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by: ERIC NORBERG - New WCBA President, Damon Philpot, Manager of the Woodstock branch of U.S. Bank. New President of WCBA. Damon Philpot, Manager of the Woodstock U.S. Bank Branch, was elected by the Woodstock Community Business Association Board at its March 12th meeting the new President of the organization, replacing Sean Daugherty of Papaccino’s Coffee, who stepped down from the position to devote more time to his children – but Sean will remain a member of the Board. Re-elected Vice President was Tessah Danel of Key Bank, while Renee Mako of the Woodstock Veterinary Hospital was re-elected Treasurer, and Eric Norberg of THE BEE was re-elected Secretary. The WCBA meets monthly, on the second Tuesday morning of the month, at 9:30 am, in the meeting room of the Woodstock Branch Library at S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard. (Enter from the south-side parking lot). The meetings are always open to all interested in attending. The WCBA website, for more information, is: www.woodstockbiz.com.

Record store, now online, shuts down. Eastmoreland resident John Gregos last had a storefront for his 40-year-old record and tape business, “For What It’s Worth”, in the Woodstock neighborhood, where Pizza Roma is now. When sales of the venerable audio formats declined enough to make the storefront unprofitable, he moved the business online. The demand for music on vinyl and tape has not disappeared online, but shipping costs have soared, and orders have declined as a result. Gregos is now reportedly closing the business, and will be selling off his remaining music inventory at a location somewhat south of Johnson Creek Boulevard on S.E. 82nd through this month.

Inner Southeast artists in ceramics show. The Oregon Potters Association offers its 31st annual Ceramic Showcase, billed as the largest sale and show of ceramics in the country, at the Oregon Convention Center April 26 through 28; admission is free. Among the Inner Southeast artists displaying in the show are Adrienne Stacey, Motoko Hori, Careen Stoll, Michelle Gallagher, and Crystal Van Wyk. The show opens each day at 10 am; the Convention Center is located at 777 N.E. M.L.K. Jr. Boulevard, just north of Burnside Street. For information, go online to: www.ceramicshowcase.com.

“Landlord Study Hall” presents on “safety and liability”. The free “Landlord Study Hall” seminar in April, on the 10th, is on safety and liability issues in rental facilities. The seminar is an hour and a half long, 6:30-8 pm, at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall, S.E. 52nd at Woodstock Boulevard. Although it’s free to “unlicensed individuals”, an RSVP is required to attend. Call 503/772-8825 to reserve a seat. Presented by Woodstock Realtor Kathryn King and colleagues. Sellwood-area electric cargo bikes get attention. EcoSpeed, based on the east side of Johnson Creek Park in the Sellwood area, described as “an industry leader in the design and manufacture of electric bicycle motor systems”, announces it is teaming up with Portland's B-line Urban Delivery to help them deliver cargo – from bread, to produce, to bike parts. EcoSpeed describes its product: “A unique motor system drives the bike chain to leverage all the gears of the bike, unlike most electric bike motors. This makes hill-climbing with 500 pounds of produce easier for B-line's riders, as they get the equivalent of two more professional cyclists pumping up the hill with them. The EcoSpeed drive system uses dual lithium batteries, for a range of about 40 miles. The motor is limited to just over one horse-power, or 1,000 watts, so it is legally an ‘electrically assisted bicycle’ under Oregon law, and able to use the bike lanes and paths just like any bicycle or tricycle. B-line’s chief mechanic, Bill Murdock, has been testing the system and has put over 300 miles on it so far, with plans to continue testing before putting it in full use.”  To test-ride EcoSpeed’s electric bikes yourself, call 503/233-1580.

“Wood Pro Beauty Center” closes. Concluding a final clearance sale in March, the owners of the large “Wood Pro Beauty Center” at S.E. 46th at Woodstock Boulevard have closed the doors of the store, effective March 28. No reason for the closing was given.

