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!

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Woostock Gives Back, Woodstock Community Business Association, WCBA, Southeast Portland, Oregon
VCA Woodstock Animal Hospital’s Ursula Escobar, and the clinic’s Manager, Elisa Edgington – who is also WCBA’s Vice President – were raising money for Brooklyn-based “The Pongo Fund”, represented during “Woodstock Gives Back” by Director Larry Chusid and volunteer Nancy Blumpon. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Generous neighbors again support ‘Woodstock Gives Back’


On Sunday, September 7, businesses up and down S.E. Woodstock Boulevard were hosting sales while benefiting nonprofit organizations of their choice, as this year’s “Woodstock Gives Back” day began.

“I think this is the fifth year we’ve done this as an organization, on the second Sunday in September, where all businesses participating along the boulevard are raising funds for the charities of their choice, in a collective ‘day of giving’ back to our community,” remarked Woodstock Community Business Association (WCBA) President Thad Davis, of Payroll On Time, Inc.

For example, his own business chose to raise money for “Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals”, an organization that takes animals from “kill shelters” and places them with “fostering” families, to acclimatize them for adoption into the community. [That organization’s website is –]

In all, some 30 businesses were involved in the “Woodstock Gives Back” promotion this year, he said. And most of them offered special sales to customers as a thank-you for their participation. This year, various local taverns were also participating on the previous evening.

“We do this to show our community the charitable spirit among the businesses, here in their neighborhood business district,” Davis said. “And, it’s fun to interact with people, and bring awareness to a cause about which you are passionate.”

The participating businesses have yet to report in on how much money was raised collectively for all the benefiting charities, but if last year’s total is a guide, the amount would have been quite significant. Look for the promotion to occur again next year on the second Sunday in September.

Hector Zamora , Zamora Cafe, Gladstone Street, Creston Kenilworth neighborhood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Hector Zamora and café employee Amy Rosales stand in front of the coffee roasting machine that Hector is buying from the shop’s former owner. Soon they will begin using it to roast his own Guatemalan coffee. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Long and winding road: From a Guatemalan farm to a SE coffee shop


Café Zamora, a short distance west of Cesar Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th), at 3713 S.E. Gladstone Street, is a small cozy coffee shop – enhanced by a back yard with tables, for use in good weather.

For twenty-six year old owner Hector Mejia Zamora, it is a dream come true.

Hector’s path to owning a coffee shop was long, and full of hard work. However, all along the way, he was – even sometimes miraculously – helped by people who saw something special in his dream.

Hector’s father died when he was fourteen, and his mother took over his father’s coffee farm in Central America, while also taking care of her three children. At age sixteen he began helping to manage his mother’s farm, and at eighteen he started a distribution business, delivering bananas from his village to Guatemala City.

He increased the salary of the farmers in his village and the surrounding villages, and improved their working conditions. Word spread, and the business expanded. Two years later he sold the business, and used the money to start his own coffee plantation on two acres of land from his mother’s farm.

In order to help her son gain U.S. residency, his mother moved to Portland to be with her elder son, while Hector stayed in Guatemala. Soon the rest of his family was in Portland, and they were concerned about Hector working seventeen-hour days on the coffee farm. So, at age twenty, he got his U.S. residency and happily moved in with his whole family in Southeast Portland.

With a $120 gift from his family he began two years of studying English and three terms of business classes at Portland Community College. He bought a bicycle at Goodwill for fifteen dollars, and that allowed him also to work at a fast food restaurant cooking hamburgers to help pay his tuition.

Nine months later he got a job as a lens washer at an Optical Lab. Over four years he was given five promotions, and his salary was doubled. By saving his money he was able to buy a car three years ago, and start driving for Lyft.

It was a Lyft rider who heard his story, and helped him connect with a Guatemalan roaster, who began buying green coffee beans from his farm back home. He eventually made a deal for selling 50,000 pounds of beans – and then met another Lyft rider who envisioned a Guatemalan version of himself in Hector, and helped him find the spot for his own coffee shop in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood.

Hector opened the shop this year and named it “Café Zamora”, using his mother’s last name to honor her hard work, and the role model and encouragement she provided him along his path, which led to fulfilling his dream of owning a coffee shop featuring Guatemalan coffee. But not quite yet – he still had to learn how to do it.

Barista school in Portland was too expensive, so he returned to Guatemala and took classes in the capital city. While there, he purchased more acres to enlarge his coffee plantation, and committed to making it self-sufficient, and a benefit to his employees. “I want to empower my people and improve their lives.”

He also credits his sister and brother as being additional role models for hard work and perseverance. He has plans to increase coffee importation from Guatemala, and connect with other coffee shops in Portland. For him, it is a joy “having the opportunity to create and be a part of the community here, and be a connection between the two countries.”

One customer says of Hector, “He has a huge heart, and big goals for himself and his people, and he’s just, kind, and driven – and [he is] the kind of people that we honestly want in our country.”

