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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!


Staff members at Sellwood’s “Oodles For Kids” store include Cynthia and Christine. The shop has reopened with a new owner at the same location: 7727 S.E. 13th Avenue.
Staff members at Sellwood’s “Oodles For Kids” store include Cynthia and Christine. The shop has reopened with a new owner at the same location: 7727 S.E. 13th Avenue. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Popular Sellwood toy shop reopens under new owner

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

The popular toy store “Oodles For Kids”, which closed at the end of 2020, has reopened for business anew under new ownership at the same location – 7727 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood.

Former owner Carolyn Miye, who established the business in 2012, sold the shop to Barb Wright at the end of last year. Wright is the owner of The Bull & The Bee, a baby and toddler boutique newly moved to the former “Silver Lining” location a block south of Bybee on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, and is familiar with the trade. The colorful “Oodles” caterpillar remains the shop’s trademark.

Miye described Oodles as “a magical neighborhood toy store that specializes in delighting children with new playful trends and well-loved classics.” After an end-of-year product sale, Miye filled and transported 73 Cheer Bags of toys and books to the Wichita Center Food Pantry, to be distributed to Clackamas County kids whose families pick up weekly food supplies there.

By the end of February, Barb Wright had started to restock Oodles’ shelves – with “color-change umbrellas”, among many other things.

The store is now open seven days a week – Sunday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., opening an hour earlier than that on Saturdays. The store still offers free on-site gift-wrapping with purchase, with four staffmembers to assist. The shop opened a new walk-through area at the back for browsers’ convenience, but they currently have no plans for expansion. You can reach them at 503/719-7670.



Mae’s Barber Shop in is now run by her daughter-in-law, Theavy Tep – who is following in Mae’s footsteps as a popular, expert, and affordable Woodstock neighborhood haircutter.
Mae’s Barber Shop in is now run by her daughter-in-law, Theavy Tep – who is following in Mae’s footsteps as a popular, expert, and affordable Woodstock neighborhood haircutter. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Venerable Woodstock barber shop stays in the family

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

Mae’s Family Barber Shop at 4617 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard has been a fixture in the neighborhood for 25 years. This year, in January, Muong Lor – popularly known as Mae – and her husband Ton retired, and turned the family business over to Mae’s daughter-in-law, Theavy Tep.

Theavy, who is now 38 years old, graduated from high school in Cambodia in 2003 and moved to the capitol, Pnom Penh, to learn hair cutting and cosmetology. While there, she also studied English, and took tailoring classes to become a seamstress.

“Everyone has always called me a hard worker,” remarks Theavy. “When I moved to Portland, I went to Portland Beauty School, and also to Portland Community College at Division and S.E. 82nd for ESL [English as a Second Language] classes.”

Following that, she worked for six years at two jobs simultaneously – cutting hair, and operating an oven in a bakery – both in Eastport Plaza. Her reputation as a hard worker has long been well-established.

After she met Mae and Ton’s older son Jack in Cambodia, in 2006, Theavy and Jack were married, and moved to Portland in 2008 after receiving visas. In 2010 they became parents of a daughter, who now is a fifth grader in the David Douglas District in East Portland.

Jack, raised in Portland by Mae and Ton, is a woodworker employed by a large cabinet company in Portland. He also sometimes does jobs on the side, such as crafting kitchen cabinets, desks, dressers, and other wood products.

As for Theavy, she is thankful that her own parents were able to move from Chicago fifteen years ago to enjoy the milder weather in Portland and to provide “grandparent help” for their daughter (whose middle name is “Mae”).

Mae came to Portland from Laos in 1980, and started her barber shop on Woodstock Boulevard in 1996. Now she tells THE BEE, “I like being able to pass the business on to family, and not just sell it. I love the shop and the location, and I had a very good business. Theavy loves what she is doing, and I would like her to have the same support of the community as I had.”

Satisfied clients include John Essick, a Reed College physics professor who has gone to Mae’s for many years for his haircuts. He says, “I have liked going to Mae’s because all three – Mae, Ton, and now Theavy – are affordable, competent haircutters, and I like supporting them as hard workers and as local Woodstock business people.”

Theavy cuts hair for men, women, and children of all ages. Regular haircuts are $16, child and senior cuts cost $13, buzz cuts for kids 10 years and under and for those age 65 and older are $13.  Bang, neck, or beard trim is $5, and a shampoo is $5.

To contact “Mae’s Family Barber ‘Style’ Shop”, as Theavy now calls it, call 503/788-0681. Hours are generally from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. No appointment necessary, but call to verify the hours on the day you want to go.

Rick Gilbert is the owner of Westmoreland’s new “Grafletics” sportswear and gift store, on Milwaukie Avenue.
Rick Gilbert is the owner of Westmoreland’s new “Grafletics” sportswear and gift store, on Milwaukie Avenue. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Grafletics’ sportswear and gift store opens in Westmoreland

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

“Grafletics”, a shop specializing in Portland and Oregon themed apparel, gifts, and accessories, has opened at 7013 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue – in a space that was formerly part of the adjacent “Coco & Toulouse Go Shopping” store. Owner/Designer Rick Gilbert advises, “We’re the first local sportswear brand to have officially partnered with all three major sports teams: the Trailblazers, Timbers, and Thorns.”

Grafletics specializes in Portland and Oregon-branded sweatshirts, crew-necks, and hats for both men and women – as well as mugs and other gifts decorated with Mt. Hood and other prints.

