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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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Bobs Red Mill, Bob Moore, 88th birthday, Milwaukie, Oregon
Bob Moore spent his 88th birthday with friends, in what he calls his favorite place – his own Bob’s Red Mill store, southeast of Sellwood, on Highway 224. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Bob of ‘Red Mill’ celebrates 88th year, remembers Sellwood

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

“Bob’s Red Mill” on Highway 224 just east of downtown Milwaukie was filled with well-wishers on Wednesday, February 15 – there to celebrate the founder’s 88th birthday.

Taking a brief break from giving handshakes and receiving greetings, the Bob in question -- Bob Moore – recalled for THE BEE spending time in his younger days in Sellwood, restocking the shelves at the Thriftway store that has since been replaced by the Sellwood New Seasons Market. “New Seasons still has a large section of our products,” he smiled.

Moore attributed his long life and vitality to “starting my day with whole grains – and, also having purpose!

“Having focus, purpose, and an outline of what I want to accomplish is important,” Moore reflected. “Anyone who wants to live a long, healthy life should find the thing they want to do, and stay with it.”

As friends and acquaintances lined up in an alcove on the balcony overlooking the store to offer congratulations or give him a hug, Moore added, “Retirement might be good for some people, but it’s not for me! I’m absolutely dedicated to working until I’m no longer alive.”



Ann Sanderson, Woodstock Community Business Association, WCBA, Portland, Oregon, KeyBank
Outgoing WCBA President, and Woodstock businessperson, Ann Sanderson. (Photo by Eric Norberg)

Woodstock business leader reflects on district’s challenges and successes

By BECKY LUENING
For THE BEE

The Key Bank lobby was packed. Almost forty local business people turned out for the Annual General Meeting of the Woodstock Community Business Association on Tuesday evening, February 7, and the energy in the room was “amazing” – a word oft-repeated by outgoing WCBA President Ann Sanderson, who presided over the meeting.

Attendees included representatives of long-time Woodstock fixtures such as Otto’s and First Cup, more recent arrivals such as the Portland Fish Market and Double Mountain, and even a couple of coming-soon businesses – Proper Pint and Advantis Credit Union.

Festivities kicked off at 6:00 p.m. with plentiful food, drink, and raffle prizes donated by local businesses. In between raffle drawings, President Sanderson presented a report on the “state of the association” – which she pronounced sound, with good volunteer participation, growing membership, and $3,000 in the bank – and congratulated members on the successful two-year run of Woodstock Gives Back, her own concept: A one-day signature event for the business district which, in 2016, saw the participation of 25 businesses, and a total $10,000 raised for charity.

She observed that, in addition to the fundraising, the event had succeeded in both raising the profile of the Woodstock and Brentwood-Darlington business district, and strengthening the feeling of community among WCBA members.

Then she got down to the main business of the evening, the Board election. Unsurprisingly, all those nominated were approved: Board members Elisa Edgington of VCA Woodstock Animal Clinic, Cory Hansen of City Sanitary, and Jin Darney of the Woodstock Farmers Market were re-elected to their two-year seats, and Susan Williams of Key Bank and Stacey Lennon of Pamplin Media/The Portland Tribune, nominated from the floor, were elected to “one-year-remaining” seats.

These five join sitting members, in the midst of their two-year terms: Ann Sanderson of Odango! Hair Studio and FotoSnap, Eric Norberg of THE BEE, and Marah Anderson of New Seasons. Overseeing the vote was outgoing Treasurer Anita Carley, former owner of Pace Setter Athletic, who has resigned because she is no longer doing business in the district.

Sanderson tempered the announcement of her imminent retirement as WCBA President with a promise to stick around for the sake of continuity. She wants to help organize the next “Woodstock Gives Back”, and pledged her continuing support to the association as a board member, but said that three years as President was enough.

“I firmly believe that organizations that have leadership for too long are imprinted on their leader, so they don’t pass the baton very well. Having a new leader while the same Board is intact, you’re going to give it this nice kind of segue… [A leader who sticks around for] two or three years, which I think is really ideal, [has] the ability to make an impression, get some work done, and not burn out.”

