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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Silver Lining, Westmoreland, Karen Graves, Southeast Portland, Oregon
In front of the Westmoreland location of her “Silver Lining” store, retiring owner Karen Graves, left, spends a moment with the new co-owners, Lyn Perkins and her mom, Lori Perkins. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Owner of Westmoreland’s ‘Silver Lining’ retires; shop to continue


Those who regularly visited her Westmoreland store, “The Silver Lining”, over the decades were startled when recently its owner, Karen Graves, began to tell customers she was retiring.

But the store won’t go away, Graves assured; “It’s in good hands with new owners – Lyn Perkins, and her mom Lori Perkins – who plan to move the upscale women’s consignment clothing store to the City of Milwaukie soon.”

Graves told THE BEE she bought the store, which has been in business since 1983, from the woman who started it – Lila Ulrich – and she later bought the building from her as well.

“It’s hard to believe how time has gone by; this is been a great business for me, for three decades now,” Graves said wistfully. “I thank all of the wonderful customers who have shopped here over the years.”

For those unfamiliar with “The Silver Lining”, its business model is called a “consignment store”. Graves explained, “People bring in clothing for me to sell; when it sells, they get the profit, and the shop retains a commission for selling it.”

Over the years, the owner said, she may have consigned as many as a million garments – or more. “I can’t come close to giving you an exact number, but I know I’ve touched a lot of clothing!”

While she’s enjoyed running the store, it’s been a seven-days-a-week business, and Graves said she’s ready for a change. “I’m to take a sabbatical and go climb some mountains – I am a ‘Mazama Climb Leader’ – and want to do some climbing and trekking, perhaps in Nepal, while I can still walk and move!”

But she will miss her customers and consignors, Graves admitted, because they’ve become “like family” over the years, including the new owners.

“Lori Perkins, the new co-owner, has been a customer for years, as has her daughter and co-owner Lyn – I think she was about five years old when she first started coming in – who has worked here for the last four years.

“Now that Lyn and Lori are going to take over the store, I feel that my ‘Silver Lining family’ is continuing, and moving on,” Graves smiled.

The new owners are looking forward to the customers who come in every week for the “thrill of the hunt”; the customers who have moved away and stop by, when in town; and the once-a-year shoppers who dislike the “mall stores”.

“It’s true, the store is moving from Westmoreland soon, but it’s not going far; we’re looking at a lease in downtown Milwaukie,” new co-owner Lyn Perkins told THE BEE. “We’re hoping that our customers would be willing to drive just a few minutes further down the road, to still come shop at ‘The Silver Lining’.”

Keep up with the progress of the store’s transition, online –

But, you recall, Graves also owns the building “The Silver Lining” is moving out of. So what is she going to do with that? 

“The Bull and the Bee” – for seven years open south of the Post Office on Bybee Boulevard, and which offers baby gear, clothing, toys, books and gifts for young children and moms – will be moving into that space in April, according to that shop’s owner, Barbara Wright.

Ravens Wing, Iris Bell, 13th Avenue, Sellwood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
“Raven’s Wing” General Manager Iris Meredith Bell stands with some of the Sellwood shop’s collection of books, cards, and stones. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Sellwood ‘new age’ shop succeeds, on Sellwood’s Antique Row


Iris Meredith Bell opened the doors at “Raven’s Wing Magical Company” in 2016, and now – going into its fourth year – it is an established success.

The shop, at 7927 S.E. 13th Avenue, is open daily, selling crystals, stones, herbs, candles, and jewelry, as well as offering “expert intuitive readings and divinations, with an in-store staff of five experienced practitioners.” One of the readers is Bell herself, trained in Tarot and astrology, and she also enjoys mythology, spirituality, and crystal studies. She sees Tarot as “a language for understanding the self, allowing us to speak directly to our subconscious mind.”

“I feel very lucky to have landed in Sellwood, where I live and my son attends school,” Bell tells THE BEE. “We’re a special draw in the neighborhood, since many schoolkids come in to look at our rocks and crystals. I’m a proud member of the Sellwood-Moreland Business Alliance, and we donate to local schools. Clients tell me that this site used to be called ‘The Raven,’ which specialized in antiques and military items for about thirty years.”

Asst. Manager Willow Ravenna comments, “This is a metaphysical store. . . We hold classes and rituals so that people can have the power to make their own magic. We have three meeting spaces in-store, or readers can appear at party events off-site.”

Intuitive readers and divinations with experienced practitioners come in hour-long or half-hour sessions. Phone 503/946-8951 to arrange an appointment, or book one online –

The website reveals that the store has a second location – in Oakland, California. Both stores also offer aromatherapy items, bath salts, herb smudge bundles, incense, oils and tinctures, cards and gift items, and “magical herbal powders”. In addition there are books, statuary, jewelry, and flags for different cultures and traditions.  The Sellwood store is open seven days a week, noon until 8 p.m.

