by: Rita A. Leonard Limbo's fruit & vegetable market next to Trader Joe’s is closing July 3rd.

Reed neighborhood fixture 'Limbo's' closes

Limbo's is closing on July 3 after 15 years as a complementary business next door to Trader Joe's, on S.E. 39th (Chavez), just south of Holgate. The organic fruit and vegetable outlet owned by Rick and Ellen Nicholson has been a hit with local shoppers, who have been especially impressed with Limbo's 'wall of herbs': Hundreds of 5-gallon containers of dried herbs, arranged in alphabetical order, on the north wall of the market. While its closing presents a loss to the neighborhood, store Night Manager Joshua Stephens tells THE BEE that he plans to open an online business called Stone Cottage ( to offer herbs and spices delivered to your door.

Rose City Veterinary Hospital celebrates 100th

On Sunday, July 24th, from noon to 4 pm, Rose City Veterinary Hospital will be holding its 100th birthday celebration. 'The festivities, including free food, drinks, door prizes, balloons and face painting, will provide fun for the whole family and all are invited to attend.' Owner Dr. Craig Quirk, an OSU graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine, who bought the practice in 1996, comments. 'This centennial is not only a landmark for Portland's first veterinary hospital, but reconnects the city with an interesting time in the history of Portland's east side. By 1911, Rose City Veterinary Hospital opened its doors under the leadership of Dr. Gus Huthman on S.E. 7th and Grand, and the first human doctor's office in the area opened at the southeast corner of Bybee Boulevard and Milwaukie Avenue. Of the many founding businesses on the eastside, Rose City Veterinary Hospital and THE BEE [founded in 1906] are two of the few still thriving one hundred years later.' In the 1950s, the practice was moved to its current location at the corner of S.E. 8th and Powell Boulevard just off the eastside ramp of the Ross Island Bridge, where the July 24th celebration will take place.

'Insurance tips for home businesses' at AHB

The Portland area's business association for home businesspeople, the Association of Home Businesses, offers an insurance expert, Scott Williams, with insider tips about handling the unique insurance needs of home businesses. Actual tips - not a sales pitch! AHB meets on the third Thursday of each month (this month, that's July 21st) - 6-9 pm, at Sellwood's SMILE Station (on S.E. 13th, a block south of Tacoma Street). Buffet supper included. Cost is $10 at the door (members' and first-time visitors' rate). RSVP requested to assist in meal preparation! For information or to RSVP, call Eric at 503/232-2326, or visit: .

Woodstock location reopens

Bai Mint Thai has opened at 4408 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard - the former 'Bubble Tea' location. The restaurant is open for lunch 11 am-3pm, and for dinner from 4:30pm-9:30pm Tuesday through Friday. Weekend hours are noon till 9 pm. Menu offers soups, salads, and entrees including noodles, curry, stir fry and fried rice, with additions of fish, chicken, pork, beef, tofu and vegetarian meals. Phone 503/719-5070, or go online to: . (RAL)

Many new businesses in the Sellwood-Westmoreland Business District

The SWBA, or Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance, reports several new businesses have opened recently. Omitting those previously reported in this section, they include: Jacolyn Wheatley, CPA - a home-based practice - telephone 503/482-8298… Soiree Boutique does weddings and event planning, and is located at 7080 S.E. 16th; Molli Barss can be reached at 503/230-9311… Modcott Piano Company has opened a shop at 1715 S.E. Spokane. They repair and restore pianos. Sam Evans is the principal; call 503/314-6474… Goal Line Financial, a financial planning professional service, has opened at 7516 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue; contact Marie Sonnet at 503/963-3764. Koch Financial Partners, under Shawn Koch, handles finance and insurance matters at 205 S.E. Spokane, Suite 368; 503/505-5868. Jennifer Kingsley's Perfect Planning has opened a wedding planning business at 1725 S.E. Tenino Street, Suite 203; 503/926-2187… Nick Jeffers' Moreland House restaurant is open at 6716 SE Milwaukie Avenue; the phone is 971/998-3834. Jeff Trinci has opened a home-based business named 'The Groom's List'. This is a website for grooms. Call 503/939-0708… Unlimited Auto Sales, selling used and consigned vehicles, has opened at 8041 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., at the Tacoma Street exit southbound. Owner Gennadi Cheshev can be reached at 503/236-3756… Creative Minds Learning Centers has opened a second location in the business district at 7733 S.E. 13th. The Director, Meredith, can be reached at 503/252-0004, Ext 1… Portland U-Brew and Pub at 6237 S.E. Milwaukie is opening. Call the owner, Cliff Webb, at 503/481-3442… White Phoenix Acupuncture, under Allyndreth Stead, is open at 8231 S.E. 13th, Suite 11; 503/746-9403… The Portland Bottle Shop, a wine shop, is opening at 7960 S.E. 13th. The owner, Travis Motter, can be reached at 971/221-4639… Portland Homestead Supply, a street-front business that teaches and demonstrates how to make all urban homestead supplies, is opening at 8012 S.E. 13th. Contact Kristl Bridge at 503/233-8691… A transfer of ownership has occurred at 8035 S.E. 13th: Salon Chi, a hair salon, is now operated by Fawn Raab; 503/235-1300… Foster Market at 8533 S.E. 17th is now owned and operated by Sachin Thap… 'Bee Thinking' has opened at 1229 S.E. Nehalem Street. It is owned by Mathew Reed, and features bee hives, supplies, and classes; 503/770-0233… And Camp Hollyhock, a clothing and accessories boutique, has opened at 8235 S.E. 13th, Unit #14, under Katie Melton. Call 503/914-7636.

