Former "Adobe Rose" space has crafty future: When its owners retired and closed the popular Westmorland restaurant Adobe Rose on Bybee Boulevard close to Starbucks, the space remained empty for many months. Recently, some remodeling has been taking place there. Now, the owner of the Sellwood crafts shop Collage contacts THE BEE to tell us what's opening there: "25 years ago I rented an apartment from Tom and Harry Brown, where I lived for a year and a half. I lived in apartment #5 of their apartment complex at 1625 S.E. Rural. I loved that apartment. I loved the fact that on my days off I never had to drive; I could walk to everything I needed. My car would often sit parked the entire weekend as I roamed the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood on foot. I also grew to love that neighborhood even more, making it one of my choices for a location when I had my own business. I've just leased a new space from Tom Brown for Collage, and we will be moving our existing store into that space and creating a NEW Collage 'outlet store' in our existing space at 7907 S.E. 13th Avenue. When I went to sign the lease, I discovered Tom had moved his office into not only my old apartment building – but into my old apartment! Our new Collage is opening at 1634 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. Same phone number, 503/777-2189. We should be open there before Thanksgiving."New name for business association: What was started as the Westmoreland Business Alliance at the time of the rebuilding of the Bybee Bridge, and after later admitting Sellwood merchants at their request became the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance (SWBA), has just voted to rename itself the "Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance" (SMBA). The association is in the process of rejuvenating its website; but now and for the foreseeable future the old website, and then the new one, can be reached by using either one of these ongoing web addresses: www.SellwoodWestmoreland.com, and www.SellwoodMoreland.com.
Southeast bakery named "one of the best": "Toadstool Cupcakes", an occasional BEE advertiser situated at 3557 S.E. Hawthorne Boulevard, owned and run by Larry and Lisa Oswald, announced on November 2nd that it had just been named one of "The Best 50 Bakeries in the Country" by food-oriented website PureWow, in which the named bakeries (which specialize in a variety of things, from full restaurant service to coffee), are listed in alphabetical order by state: www.purewow.com/food/best-bakeries-in-america – and about "Toadstool Cupcakes" the site says, "Not your average cupcake. These tiny cakes are topped with creamy fillings and then hand-dipped and decorated in chocolate ganache. Oh, and they come in about a gajillion different flavors." (There are actually 40 flavors, available every day.) The only other Oregon bakery mentioned is "Sea Level Bakery" in Cannon Beach.
Thrift store is now a book store – but still thrifty: The All Saints Mustard Seed Thrift Store, in the Woodstock All Saints' Episcopal Church is now "The Book Nook Thrift Shop". Sonja Miller of the little store explains, "After noting that thrift stores abound, and used book stores have diminished, we reassessed, and became a used book store and thrift shop. We have hundreds of titles in mystery/suspense, romance, popular fiction, audio books, and more. There is a 'children's corner' as well. We still do carry household items and clothing; the proceeds from all sales benefit our Outreach Ministries. Browse our selection of gently used hardback books and hundreds of paperbacks." Open Friday and Saturday only, 11-3, on the side of the church facing S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, just west of 41st.
