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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Dig Vinyl, vinyl records, record store, Scott Thayer, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
At his new store, “Dig Vinyl”, Scott Thayer shows a recording by the Ramsey Lewis Trio that he’d have passed by as a collector, but now cherishes as a listener.

DJ’s love of vinyl spills into new Sellwood store


Young people of the last generation or two may have seen vinyl Long Playing (LP) records displayed at a garage sale – but probably not many have played one on a turntable.

Long-time LP enthusiast and collector Scott Thayer talked about his romance with music, as recorded on these flat polyvinyl chloride discs with inscribed modulated spiral grooves.

“I got back in vinyl about twenty years ago and started becoming a collector and a listener; I was like 80% collector and 20% listener,” Thayer told THE BEE. “Then I was offered the opportunity play some of my records on Thursday evenings over KMHD, the jazz radio station, and came up with a show called ‘The Deep Dig’, having dug through bins, basements, and closets all over town to come up with rare, out-of-print, and hard-to-find records to play on the air.”

This project “flipped” his view of records, he said. “Now it’s 80% listening to the music, and 20% collecting the records.” While he still listens to music in digital formats, Thayer said, many believe that vinyl offers a warmer, richer, less tinny sound.

“I think with vinyl, it’s more about the experience of the record, where you got it, and how you got it. Sometimes a little tiny bit of imperfection reminds us that this is something that I actually own – not a sound that’s been downloaded off of the Internet,” Thayer reflected.

With an ever-expanding record library, Thayer decided to sell some of his collection, but he didn’t want be an online vendor.

He and his wife, Kristine, have operated a children’s and women’s consignment store in Sellwood called ‘Sweetpea’s’ for eight years, and now have turned what was a back room into a retail outlet they’ve named “Dig Vinyl”.

“It operates on consignment. If I can have recordings coming in, and am pricing them to sell, it becomes more about sharing the music instead of holding it and collecting it,” said Thayer.

Unlike Internet sellers, a customer who visits the small shop can pick out a record, put it on a turntable, and actually listen to it before purchasing it.

By the way, you don’t need an expensive stereo system to enjoy records, Thayer said. “For a good turntable, I recommend something from the 1970s, because they are better built, sound better, and they are easier to repair.”

“Dig Vinyl” can be found at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, and is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily – noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Summer Sidewalks, Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance, Sellwood-Moreland, Tinna Barton, Classic Thai Cuisine, Portland, Oregon
Tinna Barton of “Classic Thai Cuisine” in Westmoreland sells some of her restaurant’s delicacies along S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, in support of the Oregon Humane Society. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Sellwood-Westmoreland businesses host ‘Summer Sidewalk Celebration’


Calling it “Sellwood-Moreland Summer Sidewalks”, members of the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance (SWBA) hosted “A day of fun for all ages” on July 29.

Many merchants held “sidewalk sales”, offering merchandise in front of their stores. Others provided entertainment for kids, food samples for grownups, and musical entertainment.

“96 stores ‘officially’ participated, with a few more joining in spontaneously,” reported organizer Rachel Ginocchio of Rumpus Events. “As a family-friendly community celebration put on by our stores, it was a day promoting local shopping, eating, and playing in Sellwood and Westmoreland!”

From families making “slime” in Westmoreland, to enjoying free ice cream treats, to sampling outdoor cooking demonstrations, to a puppet parade in Sellwood, it appeared to THE BEE that all the folks who visited the sidewalks on that hot day had a good time.

Portland Homestead Supply, Sellwood, store closing, Portland, Oregon
At Portland Homestead Supply Company in Sellwood, employees Kristin Laus and Heather Orton say they will miss their customers when the store closes this month. (Rita A. Leonard)

Portland Homestead Supply closing this month in Sellwood


Doug and Kristl Bridge, owners of Portland Homestead Supply Company, have decided to close their shop at 8012 S.E. 13th Avenue on September 15. “It’s been a fantastic six years here, and we've loved every minute of it,” reflects Doug, “But we’ve decided it’s time to have some time for ourselves.”

