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by: David F. Ashton, Nancy Chapin of The Support Group addresses the Association of Home Businesses in Sellwood on February 21st.

Chapin to speak at Assn. Of Home Businesses.

The Thursday, February 21st, meeting of the area-wide Association of Home Businesses in Sellwood will feature a program by Nancy Chapin, guru of all Portland area business associations, and herself a home business owner, who will discuss resources available to home businesspeople locally. The meetings are held at SMILE Station, on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th and Tenino, one block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood. The 6-9 pm meeting includes a buffet supper; you don't have to be a member or even a home businessperson to attend. RSVPs requested for food planning; to RSVP or for more information, visit: www.AHBoregon.org, or call Eric at THE BEE: 503/232-2326.

'Sunshine Liquidators' to be displaced in Woodstock. THE BEE has received the following statement from Goodwill Industries, which bought the building occupied by the popular 'Sunshine Liquidators': 'The Portland Planning Commission has approved the use of 6125 S.E. 52nd Avenue, the current site of Sunshine Liquidators, for a future Goodwill retail store. However, Goodwill Industries is not able to provide any further information until the vacancy of Sunshine Liquidators has been completed, which is expected on March 30, 2008.' No comment has been received from the business that Goodwill is apparently displacing.

Sellwood's 'Burdigala Wines' offers special events. Didier Sudre of Burdigala Wines, S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood, announces that the store is offering a large number of wine-tasting and other special events each month, many of them free - consult the store for the list. One event that is very appropriate to this month is on Thursday, February 14th - a Valentine's Day Special, from 6 to 9 pm, featuring live music with Cronin Tierney, Champagne, chocolate, a rose for the Lady, and a romantic singer, all awaiting visitors in the cellar, before you go to dinner elsewhere. $15.00 per person; RSVP required - by e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by calling 503/309-6297.

'Spoiled Rotten' departs Westmoreland for West Linn. Debbe Garbe, owner of 'Spoiled Rotten', which succeeded 'Thinker Toys' in the space on S.E. Bybee Boulevard just west of Milwaukie Avenue, announces that her store has itself moved away - in this case, to 656 Hood Street, Suite 104, in West Linn Central Village. The phone number there is new, 503/744-0289, but the business has the same hours and welcomes former customers to visit. For its part, Thinker Toys moved to Multnomah Village, where it is still open.

Sellwood-based engineering firm expands. Harper Houf Peterson Righellis, Inc., a local civil engineering, landscape architecture, and surveying firm based at 205 SE Spokane Street, Suite 200, in Sellwood and founded in 1990, in mid-December announced its acquisition of Gaylord Land Surveying Inc. Patrick M. Gaylord, formerly the President of Gaylord Land Surveying Inc., will co-manage the survey department of the combined firm with HHPR's current manager, Brian Henson, PLS. In 2006, Gaylor received the 'Oregon Surveyor' Article of the Year award from the Professional Land Surveyor's of Oregon (PLSO) and was named the 2006 Surveyor of the Year.

Eastmoreland Grocery reopens. Neighborhood residents and former restaurateurs Pat and Colleen Mendola late last year purchased the Eastmoreland Grocery Store, and reopened their newly-renovated 'Eastmoreland Market and Kitchen' on Wednesday, January 23rd. The grocery store has been an anchor in the community since 1924; the new owners' plans include adding a small, Mediterranean influenced café to the store, with a market offering fresh, local produce, fine wines, pantry staples, as well as high-quality ingredients for culinary enthusiasts.

Caprial's to participate in youth benefit this month. Caprial's Bistro on S.E. Milwaukie at Bybee in Westmoreland, with Dobbes Family Estate and Dunham Cellars, is participating in the benefit '33 Restaurants, 59 Winemakers, 3 Memorable Evenings', the proceeds of which are directed to several youth-oriented charities. Reservations are now being accepted online at: www.classicwinesauction.com for the winemaker dinners. Each dinner offers a varied number of seats depending on the venue and tickets are $150 per person, including dinner, wine and gratuity. For more information, call 503/972-0194.

Ice cream shop reopens on Woodstock Boulevard. The former 'Island Creamery' has changed hands, and on the weekend of January 19-20 held its grand reopening as 'Surf Shack Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt'. The store, on the south side of the Safeway building next to the Subway Sandwich Shop, is now owned by Brad Bachman - and conducted a grand opening promotion that weekend which included 99-cent ice cream cones, a contest to win a beach cruiser bike, and door prizes.

'Teen Safe Driver Program' announced by local agency. A new program that helps young drivers overcome the challenges of learning how to drive is now available to American Family Insurance's automobile customers in Oregon. 'Teen Safe Driver' provides teens and their parents an in-vehicle video and audio unit that captures risky driving behaviors. Parents log in to an Internet website, www.teensafedriver.com, to view the student's driving report card, plus video events and coaching tips, including objective, third-party assessment of the teen driver's driving performance compared with other teens. For more information contact Sellwood American Family insurance agent Lee Cannon at 503/235-1545.

Free 'Landlord Study Hall'. These monthly meetings for landlords are presented by KJK Properties and are 'open to unlicensed individuals of the community at no cost'. The February topic, on Wednesday the 13th 6:30-8 pm, is 'Eviction Processes and Collections'. It's held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 40th and S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, and an RSVP is required. Call 503/772-8825, extension 6, to RSVP.

