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Clothing boutique joins fight against breast cancer

Elegantly Funky, a downtown Gresham boutique, is joining the nationwide fight against breast cancer during the month of October.

Elegantly Funky will host a breast cancer awareness event on National Mammogram Day, Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the store, 101 N. Main Ave., in historic downtown Gresham.

Guests from EPIC Imaging will be there to discuss digital mammography and will provide gift bags while supplies last. In addition, Elegantly Funky has created 'Fight with Elegance' t-shirts and will donate 100 percent of the profits from the sale of these shirts to the 'Fight with Elegance' fund to assist those who cannot afford a mammogram.

Jazzy Bagels, another downtown Gresham business, has joined with Elegantly Funky in the fight as well, and will make special pumpkin 'ribbon' bagels - the proceeds from which will also go to the 'Fight with Elegance' fund.

Elegantly Funky will honor those who have won, are fighting, or have lost the battle with breast cancer throughout the month of October by posting their photos on the store's walls and windows.

You may bring your photos to Elegantly Funky at 101 N. Main Ave. Photos should be unframed, although you may decorate your photo with color or designs, and should be no larger than 8 and one-half by 11 inches. Please specify whether the person in the photo is a survivor, currently fighting breast cancer or deceased.

Backyard Bird Shop migrates to Wood Village Town Center

The new Wood Village Backyard Bird Shop has opened its doors and is ready to provide products and information to backyard nature lovers during the busiest wild bird season of the year. Autumn is a time to spruce up feeders, add fresh seed, check hummingbird feeders and birdbaths, and generally prepare to host the feathered visitors of autumn.

Backyard Bird Shop of Wood Village is a 3,000-square-foot space between the new Kohl's and Fred Meyer at the corner of 223rd Avenue and Glisan Street. You can find wild bird feeders and houses crafted in a wide range of materials and styles, along with a complete assortment of seeds appropriate for Northwest birds.

'We buy our seed direct from farmers' cooperatives and bring it in by railroad cars. That allows us to offer great prices on the highest quality seeds available,' says Scott Lukens, the company's founder.

Lukens opened the first Backyard Bird Shop in a little house in Lake Oswego in 1991, after deciding to leave his corporate human resources career in favor of small business. Lukens has fed and identified wild birds and enjoyed other backyard wildlife since childhood. When the Lake Oswego store proved to be successful, Lukens added more stores and found staff members who were both knowledgeable and customer oriented.

Lukens says customer requests and preferences have helped define the product offering.

'This isn't a business where people come in and buy what they want and leave. They talk about it and share what's going on in their backyard,' Lukens said. 'We offer advice, but we learn from our customers as well … We're really about helping people connect with nature.'

The store offers supplies for a variety of backyard wildlife, including squirrels, bats, raccoons, butterflies and even mason bees. There are many garden décor and nature gifts as well, including weather vanes, wind chimes, garden art, jewelry and binoculars.

The new Backyard Bird Shop in Wood Village is opened seven days a week. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Wild Oats helps hurricane-torn shrimping communities

Wild Oats markets around the country, including the Gresham Wild Oats at 2077 N.E. Burnside Road, have launched a partnership with Wild American Shrimp, Inc. to help restore the hurricane-stricken shrimping areas of the Southern Atlantic and Gulf Coast regions.

The sale of the 'Certified Wild American Shrimp' to Wild Oats stores will provide income to the shrimpers, and, from now through Saturday, Oct. 28, Wild Oats will donate 5 percent of the sale of each pound of Certified Wild American Shrimp sold in its stores to Wild American Shrimp, Inc.

The money raised throughout the month will primarily be used to help pay for debris removal in areas that were damaged by the hurricanes of last year.

Each of Wild American Shrimp's eight member states - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas - will work to evenly distribute the donations and decide how the funds will best benefit each state's shrimping industry. In addition to the donation, each purchase of certified Wild American Shrimp will support hardworking U.S. shrimpers.

'Wild Oats is proud to partner with Wild American Shrimp, Inc. as it is part of our philosophy to not only support responsible, sustainable fisheries, but to also support small fishing families, co-ops and the local communities that provide these products to our stores,' said Kurt Luttecke, vice president of meat and seafood for Wild Oats Markets.

'We sell seafood that is caught or raised in an environmentally sensitive manner, because we are highly committed to our consumers' needs for better quality products, to ocean conservation, and to improving the growth and sustainability of seafood businesses.

From boat to plate, we go to great lengths to bring our consumers the freshest, best seafood available.'

Consumers who purchase Certified Wild American Shrimp support U.S.-based shrimpers and national ocean habitats. Wild American shrimpers practice strict marine conservation policies, such as reducing by-catch, using sustainable shrimping methods and teaching the importance of marine conservation.

'The shrimpers of the Gulf and South Atlantic have always worked hard to protect the delicate ecosystem on which they depend for their living,' said Eddie Gordon, president of Wild American Shrimp, Inc. 'Their success is reflected in the record harvests of premium sustainable shrimp that are being landed this year, and their continued ability to provide a superior product choice for consumers.'

Wild Oats seafood departments feature the premier quality selection of Certified Wild American Shrimp, including shell-on, peeled, de-veined and cooked.

These shrimp are harvested naturally from the South Atlantic and Gulf Coast waters. For more information, please visit www.wildoats.com.

Silk Espresso drive-thru expands days and hours

Silk Espresso, the drive-thru espresso shop, at 401 W. Powell Blvd., in Gresham, has added Sunday to its days of operation, and is now brewing seven days a week.

The new hours of operation are from 5:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.