by:  Droll Lake Oswego tax expert Jack Griffin returns to AHB with down-to-earth tax answers. Open to the public, at Sellwood’s SMILE Station, on November 17th.

Home businesspeople get solid advice on taxes

The monthly meeting of the area-wide Association of Home Businesses, meeting at SMILE Station in Sellwood (Tenino and S.E. 13th), on Thursday evening, November 17th, features former IRS Enrolled Agent, and now independent Lake Oswego tax expert, Jack Griffin. Griffin, who returns by member demand, invites difficult tax questions of concern to home businesses, and those requiring research can be submitted in advance. Open to all. The meeting is 6-9 pm and includes a buffet supper before the talk. First-time visitors pay the members' rate of $10 at the door. Reservations requested for food preparation purposes; reserve online at: , or call Eric at 503/232-2326.

'Haggis McBaggis' hosts noted photographer

On the last weekend of September, award-winning children's photographer Linnea Osterberg appeared at Westmoreland's 'Haggis McBaggis' for a special two-day photographic event. Using an approach she describes as allowing 'children to merely be themselves' she creates black-and-white portraiture, shot with 'real, old-fashioned film that is hand-printed in a darkroom'. A considerable number of local children were photographed during the event. The store is on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, just north of Bybee Boulevard.Sellwood photographer announces one-night show Nov. 2.

WCBA elects new President

When Lori Boisen, this year's President of the Woodstock Community Business Association, left the group this summer to devote needed time to developing her East Portland 'Advertising in the Bag' business, Past President Nancy Chapin, who is also President of the Foster Area Business Association, stepped in. However, at the October 11th Board meeting, WCBA VP Sean Daugherty of Papaccino's Coffee announced that he had left the Presidency of the Woodstock Farmers Market after its very successful first year, and now was free to devote all his attention to WCBA, and was willing to serve as President. That nomination resulted in a unanimous vote to elect, and Sean is the new WCBA President. The business association begins distributing its new 'walking map' of the Woodstock Boulevard shopping area around November 1, designed and prepared by Mixed Media Portland, with sponsorship of various local businesses. [Disclosure: THE BEE is a financial contributor to this project.] The WCBA website is: . The next WCBA meeting, open to all, will be on Tuesday morning, November 8, 9:30-10:45 am, in the Woodstock Library meeting room. Enter from the south-side parking lot.

'Plue' children's store closes

Proprietor Wendy Turner elected not to renew her lease in the Woodstock Shopping Center, and announced the closure of her children's store, 'Plue', effective at the end of October - a victim of the current economic climate. 'SpielWerks' closed recently in Sellwood after losing its lease, although its other location remains open in Northeast Portland. Meantime, THE BEE has been contacted by 'Aster and Bee', which believes it is the only remaining children's store in Inner Southeast Portland. It is located at 4819 S.E. Division Street, is open seven days a week, and can be reached at 503/236-8537. Its Internet website is: .

'Portland Bottle Shop' opens in Sellwood

Travis Motter, at one time the Manager of Woodstock Wine and Deli, has returned from the east coast, where he was involved in the restaurant and wine shop businesses in Baltimore, to open the Portland Bottle Shop in Sellwood this past summer. It is located at 7960 S.E. 13th Avenue. Motter, certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, and his wife Emily announced that they have 'shopped the world for an extensive collection, which also includes a wide variety from local wine producers. An ever-changing menu includes local meats and cheeses.' And, he adds, customers at Portland Bottle Shop can purchase and enjoy any wine or beer product 'without any corkage fee'. Motter takes pride in his ability at 'pairing', bringing together wine and beer and food that a new to sniff and taste. He launched this service recently pairing with Zenbus Sushi. The sold-out event paired four sushi courses with four wines selected for the occasion. A second sold-out 'chef's pairing' involved a San Sebastian tapas night with Chef Scott Ketterman. The phone number of the new shop is 503/232-5202; online at: .

