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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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Shown in Kern Park Flower Shoppe, on S.E. Holgate Boulevard: From left, Owner Holly Itami Springfels; and General Manager Kimberly Walker.
Shown in Kern Park Flower Shoppe, on S.E. Holgate Boulevard: From left, Owner Holly Itami Springfels; and General Manager Kimberly Walker. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

For one stranded motorist: Kern Park Flowers to the rescue

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

Thursday, November 19th, was a rainy “downpour” sort of day. Sellwood resident Matthew McBean was driving a rental car along S.E. Holgate Boulevard when he got a flat tire. He pulled over to the curb across from one of the diminishing number of full-service florists in Inner Southeast Portland – the Kern Park Flower Shoppe, at 6713 S.E. Holgate.

But when he set about trying to change out the flat tire for the spare, the lug nuts were too tight.

Holly Itami Springfels, fourth generation owner of Kern Park Flowers, later told THE BEE, “It was the day of the ‘monsoon’, he was parked in a puddle, and he couldn't get the tire off. He came over here and asked if we could help, and we loaned him the proper equipment. He was very grateful, and when he brought it back, we gave him a small bouquet of flowers to brighten his day.”

Kern Park Flowers has been family owned and operated since 1915. Springfels' daughter, Kimberly Walker, is the current General Manager. “Since the pandemic began, people haven’t been able to meet up with each other,” observed Springfels. “With people not being able to get together, more folks are sending flowers instead.

“This has been a strange year,” she continued, “and we're pleased to be making a positive impact. That poor man was having such a horrible day, we thought it was the least we could do.”

While 2020 has been pegged as the year we’d most like to forget, the little kindnesses that have surfaced do help brighten the Holiday Season.

If you are not familiar with Kern Park Flowers, their telephone number is 503/771-9000, and they are open weekdays 8 to 5, and 8 to 2 on Saturdays.



Judi Martin shows off her 1970’s “Paper Doll Museum”. This exhibit is inside her “Uplifted Boutique and Makers Market” consignment shop, at 5404 S.E. 72nd Avenue, in the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood.
Judi Martin shows off her 1970’s “Paper Doll Museum”. This exhibit is inside her “Uplifted Boutique and Makers Market” consignment shop, at 5404 S.E. 72nd Avenue, in the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood. (Photo by Becky Luening)

Its ‘paper doll museum’ catches sprit of unique new boutique in Mt. Scott-Arleta

By BECKY LUENING
For THE BEE

“Uplifted Boutique and Maker’s Market” is a fitting name for this new DIY-driven consignment boutique and craft shop, on the east side of S.E. 72nd Avenue, just north of Harold Street.

The boutique, as well as the 1970s paper doll museum it contains, and the community theater space next door, are all the brainchildren of Judi Martin, who owns and runs the business in partnership with her husband, David Argast.

Judi remembers the moment the idea for the boutique entered her head – it was at a key point during her own grieving process, after her father’s sudden decline and death from an aggressive brain illness.

Her sorrow so enveloped her, she had resigned herself to a life without joy. The “mystical experience” that finally lifted her out of that deep grief was accompanied by a creative vision for the business which is now to be found in Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood.

Securing the space for her creative vision was partly luck.

Judi chanced to talk with the owner of the property, which had changed hands recently; he had long-term plans to redevelop, but was willing to rent out space for Judi’s shop in the meantime. She and David subsequently worked out a deal to rent two separate spaces, on the north and south sides of the horseshoe-shaped building that houses two other unrelated small businesses as well.

The building was very run down, she said. The couple chose to do their cleaning and fixing-up themselves, and were rewarded with a retail space that feels bright, airy, and fresh.

“Uplifted Boutique” was poised to open in mid-March – but the state’s quarantine orders and other life events delayed the opening until September.

During the months between March and September, Judi turned to the mission statement she and her husband had written when they were developing the business. “You know,” her husband had said to her then, “we have to have a mission statement, and then whenever we lose our way, we look back to the mission statement.” Their mission was stated simply, “To bring joy to the community.”

