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INNER SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S BUSINESS NEWS!


Eastmoreland, mansion, refurbished, developers, saved house, Portland, Oregon
This “Hemenway Colonial” in Eastmoreland, owned by developers, has now been restored to its former stateliness, but with modern amenities – and now it’s for sale. (Photo by David F. Ashton)
Portland Houseworks LLC, partners, Sean Heyworth, Mike Mitchoff, mansion, Eastmoreland, Portland, Oregon
Standing in the Grand Staircase are Portland Houseworks LLC partners Sean Heyworth and Mike Mitchoff. They restored the mansion instead of tearing it down. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Developers choose to save Eastmoreland mansion

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

It would have been more profitable, the developers said, to tear down the 7,208 square foot house at 6835 S.E. 29th Avenue, and just build two new ones in its place.

Designed by Roscoe De Leur Hemenway, and built in 1951, the home, now newly refurbished, was opened to neighbors and prospective buyers on Monday evening, October 30.

“For the acquisition price, most builders would’ve just torn it down, given its condition; but, as soon as we got the opportunity to buy it, my business partner and I looked at each other and agreed that we couldn’t let this house be torn down,” explained Portland Houseworks LLC partner Mike Mitchoff. 

“I’ve been a lifelong resident of Westmoreland; I live in the house I grew up on near the south end of Westmoreland Park, and my partner’s wife grew up here in Eastmoreland,” Mitchoff told THE BEE.

Although he and his partner have owned the property for about a year already, while they remodeled it, Mitchoff said he’s not necessarily a supporter of the controversial Historic District designation. “But the bigger picture is, we looked at it as an opportunity to do something – something really right – by the neighborhood, while we do right by us.”

During the open house, visitors examined the modern finishes that now enhance the historic home, while updating it for modern lifestyles.

“I think people want to have that connection with history, and we took this house back to what it was 66 years ago, and we’re proud of that,” Mitchoff said.

The house is move-in ready – and available for $1,800,000.



Proper Pint, Woodstock, 52nd Avenue, Sean Hiatt, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
The Proper Pint’s Sean Hiatt built this Woodstock taproom with head, his heart, and his own two hands. (Photo by Becky Luening)

‘Proper Pint’ refreshes at Woodstock and 52nd

By BECKY LUENING
For THE BEE

We have been profiling businesses now open in the new business building on the northwest corner of S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard. The third and last of these is “Proper Pint” – a beer-oriented tavern, but a family-friendly one. It also does not serve food – but has provided a means by which families and individuals can come in and dine.

If that sounds like a somewhat different kind of business to you, it did to us too. So THE BEE sat down with the owner, Sean Hiatt, recently to find out more. Here’s a condensed version of the interview. 

BEE: How long has Proper Pint been open now?

SEAN: June 15th was our first day, and that day was way busier than I was expecting without having a special sign up. We have great reviews online – on Facebook, and Yelp and Google, we’re like 4.5 to 5 stars.

BEE: You don’t have a kitchen here. So what kind of food is available?

SEAN: See that red phone over there? You pick it up and it automatically dials – it’s like a Bat Phone for Bridge City Pizza. Joe [Bridge City owner] is printing up a really nice menu in our colors, and we’ll have it framed on the wall above the phone. There’s no delivery minimum or charge, because it’s just one block away, so they just walk it down. It’s a great relationship. It’s working out really well.

BEE: You also had Rob from FoPo Pretzels over here, doing a soft pretzel popup.

SEAN: We’ll probably have a rep from a brewery here as well, describing what they do. But I’m not interested in doing too many events. Previous places I’ve worked at wanted to do events all the time, and I feel like they lose their luster and people don’t really care that much. I want to be a solid, community-oriented neighborhood bar. That’s what I’m going for. I get feedback from the community that, “We really needed someplace like this,” so everybody’s excited.

BEE: Do you allow smoking outside?

SEAN: No, no smoking on the patio at all [because it’s prohibited within] ten feet of a door. If somebody wants to smoke, they gotta walk out front. But children are allowed on the patio until 7 p.m. I thought that was kind of important, because this is a very family-oriented neighborhood. When I went to the neighborhood association meeting, the number-one question I got was, “Are you going to allow minors?” But this place is not a food establishment [like other pubs that allow children], and really too small to have children inside.

BEE: Casey Milligan is your partner. How involved is she in the business?

