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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Sellwood Middle School, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
Waving their handmade signs, SMS students thanked the community while walking north through Sellwood on S.E. 13th. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

SMS ‘Community Celebration Parade’ steps out


It was more than just a walk on a lovely sunny day, for the students and teachers of Sellwood Middle School (SMS), on Tuesday morning, May 23. The SMS Marching Band, tuning up in front of the building, signaled that the school’s annual “Community Celebration Parade” was about to begin.

The band was joined by other students, many of them carrying “thank you” signs and banners inscribed with names of Sellwood and Westmoreland businesses and organizations that support the SMS Foundation.

The route took the parade north through Sellwood on S.E. 13th Avenue, into Westmoreland and around east on S.E. Bybee Boulevard, where the SMS Marimba band played in the parking lot of Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial. Then the parade resumed through the Westmoreland business district, returning to the school via S.E. Milwaukie Avenue.

“We do this every year, because we appreciate the way this community supports our school, students, and parents; this is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to all of them,” smiled SMS Foundation Vice President Eilidh Lowery, at the march.

“Participating businesses are giving 10% of their sales to help support our foundation today,” Lowery explained. “Our goal is to raise $4,000 today; and there are bunch of businesses that donate in-kind services, and still others donated ahead of time to pay for our Parade Permit!”

The parade is important for the school on many levels, reflected SMS Assistant Principal Marylyn John. “It’s fun to see the signs, made by our students, showing their appreciation to those who are supporting us.

“There are so many of our neighbors and businesses involved with the school. This is a fun day for the kids, and it’s a way to give back to our community,” John told THE BEE.

Three Sisters Nixtamal, Brentwood Darlington, Flavel Street, Portland, Oregon
Putting freshly-ground dough into the tortilla maker is Three Sisters Nixtamal employee Letty Rodriguez. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Natural tortilla bakery moves to Brentwood-Darlington


A company set up to make tortillas in the traditional way, and calling itself “Three Sisters Nixtamal”, was featured in the July 2013 issue of THE BEE. It was then located at the northern edge of the City of Milwaukie in Sellwood – but now the owners have purchased their own building in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.

“It’s true, we bought the building on the northwest corner of S.E. 72nd Avenue and Flavel Street – after years of leasing commercial kitchen space, since we started business in July of 2012, selling what we made at People’s Food Market and at farmers markets,” confirmed the “honorary sister” of the three owners, Pedro Ferbel-Azcárate

It took them three months to convert their new building, most recently used as a synagogue, into a certified food kitchen, reported partner Wendy Downing.

“This location is a small commercial neighborhood hub; and from here we want to serve the purpose of providing healthy food and jobs, and also increasing the vibrancy here in Brentwood-Darlington,” Pedro smiled.

Partner Adriana Azcárate-Ferbel reminded THE BEE that the “three sisters” in the company name refers to the traditional agricultural method of growing maize (corn), beans, and squash together; and, ‘nixtamal” is an Aztec word to describe corn that has been partially cooked, soaked with calcium hydroxide, and rinsed clear, turning it into what folks in the southern United States call “hominy”.

“Our business is very different from the big tortilla manufacturers, because we’re one of the only ones that make tortillas the traditional way,” Adriana explained. “In the factories, they grind dry corn into flour in gigantic machines, and that sits in huge silos for a long time, losing a lot of its living properties.”

In small batches, doing it by hand, Three Sisters Nixtamal still cooks the corn, rinses it thoroughly, then puts it through a molino – a stone grinder. “So, our tortillas are made from moist fresh dough, not reconstituted from flour,” Adriana said.

They’ve also developed a good business selling the moist dough used for making fresh tortillas, sopes, tamales or pupusas to caterers and home cooks for special occasions, remarked Wendy – adding that they also sell the un-ground prepared corn for those who want hominy – and a rough ground product, often served for breakfast and typically called “hominy grits”.

The nine-employee company’s tortillas are sold at local stores such as New Seasons Markets, Whole Foods, and local food cooperatives. “We also wholesale to local restaurants – so, you may be eating our tortillas when dining out and not even know it!” said Pedro.

And soon, they hope to open a retail store in the front room of their new factory; but for now, they’re focusing on their baking business.