Local photographer in Nov. 2 one-night show.

im Campbell, a Sellwood artist, businesswoman, and photographer, announces a one-night show on Wednesday evening, November 2nd (The Day of the Dead), 6-9 pm - and open to the public - in partnership with Old Portland Hardware and Architectural on S.E. 40th and Division, where the event takes place. On display will be a collection of photographs from her award-winning El Corazón series. 'El Corazón pairs child models with dreamy moments and vintage costumery to create images full of mystique, enchantment, and wonder.' She adds, 'Although several El Corazón images have been featured in publications such as American Photo Magazine, they have never before been displayed in public. For this debut exhibit, they will hang from vintage doors in the charming Old Portland Hardware and Architectural space - a place where one can discover old keys, found objects, light fixtures, and more. We'll have a Dia de los Muertos altar, Mexican pastries, and chocolate truffles from Missionary Chocolates.'

Location revealed for reopened 'Bowser Boutique'

In the October BEE, we reported that we had received word from Jenell Rangan that she was reopening her store 'Bowser Boutique', which formerly was open on the northwest corner of Bybee and Milwaukie in Westmoreland. She did not mention where it would be located, however; she has remedied that omission in a further message: 'Unfortunately, the City of Portland didn't assign a physical address until after October 1st, so we could not announce it until then. It is 7725 S.E 13th. If the contractors could just get a final inspection done, the Grand ReOpening will be Hallowe'en weekend - Friday through Monday.' That would mean that the store is probably open again by the time you read this. The reopened 1,000-square-foot Bowser Boutique will feature many types of dog treats, and many kinds of dog accessories of all kinds. Ms. Rangan may be reached at 503/313-3220.

Original owner returns to San Felipe Taqueria

The ten-year-old Mexican café San Felipe Taqueria, opened by former Portland teacher Gregg Weed and his wife Shamady, was sold to family members after the death of Shamady's mother, Mama Marta of San Felipe, Baja California, whose recipes were the foundation of the considerable reputation the restaurant had acquired. Late this past summer, Shamady Weed returned to reclaim the restaurant and to restore all the recipes for which the taqueria was noted. According to the OLCC transfer application, the new restaurant hours are to be Monday through Saturday 10 am-10 pm; still closed on Sundays. San Felipe Taqueria is situated at 6221 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, next to the Westmoreland 7-Eleven convenience store.

Family Nurse Practitioner returns to Cascade Family Practice

Lisa Bayne, Family Nurse Practitioner, worked with Cascade Family Practice in Westmoreland 2006-2008, and had many devoted patients, but moved with her husband to Houston, Texas, while he completed a surgical fellowship. While in Houston she worked in Hematology at Methodist Hospital. Now the couple has returned to Portland, and Lisa is again practicing at Cascade Family Practice, along with Carl Erickson, D.O., who has been practicing family medicine in the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood since 1981.

Tom Brown returns to SWBA helm

Eastmoreland resident Tom Brown, owner of multiple properties in Westmoreland, was President of the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance at the time of its formation, at the time the Bybee Bridge over McLoughlin was replaced; and at the October 20th meeting of SWBA at the Moreland House Restaurant it was announced that he had returned to the post, effective at the start of October. Chuck Martin remains the Manager of the organization. More information about SWBA, and the businesses it serves, is available online at: .

Local artists again offer Holiday sales event in Sellwood

The ninth annual 'Merry Marketplace' takes place on Friday, November 18th, this year - from 11 am to 8 pm, at SMILE Station at 8210 S.E. 13th Avenue, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. Some 15 local artists and crafters will be selling nothing but their own handmade creations. Those who have shopped this sale regularly know that each year adds new local vendors who offer new, creative, and unusual items. For information, contact Linda at 503/771-5850.