SEAN: In the first few weeks I’d have her come in and help out a little bit, but she has so much on her plate with her job at “Salt and Straw”.... So she’s [not a hands-on partner in terms of staffing]. I’ve been working in taprooms and bars for the past nine years. First I worked for the bar at Red Star Tavern, and then the last two and a half years I helped open, control, and manage “The Civic Taproom” down by the Timbers stadium...and was able to transfer that experience into doing this. I got really comfortable creating and doing what I wanted to do there, to the point where I was like, “Okay, now I just need to find my own space and do it.”

BEE: How did you finance your dream?

SEAN: [Casey and I cobbled together financing from savings, personal loans and credit lines, and a small loans from family and friends.] It was really difficult, because people who were willing to give money wanted a percentage of the company, and I wasn’t able to give that up. For me to do this the way I wanted to do it, I had to not have to answer to anybody else. For that reason, it took a little longer to get as much money together as we needed, but I was able to build everything; I had all the tools and the shop space. That saved us a ridiculous amount of money. So that’s why I was able to do it within the budget that we had.

BEE: What reactions do you get?

SEAN: [One of my] favorite compliments [is when] brewery reps come in and they take a look at the tap list and they’re like, “Whoa, this is the best tap list I’ve ever seen.” That, and [in reference to decor] we’ve had a few guys from The Joinery come in, and they’re like, “Who made all this?” and I’m like, “I did,” and they’re like, “This is really nice.” So that was an awesome compliment, [coming from guys whose profession is making fine furniture].

BEE: It’s beautiful. I like how you’ve got the Oregon thing going on, with that and the Timbers scarves. Oh! [I just noticed] you do have a few big-screen televisions.

SEAN: Yeah, I designed the cabinets that way so when the TVs are off they just kind of disappear. I don’t like to have TVs on just to have TVs on. It drives me insane. That’s one of my pet peeves. I hate how television dominates so many public spaces.
BEE: But there are a lot of sporting events, so is the TV on every night?

SEAN: No. Probably about three days a week, the TV is on. So now that football’s going, like Monday night it will be on, Thursday night it will be on, and then Sundays it will be on. And then sprinkled in through there are Timbers matches, which is huge here.

BEE: Welcome to the “Proper Pint”, in Woodstock.

SEAN: I’m super stoked to be part of it.

Back to Eden Bakery, food cart, The Joinery, Woodstock Boulevard, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
The new “Back to Eden Bakery” food cart on Woodstock Boulevard has a full display of its gourmet cakes, cookies, scones, pies and cupcakes for customers to peruse before making their selection. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Bakery food cart opens on Woodstock Boulevard

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

One of the first places in Inner Southeast where food carts were made a main-street feature – the front of The Joinery, on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard – now has a new one, featuring tasty treats and good beverages.

The new “Back to Eden Bakery” food cart offers both vegan and gluten-free small cakes, cookies, mini pies, and scones. Nineteen different beverages, including macchiato, cappuccino, espresso, iced tea, iced coffee, kombucha, craft bottled soda, and lemonade are among those sold to accompany the goodies.

Brian Butterfield, an Otto’s employee, bikes every day from his residence on S.E. 52nd and Flavel Street to buy coffee and a rosemary pear sausage scone, or an apple fritter scone, on his way to work.

Other distinctive treats include tomato kale savory tart, Spanish tempeh quiche, chocolate marionberry pie, apple cider doughnut, cranberry hazelnut cupcakes, and pumpkin snickerdoodle mini cakes.

Some customers arrive with a couple of children to share a pumpkin whoopee pie or carrot cream cheese cupcake. Others come in search of something for a special occasion; still others are there simply for a meal.

John Blomgren and Garrett Jones, co-owners of “Back to Eden”, say they began baking in 2007 when they converted their garage into a commercial kitchen in the Cully Neighborhood. From there they transferred to a bakery storefront on Alberta Street in 2009; that dessert bar and bakery café is now a go-to spot in Northeast Portland.

In 2015 the owners expanded to a food cart at S.E. 28th Avenue and Division. In September of this year, that food cart moved to the Woodstock Boulevard location, when the food cart pod on Division closed down to make way for apartments.

“A huge part of our following is in Southeast Portland, and a lot of our customers wanted us to stay in this area. We just really like Woodstock, and are excited to be here. It feels like old Portland, and it’s growing more naturally [than some parts of Portland],” says Blomgren. “The baked goods are all vegan, all gluten free. We use the highest quality ingredients, and our prices are competitive [with similar venues].”