Learn more about this local company at their website:

Yarn Crawl, Fiber Arts, Brooklyn neighborhood, Portland, Oregon
Lisa Silveira of “Wandering Muse” showed two versions of her convertible sweater-dress at “Fiber Rhythm”, during the Portland Yarn Crawl this year. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Brooklyn shop draws 1,200 visitors in Portland ‘Yarn Crawl’


The 8th annual Rose City Yarn Crawl was held for fiber enthusiasts on as spring began. Knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, and felters participated, visiting Portland’s many yarn and fiber outlets to learn about new supplies, techniques, and equipment.

This was the first year that Brooklyn’s “Fiber Rhythm” store at 3701 S.E. Milwaukie Ave hosted artisans in the Yarn Crawl – and it drew over 1,200 visitors. (The store has recently moved to the Ford Building, at 2505 S.E. 11th Ave., Suite #124, where they reopened on May 13.)

During the Yarn Crawl, the shop hosted displays by Wandering Muse, Janis Johnson Fiber Arts, Reflective Society, and Art by Eve in the upstairs classroom spaces. Lisa Silveira of Wandering Muse modeled her unique “convertible knitwear garment”. “When you wear it one way, it’s a cowl-neck sweater with wide sleeves, but if you turn it sideways, it becomes a longer sweater-dress,” she smiled.

Janis Johnson demonstrated weaving on a floor loom with shuttles in different colored yarns. Iris Vondell, owner of Reflective Society, uses reflective yarn to create clothing and jewelry that reflects light at night for safety. Eve Chapman, owner of Art by Eve, creates hand-dyed yarns, rovings and spinning fibers. Among her specialties are felted soaps and scarves.

Fiber Rhythm owner Dawn Seymour hosted several trunk shows, offering demonstrations of weaving, displays of colorful yarns, and local artisans’ handmade items. “We prepared prize baskets for the Passport Drawing, and had visitors from Chicago, Canada, and New York, among other places,” she said. “We sell Silver Reed Knitting Machines and Ashford Wheels and Looms, and also have loom kits, jewelry and exclusive Retroglo reflective yarn.

“We offer private classes here all year long in knitting, machine knitting, and rigid heddle weaving,” she remarked. “In fall and winter we offer group classes and weekend workshops. We also loan out use of our equipment.” The shop’s website remains: – and they retain the same telephone number: 503/236-7318.

Buttercraft, burglary, Westmoreland, Portland, Oregon, Milla Woller
Milla Woller, owner of “Buttercraft” on Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, discussed with customers an early morning break-in on May 17. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Westmoreland’s ‘Buttercraft’ suffers break-in on Milwaukie Avenue


Business burglaries have been an intermittent problem in Inner Southeast Portland for quite some time; when one burglar is caught and jailed, it appears that sooner or later another will appear.

The latest to experience a break-in was Westmoreland’s “Buttercraft”, at 6664 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, a block north of the Moreland Theater. The smash-and-grab theft early on Wednesday, May 17, was witnessed by a passer-by, who reported the crime to Portland Police. Officers arrived to assist with boarding up the broken front door, and they left a message on the business phone.

Milla Woller, owner of Buttercraft, told THE BEE that the thief broke the glass front door and was in and out in seconds – making off with a tip jar and a cash drawer from behind the counter. “This was our first break-in,” said Woller ruefully. “I guess I’ll be getting a security camera. The witness said the thief was wearing something dark and hooded. I suspect he went North on Milwaukie Avenue, since later in the day, a man found one of my checks on the sidewalk in that direction, and returned it to me.”

Woller added, “I understand there was a similar break-in recently at Opa Pizzaria in Sellwood. I suspect the thief used some sort of crowbar here, since there are some marks left on my front counter. However, my customers have been sympathetic and have been coming in as usual.” Officers observe that a positive attitude helps, along with reasonable security measures.

Upside Down, Mexican Restaurant, Milwaukie Avenue, Brooklyn neighborhood, Portland, Oregon
“Upside Down” restaurant owner Maria Hernandez, left, chats with Brooklyn neighbors Alan Blood and Rhea Stadick. Her new dining spot is open for lunch and dinner every day but Tuesday. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Upside Down’ latest restaurant to fill spot on Milwaukie in Brooklyn 


“Upside Down”, a new family restaurant, opened in March at 3318 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, in the heart of the Brooklyn neighborhood. Following a series of smaller food-cart eateries at the site, owners Maria Hernandez and Oswaldo Bibiano worked for six months to remodel, and more than double the size of, the business structure. It now accommodates thirty diners indoors and twenty more outdoors, at patio tables.