Following that philosophy, in the months before the boutique opened, she and David were able to use the picture window in the front of their space to stage static scenes, intented to comfort and delight passersby. When teddy bears came to symbolize community care and comfort, they used scaffolding to create a deep display box, and Judi depicted an elaborate teddy bear picnic in the window, in which the bears were socially-distanced, wore masks, and even had paw sanitizer. Later, the couple refreshed the display to become an underwater teddy bear scene, featuring fanciful flying jellyfish.

So, when heavy wildfire smoke shadowed the boutique’s September opening, Judi turned that new setback into an opportunity to take positive community action: She donned “a really big face mask” and played uplifting music on a keyboard outside in the shop’s courtyard in the temporary smoky gloom.

Customers and visitors walking in the front door today will find that the Uplifted Boutique space feels light, and the ambience joyful and welcoming. A “little library” bookshelf with free books for kids is set right inside the front door. Stylings of the 1970s – the decade of Judi’s childhood – are reflected in the consignment clothing and accessories, as well as in the fun flowers used as a thematic element on the walls and floor.

A macramé revival is alive and well in Portland, so even though the beautiful pieces hanging on the wall are right at home, they are not unique to this 1970s boutique. What is unique, however, is Judi’s pristinely-kept paper doll collection, perfectly framed and presented now as a museum, in a corner not too far from the shop’s front entrance.

These paper dolls are ones Judi cut out and played with when she was a child. She was very careful with her paper dolls and their wardrobe sets, and kept them safe even as she outgrew them – including the books they came in. She didn’t think of herself as a collector, but she dreamed of passing them on to her own daughter one day.

But, years later, she made the conscious decision not to pass them on, realizing they could quickly be damaged and torn by her small daughter. Instead, she brought out her treasured paper dolls and showed them to her daughter, explaining, “We just have to look at them with our eyes – so we can share these with your kids, my grandkids.”

Realizing the paper dolls might become more precious over time prompted her daughter to suggest she donate the collection to a museum, and Judi always loved that idea; so when she got her store, she decided to make her own museum. She had each set of paper dolls framed separately – in displays that include informational labels – under UV-protective glass. Ironically, she picked up the last of the framed displays – the biggest one – just as COVID-19 arrived to delay her plans.

Now that the boutique is open, the paper doll museum is well worth a visit – offering a trip down memory lane to anyone who has ever played with paper dolls. It’s a great presentation, and a good sampling, of the varieties produced by the Whitman Publishing Company in the 1970s.

Judi tells THE BEE she has thoroughly enjoyed the creative process of setting up the store and its related endeavors – a process that is still ongoing. She regrets the ways in which the pandemic has challenged artists and hampered people’s ability to create and share art in community. Although much creativity is happening online, she feels it is not the same as “the energy field when you’re next to somebody, and inspiration is literally the atoms and electrons that are meeting, and the energy [is what] you feel.”

The entrance to the small performance and educational space Judi and David created as an adjunct to Uplifted Boutique is identified with a carved wooden sign proclaiming, “GOOD MEDICINE.” They have used the space for producing their own Good Medicine Variety Shows, 10- to 15-minute productions showcasing local talent, and it is available for rent at very reasonable rates. During the pandemic, she said, they would love to see individuals utilizing the virtual theater space to stage solo video productions they might share with the Internet community.

Essentially and overall, Judi and David are all about using creativity as the connector to build joyful community in their corner of Inner Southeast Portland. As Judi observes, “[People] are creators. We are born to create.” By offering an outlet for makers, a consignment shop for curators, and a studio for performers, they hope to offer a few tangible answers to creators who may be asking themselves, “How do I keep my creative spirit alive right now? How do I make it through this time? How do I keep my head up and take care of myself?”

On Saturday, November 21, the couple organized a “Vintage Pop-up” event featuring music, food and drink, with vendors selling vintage clothes and homewares, and artists selling prints, jewelry, and other handcrafted merchandise – all socially distanced, with masks required, of course. They look forward to hosting many more such events in the future.

