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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!

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INNER SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S BUSINESS NEWS!


Woodstock Laundry, new owner, Portland, Oregon
The Woodstock Laundry has a new owner and new washers and dryers, but some residents have been taking their washing there for thirty years or more. THE BEE visited as the upgrade and remodel was getting underway. (Photo by Becky Luening)

New owner brings upgrades to ‘Woodstock Laundry’

By BECKY LUENING
For THE BEE

Within weeks of taking possession of the coin-operated clothes-washing business located on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 48th Avenue, its new owner had replaced eight old dryers, and all but three of the standard top-loading washers. The new washers and dryers were installed the week of April 4-8. The new name of the business is, simply, “Woodstock Laundry”.

The oldest dryers, Maytags dating back to the 1970s when natural gas was cheap, had huge gas burners that were not energy efficient – and, in fact, probably cost more to run than they brought in, according to the owner, “John” (who bought it from someone else also named “John”). Four stacked units – that is, eight new energy-efficient dryers – are now installed in the place where those four behemoths once stood.

As for the washers, John decided to keep just three of the top-loaders which each hold 13 pounds of dry wash – “the only ones worth saving,” he said – and also three older front-loaders, two with 35-pound capacity, and one with 30-pound capacity. He replaced the others with ten brand new front-loaders with 22-pound dry-wash capacity, plus two large 40-pound-capacity machines.

He explained to us that there are all sorts of parameters an operator can set for water, rinse cycles, etc., but said he’s sticking with the factory settings on the new washers to ensure people get a good wash. For ease of access, the front-loaders are seated on a metal frame that boosts their height.

The installer explained to THE BEE that the average lifespan of commercial washers and dryers is 10 to 15 years. The older a machines gets, he said, the harder it is to find parts, and all machines tend to lose efficiency over time.

Being the owner of such a business is a brand new experience for John. He had known a few people who owned coin-operated laundries, but never thought much about owning one himself until last May, when he chanced to meet a woman whose grandmother had bought a small one in a rural area of Washington State when she was 70; she’s 95 now, still relatively healthy, and still running it. She’s providing a community service, and it’s a source of income for her.

That story got John thinking. He used to be a mechanic. He enjoys working with equipment, and he likes people. He hadn’t really thought about having a business, but the idea suddenly clicked, and he started looking around. On a research mission, he visited just about every such business in Southeast Portland, as well as in Hillsboro, Beaverton, Clackamas, and Estacada. He even ventured into Washington State. To learn more about what it would take to runone, he joined the Coin Laundry Association, a problem-solving business forum.

John thought he’d like one in a rural or small-town setting, where it would be part of community life. Then someone told him about the coin-op in Woodstock, which he learned is “a commercial district with a small-town vibe”. Right away he saw the positive aspects of the site; it’s right on the main street, on a corner. Glass walls on two sides provide good visibility and a pleasant ambience – and if people don’t want to hang out at the laundry, they can easily walk to the library or to nearby businesses as their clothes wash.

He’s already talked to a lot of regular patrons of the laundry, and said the vast majority are encouraging – happy for him, and happy about the new equipment. He has met people who have been coming there for 20 to 30 years. Some have their own washers or dryers, but use the commercial laundry when they have a lot to do, because they can get it all done at one time, or when their own equipment is broken.

John is pleased to be stepping into the role of running what he sees as a community-oriented service business. He said he will continue using the services of the woman who has been in charge of cleaning and locking up the laundromat for the past 17 years. He wants to hear from patrons about their experiences with the new equipment, and is excited about the possibility of other upgrades he may bring to Woodstock Laundry if there is customer demand.



Iron Tap, beer, Milwaukie Avenue, McLoughlin Boulevard, Portland, Oregon
Steven Hyun welcomes beer lovers to the new “Iron Tap Station” in Brooklyn, on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Beer emporium opens in south Brooklyn

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

While Portland was getting socked in by snow in January, “Iron Tap Station” was bravely opening its doors at 4774 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, on the retail level of the Brooklyn Yard Apartments, just north of the McLoughlin Boulevard overcrossing. 

Of their new business, owners Steven Hyun and Sonny Gruginski assert, “We’re committed to finding the most delicious Pacific NW beers for our patrons, and we believe we have the tastiest and most unique selection of beers anywhere. We offer 24 rotating craft beers on tap, as well as bottled beer and wines.” 

