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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!


Jillian Sevick, co-owner of Hammer and Jacks toy store, believes toys are children’s first language. “We love any opportunity to talk about toys, developmental ages, and stages,” she says. Shown from left: Jillian (who recently broke her foot), with c-owner Andrew – and her daughters Mavis and Beyla.
Jillian Sevick, co-owner of Hammer and Jacks toy store, believes toys are children’s first language. “We love any opportunity to talk about toys, developmental ages, and stages,” she says. Shown from left: Jillian (who recently broke her foot), with c-owner Andrew – and her daughters Mavis and Beyla. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Unique toy store on SE Foster a Christmas resource

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

Ann Marentette, a Reed neighborhood resident, likes to do jigsaw puzzles with her grandchildren when they visit from New York. A month ago, she told THE BEE she was delighted to find a 500-piece “glow-in-the-dark” dyno puzzle at “Hammer and Jacks” toy store, on Foster Road at S.E. 64th Avenue.

“I didn’t even know there was a toy store there. Bill and I sometimes buy bagels at ‘Higgins’ nearby, but we hadn’t noticed this store.”  She later learned that after five years in business, the store recently moved over one lot to the west, and is now more visible in the spot where Red Castle Games used to be – before it re-located up Foster Road to 72nd.

“I was impressed with how organized it is, and I was intrigued with the high quality and variety of things they have,” commented Marentette, who had seen the Mud Puppy dyno jigsaw puzzle mentioned in the “best gifts for kids” section of “The Strategist”, in the New York Times Magazine.  

While browsing this well-organized, very spacious store – in which Air Scrubbers were installed during the COVID-19 pandemic – she found the number of educational and creative toys to be striking: Puzzles, games, books, scooters, arts and crafts, unusual birthday decorations, three-inch colorful classic cars, musical instruments (small electric guitar, ukulele, cymbals), and over a hundred colors of balloons displayed in fish bowl jars, are just a few of the things they offer.

Jillian Sevick, co-owner of the store, is a self-described “toy enthusiast and nerd”; she commented, “We order from small to mid-sized companies. Some [items] are made in Australia, and some are designed in the U.K.; both countries have toys you don’t see everywhere. That makes it more fun and magical.” Sevick’s 4-1/2 and 7 year-old daughters are frequently in the store after school engaging people about the toys.

A “Wobble Cushion”, for chair or floor use, can help improve focus and calm fidgeting of very active children, we were told. Mojo Animals – dinosaurs, dragons, safari and ocean animals – are presented as durable and stimulating toys for young imaginations.

Magnetic building tiles, creative bathtub toys and a selection of diverse baby dolls are for the very young. Journals for “gratitude writing” and exploring the outdoors are for older children. Packets of 40 cards for mindfulness or “bedtime calming”, and a chef’s cooking set, are for any age – as are many of the other items in this unusual toy store.

“Pre-pandemic we also operated a play and party space! We hope to get back to that again very soon,” remarked Sevick.

During the peak of the pandemic, back when the store was closed to the public, her family started no-contact delivery of toys, balloons, and party supplies in her little red van. They still deliver within a ten-mile radius of the shop.

On weekends, art and baking classes are taught in an ample space toward the rear of the store; participants are booked in advance online – http://www.hammerandjacks.com – which is also where many of their available toys are offered, including sale merchandise. For more information, call 503/894-9150.

Owner Marne Minard has opened the new Bastion Café at 6116 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland.
Owner Marne Minard has opened the new Bastion Café at 6116 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Bastion Café’ newly open in Westmoreland

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

A new restaurant, “Bastion Café”, has opened at 6116 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. The 1,000-sq.-ft. establishment is in the space formerly occupied by “All Communion Bakehouse” – previously the subject of an item in THE BEE – and before that was the location of a pizza restaurant. The new café seats a total of about 24, both indoors and on its open-air patio.

Owner Marne Minard says, “We actually have room for more customers, but we're currently keeping our distance during the pandemic. Of course, everyone needs to wear a mask upon entering, but those are of course removed while eating.” Minard has five employees who are especially busy around the noon hour. We’re open Wednesdays through Sundays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We offer a gluten-free, soy-free, and refined-sugar-free menu, and source everything as locally and seasonally sustainable as possible, with all organic proteins and produce.”

The menu features Toasts, Sandwiches, Specialties, Sweet things, Deli, and Sides, as well as Hot and Cold Drinks, and Smoothies.

Minard tells THE BEE, “I learned to cook while growing up – at the many restaurants that my parents owned. I also attended the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, where I earned an MS degree in Nutrition, with a focus on ‘Food as Medicine’.”

“Guest favorites so far are our five-spice fried chicken sandwich, and the chocolate and apple spice donuts,” says Minard. “Those sell like hotcakes!”

The café is online – http://www.bastionpdx.com – or call 503/719-5899. They’re happy to fill takeout orders as well.