And she has many more ideas waiting in the wings. “I know that ‘time’ is absolutely my most precious resource,” she says. “And I’ve also come to realize that I cannot do what I want to do alone, which is why I’m really excited about building community.”

Learn more online – http://www.upliftedboutique.com – and on Instagram: @uplifted_boutique



A new branch of the “Mud Bay” pet nutrition store is to open in the spring at 8112 S.E. 13th Avenue, at Tacoma Street, in Sellwood.
A new branch of the “Mud Bay” pet nutrition store is to open in the spring at 8112 S.E. 13th Avenue, at Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Mud Bay’ pet nutrition store to open in Sellwood

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

“Mud Bay” – a pet nutrition store that started in Olympia, Washington, in 1988, and is still based there – is set to open their latest Portland location in March at 8112 S.E. 13th Avenue, on the southeast corner at Tacoma Street – in the former location of the now-closed Sellwood Key Bank branch.

The business’ spokespersons say it focuses on staff education and natural foods for dogs, cats, and other pets. Mud Bay opened its own distribution center in 2003 – and, they add, they have donated free food to animal shelters and helped fund animal welfare organizations.

In 2015 Mud Bay launched a stock ownership program for their employees, and were named “Pet Business Retailer of the Year”. Their product mix ranged from fish oil and cat litter, to pet toys and food – as well as informational pamphlets for pet owners on how to best select healthy pet foods.

The owners add, in conclusion: “Mud Bay has become one of the top twenty pet retailers in the nation, and the largest pet retailer headquartered in the Pacific Northwest.”



Fred and Karen Williams (at left) were on the Woodstock Community Center porch recently to sell their own creative calendar and greeting cards. Several of the customers shown here were (center to right): Anne Chorley from Mt. Scott-Arleta, Marilyn Lipco from Brentwood-Darlington, and Sally Palmer from Sellwood-Westmoreland.
Fred and Karen Williams (at left) were on the Woodstock Community Center porch recently to sell their own creative calendar and greeting cards. Several of the customers shown here were (center to right): Anne Chorley from Mt. Scott-Arleta, Marilyn Lipco from Brentwood-Darlington, and Sally Palmer from Sellwood-Westmoreland. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Eastmoreland couple designs and sells greeting cards, and annual calendar

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

As we enter a New Year, it is always handy to have a calendar in time to start planning ahead for the coming months. And also, having some beautiful greeting cards that are blank inside can be very convenient.

Two people who have been designing and creating their own calendars and greeting cards in the community for the past seven years are Eastmoreland residents Fred and Karen Williams, and they’ve made a business of it – called “Reflections by FW”. They market the calendars and cards primarily during the period before the Holiday Season.

On November 20th the couple parked themselves on the steps of the Woodstock Community Center for two afternoon hours, so loyal customers could come by to pick up and pay for their new colorful cards and calendars. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has created so much isolation, it was also an opportunity safely to socialize a bit.

The calendars are unique in their usage of composed segments of photos of seasonal flowers, leaves, branches, or structures – for example, St. Philip Neri Church, this year.   

Fred has taught himself intricate computer design techniques over the years. He takes a section of a digital picture and uses it to make a mandala image, with from 6 to 20+ segments. A few of their greeting cards have up to 100 small segments taken from the original picture. Greeting cards are designed from a triangular section; some use hexagonal sections that become stunning spirals.

On each calendar page, the original photo is portrayed in a small square to the side above a poignant quotation chosen by Karen. For all of the greeting cards, the original picture from which the mandala was made is shown on the back.

The couple works as a team – both to create and to sell their calendars and cards. Using her marketing experience, Karen identifies and signs up for neighborhood and regional Holiday sales events, and places their greeting cards and calendars in local stores, such as Otto’s, and manages online sales to the general public.

Karen has been a loyal patron of Woodstock Community Center classes for many years, and some of the people who make annual purchases are from past WCC classes of hula, Zumba, and genealogy, as well as the toning and stretching class that both Karen and Fred have also taken.

