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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Famed Southwest doughnut shop opens a branch on Powell Blvd


A new doughnut and coffee shop is open at 4102 S.E. Powell Boulevard in a building that once housed a Baskin-Robbins. “Sesame Donuts” is owned by brothers Haidar and Saaid Fakih, whose father opened the first store where it still sits, at the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and Scholls Ferry Road in Raleigh Hills, in 1999.

It has slowly expanded locally. There are now seven branches on the west side of the Willamette River, but this is only the brothers’ second expansion east of the river, and the first into Southeast Portland. Previously they tried a store location near The Bomber on McLoughlin Boulevard south of Milwaukie, but it has since closed.

The original store has always been open 24 hours a day; but, for now, the Powell Boulevard shop will be open daily only from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. “We have fresh brewed coffee every day,” assures Haidar. “It’s a local coffee, roasted specially for Sesame Donuts. We also carry more than forty varieties of doughnuts every day – as well as bagels, muffins, fritters, croissants, cookies, and six varieties of doughnut holes.”

Sesame Donuts also offers vegan and gluten-free doughnuts, for those wishing them. You can enjoy your doughnuts indoors or out at the shop (socially distanced, of course), or you can order to-go at 503/771-0724.

“Our most-requested items are fritters, raised glazed donuts, sesame donuts, and Portland cream donuts,” Haidar tells THE BEE. “Our signature donut is a custard-filled cream doughnut with caramel frosting, drizzled with maple frosting. We also offer Belgian hot chocolate, chai tea, hot tea, and espresso, as well as coffee. All our employees are locally hired.”

The Fakih brothers hope their early opening each day will attract Powell Boulevard commuters for morning coffee and pastry; there’s plenty of parking at the new shop. “Come in and try us,” invites Haidar. “We like to say, ‘Our donuts are made to make your day’.”

The business is also online –

Meet Emily Elpusan, and her greyhound Bowie – at “The Headstrong Hound”. Elpusan opened her new dog and cat supply store on S.E. Foster Road, in the Foster-Powell neighborhood, in late March.
Meet Emily Elpusan, and her greyhound Bowie – at “The Headstrong Hound”. Elpusan opened her new dog and cat supply store on S.E. Foster Road, in the Foster-Powell neighborhood, in late March. (Photo by Paige Wallace)

New pet supply store opens in Foster-Powell


A new store in Portland’s Foster-Powell neighborhood brings a unique business model to the community: a focus on pet products, created by women and people of color.

“The Headstrong Hound”, at 6544 S.E Foster Road, held its grand opening on Saturday, March 27. Owner Emily Elpusan cited her lifelong love of animals, and her Filipino-Mexican heritage, as motivators for starting the business.

“I wanted there to be a place that someone could shop for quality pet supplies that are women-owned or BIPOC-owned,” Elpusan said. Currently about two-thirds of the items she carries come from such companies. The store offers products for both dogs and cats.

Elpusan’s other goal is to provide high-quality items that customers can afford even if they’re not wealthy. Her experience working part-time jobs has helped her understand the financial obstacles that many pet owners face.

“My dog is my baby, you know? It’s a struggle, when you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck, trying to pamper them,” she said. “There are so many boutique pet stores where it’s just out of a lot of working people’s budgets.”

Elpusan always hoped to start her own business, but she wasn’t sure how that would play out. Then the pandemic led to a furlough her from her job, giving her time to focus her goals and build a business plan. She conducted extensive research to find the pet products from by businesspeople who identify as female, Black, Indigenous, or people of color. She drew upon her past pet store work experience to source pet food, treats, and supplements that meet her high canine and feline nutritional standards.

Other products on the boutique’s shelves range from Star Wars-themed collars to dried buffalo ears coated in honey. Dogs can go home with the chew toys and stuffies shaped like cactus, tacos, or boba tea. Cat lovers can purchase tiny catnip-infused gnomes, or flashy wand toys. Handmade face masks for humans are packaged with matching bandanas for pets.

The Headstrong Hound also occasionally offers walk-in nail trims and other grooming services, which are announced in advance via Instagram.

Elpusan’s background fueled her passion for pets. She grew up around animals, sometimes helping her grandparents breed and show their Afghan Hounds. Her mother was a horse trainer who competed in barrel racing. As an adult, Elpusan took a job grooming dogs in order to learn the skill.

Elpusan lives in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood with a cat named Mod and a rescued racing greyhound called Bowie. In fact, the store’s name came from her experience with sighthound breeds, and her appreciation that they can be stubborn.

The pooch Bowie, though, has willingly stepped into his role as The Headstrong Hound’s greeter. Customers can expect him offer a gentle, friendly welcome. “He does this thing where he sort of smiles at the people coming in,” Elpusan explained. “He’ll get up and be like, ‘Oh, hey, hello!’”

Elpusan called the FoPo community “just amazing”, and said much of her business so far has come from people who just happen to be walking by – often with their dogs. Many express appreciation for the store.

“This was one of the things they wanted in their neighborhood,” she said. “Especially the whole ‘walking distance’ part of it.”

