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


Kelbe Cronen, HGTV, DI, pilot TV show, Woodstock, Portland, Oregon
Kelbe Cronen, here both on the screen and in person, at the showing of his HGTV TV episode at Woodstock’s Pizza Roma this summer. He and his crew hold “beersiness meetings” every Friday to go over the week’s work, he says. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)li

Woodstock contractor’s pilot TV episode airs on HGTV


As a child growing up in Bend, Kelbe Cronen’s parents bought houses to fix up to rent or sell.

From age seven on, young Cronen worked alongside the adults, helping with demolition and cleanup.  By the time he was twelve he had worked his way up to sawing and pounding nails. After high school, his first job was framing houses, followed by studying architecture at Central Oregon Community College – where he took night classes and worked as a carpenter during the day. Then he came to Portland to attend PSU for a degree in marketing, while doing construction jobs on the side.

Cronen, these days a Woodstock resident, is an example of how influential parents can be on their children when they involve them in constructive (no pun intended) activities.

Now, at age 41, Cronen has a strong work ethic, and has run his own business – Cronen Building Company – for nine years, as general contractor and designer.  He and his crew do work on residential remodels and commercial build-outs.  He praises the work of his small but tightly knit crew: Tim Goodwin, lead carpenter; Mike Calhoun, carpenter and excavator; and George Crosland, project manager.

Cronen is also an example of how sometimes surprising things can happen to people who work with perseverance and passion.

In April 2016, Indigo Films, an independent television production company based in San Rafael, California, learned about Cronen from his website. They contacted him and said they were developing a new show concept for HGTV (“Home and Garden Television”) and asked if he was interested in discussing it further.  (A 24-hour cable and satellite channel, HGTV gives viewers ideas for remodeling and decorating their homes.)

Cronen thought he had nothing to lose, but he really never thought he would hear from them again. “Sometimes weeks would go by, and I thought, ‘well, that was pretty cool, …talking with a production company about having my own show’.”

However, they did contact him again, and finally – after many phone calls and Skype interviews – a homemade video was made, followed by a pilot episode made in Portland which wrapped up in March of this year. A pilot episode is what is presented to a network as a sample episode, to sell a television series.

On August 31st, Cronen and his crew gathered at Pizza Roma in Woodstock to see the nationwide premiere of their pilot episode “Renovation Whisperer” – live on HGTV. 

Work crew, family, and friends watched the thirty-minute show, which showed two local homeowners discussing remodeling changes with Cronen. On the HGTV episode, the homeowners are kept away from the resulting remodel until it is done – and they have a revealing walk-through, caught in real time on camera to capture their reactions. 

Prior to the HGTV premiere, Cronen showed a DIY Network premiere (HGTV and DIY are co-owned networks) at the Moose Lodge at 52nd Avenue and Flavel Street in the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood on August 26th. Some sixty-five people attended – including the same family, friends and co-workers – to watch the show there. Cronen explained to the crowd how he and his crew worked 14 to 16 hour days to make the featured remodels happen in only five weeks – work that would typically take about two months.

So far the network has not bought the series, but Cronen is fine with that. Cronen is proud of his Cronen Building Company, but is quick to credit his family for his exposure to the building trade.

“I spent a lot of time as a kid tinkering in the garage with my dad’s tools and materials.  I realize now that I learned a lot in those early years, and as a kid I really looked up to the adult carpenters who could drive a nail with one hit, and cut wood with a Skil saw using only one hand. I wanted to be just like them when I grew up.”  And so he is.

7 Dees, Dennis 7 Dees, Seven Dees, Powell Boulevard, closes location, Southeast Portland, Oregon
The manager of the now-closed 7 Dees Powell Boulevard location – who spent 27 years there – was Dave Etchepare, who also served as 2016 President of the Portland Rose Society. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Dennis’ 7 Dees’ Garden Center on Powell Boulevard closes


In October, Dennis’ 7 Dees Garden Center at 6025 S.E. Powell Boulevard closed its doors, after finishing a closing sale begun in September. The flagship site of the five 7 Dee’s stores since 1956, the Powell store had been declining in sales for years, according to staff, and closed “in reaction to changes in the marketplace, and to better serve our business goals.”

The statement by management on its website adds, “We are hopeful that another opportunity and location on the east side will present itself quickly, so we can get back in the neighborhood. Rest assured that Dennis’ 7 Dees Garden Centers as a whole are not going anywhere.”

While some of the stock was moved to their other stores, when the “40% off everything” sale was announced in September, plants and supplies flew off the shelves. Manager Dave Etchepare, who had worked there for 27 years, told THE BEE, “During our sale, we even moved some stock here from other sites. Our landscaping department will still operate out of the Southeast area.

