Joy Plants and Floral Design; Silly Daisy candles and children’s clothing; and Vine and Dandy – gifts inspired by nature.

Southeast Grind, 24 hour coffee shop, closes, Powell Boulevard, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Southeast Grind, for ten years Portland’s 24-hour coffee shop, at 1223 S.E. Powell Boulevard – closed on October 26. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Portland’s only 24-hour coffee shop closes on Powell

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

Portland’s 24-hour coffee shop, “Southeast Grind” at 1223 S.E. Powell Boulevard, closed its doors on Saturday, October 26. For the previous ten years, the shop had been a unique, safe, reliable spot to come at any time for coffee, healthful snacks, music, and uninterrupted wifi Internet service, in a comfortable laid-back atmosphere, year ’round.

Owner Kacey Birch and a partner opened the coffee shop in April of 2009 to serve the community, feature local talent, and offer “healthy, vegan, organic, and sustainable” food. A recent Facebook post for the site announced, “With much gratitude and a heavy heart, we are closing our doors. It’s been a wonderful decade, and we feel so honored to have been your baristas.”

Birch had tried to interest potential buyers for some time, but was unsuccessful. The building would require major renovations, she said, so consequently the business was closed.

The site was known for its well-worn charm, serving as a sort of living room for students and patrons to working on laptops at all hours. Anyone who made a purchase there was welcome to stay as long as they liked.

“Southeast Grind” was also a place where handbills from local businesses and for those connected with local events could be posted, providing a bulletin board for the community. It was a special place for night owls who needed somewhere to gather and finish up last-minute classwork and projects.

Birch also ran a coffee shop in the City of Milwaukie – “The Milwaukie Grind” – from 2012 until 2014. She recently gave birth to her third child, so now she is planning a new career as a fulltime Mom. Her favorite memory from the S.E. Powell shop is having met her husband there – who, she says, was a regular.

In the last week of operation, hundreds of friends and patrons dropped in to reminisce, say their goodbyes, and remember what a special place Southeast Grind had been in their lives.

Coffee may still be had at any hour, of course, at 24-hour restaurants – one of which, the Original Hotcake House, is only a couple of blocks west, at 1002 S.E. Powell Boulevard. But, to many, it may just not be the same.



Cafe Rowan, Creston Kenilworth, Spencer Ivankoe, Southeast Portland, Oregon
On this corner in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, the paper in the window of the corner business space means that Starbucks has moved out, and Café Rowan, owned by a gourmet chef who lives in Sellwood, will open there soon. (Paige Wallace)

Gourmet café to replace Starbucks on ‘Kupie Corner’

By PAIGE WALLACE
For THE BEE

A new restaurant is set to open in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood in early 2020. Café Rowan will take over the space that previously housed Starbucks, at the corner of S.E. Chavez Boulevard (formerly 39th) and Holgate Boulevard, in the building known as Kupie Corner, in homage to the former Kupie Cone stand that used to be there.

The café will serve breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, brunch on weekends, and a chef’s menu dinner featuring Oregon wine pairings one night a week.

Owner and Chef Spencer Ivankoe describes the restaurant’s fare as “farm friendly”. He plans to source most of his ingredients locally, including beverages from Portland’s Coava Coffee Company, and Steven Smith TeaMaker.

Ivankoe lives in Sellwood, and chose Café Rowan’s location deliberately. “You’ve got Reed College down the street, you’ve got all the neighborhoods,” he said. ”I just loved the people here; the vibe here.”

Building plans show indoor and outdoor tables. An open kitchen, surrounded by a bar, will allow patrons to interact with Ivankoe as he prepares their food. Industrial design elements, and a simple color scheme, capitalize on natural light from existing windows, he says – pointing out the white walls and concrete flooring.

Along the west wall, an artisan marketplace will offer local food and art for sale. Ivankoe will sell his own homemade products, such as hot sauce and pickles, along with goods from about 30 other companies and artists.

Planned special events will include live music on the first Sunday of each month, and a monthly charity dinner with proceeds supporting a selected local nonprofit.

Ivankoe originally hails from New York, where he worked as a chef and restaurant consultant. He often visited relatives in Oregon when he was growing up, which led him to fall in love with this area. He’s since traveled to 18 countries, and incorporates flavors from those places into his dishes. “I like to take simple foods and elevate them,” he tells THE BEE.

Café Rowan’s menu includes several versions of eggs benedict. One is made with pork and kimchi, another with smoked trout and yuzu hollandaise sauce. The menu also lists salads, sandwiches, smoothies, and house-made granola. Gluten-free options are available.

