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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 Greenlight "Community Classifieds"!

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INNER SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S BUSINESS NEWS!


Advantis Credit Union, Woodstock neighborhood, Woodstock Boulevard, open, Diane Thompson-Alvarez, John Nichols, Wendy Edwards, Kyleigh Gill, Amber Hollingsworth, Matt Civis, and Jeff Nunamaker, Portland, Oregon
Although their branch opening was still months away, Advantis employees came out last June to help with Woodstock’s annual Community Cleanup. From left: Diane Thompson-Alvarez, John Nichols, Wendy Edwards, Kyleigh Gill, Amber Hollingsworth, Matt Civis (now the Branch Manager), and Jeff Nunamaker. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Advantis Credit Union returns to Southeast – in Woodstock

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

The Woodstock business district has become rich in banks. The district has three banks and, as of the New Year, it also has two credit unions. OnPoint and Advantis Credit Unions have opened branches one month and one block apart.

OnPoint Community Credit Union had its grand opening in December in the Woodstock Safeway, as detailed in an article in this issue of THE BEE. Now, as of late January, Advantis Credit Union has opened a full-service branch at 4235 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, in the former space of the Bike Gallery, which moved to Westmoreland.

The Advantis Woodstock Branch originally planned to open in late summer, then in early fall, but permits and building renovations made for delays. The building had not been renovated for many years, and several changes and technology enhancements required extra time.

When asked why the Woodstock location was chosen, Matt Civis, Branch Manager of the new Woodstock Advantis said, “Advantis serves many members in Southeast Portland, and we wanted a centrally located site that was part of a growing and engaged community like Woodstock.” Civis added that the Beckwith family that ran Beckwith Bicycles for many years (before the Bike Gallery) gave Advantis support and encouragement to move into what is still a Beckwith-owned building.

The history of Advantis is all very local in Inner Southeast Portland and Milwaukie.  In 2005 two local credit unions merged to form Advantis. The Rose City of Oregon Federal Credit Union merged with Electra Central that had been chartered in Milwaukie in 1928.  The Advantis building on S.E. 17th Avenue in the Brooklyn Neighborhood had been there for many years – under different names – serving especially many nearby PGE and Union Pacific Railroad members. That office was recently removed for MAX light rail construction. So, after an interval in which its nearest office was on Belmont Street, the new Woodstock Branch again provides a convenient location for area members.

All credit unions are nonprofit, and so have a commitment to the community in which they are located. Advantis has chosen to exemplify this with a “Woodstock Community Grant Program” to be featured at their Grand Opening on February 9th and 10th. Participants in the program include the PTAs of Duniway, Lewis, and Woodstock Elementary Schools, as well as the Friends of the Woodstock Community Center, and the “Woodstock Street Art Project”.

Members will be invited to place a vote for their own school or nonprofit, at $5.00 for each vote. Advantis will award a combined total of $5,000 to the selected organizations.

“Advantis gives back to the community both through volunteer service and through grants and sponsorships, and the Woodstock Community Grant is a fun way to involve the public in our funding decisions,” says Kyleigh Gill, Community Relations Manager for Advantis.

When asked how credit unions differ from traditional banks, Civis, the Branch Manager, answers: “Advantis [founded in 1928] is a not-for-profit financial cooperative, and we’re governed by a Board of Directors made up entirely of Advantis members who have been elected by our members. Our members won’t walk out the door with a product or service that isn’t appropriate for them.”

Advantis, he adds, also has a new online “Financial Education Center”, where viewers can watch short and interactive videos on a variety of topics, including Savings & Budget, Loans & Credit Scores, Home Buying & Mortgages, Retirement, Investments & Insurance, Taxes, and Student Loans & College Savings.

The Grand Opening celebration is set for Friday, February 9th, 9 a.m.-6p.m., and Saturday, February 10th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information about the credit union, or the Woodstock Community Grant Program, contact Kyleigh Gill at 503/785-2548, or email – kgill@advantiscu.org.

Bullseye Glass Company, art glass show, Brooklyn neighborhood, southeast Portland, Oregon
Square and round slumped glass plates are displayed in Bullseye’s public “Resource Center”. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Brooklyn’s ‘Working Glass Art Show’ off to a late start

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

The annual “Working Glass Art Show”, which features glass artworks created by Bullseye Glass Company employees, is held in the mezzanine gallery at Bullseye's Resource Center, 3610 S.E. 21st Avenue. Since the event was not scheduled last fall, when it usually is, art aficionados are asking when the next show will be held.

According to Sarah Milliron at the Resource Center, entries for it are now due on February 19, and will be installed in the gallery by the end of the month. The public show opens on March 15, and lasts for three months. The show displays employee talents, and the many types of art glass produced by Bullseye. Since working with colored glass is a mystery to many art lovers, the annual show is usually eagerly anticipated.

