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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!


Stars Too, antiques, shop, closing, Westmoreland, Brent Heeb, Portland, Oregon
Co-owner Brent Heeb is closing “Stars Too Antiques” in Westmoreland, which started as a “pop-up” Christmas shop five years ago; but his nearby “Stars Mall” continues. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Stars Too Antiques’ closing in Westmoreland; ‘Stars Mall’ remains

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

After five years in the antique business, “Stars Too Antiques” at 7011 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland is closing.

Owners Brent and Darwin Heeb tell THE BEE they are happy to be simplifying. “We started this as a ‘pop-up’ Christmas shop about five years ago in November, thinking it would only last a few months,” explains Brent. “We’ll be out of here at the end of August -- but we’ll still have a space at Stars Mall, 7027 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue.

“This store’s address is already rented to Cotton Caboodle, a factory clothing store right around the corner,” he continues. “Everything here is at 20-50% off, kind of like a ‘Christmas in August’ event. We’re bringing out all our Holiday items, and are willing to dicker. Come on in and enjoy our air conditioning. We’re open daily, 11 a.m. till 6 p.m.”



Three Dots and a Dash, furniture store, Hawthorne Boulevard, 13th Avenue, Spokane Street, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
Co-owners Heather Morrill and Zach Bruce, in their eclectic home furnishings store “3 Dots & a Dash” – now open seven days a week at S.E. 13th and Spokane in Sellwood. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Hawthorne eclectic furniture store moves to Sellwood

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

Independence Day, July 4th, marked the grand opening of “3 Dots & a Dash” – an eclectic home furnishings and accessories store, now located at 8050 S.E. 13th Avenue.

The business moved to this larger space from its former site on Hawthorne Boulevard. With all the new apartment buildings going in, on and near S.E. 13th and Milwaukie Avenues in Sellwood and Westmoreland, it could become a popular place.

Owners Cheryl and Heather Morrill, and Zach Bruce, are pleased with their new 1,500-square-foot emporium. Their “3 Dots & A Dash” logo is characterized by a honeybee. In Morse Code, the symbol for “B” is dash-dot-dot-dot, while “V” is dot-dot-dot-dash. “The V stands for Vintage,” explains Zach. “Our inventory is constantly changing, so you're likely to spot something new every time you visit.”

The shop first opened five years ago, and hours are daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The inventory of furniture and home accessories, the owners tell THE BEE, is inspired by a love of laid-back French country living.

“It’s a blend of new and old, with a constantly changing inventory,” remarks Zach. “This site, formerly home to ‘The Living Room’ [which moved to S.E. 17th], was vacant for over a year before we moved in. Our in-store Garden Station near the front counter features terrariums and potted succulents.”

Heather adds, “We plan to offer craft classes here once a month. Phone us at 503/233-4221 – or go online to http://www.3dotsandadashpdx.com for information, or to sign up and hold a spot in a class. We're always open to new suggestions for classes.”



Tasting Tour, FoPo, Foster Powell Business Association, Jason Brown, Po’Boy Art & Framing, Tony Clifton, Andy Kaufman.
“Tasting Tour Ambassador” Jason Brown, owner of Po’Boy Art & Framing, showed off one of his works – a painting of “Tony Clifton”, an alter-ego of comedian Andy Kaufman. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Local art abounds on Foster ‘Tasting Tour’

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

The “Foster Road Tasting Tour” started out last year as a modest idea, hatched by members of the Foster Area Business Association (FABA).

The “Tasting Tour” involved inviting people to check out the retail businesses along S.E. Foster Road, from 50th Avenue to 82nd Avenue, by having participating restaurants, taverns, and bars offer specials on the second Saturday in July.

This year, held on July 8, this promotional event expanded, coupling with the regular “Second Saturday Art Walk on Foster”. Again, businesses gave out “passports” that customers used to collect stickers from art galleries and family-friendly businesses, as well as from bars and food carts, to win prizes.

“This has gone from eight businesses participating last year, to more than twenty involved with this year, not counting additional businesses that have joined in!” smiled FABA President Matthew Micetic, owner of Red Castle Games.

Planning and promoting this year’s event has increased FABA’s membership, making it a good investment from that standpoint, Micetic told THE BEE. “We’ve instituted two metrics for measuring success: How many new customers can be directly attributed to the event, and what that means in terms of revenue.”