Hyun continues, “Sonny, who orders the beers, likes to find lesser-known breweries for us to focus on. You'll see a lot of beers featured here that you wouldn’t see elsewhere. Our Facebook page lists our latest updates and specials.”

“We want to be part of the neighborhood and have a place in the community,” remarks Hyun. “Since we only offer snacks of peanuts, pretzels, chips, salsa, and hummus, we encourage people to bring food in with them, or have outside food delivered here.”

The Viking trademark on the new business is meant to indicate toughness and ruggedness, although customers tell THE BEE that it’s a mellow place to meet up with friends.

The 900-square-foot tap room seats about 31 at the bar and around the tables, in a cozy atmosphere considered “industrial chic”.  Hours are Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, noon till 10 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. Call 503/719-6397 for information, or stop in to check out their list of brews.



AMF Bowling Alley, Powell Boulevard, Target, Portland, Oregon
The AMF PRO 300 Lanes bowling alley just east of Cleveland High seems likely to close soon, when their current lease ends. After remodeling, a small Target store is apparently planned to open on the Powell Boulevard site in 2018. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Confusion over a bowling alley on S.E. Powell

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

Despite conflicting reports that the AMF PRO 300 Lanes bowling alley at 3031 S.E. Powell Boulevard would close in May, potentially becoming a small Target store, the real story appears to be confusion between “bowling season ending” and “lease ending” – or a landlord/tenant dispute, involving dates.

A March 25th flier posted at the bowling alley stated, “Bowlmor AMF, the owner of AMF Pro 300 Lanes, announced today its plans to continue operating its Portland bowling location, despite recent rumors and inaccurate reports of a possible May closure.”

The handbill quoted Colie Edison, a representative for AMF, that “Local zoning officials have the power to determine whether this land will continue to be used as a safe fun-filled bowling entertainment center, or if it will be zoned for use as yet another big box retail location.”

An April 5 report in The Oregonian newspaper reported that the site would be “turned into a small-format Target store by July 2018. The Minneapolis-based retailer confirmed Tuesday it had signed a lease for the building. . . It will move in after a significant renovation. . . Target said the 32,000-square-foot store would include groceries, a pharmacy, and other typical departments.”

The AMF Pro 300 flier clarified that it “intends to stay open for its remaining lease term, and perhaps longer, despite claims from the building’s new owner, MAJ Development Corporation, that the lanes would be shut down and its facility vacated by the end of May. The landlord has applied for a variance to have the land rezoned for use by . . . [Target] .  . . however, the city has not ruled on the matter. A zoning decision by local officials will determine [the matter].”

Washington-based MAJ Development Corp. indeed did purchase the building last summer from AMF Bowling Centers, Inc. In response to the flier, Mercury's Blogtown reported that Michael A. Jenkins, President of MAJ, had said, “My direction in this development has not changed. The zoning outright permits my intended use moving forward. I am not in for any variance for zoning whatsoever.”

A brief April 19 interview by THE BEE with Bob Farmer, General Manager of the Southeast Powell bowling alley, revealed that it has been open there since the late 1950’s. “We have 36 lanes here, and most nights there are from 130 to 180 bowlers. I’m not authorized to talk about our future until the legal aspects are settled,” he said.

The confusion appears to center on the fact that bowling league season play at the site ends in May, while redevelopment on the site is planned to begin sometime after August, when the current lease ends.

Developer Jenkins says, “We have reached out to Bowlmor inquiring as to the duration of the remainder of AMF’s lease.”

Either way, at this point, it doesn’t sound as if bowlers have much of a recreational future there.



Woodstock Business Mixer, Woodstock Community Business Association
BUSINESS MIXER IN WOODSTOCK. The Woodstock Community Business Association (WCBA) hosted the first of a series of monthly socials for area business owners on Wednesday evening, April 19, at Double Mountain brewpub. Some of those present, from left, were Stacey Lennon, Pamplin Media Group sales; Erin Beauchamp, co-owner of Red Fox Vintage; Elisa Edgington, Manager of VCA Woodstock Animal Hospital and Chair of the Woodstock Neighborhood Association; and John “Skippy” Lehmkuhl, Sound Designer, and owner of a home-based business called “PlugIn Guru”. WCBA meets every second Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Woodstock Library. For more information, click on this picture. (Photo by Becky Luening)




BUSINESS BRIEFS


Nancy Chapin, Association of Home Businesses.
Nancy Chapin, one of the organizers of what became Venture Portland, and quarterback for local business groups, speaks at the Association of Home Businesses in May. For more information, click on this picture.

