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by: (Photo courtesy of Bob Rossman), Romance has bloomed for two Kay’s alums – Linda Macfarlane, left, and Bob Rossman

21-year 'engagement' for former 'Kay's Bar' couple.

Two former longtime employees of Kay's Bar and Grill in Westmoreland have announced plans to marry. Bob Rossman and Linda Macfarlane will wed on Thursday, March 22nd, in judge's chambers, with Meredith and Ed MacGregor Jr., as witnesses. The former owners of Kay's, Ed and Sharon MacGregor, have sent congratulations. After leaving Kay's, Linda returned to school, and will graduate from PSU this June. Kay's Bar, now owned by Patrick Morton, is on the northwest corner of Bybee and Milwaukie in Westmoreland.

'For What It's Worth' closing; Pizza Roma expanding.

Woodstock has been the home recently of one of the venerable and well-known names in music retailing in the Northwest, going back a quarter century - 'For What It's Worth' Records and Tapes. Owner John Gregos, tells THE BEE that he has lost his lease at its current location, and effective March 1st you will be doing all your shopping at the store via its Internet website, www.FWIWimports.com. The space will not go unfilled; Pizza Roma, next door to the store on Woodstock Boulevard, will move in with a sports bar called 'Roma Coliseum', to compliment the pizza restaurant. The new bar will open May 1st.

Sellwood Public House focuses on pizza under new owner.

The new owner of Sellwood Public House is Steve Khamkhosy, who announces he is continuing the tradition of offering gourmet and New York style pizza. Sunday and Wednesday are 'pint nights', with pepperoni, veggie, and cheese pizza also available for $3 a slice. Many video monitors offer a variety of sports events, and live music continues to be offered on select dates. The attached ballroom, seating up to 200, remains available for rent for banquets and special occasions. Sellwood Public House is upstairs on the northeast corner of S.E. 13th and Tenino in Sellwood. The telephone number is 503/736-0179.

Assn. of Home Businesses announces March 15 'computer disaster' talk.

The March monthly meeting of the area-wide Assn. of Home Businesses, in Sellwood, features as its speaker Rod Richardson of N.W. Computer Support, offering expertise on 'Planning for Backup, Disaster, and Recovery'. The meeting is open to visitors and includes a buffet supper: 6-9 pm on Thursday, March 15, at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, on the SE corner. $10; reservations requested to Eric, 503/232-2326.

Garden art and 'Stepping Stone' demonstrations at 'Nature in the City'.

As part of the March 'First Friday Art Quest' in Sellwood, Nature in the City, a veteran business on Antique Row, is presenting a free demonstration of concrete stepping stones and garden art. The presentation includes information about materials, techniques, creative uses, and decorative finishes. Although the demonstrations are free, call to sign up, as space is limited: 503/231-5664. Demonstrations are offered March 2 at 7 pm, and a week later, on Saturday, March 10, at 2 pm. Nature in the City is located at 8011 S.E. 13th Avenue.

Business Assistance for Family Child Care Providers.

'Rose Community Development', based in Woodstock, currently has openings in its networks for in-home child care providers who would like assistance building their businesses. The networks are made up of experienced providers as well as those new to the business. The networks offer trainings, grants, monthly meetings, free consultants, and more. If you live in Southeast Portland or Clackamas County and would like more information, call Barbara Reed, Coordinator, at 503/788-0826, ext. 109; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or visit Rose Community Development's website: www.rosecdc.org.

'Niche travel agency' opens in Sellwood.

'The World Trekker' Travel Company has opened for business in Sellwood, specializing in small exclusive group tours, 'with an emphasis on adventure, culture, sport, and exploration worldwide', according to owner Robert VanGorder, who with his family moved from Washington DC last July to start the endeavor. The company works with a host of well-established tour providers to create customized private trips or to place clients on existing itineraries that best suits the specific traveler. He adds, 'the focus of our company, as a small independent business, really fit the personality of Portland, and after visiting several times, I knew this was the place we wanted to live.' Contact him at 503/922-0993; e-mail him at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or visit the business' Internet website: www.worldtrekker.com.

Two local artists in Hawthorne-area Art Walk March 3-4.