Crumpet shop opens in Sellwood-Westmoreland: "Strumpets Crumpets – A Crumpet Café" opened Friday, October 20th, at 7414 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. Its owner is Tony Guerrero who, he tells THE BEE, is the only Crumpetier on the West Coast. "Actually," he says, "I'm one of only two in the entire USA. I used to make crumpets when I was much younger, in a Crumpeteria in my home town of San Francisco in the late '80s and early '90s, well before coffee became a 'thing' – it was more like an English tea shop. A few years ago I started making crumpets and giving them out to friends and neighbors here in Portland, and about four years later I was encouraged to open a café. Almost everyone has heard of 'Tea and Crumpets', but few people really know what a crumpet is! Even after they eat one, they still really can't describe it. It's nothing like an English muffin, nor a pancake." Actually, it's sort of a cross between the two. Strumpets Crumpets offers handmade English-style crumpets, toasted and served with various spreads and toppings, or sold in 6-packs to go. The new shop also features "pour over coffee" using a "robotic" Poursteady machine, and its own "blended" chocolate milk. And, of course…tea. Hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Mondays and Thursdays. Telephone 971/244-1096; it's online at – www.strumpetscrumpets.net
Female-focused martial arts gym moves to Brentwood-Darlington: G.I.R.L.S. Gym, a female-focused martial arts, self-defense, and fitness studio, established nine years ago, has just moved to 7427 S.E. 52nd Avenue. Its owner, Sarah Oriza, tells THE BEE, "I am a former professional fighter. I love martial arts, and I believe it helps people to improve their lives, as it did for me and as it has done for many of our members. I am also a mother of two really awesome teenagers, and I have been a resident of Brentwood-Darlinggton for over sixteen years." G.I.R.L.S. Gym offers classes in Kickboxing, Submission Grappling, Mixed Martial Arts, Fitness, and Stick Fighting, as well as Self Defense Workshops, and is open seven days a week. There are also youth classes for ages 6 - 11. Members are of all ages, fitness and experience levels. "Most women come to us to get fit, gain confidence, relieve some stress and have fun," says Oriza; "We are not just a place to work out, we are a community – and our members support one another in meeting each others' goals." Online at www.mygirlsgym.com – and the phone is 503/847-1681.
Woodstock Wine & Deli celebrates anniversary: For Woodstock Wine and Deli, it'll be 32 years in business on Saturday, December 2, from 2-6 p.m. The celebration will feature tasting from fifteen Oregon wineries and six microbreweries, along with bread and cheese sampling. Owner Gregg Fujino says, "The highlight of the celebration will be the 4:30 p.m. opening and tasting of two nine-liter bottles of French Champagne from Taittinger. The Deli has a unique tradition of opening and sharing a taste from a nine- liter "Salmanazar" of French Champagne with customers each anniversary, dating back to their Grand Opening in 1985. Guests can purchase all varieties of Taittinger Champagne by the glass, Russian and domestic Caviar hors d'oeuvres, six types of fresh oysters hand-shucked to order, and pulled pork sliders from a whole pig smoked on-site. Admission is $15 and includes a commemorative 32nd Anniversary Celebration tasting glass and samples of wine, beer, bread, and cheese." In addition, wineries and microbreweries are providing items which will be auctioned to benefit "Project Lemonade", a local nonprofit promoting self-esteem in foster youth. Woodstock Wine & Deli is situated at 4030 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.
"Storytelling Science Fiction Karaoke" e-book announced: Woodstock resident Matt Haynes tells THE BEE that he is artistic director of the Pulp Stage Theater Company, and that he has designed a new "party activity" for kids and adults. "How does it work? You gather at least four other friends. You all download the e-book onto your digital device. You pick your role. You read your text out loud. Then behold – you and your friends go on an interstellar adventure, in your own living room. Science fiction fans get to be performers; performers do science fiction. . . Participants have described the experience as 'exciting'; just like karaoke, each participant is a star, and needs no experience; all the words are required – but no singing is involved! The stories include 'Silence" by Tina Connolly, 'Dear Ms. Moon' by Liz Argall, 'Moon at the Starry Diner' by Tina Connolly, and 'Maxima Vrugleplex' by Liz Argall. The book/party takes less than an hour to complete, and is best for participants aged 12 and up." Matt refers readers to a YouTube video, for more information – www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg11askrSN8
Windermere Stellar's Westmoreland office in charity effort: Once again, the Westmoreland office of Windermere Real Estate is participating in the "Share the Warmth" campaign, a coat and blanket drive. Sought are new or gently-used adult-sized coats and twin-sized blankets to benefit the local community. In the Portland area, the donations benefit Transition Projects, a local nonprofit that helps people transition from homelessness to housing. Donations are being accepted at the brokerage's office at 1610 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.