“Collage” announces anniversary event. Maria Raleigh, owner of “Collage”, announces “a very special event on Saturday, April 13th, from 10 am to 6 pm at both of our stores. It is our AWESOME Customer Appreciation Day! This annual event marks the 9th anniversary of our N.E. Alberta Street store’s opening, and the fifth anniversary of our S.E. store – originally in Woodstock, and now in Sellwood at 7907 S.E. 13th Avenue. We want to celebrate our AWESOME customers with dozens of raffle prizes, discounts and doughnuts. Each store will be raffling off some amazing art and craft supply prizes including an easel at each store!” The telephone number of the Inner Southeast store is 503/777-2189; it is online at: www.collagepdx.com.

“Foot Traffic” involved in school partnership. In a unique partnership between Franklin High and three other Portland area high school track teams, several community centers, Portland Parks and Recreation, and Sellwood retailer “Foot Traffic”, a school-based middle school track and field program is up and running, and practices start April 1st. In addition to Franklin High, track teams from Grant, Jefferson, and Wilson High School track teams will coordinate practices for middle school students in their area, and athletes will have an opportunity to compete in eight all-comer meets, and the Hershey Championship meet. The track meets are open to the general public (team membership not required). The cost is $30 per athletes, with scholarships available. “Foot Traffic” is the major sponsor – providing communication, and financial support. Go online to: www.foottraffic.us – for meet dates and locations, as well as team information. “Graffiti Sandwich” cart opens next to The Joinery. Travis and Maureen Kennedy report that “We recently moved to Eastmoreland (last March), and we just opened this March the ‘Graffiti Sandwich’ cart in Woodstock next to The Joinery at S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th Street. We serve tasty chef-driven sandwiches (and make sandwiches into bowls with brown rice). Check out our menu and pics on our site: www.graffitsandwich.com/menu”. Maureen adds that Travis has formerly run restaurants in Idaho and elsewhere. The new food cart is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11-7 pm. “Maybe longer in the summer!” Sellwood coffee shop reopens with new name. Formerly “Lovecup”, “Either/Or” opened its doors on March 15th on S.E. 13th just north of Umatilla Street. Its new “minimalist mid-century decor lets the true focus shine through: specialty coffee,” explains new owner Ro Tam. Carrying a local microroaster, Heart, as its primary coffee and a secondary rotating roaster, “espresso flights are available, which allows the two espressos to be compared side by side and is accompanied by a taster that compliments the notes in the beverages.” The menu also includes pastries from the award winning Bakeshop, and syrups and sodas made in house. “Either/Or” is open seven days a week at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, Suite 2.

Sell – by selling yourself! The Association of Home Businesses, the only area business association focusing especially on those who work from home (although everyone is welcome), features this month “Elegant Persuasion: Selling Yourself with Passion and Purpose”, a presentation by Neal Lubow, co-founder of the 21-year-old Association of Home Businesses at its monthly meeting. Neal will present his yearly panoply of sales stories – with new tips, techniques, and strategies for 2013. He promises, “You'll leave AHB empowered!” AHB meets on the third Thursday evening each month – this month, that’s April 18th – at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th and Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood, 6-9 pm. A buffet supper is included. Everyone welcome to attend, but please RSVP to assist meal planning; $10 for members and first-time visitors. For more information or to reserve, go online to: www.ahboregon.org – or call Eric at 503/232-2326.

“Pace Setter Athletic” in Food Bank benefit. Pace Setter Athletic, the local shoe store, at 4203 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, is organizing a “One Mile Challenge” walk/run event on June 1 at the former Marshall High School (which is where Franklin High students will go, while their school is being extensively renovated and upgraded). The entrance fee for all participants will be canned food, or $5 in cash. All proceeds will go to the Oregon Food Bank. Business sponsors are now being solicited, at levels from $50 to $300 – and sponsorship donations and logos are due by April 10th in order to be eligible to be included in the advertising. For forms and more information contact Anita Carley at Pace Setter – via e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone at 503/777-3214.

