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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Gregg Fujino, barbeque, Woodstock Wine and Deli, Woodstock, Portland, Oregon
Showing off some of his barbecued chicken is Gregg Fujino, owner of Woodstock Wine & Deli. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Woodstock BBQ master competes at regional event


Many people took time off during the Labor Day weekend – but not Gregg Fujino, owner of Woodstock Wine & Deli – the well-known barbeque enthusiast entered a regional barbecue competition.

Yes, whenever the weather is suitable, you’ll see Fujino and his staff cooking up barbecue in front of their storefront on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. 

“In a way, that’s like our summer-long ‘warm up’ for the annual competition, at which we compete – the ‘BBQ Showdown at Juarez Canyon’ in Oregon City, where 25 BBQ teams vie for the NW championship, and $3,500 in prize money,” Fujino explained.

It’s more than just cooking ribs, brisket, chicken, and pork, he told THE BEE; it also includes appetizers, side dishes, and desserts.

After adjusting recipes and tinkering with their sauce, the Fujino team felt that the “Woodstock Smokers” were ready again to win awards.

“We got a couple of perfect scores in appetizers and dessert; and we came in second place in brisket. We learned from this year’s competition,” Fujino said. “And there’s always next year!”

Nama Ramen, ramen Japanese, restaurant, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
“Nama Ramen” Japanese restaurant owners Jason Kim and Tommy Shin; it’s now open at 7932 S.E. 13th Avenue. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Ramen’ is theme of new Japanese restaurant in Sellwood


“Nama Ramen”, a new Japanese restaurant, opened in September at 7952 S.E. 13th Avenue. Owners Tommy Shin and Jason Kim tell THE BEE they are thankful for the neighborhood’s interest. “On each of our first four days in business here, we sold out the 200 ramen meals we had prepared,” recalls Shin. “Now we have a dozen employees, and can produce 300 meals per day.”

So what is the difference between this restaurant’s cuisine and what you might find in a plastic package of ramen on a supermarket shelf…? All the Japanese style “Nama Ramen” dinners include ramen noodles and a soft-boiled egg – along with the main fare!

Examples of the main fare include: Tonkotsu/sea salt consists of pork broth, chashu pork, yu-choy bean sprouts, corn, scallions, and bamboo shoots. Coconut Shrimp also includes shrimp and coconut miso, yu-choy, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, corn, and scallions. Shoyu/soy sauce is based on chashu pork and chicken dashi broth, yu-choy, bamboo shoots, and scallions. Sterling Salmon includes yuzu chili, wakame, cucumber, avocado, furikake, sushi rice or greens. For other menu items, pictures & reviews, go online –  

Shin has been in business for six years, and has two other local restaurants: Samurai Blue Sushi in North Portland, and Akasaru Ramen in Northeast Portland. “So far, our busy times are noon to 2 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m.,” he adds. “We plan to offer an annual appreciation day here right after Labor Day, with ramen at $5.”

The new Sellwood spot is open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., but is closed on Sundays. “We can seat about 50 customers at a time, at tables both indoors and outside,” remarks Shin. “We also offer take-out meals. The most popular dish so far is Tonkotsu Ramen, cooked in pork broth for 16 hours. We also feature meals with chicken, tuna, salmon – and salad meals.”

For more information, telephone 971/255-0555.

Heart Cafe, Woodstock, 52nd, Portland, Oregon
The newly-opened “Heart” café at the northwest corner of S.E. 52nd Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard has a light and airy ambience. (Photo by Becky Luening)

‘Heart’ brings new breakfast options to Woodstock, plus signature coffee


Our Lady of Sorrows still stands, as the church always has, on the northeast corner of Woodstock Boulevard and S.E. 52 nd. But the other three corners at the intersection have had major changes recently.

Pursuing one of them, on Friday, September 8, THE BEE caught up with Rebekah Yli-Luona, who with her husband Wille is owner of “Heart” a new café just west across the street from the venerable church.

It was only Heart’s fourth day of operation on that day, but despite being the latecomer of the three businesses now leasing space in the new building on the northwest corner, the new business hit the ground running, and customers were coming in.