On the Friday afternoon of November 20th, Marilyn Lipco of the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood showed up to buy a calendar. In an e-mail she later remarked, “Karen and Fred were in our Fitness & Toning class at Woodstock Community Center. This is my third year buying their calendar. I like how Fred creates the designs, and Karen chooses the quotes – they are such a team. And I get to support the people in my community. It’s a win for everyone.”

Sellwood-Westmoreland resident Sally Palmer also came to the Woodstock Community Center steps that day to buy a calendar. “I love the calendars. I know a lot of folks use electronic calendars these days, but I enjoy having a real one that I can actually write on.  And the pictures and quotations that Fred and Karen come up with are amazingly creative and interesting.”

If you’d like to see photos of over twenty of the pair’s calendar compositions, with explanations of the flowers used, go online – http://www.reflectionsbyFW.com

Their calendars are $15 each; their cards are $4. For information, or for orders, e-mail: transitionprints@gmail.com



Amy Williams, of “Tumbleweed Infant House” on S.E. 70th Avenue, says the “SPUR” grant she’s received from the city has helped her business keep going during the pandemic.
Amy Williams, of “Tumbleweed Infant House” on S.E. 70th Avenue, says the “SPUR” grant she’s received from the city has helped her business keep going during the pandemic. (Contributed Photo)

Water Bureau ‘SPUR’ grant aids Brentwood-Darlington microbusiness

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Since the start of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, more than 500 small businesses have benefited from the “Small Business Program for Utility Relief” (SPUR) program from the City of Portland’s utility Bureaus – Water, and Environmental Services.

“The City of Portland utility Bureaus partnered with ‘Prosper Portland’, the city’s economic development agency, to develop the program,” explained Portland Water Bureau Public Information Officer Jaymee Cuti.

“Created to support small businesses impacted by the public health and economic crisis, ‘SPUR’ prioritized businesses owned by Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color (BIPOC), and women, childcare providers, and businesses opened as part of Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan.”

One of the business owners to whom Ms. Cuti introduced us was Amy Williams of “Tumbleweed Infant House”, on S.E. 70th Avenue near Ogden Street in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.

“Our costs to operate have increased, while our income has plummeted; so – in order to provide COVID-safe and now AQI-safe care for children 6 weeks to 6 years by [well-qualified] teachers, we were operating at a loss!” Williams explained to THE BEE. “This grant directly supports our capacity to provide good jobs that, in turn, serve our local community of working families.

“As the founder, owner, and director of this program – and as a single mother to two children – I am grateful for programs that aim to recognize and support working mothers, at a time when we are carrying and serving more than is reasonable – especially in fields where ‘pay inequality’ has a significant impact on the livability of our wages,” Williams said.

So now you know such grants are being offered at the city level. The next step is to learn more about the “SPUR” program, online – http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/80822







BUSINESS BRIEFS


This Christmas diorama, at SMILE Station in Sellwood, was created and photographed by Juliana James, in support of SMBA’s “Shop Local” campaign.
This Christmas diorama, at SMILE Station in Sellwood, was created and photographed by Juliana James, in support of SMBA’s “Shop Local” campaign.

SMILE neighborhood association joins “Shop Local” campaign: The effort by the Sellwood-Moreland Business Alliance (SMBA), described in the last issue of THE BEE, to invite Inner Southeast residents to join the “Shop Local” movement this Christmas, found an enthusiastic adherent in SMILE – which in its November Board Meeting appropriated funds to buy from SMBA 25 of its 100 of its “Shop Local” lawn signs, and distribute them around the community. That led new SMILE Board Member Juliana James to create a Christmas diorama in the SMILE message board, on the corner of S.E. 13th and Tenino Street, using one of those signs as its centerpiece. Southeast merchants have seen huge declines in customers during the pandemic; and, for some, losing a successful Christmas Season might be the death knell. A number of previously-successful local businesses have closed permanently recently.