Program from business guru Nancy Chapin at AHB: The speaker at the area-wide Association of Home Businesses May 18 meeting will be local business guru and owner of her own home business, “The Support Group”, Nancy Chapin. Her talk is entitled “You want to be WHAT when you grow up?” – and, she says, it will be a local home businesswoman’s “musings on a long term dream about the next phase in an already interesting life. A few stories, a few observations. Who knows? Maybe a laugh or two!!” Nancy is one of the best-known people in the Portland business world, and this will be an interesting talk! The meeting, which is 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 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: http://www.AHBoregon.org.  

Windermere Stellar Real Estate recognizes two local brokers: Windermere Stellar Real Estate makes an annual practice of honoring the real estate brokers representing the company’s top ten percent of 2016 production for their hard work and commitment to their clients. Of the 39 brokers on the list, two are from the Westmoreland office at S.E. Bybee at 16th. The first of the pair is Reuben Schug, who, according to the company, “is ranked in the top three percent of production among all brokers in the Portland-metro area, and ranked in the top seven percent of brokers nationally, based on customer satisfaction surveys; Reuben has been deemed a five-star professional for the past seven years.” The other Linda Skeele, a Portland native, a BEE advertiser, and “a top producer for Windermere Stellar’s Southeast office for the past 16 years. Linda is a director, board member and participant in the Windermere Premier Homes Program, which provides support and mentoring to brokers serving not just clients with homes of distinction, but all clients.”

“Three Sisters Nixtamal” changes neighborhoods: Wendy downing of “Three Sisters Nixtamal” announces that the business has moved from Sellwood to Brentwood-Darlington, and “has opened a state-of-the-art tortilla factory at S.E. 72nd and Flavel in what used to be a Jewish temple. We will have a retail outlet opening over the summer, featuring our delicious organic yellow, white, and blue corn tortillas, fresh masa for tortillas, fresh masa for tamales, and hominy. Bulk orders available for pick-up by special order.” More information online at – http://www.threesisterspdx.com.

Inner Southeast poets featured in new collection: Two noted poets living in Sellwood-Westmoreland – Lex Runciman and Paulann Petersen – report that their profiles and work are included in a new book from Eugene writer Erik Muller, “Durable Goods: Appreciation of Oregon Poets”. Petersen is a recent Oregon Poet Laureate. Runciman previously won an Oregon Book Award. The pair observe, “As far as we know, no book like it – that is, no book offering such extended discussions of Oregon poets, with a folio of poems included – has been published in recent memory, if ever. Its publication is a unique occasion.” The book was published earlier this year by Eugene’s Mountains and Rivers Press.


John L Scott Real Estate, Woodstock, Ronald McDonald House
Agents from the John L. Scott real estate office in Woodstock prepared a meal for families staying at the North Portland “Ronald McDonald House” in late March.

Realtors cook dinner at Ronald McDonald House: On Tuesday evening, March 28, John L Scott Woodstock agents cooked dinner for families at the Ronald McDonald House in North Portland next to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. The menu included chicken souvlaki , rice pilaf, Greek sales, pita, tzatziki, and cupcakes. Agents participating in the charity effort included Michelle Maida, Lisa Smillie, Alex Roy, and Donna Sellman Pilorget. The nonprofit Ronald McDonald Houses across the country provide lodging for families staying near a child undergoing medical treatment.

Vox Academy moves north: Vox Academy, until recently on S.E. 17th in Westmoreland at Mitchell Street, reports that it has moved to space it is renting from Waverly Heights United Church of Christ, 3300 S.E. Woodward Street. Vox Academy teaches a variety of classes designed to develop the voice both for singing and speaking, and is also the home of the Healing Voices Choir, a non-audition choir that studies for a 15 week term, preparing a program of music for a concert at the conclusion of the term. “Vox Academy offers free workshops and free attendance to observe performance studios (master classes). The Healing Voices Choir performs outreach concerts, usually at local care facilities. There is a sing-a-thon currently being planned in conjunction with Waverly UCC that will be free to the public.” See the Vox Academy website for details: http://www.voxacademy.org.