“The Headstrong Hound” is open Tuesdays through Sundays – until 7 p.m., on weekdays. The store’s website is –; its Instagram account is – @theheadstronghound.

“The Cardy”, the new studio apartment building on the corner of S.E. 51st Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard, is the latest completed project for local developers Brian and Mark Lisac.
“The Cardy”, the new studio apartment building on the corner of S.E. 51st Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard, is the latest completed project for local developers Brian and Mark Lisac. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Studio apartment development completed near S.E. 52nd


The 28 studio apartments constructed on the corner of S.E. 51st Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard are now complete. Built by the local two-generational family company “Lisac Brothers Construction”, the new accommodations range in size from 369 to 425 square feet each.

Each studio comes with a refrigerator, microwave oven, range, dishwasher, washer, and dryer. Kitchen cabinets can provide extra storage, and floors are laid with luxury vinyl. There is an outside courtyard area in the back, a dog-washing station, high-speed Internet, and a front-entry system that allows for safe package delivery, and entry for visitors through a ring from the tenants’ phones. 

Ready for all seasons, the apartments are equipped with air conditioning as well as heating. 31 bike racks, and TriMet bus service on Woodstock Boulevard, may help compensate for the lack of any on-site parking.

The studio apartment complex, named “Cardy”, was designed by Barry Smith – the same architect who Lisac Brothers used in building “54 Woodstock”, the 38 apartments complex that opened in 2018 on Woodstock at 54th Avenue. “Everything starts with the design, with attention to detail and finish,” co-owner Mark Lisac said of their structures, in a telephone interview with THE BEE in early April, as the latest apartments were being completed. 

Lisac Brothers Construction has also built apartments and townhomes in Sellwood, and elsewhere in the Portland area. Their commercial mixed-use project Flipside Bar and Carts on S.E. 93rd at Woodstock Boulevard, in the Lents neighborhood, opened in May of 2018. With an eight-cart food cart pod, a rooftop deck, and a 2,500-square-foot indoor bar with craft beers on tap, Flipside seats 65 indoors and 32 on the roof.  It also includes nine apartments.

Brian and Mark Lisac grew up in Carver, here in Oregon, and say they are committed to providing construction in neighborhoods to serve community needs. The studio apartment rents range from $995 to $1195 per month. Slightly bigger units on the third floor and front corners will constitute the higher rents. The three-level complex includes two “inclusionary” units. 

Co-owner Brian Lisac has been working on-site at 51st Avenue and Woodstock almost every weekday during construction, and as the work was finishing, he explained how they came up with the building’s name – “Cardy”. 

“It’s named for my two sons, Cody and Carson, and Uncle Mark came up with the name Cardy.”  He says combining the two names seemed more diplomatic than choosing going with the name “Carson” as originally planned, and Brian quickly agreed.

The leasing agent for the new studio apartments is Property Management MJP, which can be contacted at 503/320-0680.

Charles Barker is, with his family, the owner of “Oscar’s Plant-Based Burgers”, now open Wednesday through Sunday afternoons at 3200 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue.
Charles Barker is, with his family, the owner of “Oscar’s Plant-Based Burgers”, now open Wednesday through Sunday afternoons at 3200 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. (Courtesy of Charles Barker)

New Brooklyn café offers plant-based burgers


“Oscar’s Burgers” has opened at 3200 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Brooklyn, on the corner spot across from Brooklyn Park which formerly was home to Sanborn’s Restaurant. But the hamburgers are not what you might find elsewhere – they are made with a plant-based meat substitute. They are served with fries, which of course are naturally plant-based.

Charles Barker and his family are proud owners, and as you might guess, the most frequent question they get is “how do they taste?” Their first answer is to try one and see; they’re confident that, once you taste them, you’ll be back.

Barker is a Portland area native, and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America – he’s had 30 years’ experience in the food industry. He explains that after observing local effects of climate change, he wanted to develop a more climate-friendly restaurant. “I decided to partner with ‘Impossible Foods’, whose plant-based burger patties are made using 96% less land and 87% less water than cows, while producing 89% less greenhouse gases. But they also taste great!”

Charles’ daughter Chloe helped develop the concept, the menu, and the artwork for the business, while continuing to attend online college classes. His son Oscar, after whom the business is named, serves as cook and menu-tester – promising “a plant-based burger meal that aims to satisfy”. The hamburgers can be enhanced with plant-based cheese or bacon, onions, and jalapeños. The café also offer either shoestring fries or sweet potato fries, and a variety of Blue Sky sodas.

“We're now open five days a week for on-line ordering (see, and we currently offer delivery or curbside pickup,” says Barker. The doors are open Wednesday through Friday afternoons, 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 8 p.m.

You can order at 503/922-7292, or online –


With a movie and TV background in helping the stars look good, Stephy Fajardo has opened her own salon in Westmoreland.
With a movie and TV background in helping the stars look good, Stephy Fajardo has opened her own salon in Westmoreland.