Hector is grateful to be able to work every day on his dream, which was also his father’s dream. He reflects, “I feel that my father is with me every day.”

To see learn more about the café and Hector’s story, go online –

CNOC Outdoors, Gilad Nachmani, Brooklyn neighborhood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Gilad Nachmani, founder of “CNOC Outdoors” in Brooklyn, is shown with some of the outdoor gear he has developed. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘CNOC Outdoors’ hiking gear opens in Brooklyn


A new outdoor hiking-gear company, “CNOC Outdoors”, has opened at 3376 S.E. 20th Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Company founder Gilad Nachmani tells THE BEE he has dedicated his life to backpacking, which led to his creation of innovative and highly functional gear to solve the unique problems faced by outdoor enthusiasts.

“CNOC, which is pronounced ‘K'nok’, is an old Irish/Gaelic word that means ‘hill or mount’,” explains Nachmani. “We focus on minimalist design, fair manufacturing, and functional materials. We constantly improve our products based on usage and customer feedback. We like to meet other backpackers, and hear their ideas for new products.”

Nachmani began his business by developing a light-weight water-collecting bottle, the “Vecto’, to work with backpacking filters. He is now developing American-made collapsible trekking poles, which he thought of while hiking in the Scottish Highlands. “We focus on making amazing gear that everyone wants, but no one has yet made!

“Our team of four works with small producers, and uses minimal packaging. We don’t negotiate the lowest prices possible, but try to find the right [price] point at which we can support everyone in our supply chain.”

The new business is open Monday through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and can be reached by phone at 971/204-6312, or online –

Rose City Martial Arts Studio, Brooklyn neighborhood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Travis Warner has opened the new Rose City Martial Arts studio at 3432 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Brooklyn. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

New martial arts studio opens in Brooklyn


Certified Martial Arts trainer Travis Warner has opened a new studio, Rose City Martial Arts, at 3432 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue – the former home of Hazel & Pear Consignment Shop. The new studio, covered in protective matting, is open to students from age 3 to adult. Classes are held daily for different ages. Warner hopes to train kids in the art of self-defense, as a way to get along with others and build self-esteem.

Warner and two other instructors teach a variety of Jiu Jitsu, No Gi, and Kali fundamentals. Warner collects old Jiu Jitsu memorabilia, and stresses that his aim is to help kids develop self-confidence, rather than to learn attack modes. There is a sliding scale for payments, and also classes are available for people with disabilities.

Rose City Martial Arts sells memberships – as well as black and yellow T-shirts – at the studio, which he encourages neighbors to come and visit. The phone number for information is 503/849-8954.

Lukas Cafe, crumpets, Milwaukie Avenue, Westmoreland, Southeast Portland, Oregon
In front of the new Lukas Café in Westmoreland, here are its manager, Juan Hernandez, and its owner, Laura Arias. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Lukas Café opens on Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland


In a recently-constructed apartment building, just south of Knapp Street and four blocks south of Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland, Lukas Café opened in September. Their two-story interior space and patio dining area together seat at least 45 customers, and the indoor mezzanine area can also serve as a space for meetings.

Owner Laura Arias tells THE BEE that so far, the new café’s most popular specialties are their breakfasts and empanadas. But, she says, they expect to serve sushi soon, and they have applied for a liquor license.

A prominent breakfast option is a “Build your own Scramble”, which can be enhanced with cheese, mushrooms, tomato, bacon, ham or turkey. Yogurt and fruit cups are another alternative. There is also an Egg Crumpet topped with bacon, ham, or peanut butter and jelly. Toasted bagels with cream cheese, pastries, croissants, alfajores, and hot and cold drinks are also listed on the menu.

By the way, that Egg Crumpet dish reflects the fact that the new café is in the space formerly occupied by Tony Guerrero’s “Scrumptious Crumpets”; Guerrero eventually decided his forté was simply making crumpets – which resemble English muffins, but which many agree taste much better – and he now is devoting his efforts to making and wholesaling them to restaurants, and it appears Lukas Café is an early customer.

Lukas Café is situated at 7414 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, and is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.  “But we hope to open soon in the evenings, too, from 5 to 10 p.m,,” remarks Arias. “We’ll be hiring additional servers.”

Insurance office, mural, Westmoreland, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Elaine Printz painted this sixty-foot-long mural at 7304 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, to beautify a Westmoreland insurance office. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Sellwood artist paints 60-foot mural on Westmoreland office


Sellwood muralist Elaine Printz recently completed a sixty-foot-long panoramic mural facing the north-side parking lot of Westmoreland’s State Farm Insurance office, at 7304 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue.

“Dimitri Kondos, owner of the business, wanted the wall to be beautified, and he financed the project,” explained Printz. “Mr. Kondos asked for something to represent the neighborhood and Portland, and we arrived at this design together. He also has an artistic background, and we both like to support local businesses. The outdoor latex paint I used using here is from Sellwood’s Miller Paint store. They gave us a good price on the colors.”