The couple owns the building, which a plaque in front states is an Historic Sellwood site: “The Williams House, Bartholomew's Optometry, Est. 1905.” Doug confirms, “It has a long history of various retail establishments, including a couple of antique stores. We’d love to see another retailer go in here. Call us at 503/233-8691 for information.”

Portland Homestead Supply has evolved as a “go to” resource for information on “homemade” – cider, cheese, soap, cosmetics, candles, cleaners, and home canning supplies. For the past couple of months, they’ve offered free demonstrations for interested folks.

Customers have also enjoyed purchasing How-To books there, and visiting the goats and chickens living out in back of the building. The animals will now return to live at the Bridges’ home, around the corner. “The neighbors are sure going to miss them,” says Doug.

The store currently has four employees, and until it closes it will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Counterperson, and Sellwood resident, Kristin Laus observes, “We also carry fermenting supplies, pickle crocks, handmade brooms, and a few gardening supplies.”

The shop is in the midst of offering graduated “percentage-off” sales to clear the inventory in these last few weeks before closing.

Oaks Bottom Forge, moved, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
Pat Wojciechowski, owner of Oaks Bottom Forge, stands with hammer and anvil at his new location off S.E. Ochoco Street. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Oaks Bottom Forge relocates in Sellwood


Oaks Bottom Forge has relocated to a flag lot space at 2171 S.E. Moores Street, just off S.E. Ochoco Street and McLoughlin Boulevard. Owner Pat Wojciechowski, who established the old-world craft business six years ago at 8236 S.E. 17th Avenue at Umatilla Street, says they are again teaching blacksmithing and custom knife-making classes. The business’ former space at Umatilla Street is now home to Chinese Massage and Reflexology.

As an interim move, in June the business moved three blocks south to a group of shipping containers at the corner of S.E. 17th and Sherrett Street. “After a few months there, we had to relocate again for more space,” comments Wojciechowski. “We finally settled at a new site behind KC Beauty Salon, and are now signing up students for fall classes online at

“We were glad to be away from the forges during the summer heatwave!”

Wojciechowski began crafting and selling hand-finished knives for hunting and kitchen, intended to become family heirlooms. Gradually he assembled a team of wood and metal workers who could teach their skills to eager students. “We sell a lot of knives for fishing and custom mushroom harvesting, with handles made of local wood and antlers,” he says.

The new location currently has four teachers, and outdoor class stations. “We hope to expand more in the educational field,” says Wojciechowski. “All kinds of people come to classes in order to have something tangible at the end of the day. There’s even a TV channel, ‘Forging Fire’, about blacksmithing. We teach knifebuilding, blacksmithing 101 and 102, and a bladesmithing class. Essentially, we show students how to move metal.”

Wojciechowski remarks, “We're a small-batch forge, open Monday, and Wednesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Our evening classes run from 6 until 9 p.m., with six students at their own anvil. We supply safety equipment for them on-site.” For more information, call 503/477-7498.

Jiffylube, Powell Boulevard, closed, Portland, Oregon
The Jiffylube business on S.E. Powell Boulevard at 41st has closed -- to make way for Oilcan Henry's. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Oil-change business on Powell closes – to be replaced by another one


The Jiffylube oil-change business at 4125 S.E. Powell Boulevard closed on July 31 – at the end of their 20-year lease from the Les Schwab Tire Center next door. The staff of about 15 was informed of closing several months ago, and were allowed to transfer to other Jiffylube sites in the area. Several have moved to Vancouver, Washington. 

The Powell Boulevard Les Schwab Tire Center owns the property, and offers a variety of vehicle services in the complex. When THE BEE asked about the future of the site, Les Schwab employee Jeramy Pewitt revealed, “Oil Can Henry’s will be moving into the building there, probably around the end of August.”

As the site is emptied, a large banner now advertises similar services at other Jiffylube locations – 2025 N.E. Broadway, 15168 S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard, and 5545 S.W. Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.

