Local news about Inner Southeast businesses, and their special events this month

Jason Stein visits AHB to tell how to "be seen, be heard, be remembered":

GENEVIEVE RUSSELL - Jason Stein shows exactly how to make your own memorable elevator speech at AHB in Sellwood this month. You have 30 seconds to leave a lasting impression on the person standing opposite you. It's amazing how a mere 30 seconds can leave you feeling either confident in your abilities, or leave you deflated, wondering if networking events are just a big waste of your already limited time. Join Jason Stein, as he reveals a simple three-step process to solidifying your "elevator speech", leaving you seen, heard, and remembered. That talk, and the usual networking and buffet supper, are all part of the February monthly meeting of the nonprofit business association for those who work from home, the 23-year-old Portland-area Association of Home Businesses. The meeting will be held on the evening of February 16 – it's always the third Thursday of the month – 6-9 p.m., at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino Street, one block south of Tacoma, in Sellwood. Guests pay the member's door fee of $10, which includes the buffet supper. Call 503/232-2326 to RSVP, please, for meal planning; include any food restrictions. More information online at:

Advantis Credit Union returns to Southeast – in Woodstock:

Originally, Union Pacific Railroad workers had their own credit union at S.E. Ellis and McLoughlin, ultimately known as the Rose City of Oregon Federal Credit Union; and the PGE workforce on S.E. 17th in Brooklyn had their own Elektra Credit Union. Rose City merged with Elektra, and Elektra joined other credit unions in merging with Advantis – whose branch across from PGE Headquarters disappeared in the widening of the street for MAX light rail. At last, Advantis Credit Union is returning to Inner Southeast with a full-service branch in the Woodstock neighborhood this summer 2017. It will be located at 4235 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, in the space once occupied by Beckwith Bicycles, and which is now being vacated by the Bike Gallery. "Our family celebrates Advantis stepping into the Woodstock corridor, because of their demonstrated commitment to community engagement," says Deborah Beckwith Peterson. "We believe Advantis will continue to honor the legacy of our father, Frank L. Beckwith, with their participation in Woodstock's community events, and through the services they provide to our neighbors." For more information on Advantis, go online:

"Cha Cha Cha Taqueria" closes in Westmoreland; "PDX Sliders" coming:

The "Cha Cha Cha Mexican Taqueria" in Westmoreland, across from the Sellwood-Westmoreland Post Office at S.E. 16th and Bybee Boulevard, has closed. It was opened in December of 2003 by Carmen Meyer, her sister Magdalena Valdivieso, and her husband Brian Meyer, as one of two locations – the other one being in Downtown Milwaukie. They have closed the Westmoreland location "primarily due to the necessity of taking care of an elderly parent." Carmen tells THE BEE, "We want to thank the Sellwood-Moreland community for supporting us over all these years. We have a lot of very good memories. We enjoyed seeing families, and seeing the kids of this fun community, growing up. Some of these kids were babies when we first opened our doors and now some of them are thirteen years old, others are teenagers and some are already in college. We invite our Westmoreland location customers to visit us in two miles south in Milwaukie at 11008 S.E. Main. We are online at:" According to an application for liquor license transfer submitted to the OLCC and signed by Ryan Rollins, a new restaurant plans to open in that location called "PDX Sliders", planned to be open daily at 11 a.m., closing at 9 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays, and at 11 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. No opening date for the new enterprise has yet been publicly announced.

Holiday pizza contest winner in Woodstock:

MARY ANN SWAN - Reed Swan, 8, pauses for a photo with Pizza Roma shift manager Jeremy ONeal, on December 30th at the pizzeria, on Woodstock Boulevard.Reed Swan, age 8, took first-place honors in a Pizza Roma Holiday art contest, winning a $30 gift certificate. The Woodstock Elementary School third-grader modeled his drawing of a holiday beach scene after "Pizza Steve", one of his favorite animated characters in the Cartoon Network's TV show, "Uncle Grandpa".

Foster Road bagel bakery opens second store Downtown:

Henry Higgins Bagels, whose opening some time ago at 6240 S.E. Foster Road to offer genuine boiled bagels was chronicled by THE BEE's David F. Ashton, has since opened a second location Downtown at 523 N.E. 19th Avenue, and on December 15 won attention and praise from the Portland Tribune, where reporter Jennifer Anderson observed, "Owner Leah Orndoff and head baker Dave Barile, a Long Islander, keep it simple, local and fresh at their bagel bakery. They make 11 New York-style boiled bagels, from garlic, salt and onion to pumpernickel, sesame seed and jalapeno, plus a few schmears and sandwiches. Their focus is on fresh, local ingredients, using Shepherd's Grain flour, Bob's Red Mill flour and seeds, and local meats and cheeses whenever possible. $13 for a baker's dozen. ."

Inner Southeast company saves wood from urban trees:

"Sustainable Northwest Wood", which describes itself as "the only lumberyard in America that offers only local and sustainably harvested lumber products", announces the official launch of its partnership with Epilogue LLC, "an urban lumber company that saves beautiful urban trees from the wood chipper and turns them into a unique collection of live-edge slabs, beams, and other specialty wood items. This collection is available exclusively through Sustainable Northwest Wood." The wood reclaimed is from urban trees that must be taken down before they cause harm to people or property. Carefully extracted from back yards, parking strips, and other tight spaces in Portland and surrounding communities, these include elderly walnut, elm, sycamore, birch, cedar, and fir trees. Ryan Temple, President of Sustainable Northwest Wood, remarks, "They really are beautiful trees, and it's so much better to use the wood for a table or a shelving project that can last for generations than to just turn it into woodchips." Sustainable Northwest Wood and Epilogue are hosting a launch party to celebrate the new collection on Thursday, February 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Sustainable Northwest Wood showroom, 2701 S.E. 14th Avenue in Portland. It's open to the public, and guests can look forward to special product giveaways and discounts there. Dietician moves west, hangs shingle in Westmoreland:

Staci Gulbin is a registered dietitian who recently moved to Southeast Portland from Maryland. Staci has been a dietitian since 2010, she tells THE BEE, with experience in medical weight loss counseling, long-term care, family practice nutrition, and most recently in bariatric nutrition. She has joined the team of wellness practitioners at Westmoreland's Cypress Beauty and Wellness on S.E. Bybee Boulevard, just west of Milwaukie Avenue, to offer clients nutritional counseling services and group workshops. Staci's new business, "My Lighttrack Dietitian", is web-based, offering nutritional counseling services via tele-health, a secure video-conferencing software that gives clients the personal touch of an in-person consult, but with the convenience of a session that can take place at any laptop or computer. Staci hopes this new session format will make it easier for busy professionals, busy parents, or those that are physically unable to travel to appointments to be able to receive the nutritional guidance they need to create a healthy life. More information about Staci and the services she offers can be found online at:

"Micah and Me" rocks toddlers in Sellwood:

"Micah and Me" is a local two-man band – "two stay-at-home dads who host rockin' toddler dance parties and ukulele classes!" And, they report, they perform for children up to about age 7 "and the young at heart" every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at Pied Piper Play Café, 8609 S.E. 17th Avenue in Sellwood. "Free entry, and tips greatly appreciated."

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