“Plucky Maidens” sale event at Oaks Park on May 7th:“The Plucky Maidens” announce their latest event in Portland – the “I See London, I See France!” Vintage Pop-Up Show. “This festive market will be held on Sunday, May 7th at the historic and beloved Oaks Park Dance Pavilion,” says Pam Knecht, founder of Plucky Maidens, who reports that she leads small groups (no more than 12 travelers) on what she calls “junking” tours of Paris and London twice a year. Travelers visit flea markets and small shops in and around Paris and London for finding vintage and antique wares to bring back home. The new "I See London, I See Paris!" Show on May 7th will be a chance for local shoppers to get sense of what it feels like to shop the markets abroad. “And, of course,” Pam adds, “to purchase antique, vintage and artisan British and French treasures of their own.” The Plucky Maidens have been producing vintage shows in Portland since 2011.

“Dog Coach” class starts May 13 at Sellwood Pet Supply: Have fun with your dog and learn or refresh basic obedience skills: Audrey Charlton has the class for you. Dogs of all ages are welcome, and children are welcome to participate, but the class is limited to six dogs. Each six-week class session costs $175.00 per dog, and a deposit is needed to hold your space. This six-week rigorous, hour-long class begins Saturday, May 13th at 6:30 p.m. at Sellwood Pet Supply, 8334 S.E. 17th Avenue. The rest of the classes will move to a 5 p.m. time, and will migrate around the community and parks to enhance the coaching experience. Covered are all basic dog life skills, common behavioral issues, and refreshing the skills necessary to have fun and rewarding experiences with your dog.


Oregon Food Bank
Among the volunteers at the Oregon Food Bank on April 8 were, from left, Marty Ringle, Noelwah Netusil, Cathy Murray, Eric Kinser, Michelle Maida, Fluid Movement proprietor Anne McCranie, and Marnie Frank.

Sellwood business’ customers volunteer at Oregon Food Bank: Clients of “Fluid Movement + Massage” in Sellwood volunteered on Saturday, April 8th, at the Oregon Food Bank. That included a tour of the northeast Portland facility: the organizers emphasized how volunteer efforts makes a difference. Anne McCranie of Fluid Movement remarks, “Along with the other volunteers that day, we bagged over 37,000 pounds of apples and potatoes!”

Two local artists in Sellwood exhibition: Alan Rose and Judy Wise will be showing their new work at the “12x16 Gallery” at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenu, #5, in Sellwood, in May – the 4th through the 28th. The First Friday Reception is May 5, 6-9 p.m., and the Artists’ Reception is May 7, 2-4 p.m. The gallery is open Thursdays through Sundays from noon until 5 p.m.

Westmoreland  charity “fun run” on April 30:  “The Southeast Dash and Bash 5K”, with all proceeds benefitting the Windermere Foundation – which serves local low-income children and families – took place on Sunday, April 30. It was a 5 kilometer run/walk/stroll from 9 to 11 a.m., originating at the Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial parking lot at S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 14th, and ending up there as well – with refreshments for the participants from Otto’s Sausage Kitchen and Pizza Roma in Woodstock, and Oaks Bottom Public House just down the street in Westmoreland. A “Kids’ Bash” area included face-painting, an obstacle course, and corn hole. The amount raised by the event had not yet been reported, as this issue of THE BEE was going to press.

Woodstock filmmaker in local premiere: Woodstock-based filmmaker Brian Padian’s debut feature film “The Black Sea” will screen at the Clinton Street Theater on Saturday, May 6th, as a double feature with Andy Koontz’s debut feature film “Ekimmu the Dead Lust”. Both films were made independently, and took over a decade to be fully realized with minimal resources. But the films share something else in common – both directors are also brain tumor survivors. “We met online, and realized we had these things in common, and wanted to have a screening to celebrate cinema and being alive,” says Padian.

Toy store touts kids’ virtues, as “superpowers”: On Sunday, May 21st, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sellwood toy store “Oodles 4 Kids” announces that it will be helping kids recognize and unleash their superpowers. Some superheroes are supposed to be able to leap tall buildings, bend metal, become invisible, and even shapeshift. But the kind being celebrated by the store on May 21st include being a good listener, creativity, shyness, and kindness. Parents and kids invited – to help kids recognize and celebrate their own superhero superpowers. “Free fun for the whole family.” The store is situated at 7727 S.E. 13th Avenue; for information, call 503/719-7670.

New real estate agent in Woodstock: At John L. Scott Real Estate on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, word has been received from Michelle Maida, the business’ Office Leader, that a new real estate agent has joined the staff – Shannon Downs.



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