Myoptic, new optic business, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
“Myoptic” optometrist Harrison Paul shows one of the free solar eclipse viewing glasses the new Sellwood business passed out for the recent August 21 solar eclipse. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Myoptic Optometry & Eye Wear settles in on SE 13th Avenue


A new optometry and eyewear business named “Myoptic” opened in June at 8046 S.E. 13th Avenue.  The store is the third and newest branch of the business owned by Sellwood resident Summy To; the other two are in the Laurelhurst and Williams neighborhoods. The shop handed out nearly a thousand free pairs of solar viewing glasses and safety instructions for the August 21 solar eclipse.

Optometrist Harrison Paul is one of six employees at the site. “We offer full medical diagnostic eye exams and prescription glasses and contact lenses here,” he says. “We accept most insurance programs. This is our largest location, and we feature a ‘dry eye’ clinic, and photo booth so clients can check how their new eyewear looks before purchase.”

Myoptic has an in-house lab for lens edging and cutting, and two eyeglass-shaped bike racks for cyclists to use on either side of the building. Their mission statement reads: “Founded on a principle of contribution and community, Myoptic gives a percent of every sale to a charity that you choose.”

The shop is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays. For information, call 503/420-8689, or go online to

Joinery, The Joinery, Woodstock, Portland, Oregon, Blumenauer
The Joinery’s owner, Jon Blumenauer, was accompanied by family at the anniversary celebration. From left: Jon’s wife Aline – with 8-month-old Ila; Jon in the middle in front of his 4 ½-year-old son Quinn; and Jon’s mother, Pam Shelly. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Woodstock’s The Joinery – a thirty-five year tradition


Between four and seven o’clock on July 22, four hundred people flooded into The Joinery at S.E. 48th and Woodstock Boulevard to celebrate the thirty-fifth anniversary of this local manufacturer and seller of handmade fine furniture.

In 1982 the Joinery was founded in Southeast Portland by Marc Gaudin in a humble 200-square foot workshop. In 1992 the company moved to a 5,000 square foot space off S.E. Division Street. In 1997 all thirteen employees moved to Woodstock – into the store space vacated by Standard TV & Appliance when it moved to 82nd Avenue of Roses.

Today the Joinery encompasses 20,000 square feet; and half of that is workshop. In 2015 a new showroom – a flagship retail store – was opened downtown at S.W. 9th and Yamhill, but the sales floor remains open to the public at the Woodstock location as well.

The flood of well-wishers on July 22 included previous and prospective customers, previous and current employees, neighbors, and Joinery families. Attendees toured the massive workshop and showroom, and enjoyed food, beer, wine, and strawberry lemonade.

Half way through the afternoon, Jon Blumenauer, The Joinery’s owner since 2013, stood on the stairs and addressed the gathering. “We have a deep commitment to professional business practices, to environmental performance, and to our employees,” he said. “We hire people who care – employees who show up every day with passion.”

Joinery employees indeed seem enthusiastic about working for a company that takes good care of them, offers a healthful work environment (filtering out wood dust), and engenders worker satisfaction in crafting uniquely fine furniture.

Blumenauer’s father, Representative Earl Blumenauer, was present at the celebration. “We’ve [my wife and I] been Joinery fans for decades. We both had Joinery furniture when we met, so we thought we’d be compatible,” he quipped.

Earl continued, “I admired what Marc [Gaudin, the former owner] did, and am thrilled that Jon could follow in that tradition. This is a 35 year tradition that’s been building. I’ve been a fan of Woodstock forever. I was first elected to the legislature in Southeast Portland.”

In 2010 the Joinery became a certified B (Benefit) Corp. Certification as a B Corporation is a distinction conferred by the nonprofit “B Lab” in Pennsylvania. A “B Corp” is rated on socially and environmentally beneficial performance standards.

A briquette machine was installed at The Joinery in 2011 that compacts all of the workshop sawdust into briquettes, preventing 1,200 pounds per week of sawdust from being sent to a landfill. The briquettes are then donated to the community. In 2012, solar panels were installed above the workshop, and in 2013 the company won an even higher B Corp award.