“I started out in 2013, in my garage in Northwest Portland,” Gilbert tells THE BEE. “Currently our top seller is waffle beanies, and we're also designing face masks upcycled from our T-shirts. Those are fully adjustable, have four layers of protection, and are made right here in the neighborhood. The vibe here is ‘old school meets new school’, as we work to form a unique perspective of the Oregon lifestyle.

“We have a curated collection of hoodies, sweatshirts, crew-necks, and retro sneakers, alongside custom-built fixtures such as sport benches and hanging basketball hoops built by local craftspeople,” he continues. “I also sell display copies of an array of my trademarks and designs. We have a staff of three. We love the walkability and friendliness of this area.”

The shop is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at on SE Milwaukie Avenue a few steps south of Bybee Boulevard. The phone number is 503/780-8784. Grafletics also offers deliveries or curbside pickup for items you can order online – http://www.grafletics.com



Owner Jason Beraka stands with some mineral specimens in his new Westmoreland store, “Portland Rocks”.
Owner Jason Beraka stands with some mineral specimens in his new Westmoreland store, “Portland Rocks”. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

New shop devoted to rocks and geology opens in Westmoreland

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

In February, Jason Beraka opened “Portland Rocks”, a new business centering on collecting rocks and studying geology, at 6658 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, in half of the space vacated by the recent retirement of the owner of “Branches”.

“It’s real handy, since I just live down the street,” he says. Passersby can view many large amethyst geodes and other gems in the window.

“I've been a hobbyist & rock collector for 25 years,” explains Beraka. “I've developed great relationships with miners, gem-cutters, and suppliers from around the world. About five years ago, I became a buyer and seller, and decided it was time to open my own business. I can get large amethyst geodes – some up to three feet wide – shipped direct from Brazil, which cuts down on shipping costs.”

Many of these large geodes are on display in the store – either free-standing, or covered with tempered glass sheets and set up as coffee tables and conversation pieces. There is even an amethyst geode “sink”, with a faucet and handle attached, displayed in the front window. “Those end-tables are very popular,” he comments.

Beraka also has a free-standing “geode cracker” he designed a few years ago that was built by a local company called Metalwood Salvage. “Customers who purchase a small geode here can crack their own geode in the contraption,” he says.

There are many polished rocks, crystals, gems, spheres, and unusual mineral specimens displayed in the store, and Beraka enjoys talking about rocks with customers. “Come on in any day except Mondays, when we're closed,” he invites. The hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays. The phone number is 503/267-6700.

Mack Olson, at left, and Kaylee Peterson are the owners of the new Yello Hair Salon in the “Iron Horse Building” at 6022 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland.
Mack Olson, at left, and Kaylee Peterson are the owners of the new Yello Hair Salon in the “Iron Horse Building” at 6022 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

New hair salon opens in Westmoreland’s ‘Iron Horse Building’

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

“Yello Hair Salon” has opened as the latest tenant in the “Iron Horse Building”, which is named after the iconic restaurant which operated in the building for decades, at 6022 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland.

The salon’s owners are Mack Olson, who has a retail background, and Kaylee Peterson, who has four years’ experience as a hair stylist.

Yello Salon has five chairs and four stylists, each working as an independent contractor. The salon is right on the corner of Milwaukie Avenue and Yukon Street; its entrance is decorated with plants and flowers. At this time, its offerings include hair washing, coloring, and styling. The salon also sells a variety of hair products and accessories.

Oh, and why the name Yello? “We just liked the name and the color, and it represents the sun in a rainy city.”  

The business is currently open by appointment only; appointments may be made for Mondays through Saturdays, mornings and afternoons, by calling 503/869-6849, or going online to – http://www.yellosalon.com







BUSINESS BRIEFS


The AHB speaker on April 15th is well-known Portland business consultant Jackie B. Peterson.
The AHB speaker on April 15th is well-known Portland business consultant Jackie B. Peterson.

April AHB meeting topic is “Using Contractors to Grow Your Business”: Jackie B. Peterson returns with a new presentation at the Southeast Portland based “Association of Home Businesses” at 6:30 p.m. on April 15. Jackie, a well-known Portland business consultant, explains, “As a solo, we often find ourselves needing to do administrative or marketing work that we need for ourselves or we need as part of a client project. The temptation is always to just jump in and do it ourselves. However, when we take that route, we wind up with part of the work not looking very professional, not being done right, or not using tools and data that is up to date – because that part of the project is not in our area of expertise. The answer to creating more professional work is to outsource that part of the work to subcontractors.” In this presentation, Jackie will present her business model for solos called “The Waterbug Model”, and will explain how to use this methodology of contracting with experts to enhance your own business. During the pandemic, these third-Thursday monthly meetings are held virtually, on ZOOM, open to anyone interested, and without charge! However, to attend, you’ll need the ZOOM link. E-mail your RSVP to – communications@ahboregon.org – or, call 503/232-2326.

Street dining to continue through Hallowe’en: The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announced on March 10 that it will continue to offer free permits for its Healthy Businesses program this summer. PBOT says the dine-in-the-street and sidewalk permits will help as Portland businesses continue to endure economic impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Permits will be active from their issue date through Oct. 31, 2021. Winter Healthy Businesses permits expired on March 31; the summer 2021 permit application is now available at this web address – https://tinyurl.com/3mn9fpwm

Bike Gallery reportedly sold: We have heard indirectly that the local Bike Gallery stores, one of which is on Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland across from the Moreland Theater, have been sold to the TREK Bicycle Company, and will henceforth concentrate on selling TREK bicycles. We have not had an official confirmation, but the extensive remodel clearly going on in the Westmoreland store, and the large TREK display we have already beheld there through the window, lend credibility to the report.



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