Local film and TV stylist opens salon in Westmoreland: Longtime Portland resident and licensed personal stylist Stephy Fajardo has opened “Style By Stephy” – a new image-consulting salon offering haircuts, hair colors, makeup services, wardrobe styling, and personal shopping. Fajardo discloses, “Since 1994 I have worked behind the scenes on the ‘glam squad’ for episodic TV shows, feature films, and national advertising campaigns; credits include Twilight, Grimm, Portlandia, Leverage, Nike, Nordstrom, and People magazine.” A licensed cosmetologist and wardrobe stylist, Stephy says all this unique career experience gives her “a keen sense of gratitude and delight that informs the work I now do with my personal clients.” Her new salon is open by appointment, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 6422 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, across from QFC. Call 503/680-9880, or go online –

Shop owner pivots to graphic designing for businesses: Marie Turcotte, who formerly owned and operated Vice Resale on the northwest corner of S.E. 13th at Umatilla, tells THE BEE she was forced to close the store by the coronavirus pandemic, but now is providing a graphic design service for other businesses, one of which is Ma Bella Salon in Sellwood. The name of her new business is Soybean Designs, and she’s open to “working with small budgets and tight deadlines”. Her telephone number is 503/688-8873. She’s online at –  

Cleveland senior develops and sells “I.D. Buddy”: Zoey Weesner of S.E. 52nd Avenue writes, “I am a senior at Cleveland High School, currently working on my Girl Scout Gold Award, which focuses on disability awareness and safety. . . The ‘I.D. Buddy’ is a multifunctional tool that gives medical information to first-responders in case of emergencies. It can attach to seatbelts, wheelchairs, backpacks, and virtually anything else you can think of. . . The ‘I.D. Buddy’ can be ordered off of my website, either finished or as a kit you can make yourself.” To learn or see more, visit that website –

The AHB speaker on April 15th in Sellwood is Portland business association consultant and legend Nancy Chapin.
The AHB speaker on April 15th in Sellwood is Portland business association consultant and legend Nancy Chapin.

May’s AHB meeting topic is “Is a Paradigm Shift in our future?:  Nancy Chapin, a guru in the Portland business community, facilitates an insightful discussion at the May 20 AHB Meeting: “How will this year in our history change your life? Have you already seen changes? Will they be permanent? Is your life better or worse? Consider life as we knew it, and as we know it now.” Nancy Chapin, of her own TSG Services, has been a variety store clerk, a high school teacher and drama coach, a Head Start Director, an organizer, an administrator, a bookkeeper, a traveler, a wife, a parent – and continues to be a student of life. Plan to be there for this program, and to network with others who work at home. During the pandemic, the “Association of Home Businesses” monthly third-Thursday meetings are held virtually, on ZOOM, open to anyone interested, and without charge! However, to attend, you’ll need the ZOOM link. E-mail your RSVP to – – or, call 503/232-2326.

Staffer at Wallace Books is finalist for an award: BEE reader Kari Freeman informs us, “Connor Eifler, who works at Wallace Books, is a finalist for an Oregon Book Award for his play ‘You Cannot Undo This Action’; it was performed at Lincoln High School. It is up for the ‘Angus Bowmer Award for Drama’. Conor is a 2007 graduate of Cleveland High School, and you can find Conor at Wallace Books on Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland.”

Westmoreland Chase Bank branch opens: Tuesday, April 13, was the first day open for the new branch of Chase Bank at 1610 S.E. Tolman Street in Westmoreland; in the same week the Westmoreland Wells Fargo branch reopened as well. At the new Chase Bank, the Branch Manager and Vice President is Amanda Rasmussen. Chase thus becomes the only bank at present with branches open both in Sellwood-Westmoreland and in Woodstock, although the OnPoint Credit Union also has a branch in both neighborhoods as well. The telephone number of the new Westmoreland Chase Bank is 503/820-2530, and it is open Mondays through Saturdays.

Former Sellwood business owner Laurie Austin died on February 22.
Former Sellwood business owner Laurie Austin died on February 22. (Courtesy of Southeast Portland Rotary Club)
Sellwood businessperson passes: Laurie Austin, onetime owner of the “Please Be Seated” shop in Sellwood, and recently an exceptional caterer and personal chef, passed away of a lingering illness on February 22. Her cuisine was widely lauded despite being limited to a tiny kitchen in a small apartment adjacent to the Waverley Golf Club. And those she regularly prepared weekly meals for, which included the BEE editor and family, deeply miss her. Her affairs were concluded by a relative who has returned to Arizona, but a group of her friends have arranged a memorial service on Saturday, May 22, at 1 p.m., at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, 2800 S.E. Harrison, between Hawthorne and Harrison. It is open to the public and all who knew Laurie are welcome.

New Director announced at Rhododendron Garden:
The Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, on S.E. 28th opposite Reed College, has its first Executive Director, appointed by the Portland branch of the American Rhododendron Society – Brandon K. Baker. Baker has had several roles in nonprofits locally, including at the Portland Japanese Garden, and the Hellenic-American Cultural Center and Museum. He also has been associated with the Cascade Educational Broadcast Service, Friends of Zenger Farm, and Reedwood Friends. The Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden is managed by the Portland Chapter of the ARS, in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation. Learn more at –

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