by: , Hal Lillywhite

'Making better decisions' is focus of speaker in Sellwood. Hal Lillywhite, local personal coach, will be advising how to make better decisions in his talk, 'The Seven Deadly Sins of Decison-Making' at the monthly meeting of the Association of Home Businesses, meeting at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood, 6-9 pm Thursday evening, September 21st. The meeting is open to anyone interested, whether they operate a home business or not, includes a buffet supper, and costs $10 to attend (nonmembers should mention having seen this notice to receive the members' $10 rate). Reservations are requested: Call Eric at THE BEE, 503/232-2326.

Old Woodstock banners sold to benefit community center. The Woodstock Community Business Association (WCBA), which had underwritten the original Woodstock neighborhood banners hanging from utility poles along Woodstock Boulevard, and who recently replaced them with an updated banner design, donated the old banners in August to the Woodstock Neighborhood Association, which sold them at the second annual Woodstock Family Picnic on August 19th, with the proceeds going towards the ongoing maintenance of the Woodstock Community Center. WCBA meets monthly on the second Tuesday, 7-9 pm, at Country Bill's, S.E. 45th and Woodstock Boulevard. All are welcome to attend.

New wine shop opens in Sellwood. Two native French friends, Didier Sudre and Frederic Raclot, who share a passion for wine, have combined their expertise and enthusiasm to open the 'Vinideus Wine Store' at 8317 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood. The owners say they are introducing a wide selection of exclusive imported wines and hard-to-find Northwest wines. 'Our goal is to offer the community something different; special wines that they won't find in the other stores. We will carry a large selection of unknown, but exceptional French wines, hard to find Northwest wines and help our customers discover wines that are emerging or have been unfairly overlooked by most wine distributors and stores'. The new store opened August 19th, and is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am till 8 pm. The telephone number is 503/235-8002.

'Stromboli's' sold, closes. Co-owner Nancy Taylor reports that the popular Woodstock restaurant, located at the site once occupied by Davidson's, closed on July 30th after being sold to a group planning to convert it into a bar and grill, most likely called 'Westover's', with pool tables, and with smoking permitted. No date was given for the reopening.

Gallery reports sale from artist's estate. Mark Humpal Fine Art, located at 8235 S.E. 13th, suite 7, reports that it will be presenting a show and sale of paintings from the estate of the late Oregon artist Paul J. Grellert (1916-2005). The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday each week, 12-6 pm. For information, call 503/238-4452.

'Wong's King' Chinese restaurant gains more attention. In the aftermath of having won a number of gold medals at major cooking competitions held within the country of China, the local 'Wong's King' Chinese restaurant has now been featured prominently on the cover and in the pages of the June issue of the nationally-distributed 'Asian Restaurant News' magazine. The Inner Southeast Wong's King is located on the southeast corner of S.E. Tacoma Street at 17th, open seven days a week for lunch or dinner dine-in service, as well as drive-through take-out. The restaurant was previously nationally honored as being one of the best hundred Chinese restaurants in the United States.

'Flamenco Shop' opens in Inner Southeast. The 'Flamenco Shop' is now open in SE Portland, located next to Solo Flamenco's 'Arts Academy' at 1235 S.E. Division, #107-B. The shop offers an array of products including music and didactic CD and DVD recordings, rare videos, cajons (Flamenco percussion boxes), skirts, tops, shoes, and accessories for dancers and guitarists. An online store is opening this month at: Many of the products offered come directly from Spain, and, according to the store, until now were not available for purchase in Oregon. The shop is open Monday-Thursday 5-8 pm, and Saturdays 10:30 am till 2 pm. The telephone number is 503/972-1178.

Sellwood stylist wins contest. Linda St. James of Mia Bella Salon in Sellwood won first place, this summer, in the 'NW Stylist and Salon' magazine 'cover contest'. The subject of her entry (only her second entry in the popular regional trade contest) was Ma Bella receptionist Rebekka Hauskins, who has a modeling background; assisting in the entry was M'chel Bauxal, Hollywood celebrity makeup artist now based in Oregon; and photographer Eric Fox, whose studio is in the rear of the Mia Bella Salon. The winning photo appeared on the cover of the June 15th issue of the magazine.

