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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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INNER SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S

BUSINESS NEWS!


Although he’s not yet back to showing motion pictures, Moreland Theater employee Noah Wass is happy to say hello to supportive patrons, and to sell large tubs of freshly-popped popcorn in the lobby.
Although he’s not yet back to showing motion pictures, Moreland Theater employee Noah Wass is happy to say hello to supportive patrons, and to sell large tubs of freshly-popped popcorn in the lobby. (Photo by David F, Ashton)

Missing the movies? Moreland Theater has popcorn, candy to take home

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

A category of businesses hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 coronavirus closures has been motion picture theaters – especially neighborhood movie houses like the venerated Moreland Theater in Westmoreland.

However, as many who’ve passed the theater have noticed on its marquee, the theater is sort of open – for buying popcorn to take home on Fridays and Saturdays, from 4 until 9 p.m.

“The idea of selling popcorn and theater candy came up quite a while ago, when we first had to close,” said the theater’s Manager, Nick Kuechler. “It was successful at some of the multiplex theaters in our local group, and so we decided to try it at the Moreland Theater.”

While it doesn’t compare to being in full operation, he said, the response has actually been good. “It keeps people coming in, and gives ‘hours’ to some of our staff members.

“Interestingly, we’re not selling anything that people can find in any number of stores; what it is, really, is folks coming buy to get some freshly-popped popcorn, say hello, and show that they continue to support the theater,” observed Kuechler. “So, while we’re looking forward to welcoming our patrons back to enjoy our movies again when it’s safe to do so, we’re happy the folks come by and say hello.”

So, until it can reopen as a theater, Moreland Theater patrons can stop by and purchase hot, freshly-popped popcorn and theater candy on Friday and Saturdays, 4-9 p.m., to accompany their movie watching at home.



Fifteen windows at the Westmoreland Branch of Wells Fargo Bank were severely damaged on October 12.
Fifteen windows at the Westmoreland Branch of Wells Fargo Bank were severely damaged on October 12. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Windows broken, ATM damaged, at Wells Fargo in Westmoreland

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

The Wells Fargo Bank Branch on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue has been closed for months due to COVID-19 business flow adjustments, as previously reported in THE BEE.

But, on Columbus Day, the national holiday on October 12, one or more vandals, wielding some sort of tools, smashed fifteen large windows on the building, and also damaged the ATM machine.

Portland Police Public Information Officer Melissa Newhard confirmed, “A passerby called in at 10:06 a.m., giving information that the bank had been damaged.”

Although Inner Southeast has seen little damage from the months of demonstrations downtown, the Westmoreland bank’s damage was apparently inflicted at about the same time that a riot downtown caused damage to the Oregon Historical Society building and several businesses, and two historic statues were pulled down, so this damage may be related to the riot.

David J. Kennedy, APR, the bank's Pacific NW Regional Communication Officer advised the bank branch will remain closed for the time being, but will eventually resume operations. In the meantime, the broken windows have been boarded up, and repairs are pending.

“The nearest Wells Fargo branch is our John's Landing branch, at 5615 S. Macadam Avenue, about three miles away over the Sellwood Bridge,” he wrote THE BEE. “Customers can check Wells Fargo's Branch Locator for ATM locations and the status of branches, and can use mobile and online banking tools almost anywhere, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“Customers with safe deposit boxes at temporarily closed branches may access their possessions by making an appointment by phone, or e-mailing – SafeDepositServices@wellsfargo.com”, he added.



Despite burglary and vandalism after just their first day of business, the new family-owned OneMart Convenience Store has persevered, and is looking like a success, at 5154 S.E. Foster Road.
Despite burglary and vandalism after just their first day of business, the new family-owned OneMart Convenience Store has persevered, and is looking like a success, at 5154 S.E. Foster Road. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Locally-owned convenience store opens on SE Foster Road

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

“OneMart”, a new convenience store at 5154 S.E. Foster Road, had a rough start. The store opened on September 1 at the former site of a Little Caesar's Pizza shop – and then early the next morning, after the store had closed for the night, four men arrived in the darkness, smashed in a window, and stole cash, cigarettes, and other items from the shelves.