Dog training classes added at 'Rockin' Roxy's'. Rockin' Roxy's Dog Stop doggy daycare, has arranged for Bonnie Fuesser, Certified Dog Trainer, to offer dog training classes beginning February 6. 'Puppy class', for dogs 10 weeks to five months, allows you to socialize and educate your puppy at the same time. 'Beginner class', for pups five months and up, is for the youthful pooch who needs work on immediate response to cues, such as 'sit', 'down', and 'come'. It will also help you if you are facing such problems as: Who's walking whom? And, Honey, Spot ate the car. 'Intermediate classes' will be added in the summer. For details, contact Rockin' Roxy's Dog Stop, where 17th and Milwaukie converge, two blocks north of Tacoma Street. Call 503/232-7699.

Valentine 'while-U-wait'. The First Friday Art Event at Janovec Gallery in Brooklyn is an opportunity to have an artist create a Valentine for you to present to whomever you choose, in whatever theme you prefer. Valentines, when purchased, can be taken with you when you leave. The event is 6-9 pm on the First Friday, February 1st. Janovec Gallery is located on the southeast corner of S.E. Holgate Boulevard and Milwaukie Avenue.

'R Pet Shop' closes in Woodstock. According to several e-mails received from different readers, the owners of the shop told customers that they had sold the shop to someone who had promised to keep them as employees, but would stock his own lines of products, and so asked them to sell down their inventory - but who pulled out of the arrangement after the existing stock was sold, and the owners were unable financially to restock to continue their business. THE BEE has been unable officially to confirm that account, but the shop did close over the Holidays, and its space - in the Safeway shopping center block on Woodstock Boulevard - is now marked 'for lease'.

'First Friday' art event in Westmoreland. Elemental Arts announces an exhibition and sale of the colorful wildflower paintings of James Dunbar, starting with a reception on Friday, February 1st, 6-9 pm, and continuing on display through March 16th. Elemental Arts is at 6035 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, across from the Iron Horse Restaurant, in Westmoreland.

Muse Art and Design opens class space. Muse Art and Design, which has been serving many Inner Southeast artists for three years from S.E. 41st and Hawthorne Boulevard, announces it has opened a class space for the teaching of art topics. The 'MuseRoom' can accommodate around 15 students and starts at $10 an hour for instructors to rent. MuseRoom instructors and students will receive discounts on supplies. For information, visit: www.MuseArtAndDesign.com, or call the store at 503/231-8704.

21-year-old business owner celebrates first anniversary. The '1-800-Radiator' shop, located in the Brooklyn neighborhood at 3630 S.E. 20th Ave (south of Powell), has just marked its first year in business. The shop opened January 8, 2007; its owner is 21-year old Jordan Jenkins, who says sales for 2007 were $700,000. His goal for '08 is to reach over the $1-million mark. Jenkins bought the franchise after working for a summer for 1-800-Radiator's corporate office in the San Francisco Bay Area. The business is an auto parts distribution franchise; it sells radiators and other automotive cooling parts to automotive repair and body shops and individuals.

Providence Milwaukie presents exhibition. Providence Milwaukie Hospital Gallery is currently publicly displaying, through March 10th, the work of artist Pat Averill, who is known for her colored pencil landscapes. She was published in the February/March, 2006 issue of International Artist magazine, as one of 10 finalists in their landscape competition. She also has been published in Walter Foster's 'Watercolor Pencil Step by Step in 2004', their 'Colored Pencil Step by Step' published in 2003, and other books. The hospital and its public gallery are located at 10150 S.E. 32nd Avenue, in the Ardenwald neighborhood of Milwaukie.

New broker in Sellwood. Ken Mistler, President of the Oregon First real estate firm, announces that Adam Pierce has joined Zhanna Dal on the staff of the firm's Sellwood office, 1640 S.E. Tacoma Street. The telephone number is 503/595-4975.

This Sellwood 'First Friday' art event includes animal adoptions. Local artist Kellee Beaudry will be showcasing her portraits of dogs, cats, and wildlife on Friday, February 1st, at the Gallery at Cascadia Homes, Realtors, at 7824 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood. The 6:30-9 pm reception will also include an Adoption Fair with 'love-ready' dogs and cats from the Pixie Project, Portland's innovative new adoption center. Live marimba music from Kiri Kiri and vegan refreshments will round out the evening.

Urban farmer sets up S.E. subscription farming business. 'CSA', which stands for 'Community Supported Agriculture", is a business model that connects local farmers and consumers. People pay a subscription fee to a farmer up-front in the winter and, in exchange, receive fresh produce throughout the spring, summer, and fall. 'Sunroot Gardens' is an urban CSA run by Southeast resident Kollibri terre Sonnenblume, who raises vegetables on over a dozen plots within the city limits and who does the majority of traveling, harvesting, and hauling by bicycle. This year, Sunroot Gardens will make produce available to CSA subscribers weekly from May through October at a central pick-up point in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood. For more information, call 503/686-5557, or visit www.trashfactory.net/sunrootgardens

First Friday event features painter Robert Feasley. Mark Humpal Fine Art in Sellwood announces that the 'Urban Vistas' exhibition by painter Robert Feasley will begin with a First Friday reception featuring the artist on Friday, February 1st, at 6 pm, followed by a Saturday afternoon reception with Feasley on February 2nd, noon till 3. Open to the public. The exhibition of cityscapes from the Northwest and beyond will be on display at the gallery February 1 through March 1, open Thursday through Saturday noon till 6, at 8235 S.E. 13th, Suite 7.

'FedEx Kinko's' store soon to open in Westmoreland. Construction is in its final phases at a new one-story business building on the southwest corner of S.E. Bybee Boulevard at 16th, facing the Sellwood Post Office, in Westmoreland. The first announced tenant, a new 'FedEx Kinko's' store, is in the process of moving into one of the office spaces.

Miller Paint to open new company store in Sellwood. Miller Paint has acquired the former Northwest Car Care property on the northwest corner of S.E. 17th at Tacoma Street in Sellwood, and announces a springtime opening for the Inner Southeast's new Miller Paint store.