This is Heart’s third café. The original is on East Burnside at 24th; the second is downtown, at S.W. 12th and Alder, across from Tasty & Alder. In addition to these retail spots, Heart sells their roasts online, and wholesales to cafés around the world – including L.A., New York, London, and several locations in Japan. Heart coffee beans were initially roasted inside the Burnside location, but in 2016, Rebekah and Wille opened a dedicated roastery on S.E. Hawthorne, between 9th and 10th.

Coming to Woodstock felt like fate, Rebekah remarked. The couple’s home base is in South Tabor, so they were familiar with Woodstock. It was definitely one of several neighborhoods they thought would be a good location for another café “someday,” but they weren’t pushing to open another place; they wanted the company’s growth to unfold in a way that felt natural, and not forced.

It just so happened that the people who bought the building were friends, and approached Rebekah and Wille with an invitation they couldn’t refuse.

The café’s development, likewise, was fairly smooth sailing. One of the building owners is a contractor, and oversaw the permitting, “which was huge,” Rebekah said. Interior design was a time-consuming process; they made many choices, and inevitably changed their minds along the way, but ultimately they attained a satisfying space. Lots of wood provides warmth, and the tall windows and high ceilings lend a light and airy feel.

A display case for products helps define the service line, and also functions to divide the space into two sections – one with casual seating, the other outfitted with tables for dining or working. Though there are no plans to host special events there, the new café boasts considerable indoor capacity, as well as some outside seating behind the building.

Heart’s hiring process was long, but as a result, Rebekah said, they have an incredible team. One challenge was finding a few baristas who were comfortable doing food prep as well. Because – new for Heart, and good news for Woodstock neighbors who have been hankering for another breakfast joint – this café offers house-made quality eats in addition to the requisite pastries.

The cafe’s simple menu has something for everyone: Granola with yogurt and fruit, soft boiled eggs, side salads. Rebekah described a porridge of long grain white rice, red rice, amaranth, flax seed, and red quinoa, offered with sweet and savory topping options, and a handful of “toasts” made with a single slice of Tabor Bread (spelt or white wheat) topped with things like smashed egg, carrot and chickpea, and ricotta and jam.

In adding the food, the Woodstock café was designed with the kitchen out in the open, not hidden in the back, so that all employees work together in the same area and are a part of café life.

Although the busy boulevard already has quite a few espresso joints, 52nd Avenue is six blocks east of where most of those are clustered. In reference to Woodstock Boulevard’s chronic traffic congestion, Rebekah admitted that she worries about accidents, and feels there should be a left-turn signal at this busy corner. In the four days since opening, she said, “neighbors have been so awesome and welcoming, and have offered great feedback.” She and Wille assure THE BEE they are excited to be in Woodstock, and look forward to being part of it for many years.

Foster Area Business Association, walking map, Steve Turmell, Foster Powell, Portland, Oregon
The designer of the “Foster Road Walking Map”, Steve Turmell, shows THE BEE a copy of the new brochure. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

New map reflects Foster Road business boom


When members of the Foster Area Business Association (FABA) met on Tuesday, September 12, many of them got their first look at a newly redesigned “Foster Road Walking Map” of the business district.

As the group gathered under the veranda at Carts on Foster, FABA President,Matthew Micetic of Red Castle Games, LLC, grinned that he continues to be enthusiastic about his district. “Business along Foster Road continues to get better; we’re seeing more and more new small businesses opening up, filling in empty storefronts. And, a number of real estate transactions have been taking place, so we’ll be seeing more businesses coming in shortly.”

Picking up the new brochure, Micetic pointed out that this was the second edition of the “Foster Road Walking Map”.  “We’ve added a significant number of sponsors for the map, as well as many more businesses listed. ‘Steve Turmell Visual Communications’ did a great job producing this piece!”

Learn more about FABA by visiting their official website –


Robb Hatley, Association of Home Businesses, AHB, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
Robb Hatley, veteran fee-only financial planner, has tips to help home businesspersons plan retirement.