KeyBank Volunteer workers, on a hot September day at the Woodstock Community Center. From left: Bea Rector, Susan Williams, Terry Griffiths, Coral Braun, Penny Gavett, CC Baxter, Udyog Subedi, and Stefan Flores.
KeyBank Volunteer workers, on a hot September day at the Woodstock Community Center. From left: Bea Rector, Susan Williams, Terry Griffiths, Coral Braun, Penny Gavett, CC Baxter, Udyog Subedi, and Stefan Flores. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Key Bank employees bank – but also haul dirt and wood chips

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

If you went to the Woodstock Key Bank for business on Tuesday, September 14th, you found it closed between 1 and 5 p.m. Here’s why: It was Key Bank’s “Neighbors Make A Difference Day”, at branches throughout Portland. Once a year the bank’s employees engage in community service by working with neighborhood or organizational volunteers who need an extra hand.

“We don’t do the easy stuff,” commented Susan Williams, Key Bank Manager of the Woodstock Branch. Williams was demonstrating the truth of that statement as she spoke with THE BEE: She was shoveling large wood chips into buckets in 83-degree heat, and wheeling them to areas around the Woodstock Community Center, where other bank volunteers spread them out.

“I do bark chips at home, but these [wood chips] are heavier!” she exclaimed, as she pushed the wheelbarrow over old existing chips.

There were a total of six bank volunteers helping the Friends of the Woodstock Community Center with some outside maintenance at the building. Three volunteers were from the Woodstock Branch – Susan Williams, Penny Gavett, and Coral Braun, and three were from the Hawthorne Branch – CC Baxter, Udyog Subedi, and Stefan Flores.  Neighborhood volunteer Bea Rector also worked along with the bank volunteers.

Before shoveling and wheeling the chips, Braun and Williams patiently picked Sweet Gum tree burr balls from the old wood chips on the ground, to prepare for the new chips.

Baxter and Gavett dug dirt and clay up from a 4x8-foot area in preparation for pavers to be placed as an entry point for a future wheelchair ramp. Then Subedi and Flores from Hawthorne relieved them, and continued to shovel and level the ground. Loads of dirt were wheeled outside the fence to an area where Woodstock neighborhood volunteer Bea Rector had created a contained spot for it.

“One year we went to the Dougy Center; another year to the Sellwood Community Center,” shared Williams about previous “Neighbors Make A Difference Days” during her eight years at the Woodstock Branch. “And another year we went to Oaks Park, and picked up litter.”

CC Baxter, Hawthorne Branch Manager, remembers going one year to the Sunshine Division and unloading pallets of food for Sunshine’s Holiday food distribution.  “And one year we pulled blackberries from the trails at Columbia Slough Watershed!” she said. Gavett – who has worked at the Woodstock Branch long enough to remember the year they went to “Meals on Wheels” in Westmoreland and scrubbed bathrooms, floors, and ovens – agreed, “We do work that matters!”

And no one was complaining as they laughed, worked, and sweated together again this year, overseen by Terry Griffiths, Co-Chair of the Friends of the Woodstock Community Center, who was the day’s coordinator.

“What’s so nice is to be giving back to the community, because there are a lot of neighborhood volunteers that need some help,” Woodstock Branch Manager Williams remarked. 

For more information on Key Bank go online to: http://www.key.com – and, to learn about their program “Key4Women”, which helps women succeed in the business world, visit: http://www.key.com/key4women




BUSINESS BRIEFS


Portofino Restaurant in Sellwood completes remodel: On Tuesday, October 26, 31-year-old Italian-themed restaurant Portofino in Sellwood announced the completion of a remodel – with a new bar, a new 600 s.f. covered patio seating area, and “a revamped Italian menu with Creole influences. This menu brings together the familiar dishes everyone loves with fresh Creole-inspired plates,” according to Matt Johnson, its owner. “My goal is to showcase the classic Portofino dishes that are loved by many with what is sorely missing in Portland – good quality Creole.” He pointed out that with the newly-built covered patio, Portofino will be able to provide outdoor seating year-round, “especially important, as the pandemic is still hanging over the nation. And the revamped interior and bar will allow or a first come first serve in-the-bar seating, which now includes a table that can fit up to ten people.” Both the new menu and the new seating opened to the public on November 4th. The restaurant is located near Tacoma Street at 8075 S.E. 13th Avenue; the telephone number is 503/234-8259. “For more information or to reserve a table, go online – http://www.portofinopdx.com”.

Youthful Southeast dancers in downtown production: Two dancers from Inner Southeast Portland will be performing in in The Portland Ballet's world premiere of “A Christmas Carol: The Ballet”, in which Michael Jurica stars as Ebenezer Scrooge. The two are identified as Josie Wagner, a 9th grader at Franklin High School, who has been studying ballet for 11 years; and Evie Chan, who lives in the 97202 ZIP code, but is an 8th grader at Oregon Episcopal School in west Portland, who has been studying ballet for 10 years and has also trained at Oregon Ballet Theatre. The production, at Lincoln Performance Hall at Portland State University on Thanksgiving weekend, will feature Victorian backgrounds designed by Kim Morris. Tickets start at $15, and will be limited, to allow for social distancing; the ballet runs 50 minutes with no intermission. Audience members will be required to wear masks, and show either proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours. For more information, go online – http://www.theportlandballet.org – or call 503/452-8448.



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