Owner Blumenauer reports that over a three-year period, 2014-2016, the building’s electricity usage decreased by 20%, and its water consumption was reduced by 40%. This was done through investment in new equipment – and “behavior changes”.

Customer satisfaction matches the business’ positive environmental record, and the Woodstock neighborhood may well consider itself proud and fortunate to have a business rated in 2016 by the Portland Business Journal to be one of the Oregon’s most admired companies.

Poetry, Shut Up and Eat, restaurant, Creston Kenilworth, Portland, Oregon
Visitors stand to read their poetry at the “Shut Up & Eat Open Mic Poetry” gathering in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Creston-Kenilworth restaurant hosts monthly ‘Open Mic Poetry’


Nearly two dozen poets and poetry lovers gather to read poems aloud at monthly meetings at “Shut Up & Eat” restaurant, 3848 S.E. Gladstone Street. The group was organized by Creston-Kenilworth residents Jean Richardson and Rhea Stadick last October. Visitors came from all over the city, as well as from Beaverton and Vancouver, Washington. “Our numbers are growing every day,” smiles Richardson. 

Those interested in attending the “second Wednesday” monthly meetings of this group are encouraged to contact it via e-mail: – or to look for the group online at MeetUp. The “Shut Up & Eat Poetry Mic” event begins reading sign-ups at 6:30 p.m., allowing visitors a chance to order food and drink before readings begin at 7 p.m. These monthly meetings end at 9 p.m., when the restaurant closes.

“This is not a critique group,” explains Richardson. “Each poet gets eight minutes to speak – although our occasional headliners, such as Judith Arcana (host of “Poetry & Everything” on KBOO radio) can go for 20 minutes. I founded this group because I know that poetry is good for people in crisis, and our culture and our country are both in crisis. We close each meeting reading Theodore Roethke’s ‘The Waking’, which is very appropriate to the shifting state of consciousness in the culture at this time.”

Richardson began publishing poetry as a teenager over 40 years ago. She has since appeared in several publications, including Copper Canyon, Media Weavers, and Blue Begonia. “The meeting-room here accommodates about 40 people, but by mid-summer our goal is to have poets lined up all along the sidewalk,” she says. The vision is valid, since Richardson used to meet weekly at Cafe Lena on S.E. Hawthorne Boulevard in the ’90’s, where poets used to crowd in from a line extending down the street.

The poems read at the meeting we visited were in rhyme or free verse, some whimsical and others insightful. Each reflected personal views, and each received a response of applause, chuckles, or compliments. Visitor Oliver Yates observed, “This is a great outlet for poets, since SlamPoetry [a performance style] is not what I'm looking for – it takes away from poetry itself.” Readings are a great way to become immersed in the cadence and shared appreciation of oral poetry and human values, he commented.

David Cook, a poet who also builds and installs residential curbside Poetry Boxes, read a prize-winning poem that had “helped me pay my rent,” he said. He also read a poem he’d written upon finding an old telegram at a garage sale that had been addressed to a resident of a World War II Japanese internment camp.

Visitors at the meeting we visited included first-timers, friends of poets, and simply those who enjoy poetry.


Zoe Morrison, Association of Home Businsses, AHB
An AHB favorite, marketing expert Zoe Morrison, speaks on September 21.

Speaker at AHB meeting has ten tips to “multiply your followers”: Social marketing expert Zoe Morrison takes time to return to the Association of Home Businesses meeting in Sellwood on Thursday, September 21, with some practical advice for small businesspeople about “Sprucing up your ‘story’ to make it EVERGREEN – 10 tips for building a forest of followers”. Evergreen content is one part of a strategy to simplify, capture clients’ attention, and keep task lists manageable. Many small business owners ask, “Where am I going to find the TIME to add another task?” This presentation answers that question, while offering real-life solutions. Attend this month’s meeting and learn how to grow content for a variety of platforms that is organic and fresh. The meeting runs 6-9 p.m., with the presentation starting after the buffet supper around 7:30 p.m. Visitors welcome, and 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 online –

Brooklyn Park Pub in 4th annual bazaar: The Brooklyn Park Pub, at 3400 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood, announces its fourth annual “Art, Whiskey, and Crafts Summer Bazaar”, set for Sunday, September 17, 4-8 p.m. “Come enjoy a variety of vendors from knife sharpening to pottery to fine art, accompanied by live music. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The event will be sponsored by our local brewery, Ross Island Brewing.” However, due to the venue and the whiskey and beer, as you might expect, it’s a 21-and-over-only event.