Ann Sanderson has lived in Woodstock since 1993, and raised her two children here. She opened Odango! Hair Studio, in 2006, and a few years later started a second business called FotoSnap, a brainchild that came out of her post-divorce experience with online dating sites, when having the right photograph was everything.

Essentially, she developed a network of professional photographers who make themselves available, at various times in different small-business locations around the city, to do 15-minute photo shoots for $49, with pictures delivered two days later. She describes the business as a “win-win” for everyone involved.

In addition to running her two businesses, Ann recently accepted a position with Venture Portland, in partnership with the Old Town Chinatown Community Association, which is a business and a neighborhood association built into one. She’s excited to be able to take the skills she’s acquired through her volunteer work with WCBA, and apply them in a new community. She said she expects to learn a lot, and then, as an ongoing, active member of WCBA, to bring some of that knowledge back to Woodstock. With relatively little publicity, she also came in a surprising second for a Portland City Council seat in last year’s election.

When asked about WCBA’s ups and downs, she pointed out that volunteer organizations, by their nature, are very cyclical and organic, and that the mood and the energy of the Board depends on the people sitting on it. When Ann became President, she said, she was handed a box full of papers, but no one was there to mentor her and show her the ropes.

In addition to the signature event, two major housekeeping tasks were accomplished during her tenure – cleanup and reorganization of the association’s financial books, and a major bylaws revision – tasks for which Anita Carley received special mention. “We rewrote the bylaws to reflect the current state of the business distict and not something from the ’90s, which is a really great thing. We had a committee to do it, but it was a lot of hard work.”

Ann admits there is a limit to how much one person can bring to a community organization like WCBA. “You’re talking about an all-volunteer organization,” she said, “but there aren’t enough hours in the day. You know, I could spend 80 hours a week on the WCBA – not that I ever have – but also I shouldn’t, because the expectation then becomes that the next person [will do the same].

“So people like me have to be careful not to do so much that we make it impossible for someone else to step in.” She stressed the importance of creating space and motivating others to jump in, and was proud of the fact that a team of volunteers had organized the annual meeting and made it happen without her having to be involved, beyond serving as chair: “Marah from New Seasons, Erin from Red Fox, and Stacey from Pamplin Media – they did a brilliant job.”

Asked what she would have liked to accomplish that she didn’t get to, Ann listed the website as number one. “I would love to have an interactive website, and have a good directory on there, and have opportunities for advertising, because especially with Woodstock Gives Back, we have a lot of eyes on us, and to have all those eyes on our local businesses [via a great website] would be amazing.”

Another thing she hopes to see in the future is a concerted effort to recruit more members from businesses located further from Woodstock Boulevard, as well as the many home-based businesses located within the Woodstock Business District, which covers a large area, from Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard to 60th Avenue, and from Holgate to Johnson Creek Boulevard.

One significant change to the bylaws was the cementing of automatic board representation from other community-focused organizations: Woodstock Stakeholders Group (commercial property owners), the Woodstock Farmers Market, and both Woodstock and Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Associations.

“I live here,” said Ann. “I moved here before I became part of the WCBA…and I think that it’s an amazing neighborhood, and the people here [are amazing]. It’s growing in just the right way, at just the right pace, and so the opportunity we have is incredible.”

She is not anxious about the vacuum left by her resignation as President. [As of the February 14th meeting at which officers were elected, no one had yet volunteered to take on the top role.] She knows that someone will step up, and she is curious and excited to see what that new leadership will bring to the neighborhood.



Moreland Frameworks, closed, owners retired
The ornate metalwork above the front door of Moreland Frameworks on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue has always been an eye-catcher. Owners Cathy and Rob Blakeslee have retired and closed their store. (Photo by Dana Beck)

Moreland Frameworks closes its doors

By DANA BECK
Special to THE BEE

When a longtime business in the neighborhood closes forever – and it seems as if there have been quite a few of those lately – It’s almost like losing a relative or a close friend. 

