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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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Missing Link, bicycle shop, Woodstock, Portland, Oregon
Matt Glynn [left] and James Emond love working at The Missing Link. Owner Emond says, “What is good for our customers and community is good for The Missing Link.” (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Woodstock’s bike shop: ‘The Missing Link’

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

If you haven’t found it yet, there is a bicycle shop at 4635 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard that is worth checking out. Next door to the Lutz Tavern, “The Missing Link” is tucked away, and can easily go unnoticed.

But it’s not really new. The Missing Link has been on the boulevard for two years this past February. Now, especially with the Woodstock Bike Gallery’s move to Westmoreland, The Missing Link is filling the bill in Woodstock and for Reed College for bike repairs and sales. It carries about forty bikes for sale, has a large selection of bike accessories – and it offers personalized, professional service.

James Emond, owner of The Missing Link and a former Bike Gallery employee, comments on his own bike history that’s behind his choice to open the shop. “Since my childhood, I was always interested in bike shops, working in bike shops, and repairing bikes.

“I began in the bike business when I got hired at the Lake Oswego Bike Gallery in 1998. I transferred to Woodstock in 2004, when they [the Bike Gallery] purchased the Beckwith’s space, and there I was promoted to Store Manager. My time at Bike Gallery ended in 2012, and I wound up purchasing The Missing Link bike shop [from its retiring owner, Joe Rettke] when it was at just one location, on N.E. Sandy Boulevard.”

Now Emond owns two Missing Links – the one in Woodstock, and another in downtown Milwaukie. 

“The Woodstock shop opened on Super Bowl Sunday two years ago,” reminds Matt Glynn, who works full-time at the Woodstock shop.  He comments on his own bike history: “Working on them came from my love of riding them. In high school in New York City, I rode all over Manhattan, which is the perfect [bike riding] size – 12 miles long and 2 miles wide.” 

Then, as a summer job, Glynn worked in a NYC bike shop. “I became friends with the head mechanic, and I got on-the-job experience.” More recent history includes employment at the Woodstock Bike Gallery from September 1997 to January 2015.

Geoff Greene works in the Woodstock shop on Tuesdays and Thursdays. His special love is vintage bike repair, but is not at all limited to that. He also is a former Bike Gallery employee.

Emond, Glynn, and Greene all love working in a small, personalized shop. “We can do same-day repairs, and do small stuff while you wait,” Greene says.  He likes serving people who have neighborhood and commuter bikes. He then points to the array of accessories the shop carries: Helmets, lights, fenders, locks, and more. He adds that Reed College students are well-served by the proximity of the shop to the school.

The Missing Link’s staffmembers tell THE BEE they like how communication and service are streamlined in a small shop. They can easily communicate with each other between their two shops, and order parts more quickly and easily. And they have a lot of collective shared experience.  “We have a combined 27 years of selling and repairing bikes on Woodstock Boulevard,” observes owner Emond, who currently works fulltime in the City of Milwaukie shop.

Matt Glynn adds, “You’d be hard-pressed to find a place where mechanics are so experienced. Geoff, James, and I have been doing this for a long time. We have the diagnostic skills and ability to work on a wide spectrum of bikes, all kinds and years.”  He muses on his love of bikes: “Since my childhood I was always interested in bike shops, working in bike shops, and repairing bikes.” 

To contact the Woodstock shop, call 503/206-8854. For the City of Milwaukie shop, the number is 503/303-7187. Online at: http://www.missinglinkpdx.com. Both shops are open 10-6 on weekdays, and 10-5 on weekends.



Sushi Shoko, Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon
Su Jin and Minki Kim have opened the new “Sushi Shoko Restaurant” on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, in the same spot as the former “Tani’s”. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Sushi Shoko Restaurant opens in Woodstock

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

In the January BEE, correspondent Elizabeth Ussher Groff reported on the retirement of Yoshiharu Tanizawu (“Tani”), and the closure and sale of his popular “Tani’s Sushi Bar and Japanese Kitchen”. As Tani promised then, a new restaurant reopened with a new name in the same spot shortly afterward – “Sushi Shoko”.

