by: , Neal Lubow, whose Portland-based home business “Ideas By The Hour” is over two decades old, is the speaker and facilitator at the May 15th AHB meeting in Sellwood, open to the public.

Marketing for small and home businesses

May's speaker at the monthly Assn. of Home Businesses meeting in Sellwood is local marketing guru Neal Lubow, of Ideas By the Hour, who facilitates an interactive discussion of current marketing strategies for small and home-based businesses. 'Memorable sales' stories are also encouraged. Cost to attend - $10 - includes a buffet supper. The meeting is on Thursday evening, May 15th, 6-9 pm, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. Get details, and make your reservation to attend, online at: Or, for information or to make reservations by phone, call Eric at 503/232-9787, x6.

Stroller Strides returns to Sellwood Park

Stroller Strides of Southeast Portland will be in Sellwood Park from May through October again this year, offering a total body fitness class for new moms and their babies using your strollers, resistance tubing, and the environment. The business offers classes in the park Monday and Wednesday morning; meet at the north end of the park, next to the parking lot at 9:30 am. Classes are designed for all fitness levels and are taught by national certified instructors. For information, visit online:, or contact Mackenzie Nuss at 503/381-0694.

New coffeehouse on Foster Road

'Speedboat Coffee' celebrated its grand opening at S.E. 51st and Foster Road, near the intersection of Powell and Foster, on Friday, April 11th, by offering free drip coffee and $1.00 lattes and mochas. Co-owner Angela Kelly said she's impressed by the recent changes on Foster: 'Cute, trendy shops are popping up everywhere, and we're very excited to be a part of the movement. You don't have to drive 30 blocks to find a cool place to get a coffee and hang-out, anymore.' Offering drive-thru and dine-in service, Speedboat features an array of standard espresso-based coffee beverages, such as lattes and cappuccinos, as well as whole-fruit smoothies, bakery items, hot soup, and specialty sandwiches. Amenities include a kids' playroom with toys and games, free wireless Internet, outdoor patio seating, and a dining room 'with the glow of a warm fireplace'. The business' new Internet website is:

Landlord Study Hall in Woodstock considers 'liability'

The free monthly meeting for landlords, 'Landlord Study Hall', presents on May 14th, 6:30-8 pm, a forum on 'Preventing Liability'. Though the meetings are free, RSVPs are required - call 503/772-8825, ext. 6, to respond. The meeting will be at All Saints' Episcopal Church, S.E. 40th and Woodstock Boulevard. The meetings are sponsored by Kathryn King, Amy Barnhouse, and Pam Olson. For information visit online:

Clinic helping Oregon Food Bank

East-West Acupuncture Clinic, 3703 S.E. 39th Avenue, is offering a $5 discount to cash customers who bring in at least two cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank. The clinic's phone number is 503/231-4101.

'First Friday' art event features crows

Woodstock-based artist Dave Anderson is featured in May at 'Tilde', 7913 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood. Anderson's oils on canvas show is entitled 'In the company of Crows and Ravens', and will be on display through May 31st. The shop will host a 'First Friday' reception for Anderson on May 2nd from 6 till 9 pm to open the show.

Wallace Books again encourages young entrepreneurs

Throughout the spring and summer months at Wallace Books, says owner Julie Wallace, Saturday is again 'Lemonade Stand Day'. She explains, 'Parents and kids interested in making a few summer bucks can stop by the bookstore and sign-up for the Saturday of their choice, when they will set up their own lemonade stand on the store's porch or on the street. First come, first priority.' Wallace Books will provide the table, tablecloth, and chairs. Everything else is to be provided by the Lemonade stand operators. Visit the store, on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue just south of Bybee in Westmoreland, for details.

'Picazzo's Pizza' opens in Sellwood

There are eight Picazzo's Gourmet Pizza and Salad restaurants - till now, all in Arizona; the ninth just opened at 8000 S.E. 13th Avenue on 'Antique Row' in Sellwood. Its local owner is Dale Parrish, who invites, 'In addition to our signature gourmet pizzas, our menu includes award-winning salads such as Fresh Pear Gorgonzola and the Berry-Licious, a selection of sandwiches, appetizers and desserts. Diners can also select from an extensive wine and beer list.' Picazzo's has received certification from the Celiac-Sprue Association recognizing the restaurant's in-depth Gluten-Free Menu. The restaurant is open Monday thru Saturday, 11 am till 9 pm.

Sellwood musician releases CD.

Joe Baker, originally from Sedona, Arizona, has been a Sellwood resident since 1995, and after several years of being a musician in local bands, has started a band of his own, the Barefoot Brakemen, devoted to a honky-tonk style of music inspired by western swing pioneer Bob Wills, combining elements of rock and roll, country, blues, and jazz. This has resulted in the release of a new 'mono' CD, 'Shook, Broke, Hung', on April 11th. The release is on Baker's own label, Alonzo Records.

Eastmorelander a career and ethics coach

Sally Rhys, MS, has opened Coaching for Perspective, a Career and Business Ethics Coaching practice, out of her home in Eastmoreland, leaving a 20+ year corporate life behind. She is directing her business towards those entering or re-entering the workplace, making a career change, moving toward retirement, or struggling with work-place ethics - for any of which, she says, coaching can accelerate your forward movement. Tailored to each client to fit specific needs, budget, and goals. She also offers a teleclass to attend 'from the comfort of your own home'. She is offering a complimentary session 'to find out if coaching is right for you'. For information visit:, or call 971/678-0489.

'May Daze Bazaar' in Sellwood May 3rd

The 'First Annual Spring Bazaar' will take place 9 am till 4 pm on Saturday, May 3rd, at Sellwood Community Center, 1436 S.E. Spokane Street. The sale offers gifts for Mother's Day, treats for summer - even the family pet! Lunch will be available. Want to be a vendor? Call Patty at 503/823-3195.

'Garden Boutique and Wine Bar' opens on Division

Oscar Albert and Gretchen Fogelstrom opened this new venture on April 8; the official grand opening is May 3 and 4. The shop offers an eclectic combination of garden plants, environmentally friendly fine wines, gifts, and shade-grown fair-trade organic coffee. It's located at 4847 S.E. Division Street. The telephone number is 503/477-9894; the shop is online at:

'First Friday' Art Event at Janovec Gallery

Artist Tupper Malone is featured in May at Janovec Gallery, S.E. Milwaukie at Holgate Boulevard, with a display called 'Sacred Words Imperfect'. Malone, a third generation Oregonian, was born and raised in Salem, and has practiced her art for over 30 years, moving from sculpture. She will be feted at a First Friday reception, May 2nd, 6-9 pm, with the works remaining on display all month, Fridays through Sundays, noon till 6 pm.

Alaskan hospital acupuncturist opens clinic near Mt. Scott

Diane Price, who designed and led an acupuncture program for an Alaskan hospital for three years, and is originally from Austrialia, is the owner of 'Pins and Needles' - a new 'affordable' acupuncture clinic at 5241 S.E. 72nd Avenue, near the Mt Scott Community Center. Details of the clinic and directions can be found online at: The telephone number is 503/772-1532.

Sellwood author publishes novel

Rob Freeman, a resident of the Quayside Condos in Sellwood, recently published a novel entitled, 'Fancypants: An autobiographical novel'. The book deals with the themes of the 'sixties', growing up Jewish in America, and the power of family. It is currently available in local bookstores, including Looking Glass Books and Wallace Books in Sellwood and Westmoreland. Freeman will read from the book May 20th at Broadway Books. Freeman notes that it is also available online at and soon available on Amazon, Borders, and the other online retailers.