After 16, years Rob and Cathy Blakeslee, owners of the Moreland Frameworks, have closed their business next to West Moreland Ace Hardware. While sixteen years may not seem like a long time to those of us who’ve ever shopped there, it seems as if they have always been part of Westmorland.

The shop’s big draws were the ornate metalwork over the front entrance, and a cherry-tree-branch door handle that came from the Blakeslee’s own front yard.  Most of the children visiting the store at first hesitated to touch the curved door handle because it reminded them of a snake, explained Cathy. The handcrafted metalwork was created by Drake Dreyman, an artistic metal designer with whom Cathy placed a special order.

Moreland Frameworks was established in 1999, when Cathy retired after working 18 years as a 9-1-1 emergency operator in Washington County. She was in need of a creative outlet for her artistic background.  “I was looking to retire,” reflected Cathy, “but I just couldn’t retire.” Using her experience and background in art, in her store Cathy has framed many paintings, photos, and family heirlooms that will be cherished for years.

One of Cathy’s most anxious moments was when a customer asked her to frame an original and expensive Rembrandt etching, “I had to call my insurance company right away to see if we were covered in case anything happened to the artwork.” No worries – the order was completed to the customer’s satisfaction.

Cathy worked solo at the frame shop while her husband was off touring with his jazz band in New York, California, and points in Europe. Since he was 18, Rob has been a top-flight jazz trumpet player.  Rob explains that the live music industry changed drastically when the digital age arrived. While Jazz has always been a popular medium in Portland, the new generation of music seemed more interested in supporting loud and crowded pop concerts, he says. Most jazz groups are now usually heard in small night clubs and venues around town.

Discouraged about the declining support for the jazz, Rob decided to join his wife at the frame shop. It was a perfect fit for both of them. Cathy and Rob could usually be found sitting around a large cutting table where most of their framing work was done. It seemed like walking into the middle of a toy shop where two workers are busy building and creating toys just for enjoyment. You’d get a small glimpse of the special projects they were working on, and the beautiful frames they were crafting around a painting or photo before them.  As Rob reflects, “We liked to be known for creating conversation pieces for all of our customers.”

Cathy and Rob say they have always believed in giving back to the community, including holding various art shows and workshops at the store, supporting art projects for local schoolchildren, and donating time and supplies to many charities.

They pair were generous in replacing, updating, and rejuvenating many old frames with historic photos in them that the SMILE History Committee brought in.

So what does the future hold for two people who have now retired and closed their shop, after spending close to two decades of their life creating conversation pieces for others? Rob says he wants to contribute some time to a reading program for young children, or volunteer at a school.

And Cathy wants to delve into oil painting, a passion in which she has always wanted to indulge. If she does, she will certainly be able to provide a handsome frame for each of her works.

Coco Doughnuts, Brooklyn neighborhood, SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, Oregon
The owners of the new Coco Donuts shop – now open seven days a week at the south end of the Brooklyn neighborhood on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue – are Ian Christopher, Tevy Hul, and Prak Khou. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Coffee and doughnut shop opens on S.E. Milwaukie at McLoughlin

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

A branch of the Portland chain of “Coco Donuts” opened on Sunday, February 12, in the street level of a new mixed use apartment building – the Brooklyn Yard Apartments – at 4790 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, just north of the McLoughlin Boulevard overcrossing.

The pink and white casual coffee shop seats about 35. General Manager Mike Smith tells THE BEE, “This is our fifth site in Portland. We roast our own drip coffee, and all our pastry is made at our N.E. Broadway location. Our buttermilk bar is a favorite.”

Owners Ian Christopher, Tevy Hul, and Prak Khou say they are pleased to finally set up in this quarter of the Rose City. “We serve coffee, espresso, a variety of teas, handcrafted classic donuts, croissants, chai tea latte, matcha latte,” says Hul. “Currently we're using Water Avenue Espresso.”

Opening day saw a flurry of activity in the sunny restaurant. “We’re open Mondays through Fridays from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends from 7a.m. till 4 p.m.,” said Brynn Molzner, one of the staff of five. “So far, we’re not serving lunches, but we may in the future.” 