New women's accessories shop open Sept. 8th. 'Tilde' will open on September 8th at 7919 S.E. 13th in Sellwood as a women's accessories and home decorative shop; the Opening Celebration will be 11 am-7pm on that date. The store highlights a large range of jewelry, handbags, belts, stationary, apparel, glass and ceramics from North America, Australia and Europe. The shop's staff notes, 'we are honored to be the only store in the nation to showcase Lani Ching of I Ching Bead's unique jewelry line. Lani is a long-time Sellwood resident, and a nationally recognized glass artist.'

'Heart To Hand' quilt shop joins nationwide 'Quilt Pink Day'. On Saturday, Sept. 30, local quilting enthusiasts will come together for the first-ever 'Quilt Pink Day', a national fundraising event to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Hosting the event locally will be 'Heart To Hand', a quilting shop located at 4823 S.E. Division Street. On 'Quilt Pink Day', quilters across the country will make pink-and-white quilt blocks at their local quilt shops; the shops will then piece together the

blocks, and send their finished quilts to Better Homes and Gardens' 'American Patchwork and Quilting' magazine for an online auction slated for next May, to benefit the Komen Foundation to fund breast cancer research and community outreach programs. To sign up for 'Quilt Pink Day', or for more details about the local event, call 503/230-9075, or visit the store. General Quilt Pink information is also available online at

'Olive Farm' closed; property for sale. The 'Olive Farm', which operated a retail store and a national mail-order olive-based business from its location on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue at S.E. Mitchell Street at the north end of Westmoreland, closed shortly before the Fourth of July. The owners are quoted as saying one of the factors leading to the closure of the business was the fall of the dollar against the euro, since the family maintained an olive grove and a mill in Italy. The property across Mitchell to the north, the former Vocational Village property, is slated to be razed and redeveloped, reportedly into a several-story structure with ground-floor retail space and living units above.

New certification for Sellwood realtor. Donna Milne, a Sellwood resident and realtor with the Hasson Company, relates that she has been awarded the Seniors Real Estate Specialist professional designation by the Senior Advantage Real Estate Council, which certifies her expertise working with senior citizens. She can be reached at 503/906-7150.

'Joey Bed' sold. Joey Bed, Inc., long located at 2627 S.E. Holgate Boulevard, across from Beez Holgate Station restaurant and Memory Lane Motors, has been sold, and will be vacating that address. Kathy Van Vactor at Joey Bed, Inc., adds, 'The name Joey Bed will still be used on product manufactured elsewhere.'

Janovec Studio hosts Rojean Evans exhibition. Noon to 5 each Friday and Saturday in September, and by appointment, Janovec Studio at S.E. Holgate and Milwaukie is exhibiting a collection of 'exuberant contemporary surrealism' by painter Rojean Evans. For information call the studio at 503/231-8346.

Six more new brokers in Westmoreland Windermere office. Windermere Real Estate reports that it has added six additional brokers to its staff in Westmoreland. They include Kristin Box, who formerly was a mortgage broker for First American Home Loans in Lake Oswego; Patty Pandzik, who was previously a sales associate for CBS Home in Omaha, Nebraska; Ilyse Ball, a marketing expert new to real estate; Jeremy Fershlieser and Jasminka Mujcic, whose backgrounds are not disclosed; and Lee Knightly, Board member of the Richmond Neighborhood Assn., and editor of the Richmond newsletter. Windermere does not reveal whether any of these replace those who have left, or if the office is constantly expanding the size of its staff.

'Aquariums Live' announces closure. The aquarium and fish shop 'Aquariums Live', located where S.E. 17th and Milwaukie converge, at S.E. Nehalem Street in Sellwood, pursued a 'closing sale' in August, and the property was put up for lease.

Classical Ballet Academy offers 'Mind Body' classes. The newly renovated and expanded Classical Ballet Academy, at 7970 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Sellwood, announces that it has begun a series of 'Mind Body' classes on Saturdays with Jack Coelho: 'Pilates Mat at 8:30 am, Vinyasa Flow Yoga at 9:30am; $10.00 drop in and first class is free.' The information number is 503/236-0787.

'Vino Vixens' opens as an 'edgy' wine shop. 'Vino Vixens' opened in August near the Brooklyn neighborhood, offering a wide selection of wines, a wine bar, and wine classes. It is co-owned with 'The Wine Cellar' in Beaverton. The address of the new location is 2929 S.E. Powell Boulevard, and the telephone number is 503/704-5805.

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