Woodstock Community Business Association, WCBA, Thad Davis, Double Mountain Brewpub, Woodstock, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Woodstock Community Business Association President Thad Davis discussed WCBA’s plans for 2020, at the Annual Meeting at Double Mountain Brewpub. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Woodstock’s business association celebrates at annual meeting


The large meeting room at the Double Mountain Brewpub on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard was filled with members and guests of the Woodstock Community Business Association (WCBA), as they held their Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening, February 11.

“Tonight, we’ll have a short presentation, and we’ll provide dinner for those who came, do lots of networking, and give away a lot of raffle prizes,” announced WCBA President Thad Davis, owner of Payroll On Time, Inc.

Additionally, the organization held their annual election for Board Members. The members running for re-election for the staggered two-year terms were all re-elected.

“We’re celebrating the success of our ongoing annual signature event, ‘Woodstock Gives Back’, which last September raised a total of $17,000, at individual businesses, for the charities of their choice,” Davis told THE BEE.

“Among our other civic projects, the WCBA pays for the trash pickup from receptacles along the Boulevard, and also does a lot of the cleanup. Along with business and property owners, and volunteers with the Woodstock Neighborhood Association, we do ‘street clean-ups’ to tidy up the business district.”

The WCBA is also partnering with the Woodstock Stakeholders Group to create a more welcoming business environment in the business district, with the help of a city grant.

He volunteers for the WCBA, Davis said, “Because we’re in it altogether; it’s a natural thing to pitch in and help our community.”

The WCBA also is the official business association for the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, too – and representatives from the BDNA were on hand to show off and distribute their new “Community Resource Guide” for neighborhood residents.

Learn more about the WCBA online –

People's Food Co Op, Brooklyn neighborhood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Here’s the front entrance and patio at “People’s”, the 50-year-old Brooklyn food co-op at 3029 S.E. 21st Avenue. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘People's Food Co-Op’ celebrates 50 years in Brooklyn


“People's Food Co-Op”, at 3029 S.E. 21st Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood, has served Inner Southeast Portland shoppers for over half a century. It all started in the late 1960s as a food-buying club organized by a group of Reed College students who wanted to purchase whole foods. That was half a century ago, but it’s still going strong.

Soon after it formed, the club incorporated as a nonprofit organization under the name “People's Food Store”, and later set up its storefront in 1970. In the 1990s, a series of management and staff changes helped focus the intent of the venture as “a passionate and welcoming community, working together to provide healthful foods, sustainability, progressive land and animal stewardship, human rights, and social and economic justice.” That’s quite a menu for a food store.

Also in the 1990s, a small expansion to the shop added another checkout lane, a new exit door, and more bulk storage space. In a strategy to add to the store’s success, the Co-Op began to offer an outdoor Farmers Market, and indoors focused on having a nearly exclusively-organic produce department. At present, that Farmers' Market is the longest-running year-round market in Portland – held on Wednesday afternoons, 2 to 7 p.m., under tents along the S.E. Tibbetts Street side of the property.

In 2001, the store added a cobb wall, and rest areas along Tibbetts Street. The wall incorporates colored glass bottles to focus sunlight inside, with a pleasing glow from indoors glowing outdoors at night. Bioswales on the east and south sides of the shop help recycle rainwater runoff, and a front patio seating wall offers those rest areas for customers.

The store also offers an upstairs meeting room, accessed by a back stairway (or elevator lift, if needed), and it’s a popular facility for yoga classes, event rentals, and similar activities.

You can sign up to be a “Member-Owner” online –   

The store is open daily, 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. For more information, call 503/674-2646.

Octopus, chainsaw art, Tacoma Street, Sellwood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
This large wooden octopus carving has appeared on the north side of S.E. Tacoma Street in Sellwood, between 10th and 11th Avenues. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Octopus appears on Tacoma Street


A large wooden octopus sculpture was recently on a small patio in front of 1035 S.E. Tacoma Street in Sellwood – not far from the Willamette River – not that such a cephalopod would ever be found in a freshwater river. The striking ten-foot-tall creature is depicted guarding a treasure chest, complete with a pirate map and pieces-of-eight coins. 

Washington State chainsaw artist Ray Schulz, who carves the distinctive bears found in front of Black Bear Diners, has been plying his trade for over twenty years; this unique sculpture was commissioned by Kelly Green, owner of the Green Oasis dispensary behind it. It was created from ponderosa pine, carved into sections called “cants”, then kiln-dried.

Thus prepared, the sections were transported to the Sellwood location and bolted together. Green calls the new wood sculpture “Mr. OG”, and says he hopes it entertains passersby.