Doug Menely retires as State Farm agent; agency continues: Sellwood’s Doug Menely is one of the best-known insurance agents in Portland, but at age 75, married to his wife Ruth for 54 years, he has decided to retire from his 44 year career with State Farm. Doug is noted for his service to the community in various ways; he was involved with the Boys and Girls Club Board in this area for 17 years, has served on the Board of SMILE and SMBA, has been a longtime Rotarian in the Southeast Portland and Milwaukie clubs, a volunteer with the SMART Reading Program at Grout School, and served as a Captain in the Marines in Vietnam after grdaduating from the U of O and the Lewis and Clark Law School.  Doug’s State Farm agency will continue on S.E. 17 th Avenue in Sellwood; Doug explains, “Two State Farm agents will replace me. Scott Brennan is a 6-year agent who lives in Westmoreland with his wife, who will also be in the office, after 10 years prior State Farm experience in Texas. Meantime, Belen Chavez will be working with her husband James – who both come with 5 years’ experience at State Farm – in a State Farm office above the Relish Restaurant in Westmoreland on Milwaukie Avenue.”

Westmoreland Windermere Real Estate agents in Christmas drive: Windermere real estate brokers in the Westmoreland office, together with others throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, are in the midst of the company’s annual “Share the Warmth” campaign – this year, conducted online. For a few more days, through December 21, they are hosting a “virtual” fundraiser to help local charities purchase winter necessities 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. To make a donation to Transition Projects, visit the Share the Warmth website – http://www.helpsharethewarmth.com

Sellwood’s “Oodles4 Kids” toy store to be sold: In early November, popular Sellwood toy store Oodles 4 Kids in Sellwood was announced as having a “Christmas Clearance” sale. A couple of weeks later, owner Carolyn Miye Sheppard revealed that it was something more, in a postcard to her customers: “After a couple of years of consideration . . . I’ve made the bittersweet decision that it’s time for me to move on from retail. I’ll miss the joyful energy of the many families who have frequented Oodles. I’m hoping this last Christmas with you will be bigger than ever. I’ve stocked several of our best-selling toys, as well as many of our new favorites for you to choose from. Thank you for your support and kindness that have sustained Oodles and me these past eight years.” In a KOIN-TV interview on December 2 she indicated she was planning to sell the store. Oodles’ address is 7727 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood; the telephone number is 503/719-7670.

Skot Waldrons will help make today’s remote work environment more effective at the January “virtual” AHB meeting.
Skot Waldrons will help make today’s remote work environment more effective at the January “virtual” AHB meeting.

AHB online meeting features “making remote work more effective”: At the January monthly meeting of the nonprofit “Association of Home Businesses” based in Sellwood, currently meeting via ZOOM without charge for attending, the guest speaker – Skot Waldrons – will offer four principles to make “remote working” more effective. Skot says, “To be honest, these principles aren't new. I've been teaching leaders and teams these tools for a while. But COVID-19 will change the way we work now, as well as in the future.” He’ll share the common struggles with leading remote teams, four principles to help lead remote teams more effectively, and tools to help build trust and influence while working remotely. If you’re interested in the subject, plan to attend the meeting, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, January 21. No charge, but you do need to RSVP in order to receive the ZOOM link! E-mail RSVP to – communications@ahboregon.org – or call 503/232-2326.

OnPoint Credit Union to expand into Fred Meyer stores: OnPoint Credit Union, at one time known as “Portland Teachers Credit Union”, not only has a stand-alone branch in Sellwood at 13th and S.E. Tacoma Street, but also has a small branch inside the Safeway Store in Woodstock. The in-store model appears to be working well for the credit union, because it announces, “OnPoint Community Credit Union will open 20 new branches located within Fred Meyer stores across Oregon and Southwest Washington in 2021. This is the largest branch expansion in OnPoint’s history, and the news reinforces the credit union’s commitment to its members and the Northwest region. As Oregon's largest credit union, OnPoint currently operates 36 branches, with four locations having opened in 2020 alone, and serves more than 415,000 members.”



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