by:  Chelsea, at Sofas By Design on S.E. 13th – currently celebrating its first 20 years in business.

20th anniversary for 'Sofas By Design'

In November of 1991, owner Reba Tobey opened the store under the name of Southern Accents Home Gallery. From the South originally, she offered furniture and accessories with a Southern influence. As the neighborhood began to change and the store evolved, the focus of the store expanded to what clients were asking for - a full-line home furnishings store 'embracing the Northwest lifestyle'. With the change in focus, the store name was changed to Sofas By Design. Much of the fabric and leather upholstered furniture is made as close to home as possible; Reba comments, 'Sofas By Design works with each customer, knowing that each person is looking for something unique to their needs.' A dog lover, she remarks that many customers of Sofas By Design still fondly remember Norman, the first shop dog: 'For the last six years, Chelsea, the current shop pooch, has developed quite a following too. Many folks stop in regularly not only to see what's new, but, for a big dose of puppy love. Chelsea really loves the kids and has adopted many as her own! Stop by the store at 7718 S.E. 13th Avenue for many savings during the 20th Anniversary celebration - and to say hi to Chelsea!' The store is open seven days a week. The telephone number is 503/231-5508.

'Decemberville' event on Dec. 3 in Sellwood and Westmoreland

This year's 'Decemberville', organized by the Sellwood-Westmoreland Business Alliance (SWBA), kicks off the Holiday season with family portraits with Santa, Holiday wreaths, a free matinee at the Moreland Theater (pick up free tickets at participating businesses while supplies last - first come, first served), and sales and discounts in most stores throughout the neighborhood. Special events: 10-4:30, Windermere Foundation's Claws and Paws, and Llewellyn Elementary PTA Holiday wreath sale, both at the Windermere office on Bybee Boulevard; 'Creepy Crawly' adventures at the Sellwood Library, 10:30-noon; 'Holiday Brew Cycle' tours the neighborhood to keep adult whistles wet, and 4-8 pm, a special Holiday evening sale event in 75 stores and restaurants. (Both Dec. 3 and 4, it's 'Snowflakes in Sellwood' at the Sellwood Community Center, S.E. 14th and Spokane; Dec. 3, 9 am-4 pm; and Dec. 4, Sunday, 10 am-3 pm.) For a complete list of participating businesses in the Saturday, Dec. 3, sales and promotions, go online to: .

Home businesspeople reflect on the past year in business - and the future

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, December 15th, is a group-sharing event moderated by AHB's Zoe, Personal Assistant - in which attendees are invited to comment upon the year they have just experienced in business, and tell what they see ahead in 2012. Open to all. A potluck supper is served. Reservations requested; reserve online at: , or call Eric at 503/232-2326.

'Collage' announces classes at its Woodstock store

In December, Collage, on the north side of the Woodstock Shopping Center near Safeway, announces several classes. On Friday, December 2 - '$5 Friday' - create a festive paper flower that is perfect for Holiday decorating; dress up your front door, mantle or dining table. Instructor: Ashley; 6-7 pm. On Thursday, December 8th, it's a Drawing Workshop - Perspective can be difficult if you don't know how it's done; but once you have it down you will be drawing whole cityscapes in no time! Anyone can draw, come find out how! Instructor: Morgan; 5:30 - 7:30 pm; $20. On '$5 Friday', December 9, learn how to collage beautiful tags using decorative paper and imagery, and then dip them into beeswax for a wonderful finishing touch. Instructor: Ashley; 6 - 7 pm. On '$5 Friday', December 16: Liven up that Christmas tree and learn how to make an adorable stitched snowflake ornament from felt. Instructor: Ashley; 6 - 7 pm. On '$5 Friday' just before Christmas, December 23, learn to make ornaments out of thin glass and foil tape; fantastic faux soldering. Instructor: Ashley; 6 - 7 pm.

Two honors for Sellwood's Tamara Rubin

On October 28th, at Stella McCartney's boutique in Manhattan, Tamara Rubin, mother of four and resident of the Sellwood neighborhood, was presented with the national 'Mom on A Mission' award by the Healthy Child Healthy World foundation of Los Angeles for her lead-poisoning- prevention advocacy work. In addition, for the same work, Tamara received the honor of being named Lifetime Television's 'Remarkable Woman of the Month' for November.

Lutz Tavern reopens on Woodstock Boulevard

Although its previous owners closed it over a year ago, as reported then in THE BEE, with its future then uncertain, they eventually did sell it, and the new owners have remodeled and refinished it, while seeking to keep the former ambiance. It has reopened in its former location, just east of the Woodstock Shopping Center. The Woodstock Neighborhood Association has been speaking with the new owners about the possibility of creating a community mural on the east wall of the building.