Liquor license requested in Sellwood: The OLCC has reported receiving a liquor license application from “Nama Ramen”, at the address of 7952 S.E. 13th Avenue. Comments may be made to the OLCC by September 2.

WCBA’s officers for 2017 are complete: The Woodstock Community Business Association’s list of officers for the year is complete, after installing its new President, Thad Davis, of Payroll On Time, Inc. The business association, which also represents businesses in Brentwood-Darlington, has as its Vice President Elisa Edgington of the Woodstock VCA Animal Hospital, its Treasurer is Cory Hansen of City Sanitary Service, and its Secretary is Eric Norberg of THE BEE. The remaining Board members include Ann Sanderson of Odango Hair Salon, Nancy Chapin of Brentwood-Darlington-based TSG Services, Susan Williams of KeyBank in Woodstock, Marah Anderson of the Woodstock New Seasons Market, Jin Darney of the Woodstock Farmers Market, Stacey Lennon of the Portland Tribune, a permanent seat for the Woodstock Neighborhood Association, and another permanent seat for the Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Association. This month, on Sunday, September 10, the WCBA coordinates its third annual “Woodstock Gives Back” merchant sale and charity event throughout its business district.

Gladstone Street nursery business has moved: Amanda, one of the owners of “Birds & Bees Nursery” formerly located at 3709 S.E. Gladstone Street, advises that they’ll be opening the business at a new location, 3327 S.E. 50th Avenue, in early September. The telephone number will remain 503/788-6088, and the website is –

Art In The Pearl, Gia Whitlock, Keep Your Temper
Eastmorelander Gia Whitlock’s “Keep Your Temper” is among her works on display on Labor Day Weekend at “Art in the Pearl”.

Eastmoreland artist featured in “Art in the Pearl”: In what’s being billed as Portland’s only art show, “rated one of the top ten fine arts and crafts festivals in the nation” – “Art in the Pearl”, over the Labor Day weekend – one of the featured artists is Eastmoreland’s Gia Whitlock, painter and “2-D mixed media artist”. Since moving to Portland from Salt Lake City just five years ago, she has participated in booth shows and exhibitions at Oregon galleries. She adds, “My work has also appeared in numerous publications and been licensed by national retailers.” The 21st Annual “Art In The Pearl Fine Arts and Crafts Festival” will be held on Labor Day Weekend, September 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, in the North Park Blocks, downtown. Admission is free.

New “family coach” service available: Mollie Hyman, who reports 30 years experience working with children and families from preschool through college – in the roles of child and family therapist, parent educator, school counselor, and college success coach – has opened her own practice, “Ms. Mollie” Child and Family Coaching. This Sellwood resident reports she has a multitude of strategies and techniques that she has crafted through her years of experience, and she intuitively knows which will work best for each unique situation. Mollie has worked extensively with children who experience challenges due to Attention Deficit Disorder, Sensory Processing issues, Spectrum Disorders, and trauma, and now offers “a short-term service for lasting change in the comfort and familiarity of the child’s home.” For more information, go online: – or call 503/957-8742.

Local artists show new work: The 12x16 Gallery in Sellwood reports that its September exhibition is devoted to showing the latest work by two local artists – Serena Barton and Claudia Nix will be showing their new work at the 12x16 Gallery in Sellwood, all September. Open Thursday through Sunday, 12-5 p.m., at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, #5. The First Friday reception is September 1, 6-9 p.m.; the Artists’ Reception is Sunday, September 3, 2-4 p.m. For information, call 503/432-3513.

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