The new sushi restaurant at 4807 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, #D, seats 47, and also has a small outdoor patio. Owner Su Jin and her son, Minki Kim, supervise a staff of ten, and serve mostly seafood dishes.

“We formerly operated a similar restaurant in Tigard,” Kim told THE BEE. “Here we’re open every day, with different daily specials. So far, our sushi rolls are the most popular choice, although we also serve sashimi, noodle soups, yakisoba, and tempura. We also have a saki bar, and serve draft beer.”

Sushi Shoko is open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch, and from 4:30 until 9 p.m. for dinner. Call them at 503/595-3500, or stop in to sample their grilled teriyaki salmon, unishooters, or tuna rolls.



Argentine tango, tango teacher, Tango Berretin, Foster Road, Portland, Oregon
Helping people of all ages and skill levels enjoy Argentine Tango is what ex-Reed-student Alex Krebs does – and he enjoys it. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Reed physics major turns tango teacher in Southeast

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

For 16 years, folks who have wanted to learn and enjoy dancing the Argentine Tango have made their way out to 6305 S.E. Foster Road, across the street from the Holgate Boulevard Round Table Pizza – the studio of Alex Krebs: “Tango Berretin”.

The California native said he came as a student to Reed College from 1995 to 1999 to study physics and music. “Yes physics, and music – I was a double major!” Krebs grinned.

During his first year, he also took a ballroom dancing class. “Of all the dances, I liked ballroom tango the best,” he recalled.

During his freshman summer back home, Krebs looked for places to dance, and found a teacher of Argentine Tango. “He said it’s different from ballroom tango; I’d had to start all over, learning – and I never did ballroom dancing after that. A year later, I traveled to Argentina and – for two months – I danced ten hours a day.”

Because of his expertise in Argentine Tango, Krebs started teaching others the dance back in Portland.

“I could never see myself in a physics-related career,” Krebs reflected. “And regarding music, I wanted to score films – which turned out to be creatively confining. So, while I never considered teaching dance as a career path, it landed in my lap, and I’m fortunate that it did!”

He’s always been musical – he started playing violin at age three, and moved to the saxophone when he was 11. He still plays sax in local bands. But, his love of Argentine Tango music led him to the “bandoneon”, an accordion-like instrument often mistaken for a concertina.

“At first I thought the bandoneon was too difficult, and I didn’t have the time for it. But after being given a bandoneon, I got addicted to practicing it, and soon found other musicians – until finally we had a sextet, and now we have a band with six albums released, and we play tango festivals all over the United States.”

As for his studio – he came upon the building, near the corner of S.E. Foster Road and Holgate Boulevard, while house-hunting in 2001. He passed on the house behind the building, but purchased the building itself – complete with a legally-zoned apartment in the back – and opened his studio while living there for several years.

Although it was in disrepair at the time, over the years Krebs has turned the building into a first-class dance studio, complete with social areas.

Krebs quickly dispelled what he considered to be the greatest misconception of his style of terpsichore: “People’s perception of tango dancing is fishnet stockings, a red rose stem clenched in the teeth, and deep dipping.

“You won’t find dancers performing acrobatics here, because Argentine Tango is a ‘walking dance’ – if you can walk, you can dance,” Krebs assured. “You needn’t be young, fit, and athletic – or even highly coordinated. We have people from all walks of life, in all demographics, from teenagers to people into their 70s.”

Instead of teaching a series of dance steps, “We’re teaching people how to be aware of their body, and how to communicate with their bodies; in a way, it’s like learning a kinesthetic foreign language,” explained Krebs.

One can learn the basics during an hour class which precedes the evening-long Saturday night dance gathering. But, to become more proficient, students take group classes for a couple of months and practice at the dances. “How far you can go depends on how courageous you are, and how much natural ability you have,” Krebs smiled.