The menu features Mexican and comfort foods, and a beer garden with thirty taps of local beers. So far, favorite menu choices are reported as the “Brooklyn Sandwich” (roast pork and sides), the “Upside Down Burger” (beef, cheese, and bacon), and the “Pio Pio Burrito” (sautéed onions, rice, cheese, pinto beans, and meat). “We also do Take-Out,” assures Maria.

Days open and the hours of business are Wednesdays through Mondays, 11 a.m. till 10 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Customers are already reported as praising the food, salsa, and vegetarian options. The new business has four employees. Call 971/373-8607 if you’d like more information.

Llewellyn Elementary School, Westmoreland, food testing, tasting, Portland, Oregon
Llewellyn Elementary School students prepare to sample new “Cinnamon Apple Dippers” in a special taste test for a Salem food company. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Llewellyn students chosen to taste-test new cafeteria food item


The discriminating palates of Llewellyn Elementary School students helped a Salem-based food manufacturer, Truitt Family Foods, learn more about student reaction to a new food product that’s intended for school cafeterias around the country.

Seated at a table in the school’s cafeteria on May 15, the company representative explained the process of being in a “focus group” to the students who were to evaluate the food item.

The students listened carefully, then began to sample the product, dipping into it with slices of apple and graham cracker.

“Today we are launching ‘bean-based dippers’ for schools,” beamed the company focus group moderator, Michelle Ratcliffe, PhD. “We already provide hummus for schools, and what we’re testing is a ‘sweet application’ – actually, a navy bean purée with Greek yogurt and apple cinnamon flavor. The idea is ‘hide-and-sneak nutrition’ in foods kids like.”

The taste-testers continued to scoop up some of the dip, smelled it, put it in their mouths, and contemplated the flavor. They examined the appearance and texture of the dip as well.

While the tasting continued, Principal Joe Galati told THE BEE that the day’s product testing session came about because, last year, three of the fifth grade students wanted to tell PPS Nutrition Services what they like and didn’t like.

“The meeting they put together impressed the adults; and, as a continuation, this Salem company is bringing out a brand-new item to test, and see if the kids here like it,” Galati said in hushed tones, as the focus group continued.

The exercise is part of the Westmoreland school’s “leadership learning module”, Galati said. “And, secondarily, they’re acting as our ambassadors and diplomats for the school district. In this leadership role, they have the opportunity to make pivotal decisions about nutrition services, and the way the menu can be enhanced.”

When it came time to talk about the product, the sensory acuity of the students proved to be strong. One of them noticed that citrus was used as a preservative, for example. They all contributed ideas that what could make the product look and taste better to them. They also gave feedback about the packaging and label design.

After the testing session, fourth grade student Eideann told THE BEE what she thought of the product. “I didn’t like it that much, because it actually tasted quite bitter, and left a rather sour taste in the mouth, and I suggest serving it with something more sweet or more mellow.”

“Being part of a focus group was a cool experience,” Eideann added.

Who knows? Perhaps these students will help this Oregon company fine tune their product in a way that will be enjoyed around the world.


Eric Norberg, THE BEE, Association of Home Businesses, building a successful home business, case study
Eric Norberg, President of the Association of Home Businesses, goes behind the scenes this month on how a home business was successfully built. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

“Case study” at AHB – How a profitable local home business was built: The speaker at the area-wide Association of Home Businesses June 15 meeting will be Eric Norberg, who is also the editor of THE BEE. His topic, with regard to another home business he has owned and run for 33 years, is “The steps I took to build a profitable home business – a case study, with all details”. The talk may include a few hit songs! The meeting, which is 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 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:   

