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"!

Community Classifieds, want ads


Natural Grocer, Powell Boulevard, Southeast Portland, Oregon
A new alternative grocery store chain, “Natural Grocer”, opened a store in June at 3975 S.E. Powell Boulevard. (Rita A. Leonard)

‘Alternative grocery store’ opens on SE Powell Blvd


A new alternative grocery store, called simply “Natural Grocers” has opened at 3975 S.E. Powell Boulevard, just east of Chavez Blvd (formerly S.E. 39th), facing the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, and across the street from Safeway.

Natural Grocers’ grand opening took place on Wednesday, June 7, offering what it identifies as “100% natural produce”, and plenty of parking. Situated in the former home of the Dept. of Human Services, the office has been remodeled into over 12,000 square feet of bright retail space.

Manager Sarah Spicer remarked to THE BEE, “We promise no artificial ingredients in our products. We have a Health and Beauty section, and a Nutritional Health Coach on our staff. All our supplements go through a rigorous screening evaluation to meet the high standards of the ‘Good Manufacturing Practices’ logo.”

Ryan Amirault, “Director of Social Media” for Natural Grocers, added, “We’re really excited about stocking 100% natural products for our customers. We have 100% free-range eggs and organic produce, and all our dairy products are pasteurized. We offer Humm Kombucha (from Bend) on tap, and can fill growlers. This is just our first Portland location. We have another one planned to open at the end of the year.”

The chain evidently is Colorado-based, with locations all over the western United States; local stores are already open in Happy Valley, Beaverton, Gresham, and Vancouver.

In addition to farm-fresh produce and health items, there are also snacks available. Candy, chips, and snack bars have their own aisle, while frozen food cases offer fish, pizzas, meats, and ready-to-eat meals. Seventeen employees are available to help you find what you need.

Amirault advises, “If you check our website – – there’s even a list of items that we won’t carry. We’re open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. till 9 p.m., and Sundays from 9 until 8. Call us with any questions at 503/788-1677. We welcome your visits and your input.”

Yoga, cancer, Portland, Oregon
Here, preparing to lead a “project:OM” session at Sellwood Yoga on May 12, are Dr. Alivia K. Cetas, MD, and Natalie Bowker. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Yoga project raises cancer-fighting funds for Mother’s Day


One of thousands of nationwide yoga events held on Mother’s Day weekend, as part of “project:OM”, and sharing a message of health and wellness – and helping to fund breast cancer research – was on May 12, at Sellwood Yoga.

“I am a Legacy breast surgeon who specializes in breast cancer and treating breast cancer patients, and have been practicing yoga for twenty years,” revealed one of the two class leaders, Alivia K. Cetas, MD.

The doctor said she’d taken yoga teacher training, and that was where she’d met her co-leader that evening, Natalie Bowker, a licensed marriage and family therapist who works at an OB/GYN clinic as the medical system’s behaviorist.

“Having found yoga very beneficial for my own personal life, I’ve also seen its value for people who receive a diagnosis [of cancer], for them as they are accepting their diagnosis and choosing treatment options, for them as they go through treatment, and then get beyond their treatment,” Cetas told THE BEE – as participants, many of them cancer survivors, arrived for the session.

“We’re trying to show the value of following a practice – be it yoga, dance, meditation, or helping in the community,” Cetas said. We don’t know if the people coming here want to actually do yoga this evening, but they’re curious enough to be here, to donate money, and to give of their time to be here to learn more about this.

“Sellwood Yoga is a very special yoga community; the owners of created an atmosphere of acceptance and accessibility for yoga,” observed Cetas. Funds raised that evening were donated to “Susan G. Komen”.

Foster Area Business Association, FABA, tasting tour, summer, Portland Mercado, Oregon
Businesspeople interested in improving S.E. Foster Road meet for a business mixer at the “Portland Mercado”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Tasting Tour’ neighborhood promotion returning to Foster Road


At a springtime evening mixer held at “Portland Mercado” on May 30, members and guests of the Foster Area Business Association (FABA) learned that the organizations’s new signature summer event, the “Foster Road Tasting Tour”, would be back again this year on July 8.

“This year, the ‘Spirit of Foster Tasting Tour’ will be teaming up with the ‘Second Saturday Art Walk’ along S.E. Foster Road,” smiled FABA President Matthew Micetic of Red Castle Games. “We’re expanding the event significantly this year, in terms of additional options for adults and bars and taverns, but it remains family-friendly.

“And, this year, visitors will find even more family-friendly options as well – including at art galleries, a ‘Taste of Tango’ at Tango Berretín, and maker-type businesses, including K & B Bakery – where people can see fortune cookies being made!” Micetic said.

Also this year, FABA is producing a new “Walk-and-Shop Map”, and putting it in the hands of visitors just before and during the July celebration.

So, mark your calendar, get your walking shoes ready, and head out with the family for a day of fun on the whole-family “Tasting Tour” along S.E. Foster Road on Saturday, July 8.