Artists Madeline Janovec and Celia J. Lyon are joining some 70 other artists and artist groups in the fourth annual 'SE Area Artwalk' on Saturday and Sunday, March 3rd and 4th. 'SE Area Artwalk' covers the neighborhoods of Clinton, Division, Hawthorne, and Ladd's Addition. Artists are hosted by local homes and businesses. All exhibits will be located within the boundaries of Clinton street, Division street, Ladd's Addition, and Hawthorne Blvd. Free maps will be available for pick-up throughout February at local businesses such as Columbia Art Supply and Muse Art and Design; artist images and map locations are available to view online at: www.seportlandartwalk.com. The public is invited to support and buy local art at this free community event, sponsored by the Division/Clinton Business Association and the Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood Association. This year the 'SE Area Artwalk' was awarded a $4,000 dollar grant by the City of Portland for neighborhood development.

Club Cabos sold.

Club Cabos, which recently became a standard restaurant and lounge after having previously featured dancers, located at 5145 S.E. McLaughlin Boulevard at the north end of Westmolreland, has been sold to Rami MaKboul, according to the Oregon Liquor Commission, which reports that the business has applied to retain its Full On premises sales license (which allows the sale of liquor, malt beverages, wine and cider for consumption on the premises). Entertainment will be provided by a DJ and by recorded background music, and by Oregon Lottery games. The restaurant and lounge will continue to feature a full-service menu. The hours of operation are Sunday thru Saturday 11 am to 2:30 am.

Sellwood artist displays at Muse Art.

Shelly Buchanan, a Sellwood artist, is exhibiting her recent artwork at Muse Art and Design, 4201 S.E. Hawthorne Boulevard, through March 20th. Works included in the exhibition are primarily oil landscape paintings on canvas of the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest. Much of Buchanan's work is based on natural settings she has explored, primarily in the Pacific Northwest, California, the Southwest, and Latin America.

New 'Dirty Dog Dog Wash' business opens in Sellwood.

'Dirty Dog Dog Wash' opens this month at 7853 S.E. 13th Avenue on 'Antique Row', across the street from the Sellwood Library, in the space previously occupied by Zeldaloo Studios--and the location previously of Jari's Dog Grooming, which moved south into Milwaukie and remains open there. Owner Roxanne Thomas tells THE BEE, 'We are a self-serve dog wash, and will also have an extensive retail area, with gear catering to the 'outdoor dog'. All of our shampoo, conditioner and treats are made from natural ingredients. We will also be offering free coffee while you wait or shop.' Dirty Dog plans to be open early March, with an official grand opening scheduled for May. The telephone number is 503/234-7989.

'Ides of March Fiber Festival' at Abundant Yarn.

Abundant Yarn and Dyeworks, across from Sellwood Landing on S.E. 17th, announces a free 'Ides of March Fiber Festival' on March 15th, which hopefully will prove less fatal than an event on that date was to Julius Caesar. Pat Thom, owner, tells THE BEE, 'this is a fun event to highlight local producers and artisans that create wool fleece, rovings, yarns, and unique items'. Food and drinks will be available for sale during the one-day festival.

Renowned metal artist exhibiting in Sellwood.

Marlene Gabel, who has exhibited at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, the Portland and Seattle Art Museums, and elsewhere, is exhibiting metal sculptural works from the 1960's and '70's through March 10th at Mark Humpal Fine Art, 8235 S.E. 13th, #7, in Sellwood. The Gallery is open to the public Thursdays through Saturdays 12-6 pm.

Westmoreland Windermere office welcomes Davis.

Windermere Real Estate in Westmoreland reports that Mardi J. Davis has transferred from their N.W. Johnson office, where she has been a broker's assistant for five years. Davis is a member of the LaSalle High School Board, and is Past President of The Arc of Multnomah County.

Sellwood businesswoman takes break to tour Turkey.

Westmoreland small business owner Kathy White, who normally imports gifts and home décor from Turkey, plans to put that aside and visit the area near Istanbul in September. White has set up a tour which will accommodate eight others who similarly want to see an area noted for 'a layering of civilization on civilization, of empire built on empire'. Explaining her passion for the area, she adds, 'It's as momentous as Rome, as captivating as Paris. A stroll through this historic peninsula will reveal ancient Roman hippodromes and aqueducts--the greatest excesses of the Byzantine Empire.' If the idea interests you, contact Kathy for information at 503/789-5290.