Until the show is installed, you can come and browse through the books, tools, supplies, and colorful glass samples on display in the Resource Center Showroom. For information on glass-working classes, if you’d like to explore glass art yourself, call 503/227-2797, or go online to – http://www.bullseyeglass.com.



OnPoint Credit Union, open, Stephen Owen, Pete Adams, Terry Griffiths, FWCC, Kelli Summerfield, Woodstock, Safeway, Portland, Oregon
OnPoint Credit Union presents a check to the Friends of the Woodstock Community Center at its December Grand Opening in Safeway. From left: Stephen Owen, OnPoint Chief Operations Officer; Pete Adams and Terry Griffiths of the FWCC; and Kelli Summerfield, OnPoint Branch Manager. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

OnPoint Community Credit Union opens Woodstock branch

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

On Saturday, December 16th, OnPoint Community Credit Union held a grand opening for its new branch inside the Woodstock Safeway store, 4515 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.  The OnPoint teller windows take over the physical space of the former Woodstock Wells Fargo Bank branch.

In the parking lot outside the store, in a light drizzle under a canopy, OnPoint provided information, free pastries, coffee, lip balm, water bottles, pens, and face-painting to members and passersby.

Inside the store, to mark the grand opening, OnPoint staff presented the Friends of the Woodstock Community Center (FWCC) a check for $1,000. “We wanted to celebrate our grand opening by finding a nonprofit that we could present a check to, as a part of our community commitment,” explained Branch Manager Kelli Summerfield. FWCC has nonprofit status under the umbrella of the Southeast Uplift neighborhood coalition.

Dawn Haecker, a FWCC member and Woodstock Community Center preschool parent, had remarked earlier in the week, when meeting with the committee after it had heard about the donation, “We will use the money to help build a fence for the Woodstock Community Center to give the preschool children a safer place to play.”

The Woodstock OnPoint services are welcomed by local neighborhood members who had previously been going to branches farther away, such as to the Sellwood office on the corner of S.E. 13th and Tacoma Street. That walk-in branch has been open since the summer of 2012.

Erin Moore, Community Relations Specialist for OnPoint, remarks that OnPoint takes pride in reaching out to projects and events that serve the neighborhoods where it does business. “Over the years [in Sellwood] we have enjoyed serving business and consumer members, as well as supporting many neighborhood events – such as Little Boxes, Decemberville, Portland Parks & Rec Summer Free for All Concerts in Sellwood and Willamette Parks, and fundraisers for Duniway and Llewellyn Schools.”

The new Woodstock office joins 28 other OnPoint member-owned branches in thirteen counties throughout Oregon and in two counties in Washington. OnPoint was founded in 1932 as the Portland Teachers Credit Union. It currently has 336,000 members and $5 billion in assets, and says that it is the largest community-owned financial institution in Oregon. 

“We have enjoyed being part of the Sellwood community, and are proud to expand our services in Southeast Portland through our new Woodstock branch,” commented Moore.

For answers to questions, call Member Services at 503/228-7077 or 1-800/527-3932, Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  For more information go online to http://www.onpointcu.com.  







BUSINESS BRIEFS


D Scott Smith, Association of Home Businesses, Corvallis, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
D. Scott Smith of Corvallis will be at AHB this month for a program on “Motivational Listening” on February 15 at SMILE Station in Sellwood. Smith runs his own company “D. Scott Smith Co.” which focuses on business and social media strategy.

Assn. of Home Businesses brings in D. Scott Smith: D. Scott Smith of Corvallis describes himself as a Motivational Listener. “The goal of Motivational Listening is for the speaker to exit the conversation with you feeling better about themselves than when they entered. Motivational Listening expands beyond active listening; it is an intentional process, based on brain science and neurological research, and can be used in business networking, motivating employees and colleagues, and building relationships with customers.” Learn how to do it at the February monthly meeting of the nonprofit business association for those who work from home, the 26-year-old Portland-area “Association of Home Businesses”. The meeting includes dinner and will be held on the evening of February 15 – 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 members’ 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: http://www.AHBoregon.org.

Auto dealership moves south, from Holgate: In the June, 2013, issue of THE BEE, correspondent Rita Leonard told our readers, “For eight years, D & C Motors, a high-volume private car dealership on Holgate Boulevard at 4455 S.E. 25th Avenue, and later also at 2627 S.E. 27th Avenue, across the street from Memory Lane Motors and Beez Holgate Station, has specialized in the acquisition, detailing, and sale of pre-owned European vehicles. The business has grown steadily, and is owned by Daniel Crainic, a 2006 Cleveland High School graduate. D & C employs a staff of eight, and moves about 75 vehicles per month.” Now, it appears, that growth has continued – past the capacity of the Holgate locations to contain it; and, in an email received from “D&C Motor Company Sales” in January, we were told, “I thought you might be interested to know how our dealership has progressed, as your paper has written about us in the past. We recently moved into a brand new, massive indoor showroom located at 18625 S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard”. 