For more information, visit the FABA website –

Avenue of Roses Business Association, SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon
Frank Harris, Nancy Chapin, Gary Sargent, Todd Struble, Marina Martinez-Bateman, and Eilene Curtiss, Past President, 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade Committee receive “Outstanding Volunteer” awards. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Avenue of Roses Business Assn. reflects on year


Although their major event, the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade, was cancelled, members of the 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association say they don’t feel defeated, and look forward to success in the next year.

That was the message shared by their leaders at their Annual Meeting held on May 11 at Cartlandia on S.E. 82nd.

“Our association got a lot of press this year – we even made headlines in the Clinton, Missouri, nightly news!” exclaimed the association’s outgoing president, Frank Harris, who is Facilities Manager at the Portland Community College Southeast Campus. He was talking about the parade.

“We worked together to make the safest decision for our neighborhood,” Harris said. “We stuck together, and presented a professional face to the nation, doing and saying what was necessary, and we got right back to the important business of supporting the district.”

The association has done well this year, Harris summarized, pointing out:

  • The “82 Dishes” event brought customers into their 45 participating restaurants;
  • They increased membership by 29%, and about 44% of members are immigrants or people of color;
  • The association brought the auto industry together, for the first time, at its “Cars and Cocktails” event; and,
  • They partnered with local leadership to create a coupon book that was distributed to more than 900 neighbors, encouraging them to shop on 82nd Avenue.

“On a personal note, and it is always personal: Being your president has been an honor,” Harris said. “Without all of you, we could not have been successful. I encourage you to keep on doing the good work that you have been doing, because I know you're going to do bigger and better things!”

Also at the meeting, City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability’s City Planner Radcliffe Dacanay told about the project he’s managing – the “82nd Avenue Study: Understanding Barriers to Redevelopment”.

“What we’ve done is talked with a number of businesses and property owners and we are trying to get a sense of the property owners’ potential for development in a five year timeframe,” Dacanay told THE BEE.

“We don’t anticipate a lot of development, given the market right now,” Dacanay added. “We want to be able to work with property owners, should they be interested that any of the improvements that they make are to be coordinated with the ODOT improvements and other transportation investments such as the Division Transit Project area,” he said.

The next steps to pursue are to obtain additional grant funds to do “deeper-dive” studies on the south end of 82nd Avenue, as well as funding to implement projects, and working with the State Legislature on way to improve business viability on 82nd Avenue.


Clarke Donelson, Association of Home Businesses, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
Clarke Donelson speaks at AHB in July about how being the “sales type” can actually impede your sales efforts. Clarke’s the one in the middle. Need we add that he is also an expert photographer?

“Selling without ‘selling’,” at AHB: The speaker at the area-wide Association of Home Businesses July 20 meeting will be Clarke Donelson, a top salesman at KEX radio and later at KATU-2 and KPTV-12, and now an agent for Windermere Stellar Real Estate. His topic is how to sell while not at all being the stereotypical “sales type”. Good info for those who hate “selling”! The meeting, which is 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, at SMILE Station – S.E. 13th at Tenino in Sellwood – is open to all and, in addition to the networking and mutual business support and camaraderie, also includes a buffet supper. First-time visitors pay the members’ rate for the meeting, $10 at the door. RSVPs requested for meal planning – call Eric at 503/232-2326 to RSVP, or RSVP through the website at:

Woodstock’s “The Joinery” celebrates 35 years: The Joinery began as a furniture refurbishing and repair business pm S.E. Woodstock Boulevard in 1982. Over the past three decades it has evolved into an organization which, in its own words, “creates masterful furniture in a variety of modern and traditional designs, with a deep commitment to its employees, the environment, and the broader community.” Marc Gaudin founded The Joinery in 1982, and ran the company for three decades before Jon Blumenauer took ownership in 2013. “The common thread in our success over the last 35 years simple: hire people who care,” Blumenauer said. “Of all that we have done over the years, I am most proud of the team we have built.” On Saturday, July 22, from 4 until 7 p.m., The Joinery will be hosting a 35th Anniversary celebration at 4804 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard: “Customers, partners, the curious, and the community are invited to drop in, enjoy the festivities, and learn how furniture is made – The Joinery way. The wood shop will be open – where craftsmen and women will demonstrate how they meticulously create beautiful, velvety solid wood furniture. Celebrants will also enjoy food, wine, and beer from fellow Portland-area B Corps.”

Windermere Stellar, community service, Snowcap
Brokers from the “Windermere Moreland” real estate office volunteered on June 5 at the East Portland nonprofit “Snowcap”.

Brokers take a day off for public service: On Friday, June 5, brokers with Windermere Stellar Real Estate didn’t show houses or write offers; they participated in a public service event in which Windermere Real Estate brokers, managers, owners and staff from 300 offices across the Western United States gathered to devote their workday to making positive changes in or near the neighborhoods they serve. Brokers from the “Moreland”, on S.E. Bybee Boulevard at 14th in Westmoreland, volunteered to assist the East Portland nonprofit “SnowCap” – working in its garden, and organizing and cleaning its warehouse. The brokerage, which recently changed its name from Windermere Cronin and Caplan to Windermere Stellar, sets aside at least one day out of the office for such community efforts each year.

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