Prices are slightly higher than some of the bigger commercial stores, but Blomgren says there are several reasons for this. Among them: Larger stores buy pallets of ingredients, bake in big batches, and often have commissary kitchens. “Back to Eden” bakes in their Alberta store and, Blomgren says, “All our products are made from scratch. And we are committed to paying our employees, now totaling forty, more than a living wage.”

Even though the dessert shop/bakery café and the Woodstock food cart are relatively small-scale, Blomgren says they are also committed to giving back to the community. “We donate to countless organizations and [on some days] have given ten percent of our profits to nonprofits and disaster relief, such as to Puerto Rico.”

The cart is open for business 11a.m.-7p.m. daily, with hours subject to change during the winter season. Go online – http://www.backtoedenbakery.com – for more details; but go to the cart for a full display of everything for sale.





BUSINESS BRIEFS


Former “Adobe Rose” space has crafty future: When its owners retired and closed the popular Westmorland restaurant Adobe Rose on Bybee Boulevard close to Starbucks, the space remained empty for many months. Recently, some remodeling has been taking place there. Now, the owner of the Sellwood crafts shop Collage contacts THE BEE to tell us what’s opening there: “25 years ago I rented an apartment from Tom and Harry Brown, where I lived for a year and a half. I lived in apartment #5 of their apartment complex at 1625 S.E. Rural. I loved that apartment. I loved the fact that on my days off I never had to drive; I could walk to everything I needed. My car would often sit parked the entire weekend as I roamed the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood on foot. I also grew to love that neighborhood even more, making it one of my choices for a location when I had my own business. I’ve just leased a new space from Tom Brown for Collage, and we will be moving our existing store into that space and creating a NEW Collage ‘outlet store’ in our existing space at 7907 S.E. 13th Avenue. When I went to sign the lease, I discovered Tom had moved his office into not only my old apartment building – but into my old apartment! Our new Collage is opening at 1634 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. Same phone number, 503/777-2189. We should be open there before Thanksgiving.”

New name for business association: What was started as the Westmoreland Business Alliance at the time of the rebuilding of the Bybee Bridge, and after later admitting Sellwood merchants at their request became the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance (SWBA), has just voted to rename itself the “Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance” (SMBA). The association is in the process of rejuvenating its website; but now and for the foreseeable future the old website, and then the new one, can be reached by using either one of these ongoing web addresses:  www.SellwoodWestmoreland.com,  and www.SellwoodMoreland.com.  

Southeast bakery named “one of the best”: “Toadstool Cupcakes”, an occasional BEE advertiser situated at 3557 S.E. Hawthorne Boulevard, owned and run by Larry and Lisa Oswald, announced on November 2nd that it had just been named one of “The Best 50 Bakeries in the Country” by food-oriented website PureWow, in which the named bakeries (which specialize in a variety of things, from full restaurant service to coffee), are listed in alphabetical order by state: https://www.purewow.com/food/best-bakeries-in-america – and about “Toadstool Cupcakes” the site says, “Not your average cupcake. These tiny cakes are topped with creamy fillings and then hand-dipped and decorated in chocolate ganache. Oh, and they come in about a gajillion different flavors.” (There are actually 40 flavors, available every day.) The only other Oregon bakery mentioned is “Sea Level Bakery” in Cannon Beach.

Thrift store is now a book store – but still thrifty: The All Saints Mustard Seed Thrift Store, in the Woodstock All Saints’ Episcopal Church is now “The Book Nook Thrift Shop”. Sonja Miller of the little store explains, “After noting that thrift stores abound, and used book stores have diminished, we reassessed, and became a used book store and thrift shop. We have hundreds of titles in mystery/suspense, romance, popular fiction, audio books, and more. There is a ‘children's corner’ as well. We still do carry household items and clothing; the proceeds from all sales benefit our Outreach Ministries. Browse our selection of gently used hardback books and hundreds of paperbacks.” Open Friday and Saturday only, 11-3, on the side of the church facing S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, just west of 41st.