“We’ve employed between twelve and twenty people here, depending on the season. We have also supported the neighborhood by hosting seasonal bazaars, and the Foster-Powell Community Garden across the street.”

Dave reflected on his own favorite part of his job – working with the public and solving garden problems. “There’s always a solution,” he says with a smile, “You just have to find it.”

The property has been sold, and Dave says, “The new owner says that the back acre will be devoted to high-end homes, while the Powell side will become storage.”

In addition to his work at 7 Dees, Etchepare served as President of the Portland Rose Society last year, and traveled all around the Pacific NW & Canada to attend ceremonial duties and water new roses in different cities.”

With the closing of the Powell location, there remain four stores in the group, the nearest one of which to Inner Southeast is at 1090 McVey Avenue in Lake Oswego. The other three locations are in Cedar Hills, Bethany, and on the coast in Seaside.

Love Hive, yoga studio, 52nd Avenue, Woodstock Boulevard, Southeast Portland, Oregon
The modern new building which replaced a closed auto repair shop on the northwest corner of S.E. 52nd Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard is now fully inhabited, with three businesses operational as of early September. “Love Hive Yoga Studio” is the business in the middle. (Photo by Becky Luening)

‘Love Hive Yoga Studio’ opens in Woodstock to good reviews


It’s no longer a secret that a new yoga studio has opened in the Woodstock neighborhood; residents nearby have observed new street traffic from its patrons – at least one of whom found its opening to be “more exciting than New Seasons’ opening.”

The yoga studio is called “Love Hive”, and its owners are Audra Carmine and Jessica Garay, who opened their first yoga studio in July of 2015 at 1847 East Burnside Street.

Their second “Love Hive Yoga Studio” officially opened in early summer, in the new business building on the northwest corner of S.E. 52nd Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard. THE BEE visited, to find out more.

Audra told us she has been teaching yoga in Southeast Portland for seven years now, and “brings joy and laughter to her classes.” She is devoted to yoga education, she says, and loves teaching people how to grow their practice.

As for Jessica, she has been teaching in Southeast Portland for over a decade, and “brings wisdom and a true sense of care for her students into each class.” Jessica weaves dance and as well as energetic work into her classes, and specializes in nervous system de-escalation.

Both women live near the new studio, and have long had the intention of bringing their particular brand of yoga to Woodstock, so it has been very gratifying for them to see their vision come to life in this space. Audra says she has found the neighborhood extremely supportive of their new location.

The studio has enjoyed fast success in its first three months of operation, with many classes filling up. “We look forward to continuing to get to know everyone and creating classes and workshops that meet the community’s needs,” said Audra. If you’d like more information about Love Hive’s class offerings, go online –

Brooklyn Park Tavern, art show, craft show, Milwaukie Avenue, Brooklyn neighborhood, Portland, Oregon
Brooklyn Park Pub’s covered outdoor patio drew scores through the rain to the tavern’s fourth Art and Craft Bazaar. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Brooklyn tavern again hosts arts and crafts bazaar


Drizzly rain didn't dampen spirits at the fourth Annual Art and Crafts Bazaar, hosted on the outdoor patio of the Brooklyn Park Pub on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. The September 17 adults-only show (because it was taking place at a bar) featured nine artists affiliated with the local community, and was coordinated by painter Nicolle Black. “I’ve been painting for about fifteen years, and developed these giclee canvas prints as a way to create affordable art for my friends,” she smiled.

Stephanie Wagner, owner of The Lovely Rustic, displayed a collection of gold and silver chains hung with crystals and polished gemstones. Anna Rose Kelly offered a selection of pen and ink drawings and woodcuts, while “re-use artist” Katie R. Pichette presented a variety of dream catchers, T-shirts, necklaces, sketchbooks, and photos.

Jordan Stephens from Rose City Coffee Co. in Westmoreland sold bags of flavored ground coffee, while Michael Grubar of Muddy Fingers Art displayed ceramic mugs, flasks, bowls, and dinnerware. “I live in Woodstock, but my studio is on Stark Street,” he observed. “I've been here every year since this event began.”

Jewelry maker Christina Balesky shared a booth inside the drip zone with musician Heather Christie. Balesky displayed a collection of glass pendants, some embellished with living air plants. Christie also sold earrings and jewelry, but featured a colorful musical storybook and CD of “One Night in Frogtown”, a musical for kids that is touring nationwide.