Brooklyn outlet store opens

A Brooklyn outlet for Evergreen Garden Supply opened at 3393 S.E. 21st Ave in June; the parent company is at 8830 N.E. Sandy Blvd. The Brooklyn site features hydroponics and indoor garden supplies, growing medium and nutrients, air purifiers, and propagation and equipment advice. They're open 7 days a week from 10 am till 6 pm. For information, call 503/408-6635. (RAL)

Local 'walking tour' business opens

'Walk Oregon' offers a variety of neighborhood walking tours, starting with Sellwood, where it is based. The first tour, dubbed the 'Sellwood Shuffle', is fully booked on August 20, but has a few spots available on July 9th, 9am-noon, at a fee of $29. The maximum number of participants is 12. Registration for this particular walk is offered through PCC. Guides for new walks are also sought. Contact proprietor Sam Brier at 503/446-6242, e-mail him at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit his Internet website: .

Changes on WCBA Board

The Woodstock Community Business Association has voted Laura Carter onto its Board, as the new Treasurer. Former Treasurer Jenifer Poirier remains a Board member. Leaving the Board are Don McKenney of the Woodstock UPS Store, who has opened a second store at N.E. 15th and Fremont, and does not feel he has the time to commit to the business association as a result, and Nathan Wagner, who has moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, and does not feel he can be an effective advocate for Woodstock businesses at that distance. Also departing the Board is its President, Lori Boisen, who has determined that she needs to devote more time to her own business, Advertise in the Bag, which serves 12 different eastside neighborhoods. Past President Nancy Chapin and co-Vice-Presidents Jeff Barger and Sean Daugherty will provide leadership for the WCBA pending the selection of a new President. The WCBA has monthly public meetings at 9:30 am on the second Tuesday morning each month, in the meeting room of the Woodstock Branch Library - enter from the south-side parking lot. The organization's Internet website is: .

Caterer opens near Powell Boulevard

Voila Catering LLC has opened a space at 3225 S.E. 14th Ave., just off Powell Boulevard, offering catering planning and services for any budget, with an eclectic menu created from fresh and seasonal ingredients. Professional bartenders and servers are provided for a full range of affordable options. Visit their Internet website for information - - and call 503/788-5094 for an appointment. (RAL)

Sellwood 'Health Salon' to address weight issues

Nicole Yezman, Naturopathic Physician and acupuncturist, and owner of the Clinic of Natural Health, announces her second Health Salon hosted by 'Fluid Movement + Massage'. 'Extra weight on the body is due to inflammation,' asserts Dr. Yezman. 'The first step is to figure out the root cause.' Dr. Yezman will discuss why we carry extra weight, and offer simple and effective ways to get rid of your excess pounds in a safe and healthy way. Discussion starts at 6 pm on Friday night, July 29th, at 7916 S.E. 19th Street in Sellwood; light snacks and refreshments provided. Cost is $10 per person, or $15 for two people; space is limited to ten. Call 503/729-3617 to reserve. For more information, visit the Internet website: .

'Piano Learning Center' opens near Brooklyn Post Office

The Piano Learning Center They recently opened in the space formerly occupied by Experiencing Fine Art. The Piano Learning Center offers piano lessons to beginners of any age, child to adult, at 1440 S.E. Powell Boulevard -- open Monday-Friday 10 am-7 pm, and Saturday from 10 am till 4 pm. Their motto is 'You Can Play...We Guarantee It!' Phone 503/309-0106 for information. Their Internet website is: . (RAL)

End-of-July Sellwood craft event

On July 30th and 31st, a dozen local crafters will celebrate 'Craftivus', an open-air marketplace of arts and crafts in Sellwood outside the home of Corinne Stefanik at 7105 SE 16th Avenue, at Rural. Many of the vendors live in the Sellwood-Westmoreland area, and all are seasoned crafters offering a unique array of goods for sale including garden art, botanically-themed gifts, art cards, paper art, kitchen ware, handmade dolls, jewelry, feathered accessories, collage art, toys, repurposed fabric wearables, home textiles and more. Many of the vendors create from recycled materials. The sidewalk fair will be open from 10 am to 6 pm both days.

Plating company returns to Inner Southeast

Bliss Plating has moved back into the Brooklyn neighborhood, at 1630 S.E. Rhine Street. Owner Mike Pfohl offers chrome, brass, copper, bronze, pewter, and nickel plating, as well as lamp repair and metal polishing. The business is open Monday-Friday 10 am-4:30 pm, Saturdays noon till 2 pm. 'We offer museum-quality repairs, replating, and restoration of antiques and house hardware,' says Pfohl. Phone 503/296-5284 for information, or visit online: . (RAL)

Inner Southeast boatwright displays near Seattle

Eric Franklin, a Sellwood resident, recently donated a 25-foot double recreational rowing shell to the NW Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington. Franklin reports that the boat is displayed in a prominent place within the Center, 'which is committed to educating people in traditional and contemporary maritime life'. For years, Eric says, he has designed and built boats as a hobby. He's taught boat building classes and won Best of Show at the Newport Boat Show in Southern California for one of his designs. He adds that he works as a fine woodworker specializing in contemporary and Japanese influenced furniture. His Sellwood home is 'crafted into authentic Kyoto-style architecture, and was shown in 'Oregon Home'.' His studio is in Sellwood. He can be reached at 971/212-0514.

Sellwood gallery features two artists in July

William (Paul) Paxton's oil paintings and Cary Doucette's collage are featured this month at the 12x16 Gallery in Sellwood, an artists' cooperative. The First Friday reception is July 1, 6-9 pm, and an additional Artists' Reception will be presented on Saturday, July 9, 2-4 pm. The gallery is located at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, No. 5, in Sellwood, and it is open Thursdays through Sundays noon till 6 pm (but closed on Sunday, July 3rd).