Speaker at AHB meeting tells how “yes, you CAN retire”: Professional fee-only financial planner Robb Hatley, a longtime member of the Association of Home Businesses, provides tips to home businesspeople and the self-employed on what they need to know about financial planning for retirement (and, expect a lively discussion of what retirement is, as we all have different visions of our own retirement). The talk will encompass: Social Security, Investments, your home, your business, health and long-term care, and legacy planning. That’s at the Association of Home Businesses meeting in Sellwood on Thursday, October 19. The meeting runs 6-9 p.m., with the presentation starting after the buffet supper, at around 7:30 p.m. Visitors are ALWAYS welcome, and newcomers 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 available online –  

Sellwood’s “Skybox” sold; to become “Moreland Ale House”: Via on OLCC application, it’s revealed that Denric, Inc., has sold the prominent Inner Southeast sports tavern “The Skybox” at 7981 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, at 17th, to B&G Hospitality, LLC, whose principals are Steven Burns and Benjamin Gilmer – and that the name of the business will be changed to “Moreland Ale House”, still open seven days a week. Gilmer will also be the manager. The property is owned by Dennis Vigna, of S.E. 110th Avenue.

Massage Therapist moves from Sellwood to Westmoreland: Shea Michelle, LMT, advised friends and clients that she moved, in the first week of September, from her longtime location on S.E. 13th in Sellwood: “With all the changes occurring in our neighborhood, and after 15 years in the amazing Pilates studio on 13th Avenue, I have decided to relocate my practice by joining another massage therapist and two acupuncturists just one block south of Bybee on Milwaukie Avenue. The new address, with designated parking, is 7048 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue.”

John L Scott Real Estate, Ronald MacDonald House, Woodstock, Portland, Oregon
Shown are the John L. Scott Woodstock agents who volunteered to cook on August 29 at the nonprofit Ronald McDonald House. Front row, from left: Trisha Highland, Lisa Smillie, and Michelle Maida; back row, from left: Anthony Carnivale, Claudie Smith, and Alex Roy.

Real estate agents serve charity Greek dinner: On Tuesday night, August 29, 2017, six agents from John L. Scott’s Woodstock office volunteered to cook a Greek dinner at the Northeast Portland Ronald McDonald House. They do this twice a year to help out the families and children there. They report that they had a great time meeting the families, cooking Greek food together, and said they were happy to support such a worthy charity.

“12x16 Gallery” in Sellwood announces closure: Cary Doucette, Founder and Director of Sellwood’s “12x16 Gallery” announced on September 12 that the gallery of local artists will close for good at the end of this December’s exhibition. “We would like to thank the countless guest artists, loyal supporters, and "friends of the gallery" for making the past twelve years possible. We are not going away. Our members and guest artists will continue to create art, show in other venues, and create new spaces. We ask for your continued support through the end of the year and for our members and guest artists in their future endeavors.” The October exhibition will feature works by Kelly Saxton and Judy Lee Vogland, October 5 through 29. The First Friday Reception will be October 6, 6-9 p.m., and the Artists’ Reception will be Sunday October 8, 2-4 p.m. The gallery is open Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 5 p.m., at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, No. 5. The telephone number is 503/432-3513, and the website is:

Inner Southeast author publishes second book: Local author Deni Starr has just released her second book, “Sucker Punched”, in the “Sean O’Conner, Cindy Matazar” series of contemporary mystery fiction set in Portland – each of which features a boxing theme. It, and the first book, “Below the Belt”, are available from Amazon – or in hardcopy at Wallace Books on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. Starr tells THE BEE, “Denizens of Sellwood who patronize The Bertie Lou coffee shop will find it and other Portland landmarks featured in the series.”

Sellwood Pet Supply announces dog training class: A training class, limited to six dogs, will begin on Saturday, October 14, 6:30 p.m., at Sellwood Pet Supply, 8334 S.E. 17th Avenue. The “rigorous, hour-long class” starts at the store but will migrate around the community and parks. Each six-week class session is $175 per dog, and a deposit is needed to hold your space. Children are welcome to participate.

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