by: , Portland financial coach Shell Tain

'Get paid what you are worth' is topic of AHB meeting.

As always, open to anyone who wishes to attend, the Assn. of Home Businesses, at its monthly meeting April 19th in Sellwood, presents a return visit, by member demand, of personal financial coach Shell Tain. She observes, 'It's a struggle to figure out what to charge your clients. It's a struggle to feel good about what you say in these situations. Come gain some knowledge on how to take the struggle out of charging your clients'. The meeting, on Thursday the 19th at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, includes a buffet supper and time to network with other home businesspeople. $10 admission includes the supper. Reservations requested. For information, or to make a reservation, visit:, or call Eric at THE BEE: 503/232-2326.

'April Showers' replaced by 'Clogs 'N' More'. The former 'April Showers' bridal shop on the northwest corner of the Bybee-Milwaukie intersection in Westmoreland, previously reported as holding a closeout sale, has closed, and is being replaced by 'Clogs 'N' More', in common ownership with the store of the same name already well known on S.E. Hawthorne Boulevard. The new store's telephone number is 503/233-4146. The grand opening came on March 31st and April 1st, with free gifts and live music. Shannon Clock of the store explains its name: 'We're a European comfort shoe store for both men and women.'

Berlin Inn celebrates its 15th. The Brooklyn-based restaurant many consider the best and most authentic German restaurant in the region, the Berlin Inn, announces that it is celebrating its 15th anniversary on Sunday, April 22nd, with an afternoon of food, wine, beer, and desserts, from noon till 6 pm. 'It's our way of saying 'thank you' to the greater Brooklyn neighborhood and to Portland proper,' commented a restaurant spokesperson. The restaurant is located at 3131 S.E. 12th Avenue, a half block south of Powell Boulevard, and welcomes diners' dogs when served on the outdoor porch. The telephone number is 503/236-6761.

Naturopathic doctor opens office on Division. Shelly Clevidence, ND, with her husband and two boys, makes Woodstock her home; now, after five years of training at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland and internships throughout the country, she has opened her doors as a primary care physician at 3021 S.E. Division Street. She tells THE BEE, 'My passion has always been health and healing. I chose Naturopathic Medicine because it melds proven traditional therapies and modern medicine with the goal of continued health, rather than merely symptom palliation or suppression.' She offers prospective patients a free 10 minute interview at 503/319-1901. Her regular office hours are Wednesdays and Fridays 8 am-6 pm, or by appointment.

'Looking Glass Books' moves to Sellwood from downtown. For decades, Looking Glass Books has been located downtown, on S.W. Taylor near the present location of Pioneer Courthouse Square. The woman who bought it close to a decade ago, Karin Anna, is a longtime resident of the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood, and on March 21st she held the grand opening of the store at its new location - in the red caboose, next to Grand Central Baking, at 7983 S.E. 13th in Sellwood. The store is open seven days a week, specializing in new books; Karin urges 'come and get acquainted; if all you've seen is the caboose, it's a LOT larger than it looks!' The telephone number is 503/227-4760.

'Cyclops Comics' in Woodstock changes direction. Under new owner Chadwick Cunningham, Cyclops Comics on S.E. Woodstock between 45th and 46th is changing its name to 'Loki's Games', and shifting its focus from comics to games.

Dr. Smythe moves a block, in Woodstock. Dr. Melanie Smythe, D.O., who has practiced Family Practice Medicine in Woodstock since 1996, recently moved her practice to a new location, moving from 5627 S.E. Woodstock Blvd. across the street and one block west to 5536 S.E. Woodstock Blvd. Her telephone number remains 503/236-1830. Working with her at the new location is Dr. William Brown, who specializes in manipulations, and PA-C Laura Montez, who specializes in pediatrics. Many insurance plans accepted, and new patients welcome.

Cleveland High photographer displaying at SoTac Coffee and Cream. Hannah Thomsen is a senior at Cleveland High School, and is hoping to attend Northeastern University in the fall; she would like to study photojournalism. She finds her inspiration in National Geographic and Life magazines, and would love nothing more than to travel the world taking photos for a living. She is the youngest artist to display her work at SoTac Coffee and Cream, S.E. 13th and Umatilla in Sellwood, as well as in the previous Antique Row Cafe. The photos on display (and for sale) at SoTac Coffee and Cream were taken on the east coast. She will be showing her work until mid-April.

Creston-Kenilworth resident in Starbucks art show. Starbucks presented a special exhibit on Thursday evening, March 1, featuring original artwork by Oregon/SW Washington area Starbucks employees. This second-annual event, which took place at Wieden + Kennedy Advertising in the Pearl District, featured a wide range of works from ceramics to photography. Jeremy Pair, who lives at S.E. 39th at Gladstone, and works at the Forest Heights Starbucks, was represented by a photograph of farm machinery which he metaphorically entitled 'Stomach Ulcer'. He comments for THE BEE, 'My piece showing 'Stomach Ulcer' was taken two years ago in the Rocky Mountains. I love this photo because it provokes an intense yet peaceful feeling in my gut.' Proceeds from the special company art show were dedicated to the Cascade Aids Project.