By the way, the name Café Rowan is a nod to Ivankoe’s three-year-old black lab, Rowan, whose silhouette appears on the restaurant’s logo. The dog will also be depicted on the restaurant’s east wall, in a mural Ivankoe describes as “very Portland”.

If construction moves along according to schedule, look for the café to open sometime in January.

For Ivankoe, the food is only part of his business equation. “I don’t want it to be a pretentious place,” he said. “I want to create a place where people feel comfortable.

“Just bringing the neighborhood together. That’s what I want most.”

Wallace Books, Julie Wallace, Powell's Books, Westmoreland, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Julie Wallace is the person behind Westmoreland’s renowned used-and-new book store for readers of all ages, Wallace Books. Here, she stands by some of her kids’ books. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Wallace Books assists Sellwood Community House in building kids’ library

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

When neighbors led the successful effort to take over and continue the services of the former Parks Department’s “Sellwood Community Center” – in addition to restoring all the classes and programs, a challenge was rebuilding resources for children, including the children’s library.

One of those taking a proactive step to help with this is Julie Wallace, owner of Westmoreland’s “Wallace Books”, long considered a neighborhood treasure because of its vast inventory of old books as well as new ones – and those who have not been in the store, located in a former house and garage on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue a few blocks south of Bybee Boulevard, will be astounded to see just how many books are in there.

If this policy of shelving old books with new ones reminds you of Downtown Portland’s famous Powell’s Books, it’s not an accident – Julie cut her teeth there, well before opening her own smaller version in Inner Southeast. Nor is her Westmoreland store new – this summer, Wallace Books celebrated its 22nd anniversary, serving cake and lemonade under a tent in front of the store.

As you might guess from a sales policy that recycles older books for new readers, Wallace also recycles other things, such as clients’ used batteries, and has participated in recycling events at the Moreland Farmers Market in past years.

Since the re-named “Sellwood Community House” reopened in early September, Wallace has encouraged people to donate childrens’ books to its after-school reading program.

And, when her clients come in to trade their used books for credit at her store – since not all books qualify, Wallace now recommends that those that she cannot accept for credit, especially books for children in second to fifth grade, may be donated to the Sellwood Community House.

Wallace Books is open seven days a week – 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., except until 6 on Sundays – at 7241 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. And if you want to take kids’ book donations to the Sellwood Community House, on the southwest corner of S.E. Spokane and 15th Street in Sellwood, you’ll find they’re open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.; 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday (closed Sunday). They point out that they are open on most of Portland Public Schools’ “no school” days.

For more details and information on the Sellwood Community House, go online: http://www.sellwoodcommunityhouse.net



Camas Lilies, public art, Sellwood, new apartment house, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Artist Jennifer Mark, riding the high lift, adds details to the new 30' x 66' Camas lily mural on S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood, between Bidwell and Lambert Streets. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Camas lilies’ decorate tall wall of new Sellwood apartments

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

Under Portland City Code, if an apartment building is constructed right on the property line, to respect the privacy of neighbors next door no windows may appear on that side of the building. This can result in a tall blank wall. One builder, seeing the result a couple of years ago, chose to attach false windows to his blank wall at S.E. 13th and Tacoma.

A more creative solution was found for the “Kitniss Apartment Building” just now being completed by Sellwood Mixed-Use, LLC, on the west side of S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood, just north of Bidwell Street. With the support of SMILE, the owner commissioned a three-story-high mural, painted on the south wall facing the adjacent small strip mall, located diagonally across the street from the Sellwood Branch Library.

Depicted on the large mural is a spray of blue Camas lilies, entangled in a swirling white ribbon. The work was designed and painted by “Open Eye Art” duo Jennifer Mark and Juliet Moran, who tell THE BEE it is intended to extend the message that “All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.”

Jennifer Mark reveals that the mural has a name: “The Resiliency of Nature”. She adds, “The painting depicts the struggle and eventual domination of nature over urban environments. It has the potential to tell more of the Native American story of the Willamette River, as well as to educate the community on edible native plants.

“Oregon is home to more than 65% of the named Camas species,” she explains. “Indigenous tribes used them as sweeteners, and actively traded them. In 1805, the Nez Perce shared their Camas bulbs with the Lewis & Clark Expedition to help rescue the explorers from starvation. Sellwood was once abundant with fields of such blue Camas lilies. After cooking, the bulbs preserve well, and are a great source of nutrition for people and local wildlife.”

