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BUSINESS BRIEFS for July

by: Lisa Griggs, Mike Beutler helps Sellwood Landing resident Sharon McMahon suit up for a fire engine photo (see Sellwood Landing anniversary item, below)

TWO WELL-KNOWN RESTAURANTS SOLD, AS OF JULY 1st. Two of the longest-established and best-known tavern/restaurants in Inner Southeast Portland have been sold to new owners (separate owners in each case), effective the first of July, according to personnel there. Kay's Lounge in Westmoreland, on the northwest corner of Milwaukie Avenue and S.E. Bybee Boulevard, has been sold to Patrick Morton of West Linn; he owns no other businesses, and tells BEE reporter Eileen Fitzsimons that he will retain the name, expand the menu, and transform the institution into a smoke-free establishment. Grandma's, on Holgate Boulevard at S.E. 41st, has also been sold as of the end of June, according to staffpersons there, but the name of the buyer and plans for the neighborhood restaurant were not available at press time.

'SoTac Coffee and Cream' opens. Rikki LeBaron, who closed her Antique Row Café several months ago to open her new coffee shop on S.E. 13th in Sellwood, announced its opening, under the name 'SoTac Coffee and Cream', just north of Umatilla Street. Its first day was Saturday, June 17. Rikki tells THE BEE, 'In keeping with the tradition at Antique Row Café, the new place will be showing art from local artists. We are very excited about our first artist at SoTac Coffee and Cream. Her name is Sharon Knorr, and not only is she a talented actress and producer but she is also our friend and the main source of decorating ideas at the new coffee shop. We will be staying open late on the 4th of July, in case anyone would like to stop by for some Homemade Strawberry Shortcake or ice cream cones before the annual trek to Oaks Park to watch the fireworks.'

Noted ventriloquist performs in Brooklyn. One night only, July 21st, Brooklyn's Aladdin Theatre, at S.E. Milwaukie and Powell Boulevard, presents ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, with his dummy characters Peanut, Walter, Bubba J, Sweet Daddy Dee and Jose' Jalapeno on a SteEEK! Dunham's Comedy Central special, 'Arguing With Myself' was the highest rated show on that network in the first week of April. Performances at the Aladdin at 7 and 10 pm; tickets are $28.50 plus any fees. Available through Ticketmaster.

Woodstock's 'Coffee Cat' sold. The 'Coffee Cat' coffee shop, at S.E. 41st and Woodstock Boulevard, has been sold by Tami White to Melanie St. John and Anita Stacey, who have renamed it 'First Cup'. It continues to offer fresh-brewed coffee to the neighborhood from the same location. As for Tami, she writes, 'I miss my customers so much, and would like to let them know where and how I am. After 10 years at the Coffee Cat, you can imagine how close I was with my customers and staff. I am now working for Truax Builders Supply on 110th and Division Street, doing inside sales. Thank you so much for the laughter and support over the years and I wish you all the best. Keep in touch; I'm in the book.'

'Stroller Strides' for moms and babies underway in Westmoreland Park. Stroller Strides, described as a business offering the nation's largest fitness program for moms and babes, has come to Westmoreland Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays; local mom and resident MacKenzie Nuss is taking over these classes this summer. Classes are for all levels of pre and postnatal mamas, and consist of power walking/running and strength conditioning. For details, visit the Internet website: www.strollerstrides.com.

'Get organized for productivity' at monthly AHB meeting. The area-wide 'Association of Home Businesses', a nonprofit group which welcomes visitors at its monthly meetings in Sellwood, has as its speaker at its July meeting (6-9 pm on the 20th), Kathie England. Kathie is a 'professional organizer', based in Portland, and will explore strategies to manage your 'time robbers' to save you time, frustration, money, and stress in your home or in your office. The meeting includes a buffet supper, and is held at SMILE Station, on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th at Tenino, one block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. $10 covers the meeting and dinner for members and first-time visitors. For more information, or to make reservations, visit www.ahboregon.org, or call Eric at THE BEE, 503/232-2326.

Sckavone Field?…How about Sckavone's Restaurant? Sckavone's, a new casual restaurant on S.E. Division at 41st, will open sometime this month. The new eatery is located in the same building that Pharmacist Nick Sckavone operated his Ever-Ready Drugstore for 46 years. Sckavone, an Italian immigrant, lived and worked in the Division area and was very involved in the community. His name is associated with the promotion of amateur boxing and amateur and professional baseball in Portland. The City of Portland recognized his dedication to developing the local sport of baseball by naming the baseball stadium at Westmoreland Park Sckavone Field. Jon Finley, Sckavone's grandson, is the owner of the new restaurant, which will be open Monday through Sunday beginning at 7 am for breakfast. Lunch will be served from 11 am. to 4 pm, and dinner is available from 4 pm to 10 pm, with a full bar and late night menu offered until closing.

'National Night Out' party coming August 1 near Sellwood Bridge. Billy Bang's Pub, a short distance north of the west end of the Sellwood Bridge, announces its first 'Night Out' party, in conjunction with the National Night Out anti-crime program, on Tuesday evening, August 1st, 5-9:30 pm. The event will include live music by Tom Varley and the Sun Dogs, with contests and activities for both adults and children. Food will be available for a suggested donation. The event is free of charge and there is plenty of free food available. For information, call the restaurant at 503/227-4663.

Sellwood Landing celebrates first anniversary. The Sellwood Landing retirement assisted living facility on S.E. 17th in Sellwood celebrated the first anniversary of its opening on Friday, June 16th. On hand was a 1976 Seagrave fire engine, brought for the combined Father's Day/Anniversary celebration, and residents had their picture taken with the engine, many wearing firefighter 'turnouts'. Sellwood resident and property owner Clyde Brummell also played harmonica for the residents at the event.

Cascadia Homes hosts 'First Friday Art Quest' opening. Realtor hosts this First Friday art event on Friday, July 7th, 6:30-9 pm, at 7824 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood, with live music by blues guitarist Alan Hager. This month's artist is Amy Stoner - whose work focuses on the expressionistic nature of the human form and the natural landscape of the Pacific Northwest. She favors non-toxic water-based paints and inks, and utilizes many reclaimed and recycled items in a special line of her acrylic paintings. Open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Another 'First Friday' event, at Janovec Gallery. Janovec Studio and Gallery in Brooklyn, at 4504 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue at Holgate, hosts a First Friday reception for noted Northwest artist Susan Cowan on July 7th, 6-9 pm. Cowan's work will be on display at the gallery July 7-29 from noon till 5 Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment. Appointments may be made at 503/231-8346.

Gallery moves to Antique Row. Mark Humpal Fine Art announces that it is in the process of moving to new quarters at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood, #7. A 'grand opening' event has been announced for August 4th, 12-8 pm, billed as 'an afternoon of fine art and refreshments'. The business hours will be Thursday through Saturday, 12-6 pm, and the telephone number is 503/238-4452.

Salon moves east. The 'Perfect Touch Salon', formerly at S.E. 35th and Powell Boulevard for the past twelve years, reports that it has now moved to a new location at 78th and S.E. Division Street. The telephone number there is 503/775-3624.