Owner Ghazanfar Ali, and a staff of family members, are still looking like a success. Neighbors have been praising their take-out curry and rice dishes – both chicken and vegetarian styles – prepared on the premises. They also appreciate the long hours the business is open: Daily, from 6 a.m. until 1:30 the following morning.

The family-owned variety store carries a few groceries and a selection of cigarettes, snacks, candy, chips, drinks, and beer. Hot coffee and Indian chai tea are also available. There are aisles for health and beauty items, pet and cleaning supplies, and a new EBT machine.

The corner location has a bright, clean look, and ample parking. You can find them on Instagram at onemartpdx, or phone them at 503/232-7860. And, yes, East Precinct detectives are trying to track down those burglars.



These bags of Ethiopian coffee from the village of Wush Wush are waiting to be roasted at Woodstock’s new inconspicuous Loma Coffee shop. Owner Brandon Smyth won the prestigious annual “Good Foods Award” competition for coffee this past January.
These bags of Ethiopian coffee from the village of Wush Wush are waiting to be roasted at Woodstock’s new inconspicuous Loma Coffee shop. Owner Brandon Smyth won the prestigious annual “Good Foods Award” competition for coffee this past January. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Roasting expert opens ‘Loma Coffee’ in Woodstock

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

On any day, entering a new coffee shop tucked away at the back of the parking lot between Advantis Credit Union and the UPS Store on Woodstock Boulevard, you might see a huge one-hundred-pound cloth bag or two of coffee beans sitting in the corner, waiting to be roasted.

Loma Coffee Company imports beans from around the world to roast in its shop.  Currently, and through the Holidays, the beans are from a very famous village in Ethiopia – Wush Wush. In the 1950’s Wush Wush became known for its shrubs, which grow a wild strain of coffee beans with a unique flavor.

Loma Coffee shop owner Brandon Smyth says it is hard to get coffee from Wush Wush – but, after interviewing him, it does not seem surprising that he has managed to get a supply. The quiet, unassuming entrepreneur has long been a coffee researcher, and has been a dedicated roaster for thirteen years.

Smyth began his first coffee shop in his garage in 2009, opened a shop on Water Avenue near OMSI in 2010 – and, after founding and running Pizza Jerk on N.E. Cully for a few years, he worked for three years as a roaster at Stumptown Coffee. 

In January of this year his Ethiopian coffee won the very prestigious “Good Foods Award”. He had been entering the contest for ten years before finally winning amidst very stiff competition – 2,500 entries from three regions around the United States. He remarked, “The award ceremony in San Francisco was great. I got to meet Alice Waters [of Chez Panisse Restaurant], and there were a few thousand people in attendance.”

Smyth has been “Q Graded” for ten years as a certified judge and scorer of coffee through smell and taste. After the rigorous test, which is often compared to the Bar Exam for law students, only 50% of those taking the exam become certified.

Loma Coffee Company also sells coffee beans wholesale to restaurants, and to Spielman Bagels and Coffee. Smyth tells THE BEE that Portland’s coffee hub has more roasters than any other place in the country. By November, Smyth will also be offering Spielman kettle-boiled, sourdough bagels, which have been voted Willamette Week’s “Best Bagels” three years in a row.

At age 46 Smyth has a long history of loving coffee. His coffee drinking began in sixth grade which, he says, “didn’t make his parents happy”.  But as a Research and Development Engineer, his father drank “tons of coffee” to stay sharp, and Brandon followed his father’s passion for the brew.

The Woodstock neighborhood was Smyth’s choice for his new shop because he has lived in Southeast Portland for twenty years, and has always liked Woodstock’s walkability.  “Something I’ve always noticed here is Woodstock’s little town center. You can walk around and get pretty much anything you need.  Everyone here has a sense of community.”

Smyth likes it when his customers ask questions about his coffees, and says, “Portland is one of the most educated cities about coffee. It always surprises me how much people know. It is fun to have a discussion about the different varieties and what people like. It keeps me on my toes to provide good coffee.”