The food and beverage establishments again did well – but this year there was a marked visible increase in foot traffic of visitors at art galleries and other retail businesses along Foster Road.

After the results were tallied up, Micetic said more than 200 customers made nearly 500 purchases during the 8-hour-long “Tasting Tour”. “The second year of this new event boasted a 110% increase in participating businesses, a 98% increase in customers, and a 233% increase in sales!” he revealed.

Although Red Castle Games didn’t offer art, food, or drink, owner Micetic said, “We had about 60 new people come into my business to learn about board games, and several of them made purchases.”

And, the promotion is not yet completely over. They’ll be drawing names from qualifying entries in August; look for the winners, and learn more about FABA, on their website – https://www.fosterarea.com.



Zenbu, restaurant, Sellwood, Wes Kasubuchi, Christopher Wells, Portland, Oregon
On the patio of the new Zenbu Lounge Japanese restaurant on S.E. 17th in Sellwood are bartender Christopher Wells at left, and owner Wes Kasubuchi. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Zenbu Lounge’ opens a storefront in Sellwood

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

Without tiring of their Sellwood food cart, also carrying the name Zenbu, Wes Kasubuchi and Finn Vollegraaf have now opened a Japanese restaurant – Zenbu Lounge – at 8609 S.E. 17th Avenue in Sellwood, featuring a selection of Asian fusion food and sushi, and have 13 Japanese whiskeys among their bar selection.

“We still have our Zenbu Tacos and Beer Cart at 7909 S.E. 13th,” says Kasubuchi, “But we wanted to expand to a brick and mortar site, too.”

Kasubuchi has spent 25 years as a chef. “Finn and I met at a restaurant in Ashland, but moved to Portland about 15 years ago,” he recalls. “So far, the favorite menu items here are sushi, ginger chicken, and Szechuan green beans. We're open to families with children until 8 p.m., but after that, it’s adults only.”

The location was formerly home to the Pied Piper Play Café. Zenbu seats 40 indoors, and 35 on the outdoor patio. “Our patio, with its umbrella-shaded tables, has been a big hit,” remarks Kasubuchi.

“We share the parking lot behind the ‘Thai Square’ restaurant next door, and are open daily, 11 a.m. till 11 p.m. Call 503/206-8780 for information.”






BUSINESS BRIEFS


Piece of Cake, Marilyn DeVault, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
Marilyn DeVault, owner of “Piece of Cake” in Sellwood (at right) provided this photo of herself accepting the painting by Lisi Belz McCarthy of a three-layer cake to display in the shop. McCarthy’s friend and co-conspirator Lori Henriksen also appears in the photo.

Local painter presents artwork to “Piece of Cake”: Owner Marilyn DeVault of Sellwood’s “Piece of Cake” bakery on S.E. 17th Avenue a bit south of Tacoma Street reports that two local residents, Lisi Belz McCarthy and Lori Henriksen, visited her shop for cupcakes and decided to donate a door-sized painting by McCarthy of a three-layer cake, which is now on display in the store. The pair, who attempt to elevate spirits of local residents by appearing magically dressed as “Tink and TaDmm”, intend to use McCarthy’s talent for upbeat paintings of “sophisticated whimsy” for future appearances in the community.

Sellwood film company wins award: Blackstone Edge – a film, photography, and retouching company based at 1605 S.E. Lexington Street in Sellwood – reports that its entry, selected from more than 5,000 worldwide submissions, won the 2017 “Summit Creativity Award” for a Social Media Campaign.

Brian Pinaire, this is not your father's fatherhood, book, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon

Southeast writer publishes “Fatherhood” book: Inner Southeast writer Brian K. Pinare, who lives on S.E. 32nd Avenue, has published a new book, “This is Not Your Father’s Fatherhood – a Comic Memoir”. Pinare, who identifies himself as a former tenured professor of political science at Lehigh University before he took parental leave – which is what led to the book – has published through Moonshot Books. Details and the opportunity to purchase are online at http://www.thisisnotyourfathersfatherhood.com.

New exhibition this month at Sellwood Gallery: Local artists Carl Annala and John Cline will be showing their new work at the “12x16 Gallery” in Sellwood this month, August 3-27. The First Friday Reception is August 4, 6-9 p.m., and the Artists’ Reception is Sunday August 6, 2-4 p.m. The gallery is at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, No. 5; open Thursdays through Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Online – http://www.12x16gallery.com.



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