Crumpet shop opens in Sellwood-Westmoreland: “Strumpets Crumpets – A Crumpet Café” opened Friday, October 20th, at 7414 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. Its owner is Tony Guerrero who, he tells THE BEE, is the only Crumpetier on the West Coast. “Actually,” he says, “I’m one of only two in the entire USA. I used to make crumpets when I was much younger, in a Crumpeteria in my home town of San Francisco in the late ’80s and early ’90s, well before coffee became a ‘thing’ – it was more like an English tea shop. A few years ago I started making crumpets and giving them out to friends and neighbors here in Portland, and about four years later I was encouraged to open a café. Almost everyone has heard of ‘Tea and Crumpets’, but few people really know what a crumpet is! Even after they eat one, they still really can’t describe it. It’s nothing like an English muffin, nor a pancake.” Actually, it’s sort of a cross between the two. Strumpets Crumpets offers handmade English-style crumpets, toasted and served with various spreads and toppings, or sold in 6-packs to go. The new shop also features “pour over coffee” using a “robotic” Poursteady machine, and its own “blended” chocolate milk. And, of course…tea. Hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Mondays and Thursdays. Telephone 971/244-1096; it’s online at – http://www.strumpetscrumpets.net.

Female-focused martial arts gym moves to Brentwood-Darlington: G.I.R.L.S. Gym, a female-focused martial arts, self-defense, and fitness studio, established nine years ago, has just moved to 7427 S.E. 52nd Avenue. Its owner, Sarah Oriza, tells THE BEE, “I am a former professional fighter. I love martial arts, and I believe it helps people to improve their lives, as it did for me and as it has done for many of our members. I am also a mother of two really awesome teenagers, and I have been a resident of Brentwood-Darlinggton for over sixteen years.” G.I.R.L.S. Gym offers classes in Kickboxing, Submission Grappling, Mixed Martial Arts, Fitness, and Stick Fighting, as well as Self Defense Workshops, and is open seven days a week. There are also youth classes for ages 6 - 11. Members are of all ages, fitness and experience levels. “Most women come to us to get fit, gain confidence, relieve some stress and have fun,” says Oriza; “We are not just a place to work out, we are a community – and our members support one another in meeting each others’ goals.” Online at http://www.mygirlsgym.com – and the phone is 503/847-1681.

Woodstock Wine & Deli celebrates anniversary: For Woodstock Wine and Deli, it’ll be 32 years in business on Saturday, December 2, from 2-6 p.m. The celebration will feature tasting from fifteen Oregon wineries and six microbreweries, along with bread and cheese sampling. Owner Gregg Fujino says, “The highlight of the celebration will be the 4:30 p.m. opening and tasting of two nine-liter bottles of French Champagne from Taittinger. The Deli has a unique tradition of opening and sharing a taste from a nine- liter "Salmanazar" of French Champagne with customers each anniversary, dating back to their Grand Opening in 1985. Guests can purchase all varieties of Taittinger Champagne by the glass, Russian and domestic Caviar hors d’oeuvres, six types of fresh oysters hand-shucked to order, and pulled pork sliders from a whole pig smoked on-site. Admission is $15 and includes a commemorative 32nd Anniversary Celebration tasting glass and samples of wine, beer, bread, and cheese.” In addition, wineries and microbreweries are providing items which will be auctioned to benefit “Project Lemonade”, a local nonprofit promoting self-esteem in foster youth. Woodstock Wine & Deli is situated at 4030 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.

“Storytelling Science Fiction Karaoke” e-book announced: Woodstock resident Matt Haynes tells THE BEE that he is artistic director of the Pulp Stage Theater Company, and that he has designed a new “party activity” for kids and adults. “How does it work? You gather at least four other friends. You all download the e-book onto your digital device. You pick your role. You read your text out loud. Then behold – you and your friends go on an interstellar adventure, in your own living room. Science fiction fans get to be performers; performers do science fiction. . .  Participants have described the experience as ‘exciting’; just like karaoke, each participant is a star, and needs no experience; all the words are required – but no singing is involved! The stories include ‘Silence” by Tina Connolly, ‘Dear Ms. Moon’ by Liz Argall, ‘Moon at the Starry Diner’ by Tina Connolly, and ‘Maxima Vrugleplex’ by Liz Argall. The book/party takes less than an hour to complete, and is best for participants aged 12 and up.” Matt refers readers to a YouTube video, for more information – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg11askrSN8.

Windermere Stellar’s Westmoreland office in charity effort: Once again, the Westmoreland office of Windermere Real Estate is participating in the “Share the Warmth” campaign, a coat and blanket drive. Sought are new or gently-used adult-sized coats and twin-sized blankets to benefit the local community. In the Portland area, the donations benefit Transition Projects, a local nonprofit that helps people transition from homelessness to housing. Donations are being accepted at the brokerage’s office at 1610 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.


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