Third Generation Herbal, Brooklyn Neighborhood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Jennifer Vanderfleet is proprietor of “Third Generation Herbal”, at 3434 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Third Generation Herbal’ opens in Brooklyn


A new alternative and holistic health studio has opened in the Brooklyn neighborhood at 3434 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, just inside the front door of “Know Thy Food” grocery.

This separate business, called “Third Generation Herbal”, is owned and operated by Jennifer Nan Vanderfleet, who set up production of her products in 2013. “Perfumery is for my own artistic expression,” she remarks. “Scents are a sort of ‘olfactory time travel’.”

Vanderfleet specializes in essential oils, advice, and custom blending, to address allergies, skin care, elder care, emotional wellness, and custom aromas. She also sells Japanese incense and facial cleansing soap.

“I sell about half herbal perfumes, and half alternative wellness supplies. I craft quality products for people of all ages, and sometimes for animals,” she says. “I hope to offer people an access to oils that allows them to explore the olfactory realm.

“I use 100% therapeutic-grade essential oils, and other natural ingredients from around the world, to make quality products that are naturally medicinal, unique, and aromatically intoxicating,” she continues. “I studied herbalism in college, and while apprenticed to a neuro-psychologist at the Medical College of Georgia.

Vanderfleet’s physical location also serves as her production studio, open Mondays through Fridays from 12 noon until 5 pm – but she also offers her products online –


Robert Shepard, Association of Home Businesses, Sellwood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Robert Shepard is the March speaker, on the 19th, at the Assn. of Home Businesses meeting in Sellwood, 6-9 p.m.

Robert Shepard tells how to “build your brand – and business”: At the March 19 meeting of the Association of Home Businesses, Robert Shepard – a brand and marketing strategist for all sizes of businesses – shows how your potential customers need to perceive your business the right way. He’ll discuss steps and strategies to launch a new brand or re-define an existing one, and you’re invited to be there. Networking, this presentation, and a buffet supper, all happen 6-9 p.m. at the March meeting of AHB at SMILE Station, 13th and Tenino in Sellwood, a block south of Tacoma Street. Open to all! The meeting fee of $10 includes the buffet. Please RSVP to assist food preparation. RSVP online – – or call Eric at 503/232-2326.

Northeast brunch restaurant reopens in Westmoreland: A well-reviewed breakfast and lunch restaurant in the Cully neighborhood, which had opened in January of 2017, closed its doors late last year, despite a successful Kickstarter campaign – only to reveal at the end of January that it had made arrangements to replace the recently-closed “Laurelwood Brewpub” on the south side of the Moreland Theater on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, just north of Bybee Boulevard. The new restaurant, called “Beeswing”, can seat 100, and promises the same menu as at its former location. It opened for business at 8 a.m. on Saturday, February 1st, at 6716 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue.

Art show on March 21 at “Rose City Coffee” in Brooklyn: A group of talented local artists will host an Art Exhibit at Rose City Coffee Co. in the Brooklyn neighborhood, at 3370 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, on Saturday evening, March 21, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. “We love to support the art community,” says Rose City Coffee Co. owner Christy Gryphon. “Not only does it bring people into the coffee shop, but it enlivens the space, inspires our guests and creates a beautiful art space where our customers and community can gather together.” The exhibit includes a diverse collection of artists in a variety of mediums including Josh Daily, a metal and found material sculpture artist; Dawn Furstenberg, who has created a line of adult coloring books and cards from her illustrations; Lindsey Konopka, who’ll be displaying her stained glass art; Heléna Dupre Thompson an urban photographer, and Matthew Walter an artist who calls his work graffiti pop on wood.

“Healthcare of Small Business” forum March 18: An organization called “Oregon Physicians for a National Health Program” has rented the Aladdin Theater on Wednesday, March 18th, to present a one-hour program for small businesses on the subject of “how healthcare policy impacts local business”. Tickets are $10 – available at the door, or online at –

A week of romantic photos in Sellwood: On February 7, “Sellwood Flower Company” disclosed it had constructed a large heart over its entrance – composed of greens, roses, and red carnations – to create a romantic photo “flower hot spot” at which couples could take selfies or photos in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. The floral shop is situated directly across the street from SMILE Station, on S.E. 13th between Tenino and Umatilla Streets, in Sellwood. The shop is online, allowing the ordering of flowers for all occasions, at –

“Writing as Meditation – Your Voice, Your Mind”: Sellwood’s “Medication for Regular People” offers a special one-time workshop open to all on Sunday, March 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. on “Writing as Meditation”, with guest teacher Susan Trocollo. “Write, share your writing if you wish, and use writing prompts as a jumping-off point to find out more about YOU!” This program serves seniors and mid-lifers challenged by ongoing difficult emotions of having a chronic condition, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, or heart disease. Ms. Trocollo has published multiple books and essays, and is included in the “Chocolate for a Woman's Soul” series. This 2.5 hour workshop costs $50. Get more information, or register, online under the “Workshops” tab –  

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