Windermere Moreland “top producers” honored. Forty-three brokers representing Windermere Cronin & Caplan Realty Group’s top ten percent of production in 2012 were recently honored for “their hard work, professional achievements, and charitable generosity, during another challenging year in the real estate market”. The top 2012 brokers for the Windermere Moreland office on S.E. Bybee Boulevard were Chris Dawkins (“among the top 1% of all Portland area agents”) and Linda Skeele (“a top producer at the Windermere Moreland office for the past 11 years”).

Division coffee house offers authors. In its “Thursday Night Author Series”, Rain or Shine Coffee House presents local authors Julia Stoops, Steve Denniston, Mary Milstead, and Sherri H. Hoffman – four Portland authors who contributed to the anthology “Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life”. The four will read from their own work at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 25, at the coffee house, 5941 S.E. Division Street.

Westmoreland consignment art gallery celebrates. “ReSaleArt.com”, an art consignment gallery, announces a Third Anniversary party and sale on Friday, April 12th, 5-9 pm, and Saturday, April 13th, 11-5 pm. Owner Bev Hecht-Levy invites, “Food, drink, and a wonderful assortment of original Oregon artwork for sale at secondary market prices. The shop is the place to find all your favorite artists in one place. So come on in for a drink and a piece of artwork to spruce up your home for Spring.” The address is 7227 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. And, as is obvious from the business name, its Internet website is: www.ReSaleArt.com

Mobility & stress classes to open in Woodstock. Eve Bernfeld, Certified “Alexander Technique” Teacher, is accepting new students at her studio in the Woodstock neighborhood. She explains, “The Alexander Technique is movement education that improves our overall coordination and mobility and also addresses how we respond to stress. Stressful situations and people come from outside us, but how we respond happens inside and is very habit-bound. Thus by examining our habits, we have the opportunity to change our response and live a less stressful life.” The same principle applies to our coordination.” For more information go online to: www.evebernfeld.com – or call 503/915-7400. Local artist shown at Tilde. “Tilde”, 7919 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood, will be displaying the paintings and illustrations of Portland artist Michele Maule, starting April 5th and running until the end of May. Debbe Hamada of Tilde comments that Michele graduated from Portland State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in drawing, painting, and printmaking – but she also currently works in several different media, including painting, collage, and illustration. Michele has gravitated towards drawing and painting animals, which constitutes the focus of this exhibition.

Westmoreland duo wins recognition. Holly Stern and Don Prather, “Independent Reliv Distributors”, report that they have earned “a much coveted Dr. Ted Humanitarian Award in February from the company”, and they add that they also placed third in the nation with the company. For information, call them at 503/704-9730.

Westmoreland author introduces “Guerrilla Yardwork”. Spring’s arrival has lured many homeowners into their yards, but particularly first-timers often feel the time and financial pressures that come with tending to their new properties. Westmoreland author Peter Korchnak’s new book “Guerrilla Yardwork: The First-Time Home Owner’s Handbook” aims, he says, to ease the burden: “It introduces a revolutionary new method of yardwork that draws upon the tenets of guerrilla warfare. Part field manual, part manifesto, “Guerrilla Yardwork” sprang from Korchnak’s experience owning a home and a yard in Woodstock from 2006 to 2012. “Guerrilla Yardwork” has been published through American Robotnik as paperback and e-book. It is going to be launched at Lucky Lab Pub on Hawthorne Boulevard on April 24. It may be purchased online at: www.guerrillayardwork.com.

“Crispy Sandwich” opens in Westmoreland. “Crispy Sandwich” – featuring Vietnamese sandwiches, salad rolls, Vietnamese sticky rice, various types of bubble tea, freshly squeezed juice, and Vietnamese coffee – has opened between Papa Murphy Pizza and Moreland Vision Source! At 6543 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, and Sundays from noon to 5. “Dine in or take out”. For information, or to order takeout, the telephone number is 503/515-7364.