“This is a friendly, welcoming community, and if you’ve wanted to dance, even if you don’t see yourself as a dancer, don’t have a partner, or any dance shoes, you can still find out if you’ll enjoy Argentine Tango by coming to one of our Saturday evening events. You’ll never really know if you enjoy it, unless you try.”

To learn more, go online: http://www.tangoberretin.com.



FABA, Foster Area Business Association, Foster Road, upgrade postponed, Portland, Oregon
Meet the new FABA Board of Directors – Justin Amrine of the Starday Tavern; Traci Hildner from Lucky Larder; Matthew Micetic of Red Castle Games; Kathy Chang from Concise Communications; Ben Martinez-Bateman of the Martinez-Bateman Development Initiative; Laura Kropf from Steve Turmell Visual Communications; Allen Rowand of Gray Dog Digital; and Steve Woolard from Carts on Foster. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

FABA: Businesses learn Foster Road rejuvenation delayed

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

It was a festive evening, Thursday, February 23, when members and guests of the Foster Area Business Association (FABA) gathered at Tango Berretin, at the complex intersection where S.E. Foster Road crosses Holgate Boulevard, for their annual meeting. 

The hospitality room table was laden with Mexican food, and plenty of libations were on hand as the meeting got underway.

At the meeting, Micetic announced that the “Foster Road Streetscape Plan”, from S.E. 52nd Avenue to 82nd Avenue of Roses, has been pushed back for as long as two years, while the City focuses on improving the thoroughfare further east – through Lents Town Center. The revision of Foster Road west of 82nd is still controversial with some businesses and residents.

Turning the topic to the vitality of the area, 87 new businesses have come to the district in just the past three years, Micetic pointed out. “These new businesses bring with them new energy on Foster Road; and, at the same time, we’re retaining the established businesses here.”

In addition to retaining the two major public events the organization established last year, Micetic said, “We’re looking for more ways to team with our neighbors, including a litter cleanup with the neighborhood association. Some may say this is a small effort, but each small improvement makes an incremental change for the better and improves the whole area.”

During a brief meeting of the Board of Directors, FABA’s leaders unanimously passed a new set of bylaws for the organization.

“Instead of working on the kludged set of bylaws that have been handed down for years, with the help of Venture Portland these new streamlined bylaws, vetted by attorneys, will help us operate under current ‘best-practices’,” beamed FABA President Matthew Micetic of Red Castle Games.

“The new bylaws are more conducive to running an efficient organization, such as holding Board votes on time-sensitive issues via e-mail, instead of by fax.”



Brooklyn Yard Apartment, McLoughlin Boulevard, Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, Oregon
The shiny new Brooklyn Yard Apartments on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue at McLoughlin opened with a party on February 3. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Grand opening art party opens ‘Brooklyn Yard Apartments’

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

There are now quite a few “Brooklyn Yards” in the Brooklyn neighborhood. First of course is the Union Pacific Brooklyn Yard railyard, after which the others are named. Second came the shopping center under development on the corner of S.E. McLoughlin and Holgate Boulevards.

And now, there are the Brooklyn Yard Apartments, on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue just north of – and overlooking – McLoughlin Boulevard.

The long-awaited opening of the new apartment building was held Friday, February 3, in conjunction with a Gala Art Party. The shiny new four-story, 46-unit mixed-use complex was built by SolTerra at the corner of Milwaukie Avenue and Schiller Street. Since it is located across the street from the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, the building offers the catchphrase, “Live at the intersection of industry and nature.”

Manager Danya Feltzin reported that nearly 250 people attended the Gala, in spite of icy streets. “The event was centered in the community lounge, kitchen & dining area,” he said. “Displays were set up in different areas so visitors could explore the whole building. Ten apartments were set up as art galleries with fashions & wall art created mostly by local artists. Another space was set up as a house spirits tasting room.”

Feltzin remarks that 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments are now available for lease; a parking garage offers 16 assigned spaces and bike storage. The apartments have vaulted ceilings, daylight in every room, energy-efficient fixtures, and stainless steel kitchen appliances. There are also a pool, a clubhouse, a lounge, and a courtyard, among other amenities. Living areas are pet-friendly, and a unique fern wall distinguishes the entrance. There is also a coffee and doughnut shop on the street level.