'Craftivus Pop-Up Holiday Boutique' in Eastmoreland

Joni Radcliffe announces a 'Craftivus' event at 7090 S.E. 27th Avenue (near Bybee) on Friday, December 2nd, and Saturday, December 3, featuring local artists and crafters in a neighborhood home. 'Shop for unique, vintage, earth-friendly, handmade gifts from 18 local vendors. Make this Holiday season crafty!' exclaims Joni.

Woodstock residents invited to 'Winter Wonderland Celebration' on December 3

The merchants of Woodstock and the Woodstock Community Business Association invite all local residents and their kids to the neighborhood's Holiday celebration December 3rd - at Papaccino's Coffee, 4411 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Bring the little ones from 2 pm to 5 pm for pictures with Santa! Proceeds from the Santa photo shoot will be reinvested in the Woodstock neighborhood through the WCBA. Also, bring along nonperishable food items for donation to the Oregon Food Bank. Following the photo shoot, there'll be a neighborhood tree-lighting, accompanied by cider, cocoa, candy canes, cookies, and carols! Check the WCBA website at: for additional details.

Windermere Realty in Westmoreland presents check

On October 26, Windermere Cronin and Caplan Realty Group presented a check at its Moreland branch to Friends of the Children. Julianna Rowe, Moreland branch Foundation Representative presented the check to Julie Larsen of Friends of the Children, which will dedicate the funds towards direct support for a local eighth-grader who has been in the Friends program since first grade. Funds will support the ongoing mentoring relationship, and provide opportunities for this youth to participate in social and cultural activities as well as activities that ensure she graduates from high school on time and with attainable goals for future education and a career. 'We are lucky to have organizations like Friends of the Children in our community. The people served and the greater community benefit from their diligent dedication,' said Joan Allen, co-chair of the Windermere Cronin and Caplan Realty Group Foundation committee. Meantime, for the tenth year in a row, associates from Windermere are holding their 'Share the Warmth' coat and blanket drive; through December 19, community members can bring new or gently used and laundered adult-sized coats and twin-sized blankets to the Westmoreland office, or any other Windermere office, weekdays from 9 to 5.

'Enhancing Health Massage' opens in Westmoreland

Brandy Gayomali, LMT, has opened 'Enhancing Health Massage' at 6519 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, #203. This location is in a renovated home - now a suite of offices - directly behind Moreland Frameworks (and she adds that two spaces are still available for rent). Brandy is a graduate of the East West College of the Healing Arts, and offers Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Neuromuscular, Pregnancy, and treatment for victims of auto accidents. She is open Monday through Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, and as seasonal specials is offering a 90-minute Hot Stone Massage for only $80, and gift certificates also - both for only a limited time. For an appointment or information, call 503/515-1252; her Internet website is: .

Kay's Bar in Westmoreland announces new menu

Kay's Bar dates back to 1934, and recently changed hands. Current owner Patrick Morton announces an 'old school menu, which contains Cascade Natural beef burgers, gourmet style Sabrett hot dogs, poutine, in-house cut mini Belgian fries, black bean chili, mac and cheese made to order, fried pickles, and chopped salads. 'Full food menu' is available from opening until last call. The kitchen at Kay's has recently been invaded by chef Burnie Sanborn, formerly from the Hophouse on Hawthorne, and chef Kurt Mulder from Sloppytown.' Kay's is on the northwest corner of S.E. Bybee Boulevard and Milwaukie Avenue.

Northwest Primary Care consults with Japanese medical project

JADECOM (Japanese Association for the Development of Community Medicine) recently visited Northwest Primary Care in Westmoreland, as well as and Oregon Health Sciences University, to discuss the medical requirements and challenges at rural clinics. Dr. Subra Seetharaman, with in cooperation with Northwest Primary Care, JADECOM, and the OHSU Department of Family Medicine, developed the International Residency Exchange Program in 2008. Dr. Seetharaman as a family practice resident had an opportunity to visit Japan and has remained active in the program ever since. JADECOM programs include hosting residents and offering a clinical rotation between Oregon and Japan.

Westmoreland Trunk Sale repeats this year

Annelle Friel reports she will hold her annual Trunk Sale on Thursday, December 1, 4-9 pm, at her home, 1431 S.E. Knight Street. Four artisans participate, including Annelle's own 'Daisy Chix' jewelry. 'Have a girls' night out, and get some shopping done.'

Post-Holiday stress reduction in Woodstock church

For post-Holiday stress reduction and general well-being, Healing Touch Clinic sessions will be offered on December 26 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 SE Woodstock Boulevard, 6-7 pm and 7-8 pm. Professional practitioners consciously use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Donations accepted. To make an appointment call Constance Hammond at 503/230-2331.

'Networking Luncheon' in Sellwood, December 7

Reliv International is sponsoring a networking luncheon 11 am - 2 pm on Wednesday, December 7, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7810 S.E. 15th Avenue in Sellwood. If you have a small business and would like to have your own vendor table, contact Holly Stern at 503/704-9730. At noon, there will be a free lunch and a short wellness presentation, along with door prizes. Open to anyone, but RSVP to Holly for food planning.

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