Booths and pub tables were under temporary tents, with live music provided by “Matteo & the Robbers”. There was even a knife-sharpening demonstration put on by a professional, Yohhei Sato. A portion of the proceeds from the show, which was sponsored by Ross Island Brewery, was donated to Doernbecher Childrens Hospital.

Bazaar goers and Brooklyn neighbors took advantage of the Sunday evening festival to chat, drink, and snack with friends and local artists. While some visitors remained indoors to avoid the rain, most took time to visit the outdoor gallery and explore the creativity of local craftspeople.

Boawling Alley closes, Powell Boulevard, Target store, Portland, Oregon
This artist’s conception shows the street-front design of the new “small format” Target store, to be located in the former bowling alley space on Powell Boulevard. (Courtesy of MAJ Development Corporation)

Powell Boulevard bowling alley closes quickly


THE BEE’s Rita Leonard was first to report in these pages the possibility that the AMF Pro 300 Bowling Lanes located on S.E Powell Boulevard at 31st Avenue might close in March. At that time, its local management and the location’s parent corporation, AMF Bowlmor, reportedly denied to leagues, customers, and workers that it was permanently closing at that time, but held out the possibility that it could close later, and there were rumors a Target-owned store was exploring the site.

In mid-September, the other shoe dropped. A note was taped to its doors that read:

“AMF Pro-300’s landlord has terminated our lease. They have chosen to replace us with a Target company store. AMF Pro-300 Bowling Lanes’ final day of operation will be Sunday 9.17.17, closing at 5:00 pm. Sincerely, AMF Pro-300 Management.”

Two days after the bowling center closed for the last time, workers were already stripping out the pinsetters, lanes, and snack bar equipment while THE BEE visited the site. Workers refused us entrance to document the dismantling.

Since March, organizers of leagues and regular bowling customers started scouting other options – including the fully-renovated KingPins Bowling Center, just south of Powell Boulevard at S.E. 92nd Avenue.

Some employees of the local bowling alley said they they’d been surprised by the sudden closing announcement, and were reportedly given only six days’ notice of their termination.

According to its website, Vancouver, Washington, based MAJ Development Corporation bought the 31,200 square foot bowling alley in August, 2016, and have always planned to redevelop it into a “newer-concept, small-format Target store”. The prior BEE article by Rita Leonard reported that the new owners had discovered that the bowling alley had months left on its lease, and would be allowed to continue only until then.

It is not known if they’ll be selling bowling equipment and accessories at this small-format Target store when it opens.


Association of Home Businesses, Sandy Hubbard, advice, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
When Sellwood’s Sandy Hubbard is not on the road visiting clients in exotic places, she’s running her household and serving on the Board of AHB. This month she brings “million dollar advice” from home businesses around the world.

Sellwood home-businesswoman with “Million dollar business advice”: The November meeting of the Association of Home Businesses brings you Sellwood business owner Sandy Hubbard, who has just finished interviewing home-based business owners around the world – Australia, Africa, Europe, and North America – and will present their million-dollar advice on how to make your home business successful. Hear how experienced owners around the world make their home businesses grow and thrive. That’s at the Association of Home Businesses meeting in Sellwood on Thursday, November 16. The meeting runs 6-9 p.m., with the presentation starting after the buffet supper, at around 7:30 p.m. Visitors are ALWAYS welcome, and newcomers pay only the $10 members’ door fee for the meal, the networking, and the presentation. RSVP requested for meal preparation – call 503/232-2326. Meetings are at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, one block south of Tacoma Street. More information available online –

Local author publishes children’s book: Andrew Root, a nine-year resident of the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, advises THE BEE that he is a local author who recently published a children’s book, “Hamsters Don’t Fight Fires”: Harper-Collins, 2017. “There has been a warm reception to the book both locally and nationally. It’s available on Amazon, and through local booksellers.” For more information, visit his website:

12x16 Gallery has Printmaking exhibition in next-to-last month: Beate Scheller and fer friends in Printmaking will be showing at the 12x16 Gallery in Sellwood, November 2-26, with the First Friday reception being November 3, 6-9 p.m., and the Artists’ Reception two days later on Sunday, November 5, 2-4 p.m. Scheller curated the group show of printmaker friends from around the globe. The Guest Artists are printmakers who encouraged her to treasure prints, and the printmaking process of Stone-Lithography, Etching and Woodcut: Ellen Emerson, Eleanor H. Erskine, Debbie Hamm, Susan Hurrell-Fields (NZ), Katherine McDowell, Mary Pacios, Nicole Rawlins, Richard Steiner (Japan), Graham Stephens (Chicago), and more. The 12x16 Gallery has announced its permanent closing at the end of December, but until then it is located at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, No. 5. Open Thursday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Call 503/432-3513.

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