New owners for 'Sellwood Public House'

John Warner and Jason Warner announce they have completed the purchase of the Sellwood Public House, upstairs on the northeast corner of S.E. 13th and Tenino (a block south of Tacoma Street) from its previous owner, Paul McMinn, and are open while remodeling and updating the inside of the venue. Jason tells THE BEE, 'The menu has already changed drastically, and we are committing to using locally-sourced products from the Northwest whenever possible. That also goes for the beer and spirits. We are selecting only beers that are produced on the west coast, with few exceptions. We are also reworking the spirits to represent the same goals and values. Our vision is a neighborhood gathering spot, providing the best food, beer, and spirits we can find. Our strong suit is and always will be the staff and service. We are now open Sundays 12-8 pm, and our kitchen is serving from open to close daily - we're open at 4 pm Tuesday through Friday and at noon on Saturday, and we close at midnight Tuesday through Thursday, and at 2 am Friday and Saturday. Closed Mondays through the remodel.'

Westmorelander's stores celebrate 20 years

Ms. Chris Gauger and her husband Lee Leighton, a former SMILE President, moved to a home on S.E. 17th in Westmoreland 20 years ago. That same year, Gauger opened 'Here We Go Again' deluxe resale boutiques - both at John's Landing at 0511 S.W. Carolina Street, and in Irvington at 24th and N.E. Broadway. The stores celebrated their twentieth year on Friday, October 21st, at both locations, with 'cupcakes, champagne, and a mini-treasure hunt'. The store's Internet website is: .

'Concentrates, Inc.' has moved

Concentrates, Inc, the organic and urban agriculture store that has long been located north of Powell, moved in October to a new location in Milwaukie -- 5505 S.E. International Way, two blocks east of Bob's Red Mill, just off Highway 224. Concentrates, which dates back to 1938, offers soil amendments, feed, meals, and salt, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5:30 pm at the new location. The telephone number remains 503/234-7501, and the website is: .

New owner and name for 'Portland Dancesport'

Rachel Lidskog is the new owner of 'Dance With Joy Studios', formerly Portland Dancesport, located at 7981 S.E. 17th Avenue, a half block north of where 17th joins Milwaukie Avenue, just north of Tacoma Street in Sellwood. Lidskog tells THE BEE, 'We envision Dance with Joy Studios to provide support for the community with uplifting activities, opportunities for joyful present-moment engagement, and excellence in educational, cultural and recreational experiences. We will provide opportunities for connecting with art, nature, music, dance, and other positive activities, while celebrating creativity and diversity in a supportive joyful community.' The telephone number is 503/236-8160, and the Internet website is: .

Final 'Landlord Study Hall' of the year on Nov. 19

The subject of the last 'Landlord Study Hall' of 2011 is 'Your tenant has complaints, so now what?' The seminar is 6:30 to 8 pm on Saturday, November 19, at the new location of Our Lady of Sorrows' Parish Hall, 5239 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, and it's 'free to unlicensed individuals'. However, it is necessary to make a reservation in order to attend. The seminar is sponsored by Woodstock Realtor Kathryn King. RSVP to 503/997-9035.

Cypress Beauty and Wellness offers Open House

Newly relocated across the street from their old location in Westmoreland, Cypress Beauty and Wellness announces an Open House on Sunday, November 13, from noon until 4 pm - a Day of Beauty event co-sponsored with Soiree Boutique. Cypress offers facials, waxing, massage, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, hypnotherapy, energy healing, and personal and relationship counseling services. The Open House is at the new Cypress location, 1616 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. For more information, call 503/236-4654.

Sellwood Gallery exhibits two Mixed Media artists

The '12x16 Gallery' show for November spotlights the work of Claire Dannenbaum and Sharon Wyda, both artists working in Mixed Media. Their public First Friday reception at the gallery (8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, No. 5) is November 4th, 6-9 pm, with an additional Artists' Reception on November 6, 2-4 pm. The exhibit will be on public display November 3 - 27, Thursday through Sunday, noon until 6 pm.

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