For information, call 503/816-0211, or go online – http://www.BrooklynYardPDX.com



Ross Island Beer, taproom, Powell Boulevard, Portland, Oregon
Mike Goodwin is Taproom Manager at Ross Island Brewing’s new location at 730 S.E. Powell Boulevard. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Local brewer opens taproom on Powell Blvd

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

Ross Island Brewing recently opened a taproom at 730 S.E. Powell Boulevard in what was previously an inconspicuous garage adjacent to “The Local Grind”. The small taproom has a few bar seats and drinking rails, and a couple of high top and low tables.

While there is no on-site kitchen there, outside food is permitted. Outdoorsy décor features a large wooden canoe above the bar, a mounted wildebeest head, old skis, snowshoes, and horse brass and tack.

A window next to the taps offers a view of back room brewing in progress, with a large copper mash tank and four conical fermenters. The beer lineup currently features ten local brewpub classic beers on tap, and one hard cider. Taproom Manager Mike Goodwin says additions are planned.

The business’ owners are Carston Haney and Maude Henry; Haney was formerly head brewer at Alameda Brewing Company, and is knowledgeable about local beers, ales, and lagers. The business expects eventually to set up a food-share agreement with the kitchen of The Local Grind next door.

The business hours are Sunday, and Tuesday through Thursday, noon till 11p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon till midnight; closed Monday.



Oodles for Kids, Diversity Day, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
Cleveland High School student Jimmy Tang, at right, makes Chinese “Rooster” hats for Gabriella, 9 and Romana, 3 (this is the Chinese “Year of the Rooster”). (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Sellwood’s ‘Oodles 4 Kids’ celebrates Diversity Day

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

February’s Black History Month arrived on the heels of Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27; Chinese New Year on January 28; and Japanese-American New Year “Mochitsuki” on January 29. Sellwood children’s store Oodles 4 Kids promoted cultural awareness with a “Diversity Day” on January 28th.

The shop’s owner Carolyn Miye told THE BEE that the celebration focused on a dozen different activities from around the world. “We need to expose kids to the many colorful cultures in this country. By doing so, we honor diversity, so kids won’t be fearful of immigrants. A toy store is a fun way to introduce them to different traditions.”

Activities of the day ranged from sampling Scottish shortbread and playing Pick-Up Sticks with Mary Morrison, to trying a taste of Lebanese hummus, and practicing hijab tying with Alexis and Armani Kahoury. Cleveland High School student Jimmy Tang helped kids make Chinese New Year “Rooster” hats, and gave out red Zhong Guo envelopes containing “lucky money”.

Sellwood’s “3 Sisters Nixtamal” demonstrated how to make Mexican corn tortillas, while Bobbi Settje offered Danish heart-shaped waffles with lingonberry jam. She also showed how to make Danish woven paper hearts. “These were first made by Hans Christian Anderson, in 1860, as affordable Christmas decorations,” she explained.

Staff from the Portland Puppet Museum were on hand to show how to make a Chinese dragon, and then presented a puppet show featuring Ping-Pong the Panda to delighted children. Shopkeeper Miye observed, “Many local people wanted to donate their time and talents here today. Zoha and Afshan Ahmad, from Sellwood’s UPS Store, demonstrated Pakistani henna hand tattoos, which bring joy to celebrations.”

Sellwood pet artist Tamar Hammer featured Israeli Hamsa cards, while Tara Fox demonstrated Native American Indian rock art. Rebekka Purcell displayed mocha and arare rice foods, and showed how to create Japanese origami. Senegalese bean games were introduced by Sellwood resident Abbasse.

A small tree decorated with hearts at the store’s entrance encouraged visitors to show their appreciation for different cultures. Many books, toys and coloring sheets at Oodles also featured traditions from around the world. The six-hour event at the S.E. 13th Avenue store drew many smiles, and informed visitors on a slew of international traditions.