The shop’s address is 4229 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Current hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; closed on Mondays. To order online, and to learn more about Loma Coffee Company’s varieties, go to – http://www.loma-coffee.com



A downtown food cart turns into a Brooklyn restaurant just south of Powell, as “Botto's BBQ” opens in Brooklyn.
A downtown food cart turns into a Brooklyn restaurant just south of Powell, as “Botto's BBQ” opens in Brooklyn. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Downtown food cart moves into vacant Brooklyn restaurant

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

The downtown “Botto’s Texas-style BBQ” cart has moved into a restaurant in Brooklyn, taking advantage of the space that Pok Pok Wing had moved out of during the pandemic, at 3120 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue.

Opening day was October 1st. The building, with its distinctive red-angled roof, offers both indoor and outdoor seating, and plenty of parking.

Owner Darren Bottinelli tells THE BEE that he learned to love barbeque while in college in Austin, Texas. Botto’s earned its reputation downtown by offering brisket, smoked brisket, pulled pork, beef ribs, pork ribs, pork belly, pork and beans, carnitas, turkey brisket, and Keilbasa. The new Brooklyn restaurant features all of those, while also offering coleslaw, carnitas, cheesy brisket hash, corn bread, a variety of drinks, blueberry bread, and pudding, for a complete meal.

“We are now licensed, but currently only open for dinner service from 4 to 7 p.m. However, we'll be adding days and expanding to include lunch service soon,” says Bottinelli.

Call ahead – at 971/334-5397 – for Take-Out on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, or order in person, appropriately masked and social distanced, to dine indoors or out. They also offer catering. They’re online – http://www.bottosbbq.com  







BUSINESS BRIEFS


Small business expert Jackie B. Peterson is the presenter at the Assn. of Home Businesses online ZOOM meeting, open to all, on November 19, starting at 6:30 p.m.; RSVP to attend.
Small business expert Jackie B. Peterson is the presenter at the Assn. of Home Businesses online ZOOM meeting, open to all, on November 19, starting at 6:30 p.m.; RSVP to attend.

November AHB meeting shares “How to thrive in business today”: Small business expert Jackie B. Peterson, this month’s presenter at the ZOOM meeting of Sellwood’s Assn. of Home Businesses, is a published author and the owner of “Better, Smarter, Richer Entrepreneurship Consulting” – and she’ll offer you a compendium of resources, links, and programs that are helping Oregon home businesspeople and freelancers, as well as metropolitan small businesses, survive and possibly even thrive right through the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jackie herself checks these resources regularly and keeps her clients informed – and hopefully you will do the same with your client base, “as we truly are all in this together and the success of our small business community is of utmost importance.” Everyone welcome! Learn from and enjoy this conversation, along with the usual camaraderie, at the Thursday, November 19th, meeting of the AHB – online at 6:30 p.m. If you’d like to join in this online meeting, please email your request to – communications@ahboregon.org. (Or call 503/232-2326.) Folks who RSVP will be sent a ZOOM link and password prior to the event. No charge for attending; but without your RSVP you cannot receive the link to join the meeting.

“Mud Bay” coming to Sellwood: A pet food and supplies store announces it is coming to the former KeyBank location in Sellwood, at S.E.13th and Tacoma. The Mud Bay chain of stores is based in Olympia, Washington, and already has eleven locations around the Portland metropolitan area, and stores in Bend and Salem, in addition to many locations in the Seattle region. The store’s website announces that the Sellwood store will be opening this coming Spring – but no exact date for the opening has been announced.

New “boutique and maker’s market” opens in Southeast: Judy Martin e-mails THE BEE that “Uplifted Boutique and Makers Market” has opened at 5404 S.E. 72nd Avenue, at Insley Street, in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood – “to encourage individual creativity and to offer a supportive environment for people to share their talents with others; fun and funky resale of women’s fashion; accepting newer and gently used clothing for consignment.” The shop, she says, provides space for local artists and makers to market their creations, and to host smaller events in the annex and courtyard, and she adds that the annex contains an intimate theater with a small stage for private events. The hours are Wednesday through Saturday noon to 6 p.m., and by appointment. Call 503/962-0911 to learn more.



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