Sellwood resident offers natural bath and body product store: Branda Tiffany of Sellwood started a small storefront downtown in the City of Milwaukie four years ago – a natural bath and body product store at 11049 S.E. 21st Avenue – where she has been making Molly Muriel products. Now she’s rebranding the brick-and-mortar side of her business as the “Milwaukie Apothecary”. Herbs, base oils, shea butter, candle supplies, and other bulk ingredients for “makers” will soon bear the Milwaukie Apothecary name. “Makers” for Tiffany are a broad category of “anyone who wants to make items like lip balm, tea blends, face masks and bath bombs.” Molly Muriel products made in Milwaukie (pre-made soaps, balms, lotions, bath salts, scented oils, etc.) largely go to New Seasons Markets, along with many of the herb shops and boutiques in Portland. Tiffany says that 95 percent of her business remains wholesale, although the Milwaukie Apothecary store has seen an increase in retail foot traffic with the opening of the Orange Line light-rail line in 2015. Branda makes products for more than 100 retail stores, largely on the West Coast, but also in Arizona, Hawai’i, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. Go online to http://www.mollymuriel.com for a complete list of her local purveyors.


Roll Up Gallery, Sellwood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
One of the artworks in the current exhibition at Roll-Up Gallery in Sellwood is “Mouse, Cabbage, Melon and Cucumber”, a 23×23″ framed print on canvas.

“Roll-Up Gallery” in Sellwood announces resumption: Roll-Up Gallery in Sellwood reports, “After a long hiatus, Roll-Up is back in action. We’ve reworked the gallery for a radically new, old-world look.” The opening exhibition is called “Still Life”, and is open from Friday, February 2, through Saturday, February 24, offering “new and newly-presented bodies of work – ‘Emergent Florae’ by Anna Daedalus, and ‘Objects Immobiles’ by Kerry Davis”. Roll-Up Studio + Gallery is situated at 1715 S.E. Spokane Street, and the gallery hours are Friday and Saturday from noon until 5, and by appointment. Online at – http://www.rollupspace.com.

Powell Blvd. “Original Taco House” closes: BEEnews partner KOIN-TV-6 reports that the Original Taco House at 3550 S.E. Powell Boulevard closed – as did the other remaining location on N.E. 82nd – on New Year’s Eve. The Waddle family started Waddle’s Restaurant at Jantzen Beach on the very day World War II ended, and then expanded to three Original Taco House locations in the 1960s. Unfortunately, Jeff Waddle – the surviving member of the restaurant family – said he had no choice but to close the restaurants. Jeff Waddle’s brother and business partner, who ran the restaurants, died last year; “We had an agreement in the event something happened to one of us that we would take care of our children,” Waddle said. “So I’m honoring what the agreement was, and hopefully everybody will have a better life because of our efforts and our grandparents’ efforts and my folks’ efforts.” The closure of the two remaining locations marked the end of an era that dated back several generations. However, Waddle gave some hope that the Taco House might make some sort of return in the future. Employees received their final checks on January 1, and Waddle also said any customers who still have gift cards can receive a full refund if they’d like.

Foster Road art gallery celebrates first year: “Flat Blak Gallery” has completed its first year open at 6006 S.E. Foster Road, reports its owner, Rudi Broschofsky. The new gallery’s focus centers around Urban Contemporary Art and Design. “Flat Blak Gallery offers an array of artwork for everyone from the first-time buyer to the serious collector,” says Rudi; “Presenting works by well-known artists that you've learned to love as well as carefully selected up-and-comers that we believe will be a good future investment.” For more information, call 503/774-1563, or go online – https://www.flatblakgallery.com.

“Green Drop Garage” explores subscription model: What started out as a shop converting diesel cars to run on vegetable oil now offers a full range of eco-friendly auto repair and maintenance services for foreign and domestic vehicles on S.E. 28th in the Reed neighborhood, and one other location elsewhere in Southeast Portland. In addition to scheduling appointments and services as needed online, customers are now invited to join its new “Car Care Membership Program” online (at https://www.greendropgarage.com/membership) – a subscription service that includes unlimited visits and unlimited service, for a fixed price of $15 per month per vehicle. The program is reportedly designed to cover a vehicle¹s vital maintenance needs, and to “offer customers peace of mind and a car care experience without fear of upselling or unexpected costs.”

Attorney gives 3 seminars in Sellwood in February: Sellwood attorney John Bang, who specializes in business law, wills, immigration law, and trusts, is offering three seminars to anyone interested in the subjects at “The Living Room Coffeehouse”, at 8524 S.E. 17th in Sellwood. All are at 12 noon, on the dates listed. The first, on “tenant’s rights”, is on Saturday, February 10; the second, on “landlord rights”, is on Saturday, February 17; and the third, “basic estate planning”, is on Saturday, February 24. For more information, call 503/922-0300.



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