For more information, call 971/302-7445, or go online: http://www.cocodonuts.com




BUSINESS BRIEFS





Wilhelm's Portland Memorial, Westmoreland, Portland, Oregon
Now with a new owner – Westmoreland’s historic Portland Memorial, on S.E. 14th Avenue. (Photo by Eric Norberg)

Michael Ashe announces sale of Wilhelm’s:
The President of Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial, Michael Ashe, attended the monthly SMILE General Meeting on Wednesday, February 1, to announce that because of retirement plans, all his Portland metro area funeral homes – including historic Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial on S.E. 14th between Bybee Boulevard and Llewellyn Elementary School – were sold in 2016 to a national funeral home operator, “Foundation Partners” of Orlando, Florida. He assured those present that he believed the new owner would continue to operate Portland Memorial as his family has. But, it will operate with a little less property: Two parcels have been posted for sale – the south parking lot on which the Moreland Farmers Market has used, and the wilderness 2.2 acre property between the Mausoleum and Llewellyn School. The parking lot has already sold, but the new owner has no immediate plans for it, and Ashe said he believes the Moreland Farmers Market will be able to use the lot for all of its upcoming season.

Windermere Foundation grant assists Southeast nonprofits:
“Windermere Stellar” real estate, through the nonprofit Windermere Foundation, donated More Than $360,000 to 41 Nonprofits in 2016, Including Southeast Portland charities “Rose City Rowing” and “Color Outside the Lines”. The donations were distributed year-round throughout the Portland metro area, the north Oregon coast and Vancouver, Washington. Joan Allen, Windermere Stellar real Estate co-owner and co-chair of the Windermere Foundation, remarked, “The Windermere Foundation represents the tight bond between the work we do and the communities we serve. Our brokers continue to strengthen that connection every day through their individual contributions. It is both inspiring and infectious to see everybody working together to improve our communities on such a large scale.” The Windermere Foundation has served the Western U.S. since 1989.


Yukon Tavern, Westmoreland, Portland, Oregon
This photo of bar patrons hard at work on their own paintings was provided by the Yukon Tavern.

Westmoreland pub offers an art day each month:
Westmoreland’s venerable Yukon Tavern, at 5819 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, cites as one of its most popular events the monthly “Vine and Pallet traveling art studio”. Jon Batcheller of the tavern explains, “The bar is transformed into an art studio, with easels all over the place – all supplies and canvas are provided, as well as the ‘subject’ piece. The artist does a different painting each month that the participants are to reproduce in paint. All levels are welcome, and she helps each participant on how to get started, and how to use the techniques that apply to that month’s painting – clouds, water, mountain etc. – and you will walk out with your own ‘masterpiece’. We started last October, and do it once a month on a Sunday, and the next one is Sunday, March 19, 3-6 p.m. $35 covers it. NO experience necessary! Just sit, sip, and paint!”

“Little Loft Studios” opens in Westmoreland:
Little Loft Studios opened its first location in Washington DC over four years ago, and now has opened its third in Westmoreland this January. This neighborhood art space, on S.E. Bybee Boulevard next to the FedEx Store and across the street from the Sellwood-Moreland Post Office, offers children's art classes, spring/summer camps, “crafternoons”, and birthday parties. Owner Keira Gladstone tells THE BEE, “We’ve recently added a monthly adult class, and weekday/weekend open studios for families. Find them on instagram @littleloftstudios, and see offerings online: http://www.littleloftstudios.com  – 1520 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, telephone 971/303-8698.

New owner closes “Pace Setter Athletic” in Woodstock:
A BEE reader e-mailed, “Did Pace Setter Athletic on Woodstock close?  It appears to have.  I bought my husband a gift card at Pace Setter for Christmas that he hasn’t used yet.  They had a gift card ‘special’ going in December....$125 in gift cards for a cost of $100.” We checked with the former co-owner of the store, who sold it last year, Anita Carley, and she responded, “The new owner did close Pace Setter; however he is opening a new store in Gresham called ‘East Wind Running Company’, across the parking lot from Dick’s Sports. He should honor the gift card at his new store. I don’t think they are open quite yet [as of February 11], but they can be found on Facebook, to stay in touch.”