BUSINESS BRIEFS


Bob Strong, Bob the Handyman, Association of Home Businesses, AHB
“Bob the Handyman” (Bob Strong) will be speaker at the April meeting of the Association of Home Businesses in Sellwood.

“Reinventing and rebranding a home business” at AHB in April:
The speaker at the area-wide Association of Home Businesses at its April 20 meeting will be Bob Strong – “Bob the Handyman” – licensed contractor and KXL Radio personality, who will tell how he redirected and focused his home business profitably, with tips for other home businesspeople on how to get a new business up and running. His business, EnviroTest, does professional testing for asbestos and lead-based paint. While he still does serve homeowners, the new business primarily serves small contractors and remodelers in the Portland metro and southwest Washington area. He’ll also share tips on locating new target markets for your home-based business that you may not have considered! Bob is an AHB member, and a resident of the Woodstock neighborhood. 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.

Owner of “BEEZ Holgate Station” hurt in traffic crash:
Julie Hamilton, the proprietor of the popular breakfast and lunch café “BEEZ Holgate Station”, next to Memory Lane Motors at S.E. 27th and Holgate Boulevard, was injured in a T-bone crash at S.E. 11th and Lincoln in the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood at 6:28 a.m. on Tuesday, February 28. Her employees and family members kept the popular restaurant and coffee shop open seven days a week during her absence; Hamilton had recovered sufficiently to start appearing for short intervals in the restaurant by early March, and was working in the kitchen by mid-month. BEEZ Holgate Station is noted for Julie’s extensive collection of Betty Boop memorabilia, with which it is decorated.

Sellwood business sponsors Food Bank event April 8; seeks volunteers:
Anne McCranie, the owner of “Fluid Movement + Massage” at 1644 S.E. Clatsop Street in Sellwood, tells THE BEE that she is taking a group of volunteers to pack food at the Oregon Food Bank on Saturday, April 8th. “I would like to invite BEE readers to join us. All ages welcome, but preregistration is required.” For information or to sign up, you can call her at the business: 503/705-4762. Or, go online to: http://www.fluidmassage.com/health-and-wellness/volunteer-at-the-oregon-food-bank-saturday-april-8th.


Gina Kazakov, Wells Fargo Bank, Westmoreland. Portland, Oregon
Gina Kazakov is the new Branch Manager at Wells Fargo in Westmoreland.

Wells Fargo promotes Gina Kazakov to Branch Manager in Westmoreland:
Wells Fargo has promoted Gina Kazakov to manager of its bank branch at 6646 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland. Kazakov previously served as a business specialist at another Wells Fargo branch in Portland. In her new position, Kazakov is responsible for the customer service, professional development and community involvement efforts of nine team members. Born in Tajikistan, Kazakov also speaks Russian. She joined Wells Fargo in 2002 as a teller in Portland. She later served as a personal banker and was promoted to assistant manager in 2008. Kazakov then served as business specialist for two years before her promotion to Branch Manager. Kazakov earned an associate degree in applied science from Portland Community College. She has won multiple service awards from Wells Fargo.


12 x 16 Gallery, photo exhibition, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
One of the photos displayed in the April exhibition at 12x16 Gallery.

Alternative photography exhibit this month at 12x16 Gallery:
April 6-30, in conjunction with Portland Photo Month, guest curators Anna Daedalus and Kerry Davis bring together five Portland artists working with alternative photography to an exhibition at Sellwood’s “12x16 Gallery”. The artists’ conceptual approaches stretch and warp the medium to treat such concerns as human perception as it relates to objects, marking time and space, the use of light to extend expressions, post-colonialism, and the impact of lens-based media on society. The participants include Davis and Daedalus, an artist team and cofounders of Roll-Up Photo Studio + Gallery in Sellwood – http://www.rollupspace.com. The “First Friday Opening” is April 7, 6-9 p.m., and the Artists’ Reception is Sunday, April 9, 2-4 p.m. 12x16 Gallery, 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, No. 5.


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