The two painters say they hope that their new mural inspires viewers to plant native species in gardens and local wetlands. They comment that Southern Idaho has an area known as Camas Prairie, where these blue flowers spread out like a figurative blue lake each spring. “Native American communities celebrate the Camas harvest, and take care to pass down traditional harvesting sites across generations.”







BUSINESS BRIEFS


Communion Bakehouse, Westmoreland, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Winner of Westmoreland’s Communion Bakehouse’s “Baby Costume Contest” on Hallowe’en was baby Rahil, as the Cookie Monster – accompanied by parents Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird. Presenting the prize was Pastry Chef, and Co-Owner of Communion Bakehouse, Kat Zacher, with her own baby, Lazlo.

Baby Costume Contest produces winner: The recently-opened Communion Bakehouse in Westmoreland, at 6116 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, held its “first annual” Baby Costume Contest on Hallowe’en afternoon, October 31, 4 to 6 p.m. A number of neighborhood families with babies turned out, to dine (they now have pizza, too), enjoy draft beer and wine for adults, and engage in the friendly competition. The winner was to be announced at 5:45 p.m., but entrants continued to arrive well after 6 p.m., so the votes were going into the ballot box for some time after that. When the winner was finally announced, according to Emily Fleming-Nash, the winner was baby Rahil, dressed as Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster; with father Ashish as Oscar the Grouch (in a trashcan costume), and mother Amrita portraying Big Bird. The new bakery and restaurant plans on holding its second annual Baby Costume Contest next Hallowe’en. Meantime, Emily says the Bakehouse has been working on baking a selection of pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners.

Bargains at “Decemberville”; donations all December: In Sellwood and Westmoreland, Saturday, November 30, is the day for fun, rides, and special bargains in the business district. Bring the family and enjoy “Decemberville”. Bring donations for those less fortunate to donate – at various merchants, not just on that day but throughout December. All around the neighborhood, several are collecting new and unwrapped gifts and children's clothing for Raphael House. RE/MAX Real Estate is collecting new and gently used adult and kids clothing for the Willamette Shelter. “Shwop” is collecting gently used and new coats, hats, gloves/mittens, shoes/boots, leggings, hats, and cold weather clothes for kids as well as new undergarments, and diapers, for all ages. Donations are welcome anytime, but those made on December 7th during Decemberville, will be rewarded with photos with Santa, a selfie booth, and sweet treats. Go online for more information – http://www.SellwoodMoreland.com

Two young Inner Southeast dancers in ballet: Two Southeast Portland dancers are performing in The Portland Ballet’s world premiere of Tom Gold's “Petrushka” on Thanksgiving weekend. One is Ingrid Olson, 15, of Eastmoreland; she has studied ballet for ten years, and has also trained at Dance Center North. She also plays the piano, harp, and violin. The other is Josie Wagner, 12, of the Mount Tabor neighborhood. She, too, has studied ballet for ten years, and has also trained at Laurelhurst Ballet Studio. The ballet is being performed November 29 through December 1, at 1 and 5 p.m., at PSU Lincoln Hall.


Elmcroft of Sellwood, senior living, new flag, flag raising ceremony, Troop 64, Veterans Day, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Boy Scout Troop 64 prepares to raise Elmcroft Senior Living’s new American Flag in a ceremony that was part of a Veterans Day observance. (Photo by Eric Norberg)

Elmcroft Senior Living celebrated Veterans Day: As part of a Veterans Day celebration on November 11, “Elmcroft of Sellwood Senior Living” invited Westmoreland Boy Scout Troop 64 to conduct a Flag Presentation and Raising ceremony at 11:30 a.m., followed by a special lunch highlighting Veterans in residence there, ending with a “pinning ceremony” for those veterans at 12:30 p.m. The public was welcome during the proceedings. Elmcroft Senior Living is located at 8517 S.E. 17th Avenue in Sellwood.

Windermere Moreland office again in coat drive: Real estate brokers at the Westmoreland Office of Windermere Real Estate, on Bybee at 15th, are joining their colleagues throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington in the company’s annual “Share the Warmth” campaign. Now through December 18, they will be collecting new or gently used adult-sized coats, and twin-sized blankets, for community members in need. In the Portland area, the donations will benefit Transition Projects, a local nonprofit that helps individuals transition out of homelessness to secure housing, including at the Willamette Shelter on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. Those who want to help are invited to stop by the Windermere Moreland office with their donation, during business hours.



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