New Sellwood resident “paints for pets”: Operating under the business name “Let Carolyn Paint It”, Carolyn Ackerman says her company originated in October 2015 as a way to help homeless and abused animals. “Portland has been immensely supportive of this company and our mission. In our first year, we were able to provide somewhere in the neighborhood of $30,000 to help smaller, underfunded [pet] organizations as well as individual pet owners. We do not write checks to organizations or people, but rather create medical funds at various veterinarian offices around Portland as well as providing lifesaving supplies to organizations mobilized in disaster zones pulling animals to safety. We are grateful to have helped during the floods of Louisiana, the California fires and participated in the rescue of a colony of rabbits. . .  I am so blessed and grateful to be able to actually live and work my passion. I get up every day and get to participate in saving lives of creatures and at the same time, making somebody’s home or office look great! On my horizon, and for my retirement (I’m 51), I long to open my retail store again – “Petunia’s Place” – which will also be a fundraising effort for animals, and will offer gifts, collectables, jewelry, and fine art. I am currently ‘grooming’ people to step into my position with ‘LCPI! Inc.’ when this happens. Please see my website – – or call 971/712-6146.”

Local composer premieres new opera in Omaha:
Inner Southeast resident Nevada Jones, who is also a Vox Academy faculty member, is collaborating with Opera Omaha and the Great Plains Theater Conference in the world premiere of his new opera, “Stranger From Paradise”. The 90-minute “chamber opera” is based on the artwork and poetry of William Blake. Jones says he has hopes that his opera will change what people think of opera: “Part of the goal with this project is to stage a brand new opera in an uncommon venue, and make it accessible to all. Unfortunately, opera suffers from a perceived stuffiness, and sometimes rightly so; so we wanted to democratize the genre and do something unique, startling, and experimental, while at the same time being accessible from both a storytelling and a ticket-price standpoint. The show is free!” It premiered on May 28.

Oaks Bottom Public House, Lompoc Brewing, Westmoreland, Portland, Oregon, SE Bybee Boulevard
Oaks Bottom Public House now occupies the entire building which it used to share with Dral Cleaners on Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland. (Photo by Eric Norberg)

Westmoreland brewpub expands on S.E. Bybee Boulevard: The Oaks Bottom Public House at 1651 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, just west of Milwaukie Avenue, recently expanded into the space in its building formerly occupied by Dral Cleaners – still offering family dining, as well as Lompoc Brewing ales and lagers, indoors, and at an outdoor patio.

New Sellwood apartments now condos: According to the Southwest Portland real estate agent involved in the project, Sean Z. Becker, Vic Remmers’ new apartment building still being completed on the northeast corner of S.E. 13th and Spokane Street is now going to be a condominium development called “Sellwood 13 Lofts”, with starting prices at $215,000. It’s a four-story building with street-level commercial space. Becker reports “40% reservation of the units from just one open house.” The development does not include off-street parking.

Oaks Bottom Wetlands, Dotty Hawthorne, Chrisman Framing and Gallery, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
“Oaks Bottom Wetlands”, a pastel 16 x 20, is part of the exhibition this month by local artist Dotty Hawthorne at Chrisman Framing and Gallery in Sellwood.

Local painter in June exhibition in Sellwood: Chrisman Framing and Gallery is featuring recent paintings by Dotty Hawthorne throughout the month of June at 8002 S.E. 13th Avenue. Dotty Hawthorne, a Southeast resident, says she incorporates the colors of the Northwest into the palette of her oil and pastel paintings.  Recent paintings include scenes from the Sellwood and Westmoreland areas: Oaks Bottom Nature Reserve, Sellwood Park and Westmoreland Park are among her favorite locations for plein airpainting. Also featured in the show will be paintings from the Columbia Gorge and the Oregon coast in the Cannon Beach area, as well as a recent trip to the tulip fields near Woodburn. Dotty’s work has been displayed and won awards in local, regional and national shows, and now she is displaying in June at Chrisman Framing and Gallery in Sellwood. 

New winery planned for Sellwood: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission reports receiving an application from a new business to be called “Way Down Winery”, planned for 2211-A S.E. Ochoco Street. The specific license applied for is “New Outlet, Winery”. No date has been announced yet for the new business’ opening.

Licensed Massage Therapist Shea Michelle celebrates 15 years:  Shea Michelle, LMT, announces that she is celebrating 15 years in business at the Sellwood Pilates Studio. She reflects, “I was born and raised in the Portland area and there’s been a lot of change in the Sellwood/Moreland community over the years, but being here through it all and offering healing services to my clients has been a consistent joy throughout the years.” She is offering a 15% discount on a one hour massage during the month of June to those who mention her 15th anniversary. The address is 7738 S.E. 13th Avenue. For more information go online – – or call 503/757-7309.

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