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by: Eric Norberg, New food discounter open on S.E. Foster

Inexpensive flu shots now available in Sellwood.

The Sellwood Medical Clinic, which offers many of the same services now being moved downtown from the OHSU Clinic in Westmoreland, is again this year offering flu shots to those walking in between 10 am and 4 pm weekdays, effective October 1st. The cost is $22, which is at the low end of flu shot costs around the area this year, but the clinic announces that those mentioning THE BEE get an additional $2 discount, bringing the cost to $20. The address of the clinic is 8332 S.E. 13th Avenue, just south of Tacoma Street. The telephone number for more information is 503/595-9300.

Former 'BEE' building sold. Tae Kwon Do Master Cynthia Brown, and 4th Degree Black Belt Aaron Brown, recently purchased the building on the southwest corner of S.E. Tacoma and 13th, which till about fifteen years ago housed THE BEE, and which has recently been the home of the Golden Heart alternative medical center. The Golden Heart will continue to occupy a portion of the building, but the remaining section will be the new Sellwood studio of 'Kim's Tae Kwon Do'. Noting that 'traditional non-contact Tae Kwon Do is an aerobic style of the martial arts', the new owners say that have been teaching it for over 12 years to men, women, and children through the Portland Parks community centers, and are excited to have their own studio. They announce a Grand Opening open house on Saturday, October 7th, from 1 to 3 pm. For information, visit: www.kimstkdportland.com.

'How to buy technology products'. ...That's the title of the presentation by local expert Dave Kezziah of Watchfire Technologies, requested by the home-based-business members of the nonprofit Association of Home Businesses at its monthly meeting 6-9 pm on Thursday evening, October 19th, at SMILE Station, on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th and Tenino, one block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. Visitors need not have a home-based business to attend. Guests pay the members' rate of $10 for the meeting and the included buffet supper if mentioning this BEE listing. Reservations requested to assist in planning the meal. For information or to reserve, visit: www.AHBoregon.org, or call Eric at 503/232-2326.

Vietnamese cuisine added to Sellwood fare. 'Mekong: A Vietnamese Grill' opened on Sellwood's Antique Row on Saturday, September 16th. The restaurant announces that the focus of its menu is hot items served fresh from the grill - chicken, beef, and shrimp skewers, beef short ribs and tofu marinated in traditional Vietnamese sauces. Rice and vermicelli noodles are the staple carbohydrate, 'and each plate is dressed with a simple Vietnamese salad of sliced cucumber and tomato along with a side of nuoc cham.' The new restaurant is located at 7952 S.E. 13th Avenue, at Miller; the phone number is 503/808-9092, and its Internet website is: www.mekonggrill.com. It will be open 11 am till 9 pm daily, except 11 till 8 on Sundays.

New acupuncture clinic in Brooklyn. Brooklyn Community Acupuncture opened its doors in Inner Southeast Portland with an open house celebration October 1st. Joseph Goldfedder, a recent graduate of Southwest Acupuncture College and co-proprietor of the clinc, says, 'The community-supported acupuncture model is simple, but radical in the field: Treat patients in a group setting and charge a reasonable, sliding scale fee. This is the way it's done in China. This is a smart way to practice.' Goldfedder moved to Portland in August and joined forces with local practitioner Maria Perez to open Brooklyn Community Acupuncture, which will offer acupuncture treatments for $15 to $35 on a sliding scale, and traditional massage therapy in private rooms. The address of the new clinic is 1212 S.E. Powell Boulevard.

'Save-A-Lot' grocery chain opens on Foster. The national 'Save-A-Lot' chain of 'edited assortment' grocery stores opened at S.E. 67th and Foster Road on September 20th, a day after hosting a pre-opening party at the location to benefit 'Loaves and Fishes'. The store is intended to serve primarily the Mt. Scott-Arleta and the Foster-Powell neighborhoods. When we asked what 'edited assortment' means, a store representative explained, 'Save-A-Lot stores average about 14,000-18,000 square feet - less than half the size of a conventional grocery store. Edited assortment means that the stores carry about 1,250 of the most popular grocery items - both national and exclusive Save-A-Lot brands. Save-A-Lot does offer a wide selection of USDA-inspected meats and farm-fresh fruits and vegetables.' The store is open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 9 pm, and Sunday 9 am to 9 pm. The store's phone number is 503/788-7394.