Pediatrician moves from OHSU to Sellwood Medical Clinic. Pediatrician Monique Pritchard, previously part of the Sellwood-Moreland OHSU Clinic, has now opened her practice to most insurance, and begins seeing patients on April 2nd at the Sellwood Medical Clinic, 8332 S.E. 13th Avenue, three blocks south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood. The telephone number at the Clinic is 503/595-9300.

Free forum for landlords addresses working with contractors. Woodstock's monthly 'Landlord Study Hall' presents Nancy Weber, of the Oregon Construction Contractor's Board, speaking about working with contractors. Subjects include researching licenses, a contractor's standing in the community, and bid types. Local residents and landlords are welcome. The forum takes place at the All Saints Episcopal Church, 40th and S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, on Wednesday, April 11th, 6-8 pm. RSVP's requested to 503/772-8825; information and speaker calendar available at:

'Breyer's Ice Cream Store' closed in Westmoreland. Insufficient store traffic is cited as the primary reason why one of the first 'Breyer's Ice Cream' stores on the west coast has closed. The two-year-old Westmoreland ice cream shop was located next to Papa Murphy's Pizza and Moreland Vision Source, and just north of Wilhelm's Funeral Home, on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. The two remaining ice cream shops in Inner Southeast are Island Creamery at S.E. 45th and Woodstock Boulevard; and 'SoTac Coffee and Cream' at S.E. 13th and Umatilla in Sellwood, which combines a full specialty coffee operation with homemade desserts and Tillamook ice cream.

Realtor is newest member of local Rotary Club. Karin LaMountain, a broker at John L. Scott Real Estate in Woodstock, joined the Southeast Portland Rotary Club on March 19th. Her sponsor was a fellow broker in the office, Judy Tester. The club meetings usually feature a speaker of general interest, and are open to the public, each Monday noon at Country Bill's Restaurant, S.E. 45th at Woodstock Boulevard, in Woodstock. The Internet website with more information on the club is:

'First Friday' artist Coralee Popp at Janovec Studio. Local artist Coralee Popp will be present at the First Friday reception at Janovec Studio, S.E. Milwaukie at Holgate, on April 6th 5-9 pm; her paintings, which explore major issues including warfare, will be on display April 6th through the 29th at the Studio from noon till 5 pm Fridays through Sundays. For information visit the Internet website:

Help is at hand for parents, smokers. A two-hour workshop for parents of children aged 2-14 will be held on Thursday, April 12, from 7-9 pm at the new 'A Better Choice In Health Care Clinic, on Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, directly across the street from the Seven-Eleven market and San Felipe Taqueria. The program entitled 'Who's In Charge at Your House?' will present concrete and practical ways to control or eliminate obnoxious behavior such as arguing, screaming, teasing, fighting, whining, and tantrums. According to the Workshop presenter, Dr. Rosana Scearce, author and child therapist, this can be accomplished with only two 'magic' words in less than two days. For more information or to register, call Jason Kuttner at 503/267-5271. Kuttner also reports that he is offering an eight-session stop-smoking program that includes cognitive behavioral group counseling and acupuncture at every session. This group will begin the first Monday of every month.

'First Friday' artist Sharon Freeman at Nature in the City. 'Nature in the City' in Sellwood will host award-qinning watercolor Artist Sharon Freeman, on Friday April 6th, during Sellwood's First Friday Art Quest. Meet the artist during the artist reception 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The address is 8011 S.E. 13th Avenue. Her work will be on display at the store throughout April.

New children's resale shop opens near Holgate. 'Sun-Knees Children's Resale' has opened on S.E. 17th Avenue just south of Holgate Boulevard, capitalizing on the fact that children outgrow new outfits almost as fast as you can buy them. The store offers 'gently used clothes ranging from infant size 0 to children up to size 12.' Owned and operated by a mother-daughter team; open Sundays 11-3, and Tues-Wed and Fri-Sat 11-6 pm. $3 specials on Tuesdays. Call 503/232-5434.

Free women's self defense seminar. Master Steven Ruiz Bettencourt, a seventh-level black belt in Taekwon-Do and a counseling psychologist in the fields of anger management and conflict resolution, will conduct a free one-day seminar for girls over age twelve, and women, on Saturday, April 21, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Bettencourt's Taekwon-Do America, 417 S.E. Grand Avenue.

Mexican restaurant opens on S.E. Powell Boulevard. 'La Bamba Restaurante' opened on March 16th at 4908 S.E. Powell Boulevard, featuring Mexican cuisine from all regions of México and, according to Executive Chef Carlo Vicenttin, 'awesome drinks'. Enhancing the décor are replica oil paintings of Diego Rivera And Frida Kalho. For information, call the restaurant at 503/445-6341.

Local actress offers 'improv' classes. Inner Southeast Portland actress Ellen Bloodworth (AEA, SAG, AFTRA), who worked in the Paul Sills group prior to his founding of Second City, is offering inexpensive classes in improvisational work. Skills apply for actors, and also for teachers, trainers, salespeople. Class size is limited. For information call 503/232-6710, or e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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