Printz is both a muralist and painter. “Painting is my passion,” she reveals. “This sloping wall ranges from ten to thirteen feet tall, and lends itself well to a riverside scene – the Willamette River, and part of a boundary wall. I painted the sky first, filling in with buildings and other details later on.”

She continues, “The scene features many elements of Portland’s skyline, including Union Station, the Fremont Bridge, and the downtown buildings. At the left side are images from our own neighborhood – the Sellwood Bridge, Oaks Amusement Park, and of course Dimitri’s business here. In my career I’ve mostly painted indoor murals. This is my first outdoor painting, and it’s been an exciting challenge.”

If you’d like to learn more about the artist and her work, go online –


Southeast Portland Rotary Club, Peace Poles, Atiyeh Brothers Rug Cleaning, Division Streeet, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Southeast Portland Rotary Club President Bruce Poinsette, left, stands with Kevin Atiyeh, grandson of the Club’s late co-founder Ed Atiyeh, who was the brother of Governor Victor Atiyeh. (Photo by Eric Norberg)

Atiyeh Brothers’ Rug Cleaning receives “Peace Pole”: The Southeast Portland Rotary Club has been participating in a worldwide Rotary International project to bring thoughts and aspirations of peace to the forefront by installing white multi-language “Peace Poles” in prominent locations. Among those already installed are poles at Southeast Portland Fire Stations #20, #25, and #9; Moreland Presbyterian Church, Abernethy Elementary School on Division Street, and Holy Family School on S.E. Chavez Blvd (39th). Now added to the list is the Atiyeh Brothers Rug Cleaning facility at 1516 S.E. Division Street, managed by Brian Marantette. The pole was installed on August 7. The Southeast Rotary Club meets on Monday noons in the meeting room at Moreland Presbyterian Church, on S.E. 19th just south of Bybee Boulevard. Visitors are always welcome. More information is available online –  

“The Joinery” prepares departure – gives one last tour: In late August, The Joinery announced that it is well involved in its move to a new factory in the St. Johns neighborhood in North Portland, but added, “Throughout our 22 years in our Woodstock manufacturing facility, we have given hundreds of tours of our Shop. Now, as we are planning our move to St. Johns, we are scheduling our final one” – and sought RSVP’s for the tour on the late morning of Sunday, August 25th. THE BEE has not heard how many local residents learned of the tour in time to take it, but apparently there will be no more opportunities to see the facility that will soon be torn down for a full-block apartment building on Woodstock Boulevard.

Paul Iarrobino, Our Bold Voices, Associaton of Home Businesses, AHB, Sellwood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
The speaker at this month’s AHB meeting in Sellwood is Paul Iarrobino, Artistic Director of “Our Bold Voices”, on October 17.

“Find success by getting out of your own way!”: That’s the challenge of Paul Iarrobino’s talk, as the guest speaker at the October monthly “Third Thursday” meeting of the area-wide Association of Home Businesses, at SMILE Station in Sellwood. Iarrobino starts his talk with the puzzle of “how do we stay relevant in a world that is constantly changing?” The meeting is open to all for a $10 door fee, which includes networking and a buffet supper, 6-9 p.m. on October 17. RSVPs are requested to assist in food preparation; advise of any food sensitivities when RSVPing by e-mail – – or call 503/232-2326. SMILE Station is on the southeast corner of 13th Avenue and S.E. Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. More details online –

Elmcroft Senior Living grants residents’ wishes: THE BEE is informed by Stephanie Simmons, “Healthy Lifestyle Director” at Elmcroft Senior Living at 8517 S.E. 17th Avenue in Sellwood, that one of the tasks she undertakes in her position involves the “Second Wind Dream Program”. She explains, “I find out my residents’ dreams, and I grant them with the help of the Second Wind Dreams Company. On August 16th at 10:00 a.m., [a resident named] Carrie realized her dream to take a glider ride, even though she is wheelchair bound; she was able to get into a glider and fly! The flight took place thanks to the Willamette Valley Soaring Club located in North Plains. Several residents were there to see Carrie glide through the sky!” She adds, “I try to grant one wish a month.”

Western Waters, Tom Alkire
“Western Waters” is the latest book by longtime Eastmoreland author and fly-fisherman Tom Alkire.

Eastmoreland author publishes “Western Waters”: In his new book “Western Waters”, Eastmoreland author Tom Alkire blends how-to, where-to, and natural history, with deep insight based on his experience in flyfishing the rivers of the western United States. From rainforest rivers to desert rivers, from tidal rivers to those along the Continental Divide, he tells THE BEE that he has waded and fished these waters over the decades. Alkire has written about rivers and fly-fishing for many years and his work has been published widely in magazines and three books. While retired as a news correspondent for Bloomberg/BNA, he continues to write about the outdoors. The new book details fishing adventures, but also looks at the rivers themselves – their geography, their early explorers, and the modern-day impacts on those rivers. Published by Stackpole Books, the new book is now available at bookstores and online.

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