Re/Max, Willamette Center, homeless shelter, Westmoreland, Portland, Oregon
RE/MAX agents Sue Hildreth, Ann Lindsay, and her husband Jeff, shown busy in the kitchen at the Willamette Center woman’s and couple’s shelter in Westmoreland.

RE/MAX agents cook dinner at Westmoreland shelter:
The Sellwood Branch of RE/MAX Equity Group has decided to assist the Willamette Center woman and couple’s shelter on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue at Mitchell Street quarterly, by cooking a home-cooked meal for 120 of their residents. February 15 was their first night assisting at the Center, involving six agents: TC Brown, Channon Burns, Sue Hildreth, Stephanie Wilde, Ann Lindsay, and her husband Jeff. They shopped, cooked, sliced, and diced in service to those at the Multnomah County owned shelter. Their next date for this evening of service is April 12.

“Dirt Rich Farm” offers CSA shares in Southeast Portland:
Ryan Ramsay and Allison Necheles, co-owners, announce the opening of “Dirt Rich Farm” at 4402 S.E. 28th Place: “We provide fresh locally grown produce throughout the Portland Area. In 2017, Dirt Rich Farm will be offering CSA shares. CSA members purchase a farm share at the beginning of the season, and then receive a basket of fresh produce weekly.” Pickups in Inner Southeast will be at the S.E. 28th Place location. The telephone number is 503/776-0105. You can also sign up online: http://www.dirtrichoregon.com.  

“Women Artists of Portland” celebrated at Sellwood gallery:
The “12x16 Gallery”, 8235 S.E 13th Avenue, No. 5, in Sellwood, celebrates International Women's Month with an invitational exhibition of women artists in the Pacific Northwest, from March 2 to April 2. Featured artists are Dyann Alike, Aisha Banse, Anna Daedalus, Dianne Jean Erickson, Sarah Ferguson, Joan Findlay, Shellie Garber, Julia Gardner, Peri Heath, Sandra Janeen, Sharon Jonquil, Shannon McBride, Kristen Mohr, Rachael Warren-Allen, Mary Real, Candy Russo, Ann Shiogi, and Ann Truax. The First Friday Reception is March 3, 6-9 p.m., and the Artists’ Reception follows on Sunday, March 5, 2-4 p.m. The gallery is open weekly Thursdays through Sundays, noon until 5 p.m. Call 503/432-3513. Online at: http://www.12x16gallery.com.


Bike Gallery, Rogers Five and Dime, Milwaukie Avenue, Westmoreland, Portland, Oregon
“Bike Gallery” has opened a store on Milwaukie Avenue just north of Bybee. (Photo by Eric Norberg)

“Bike Gallery” opens branch in Westmoreland:
The citywide “Bike Gallery” stores have opened a new location for bike sales and repair across from the Moreland Theater on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, just north of Bybee Boulevard. The building has recently hosted a series of businesses, including an antique mall and a private farmers market; but for longtime residents it is best remembered as the former location of the Rogers Five and Dime Store.

Parents – how to keep teens motivated:
Event Planner Rachel Ginocchio advises of a “Brains & Brews” discussion for parents on the evening of March 9 – 7:30-9 p.m. – at “13 Virtues Brewing”, formerly Philadelphia’s, 6410 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, across the street from QFC Market in Westmoreland. She explains: “Portland-renowned teen development expert, Yshai Boussi, LPC, will share his wisdom, followed by Q&A and open discussion. ‘Brains & Brews’ is an engaging way for adults to learn and grow as a community.” Price is $35 per person (includes the first beer). Adults only. Space is limited. Sign-up online at: http://www.RumpusEvents.com.

Two new brokers at John L. Scott in Woodstock:
Mollie Bond, Office Administrator at the John L. Scott Real Estate office in Woodstock, announces two new brokers have joined the staff – Seth Anderson and Michael Bottjer.



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