Glass gallery open in Brooklyn. 'Wandering Mind Glass Gallery' announces its opening on Friday and Saturday, October 6th and 7th, 10 am till 6 pm, to display decorative and functional fused glass, garden art, paper collage, and jewelry. Glass artists Laurene Howell and JoAnn Wellner will be presenting their new work. The gallery is located at 3737 S.E. 21st Avenue, two blocks south of Powell Boulevard.

'Comfort Groom' in Sellwood sold, renamed. Michael Falcone, who established the Comfort Groom dog grooming business on S.E. 17th just north of Tacoma Street several years ago, has sold the business to Kimberly M. Kirchen-Lutz, a 28-year-old Portland native who notes how 'dog friendly' Inner Southeast Portland is. She has renamed her business 'Muddie Paws Doggie Salon'. The address is 8021 S.E. 17th.

Ashiyu, new 'Patio Foot Spa', promotes itself for meetings. Designed for up to five or six people to soak their feet in warm gurgling water, the 'Patio Foot Spas' were originally designed as a therapeautic and relaxation accessory. But Ashiyu owner John Condon has discovered the foot spas in his showroom succeed well as a setting for small meetings, functions, and parties, having hosted five such events in August. 'The meetings often run long, and the participants are happy about the enjoyable time they had,' says Condon. He adds that he currently is hosting meetings free of charge to gain exposure. For more information, call 503/232-0920. The business is located at 8015 S.E. 13th Street, a block north of Tacoma. Online at www.ashiyu.com.

Now, you can shop from home at New Seasons. Locally owned and operated New Seasons Market reports that in mid-October it will launch an online grocery shopping and delivery service, which will offer an alternative to going to the store for groceries. Shoppers will be able to order from 15,000 of the store's top-selling items. When the new service is launched, customers will be able to shop, place orders and schedule delivery or pickup by going to: www.newseasonsmarket.com, and clicking the 'shop online' button.

Woodstock-based event planning business launched. Amy Machado and Kelly Davilla, who met while working at Nike, have opened their own 'party planning for all ages' business, and named it 'Keleidoscope'. Their service includes all planning functions for parties--from children's parties to business events--including all aspects, from invitation design to security, theme planning to photography. For information, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 503/351-4659 or 503/260-2604.

Pizzicato Pizza makes major gift to Loaves and Fishes. Pizzicato, the gourmet pizza company based in Portland, which has a restaurant in Westmoreland on S.E. Bybee Blvd. near Milwaukie Avenue, will provide meals for all seniors served by Loaves and Fishes Centers on Wednesday, October 25. Loaves and Fishes Centers serve 4,300 seniors each weekday in Multnomah, Washington, and Clark Counties. About 1,500 meals are served at 28 different meal sites, including the new Sacred Heart location in Brooklyn, and the rest are delivered to homebound seniors by volunteers through the Meals-On-Wheels Program. Pizzicato reports that it is the first restaurant in the metro area to provide such a gift, the retail value of which is $6,000.

Soy candle business opens off Woodstock Blvd. 'Blazing Bean Soy Candle Company' has opened at 6021 S.E. 72nd, just off Woodstock Boulevard. Shelly Setera at the store explains, 'Soybean Candles burn up to 30% longer than paraffin or gel, with little to no black messy soot. The scent throw is amazing. We use the highest quality soy wax, the purest fragrant oils, lead free wicks and elegant glass jars made in the USA. Our soybean candles are hand poured, generously scented and water-soluble.' Store hours are M-F 9 am to 6 pm, Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm, and Sundays 11 till 3.

Cascadia Homes hosts 'First Friday' art event. Cascadia Homes Realtors, 7824 S.E. 13th in Sellwood, is hosting an Art Quest exhibit by Sarah Boss and Serena Barton from Friday, October 6th, through October 31st. On 'First Friday', October 6th, 6:30-9 pm, they are opening the showing, along with vegan refreshments and a live performance by 'HillBilly Slide Guitarist' Rollie Tussing.