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Brief items of Inner Southeast business news, of interest to readers this month

D. Scott Smith of Corvallis will be at AHB this month for a program on Motivational Listening on February 15 at SMILE Station in Sellwood. Smith runs his own company D. Scott Smith Co. which focuses on business and social media strategy.Assn. of Home Businesses brings in D. Scott Smith: D. Scott Smith of Corvallis describes himself as a Motivational Listener. "The goal of Motivational Listening is for the speaker to exit the conversation with you feeling better about themselves than when they entered. Motivational Listening expands beyond active listening -- it is an intentional process based on brain science and neurological research, and can be used in business networking, motivating employees and colleagues, and building relationships with customers." Learn how to do it at the February monthly meeting of the nonprofit business association for those who work from home, the 26-year-old Portland-area "Association of Home Businesses". The meeting includes dinner and will be held on the evening of February 15 – 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 members' 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: www.AHBoregon.org.

Auto dealership moves south, from Holgate: In the June, 2013, issue of THE BEE, correspondent Rita Leonard told our readers, "For eight years, D & C Motors, a high-volume private car dealership on Holgate Boulevard at 4455 S.E. 25th Avenue, and later also at 2627 S.E. 27th Avenue, across the street from Memory Lane Motors and Beez Holgate Station, has specialized in the acquisition, detailing, and sale of pre-owned European vehicles. The business has grown steadily, and is owned by Daniel Crainic, a 2006 Cleveland High School graduate. D & C employs a staff of eight, and moves about 75 vehicles per month." Now, it appears, that growth has continued – past the capacity of the Holgate locations to contain it; and, in an email received from "D&C Motor Company Sales" in January, we were told, "I thought you might be interested to know how our dealership has progressed, as your paper has written about us in the past. We recently moved into a brand new, massive indoor showroom located at 18625 S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard".

Sellwood resident offers natural bath and body product store: Branda Tiffany of Sellwood started a small storefront downtown in the City of Milwaukie four years ago – a natural bath and body product store at 11049 S.E. 21st Avenue – where she has been making Molly Muriel products. Now she's rebranding the brick-and-mortar side of her business as the "Milwaukie Apothecary". Herbs, base oils, shea butter, candle supplies, and other bulk ingredients for "makers" will soon bear the Milwaukie Apothecary name. "Makers" for Tiffany are a broad category of "anyone who wants to make items like lip balm, tea blends, face masks and bath bombs." Molly Muriel products made in Milwaukie (pre-made soaps, balms, lotions, bath salts, scented oils, etc.) largely go to New Seasons Markets, along with many of the herb shops and boutiques in Portland. Tiffany says that 95 percent of her business remains wholesale, although the Milwaukie Apothecary store has seen an increase in retail foot traffic with the opening of the Orange Line light-rail line in 2015. Branda makes products for more than 100 retail stores, largely on the West Coast, but also in Arizona, Hawai'i, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. Go online to www.mollymuriel.com for a complete list of her local purveyors.

One of the artworks in the current exhibition at Roll-Up Gallery in Sellwood is Mouse, Cabbage, Melon and Cucumber, a 23×23 framed print on canvas."Roll-Up Gallery" in Sellwood announces resumption: Roll-Up Gallery in Sellwood reports, "After a long hiatus, Roll-Up is back in action. We've reworked the gallery for a radically new, old-world look." The opening exhibition is called "Still Life", and is open from Friday, February 2, through Saturday, February 24, offering "new and newly-presented bodies of work – 'Emergent Florae' by Anna Daedalus, and 'Objects Immobiles' by Kerry Davis". Roll-Up Studio + Gallery is situated at 1715 S.E. Spokane Street, and the gallery hours are Friday and Saturday from noon until 5, and by appointment. Online at – Powell>www.rollupspace.com Powell Blvd. "Original Taco House" closes: BEE news partner KOIN-TV-6 reports that the Original Taco House at 3550 S.E. Powell Boulevard closed – as did the other remaining location on N.E. 82nd – on New Year's Eve. The Waddle family started Waddle's Restaurant at Jantzen Beach on the very day World War II ended, and then expanded to three Original Taco House locations in the 1960s. Unfortunately, Jeff Waddle – the surviving member of the restaurant family – said he had no choice but to close the restaurants. Jeff Waddle's brother and business partner, who ran the restaurants, died last year; "We had an agreement in the event something happened to one of us that we would take care of our children," Waddle said. "So I'm honoring what the agreement was, and hopefully everybody will have a better life because of our efforts and our grandparents' efforts and my folks' efforts." The closure of the two remaining locations marked the end of an era that dated back several generations. However, Waddle gave some hope that the Taco House might make some sort of return in the future. Employees received their final checks on January 1, and Waddle also said any customers who still have gift cards can receive a full refund if they'd like.

Foster Road art gallery celebrates first year: "Flat Blak Gallery" has completed its first year open at 6006 S.E. Foster Road, reports its owner, Rudi Broschofsky. The new gallery's focus centers around Urban Contemporary Art and Design. "Flat Blak Gallery offers an array of artwork for everyone from the first-time buyer to the serious collector," says Rudi; "Presenting works by well-known artists that you've learned to love as well as carefully selected up-and-comers that we believe will be a good future investment." For more information, call 503/774-1563, or go online – www.flatblakgallery.com

"Green Drop Garage" explores subscription model: What started out as a shop converting diesel cars to run on vegetable oil now offers a full range of eco-friendly auto repair and maintenance services for foreign and domestic vehicles on S.E. 28th in the Reed neighborhood, and one other location elsewhere in Southeast Portland. In addition to scheduling appointments and services as needed online, customers are now invited to join its new "Car Care Membership Program" online (at www.greendropgarage.com/membership) – a subscription service that includes unlimited visits and unlimited service, for a fixed price of $15 per month per vehicle. The program is reportedly designed to cover a vehicle¹s vital maintenance needs, and to "offer customers peace of mind and a car care experience without fear of upselling or unexpected costs."

Attorney gives 3 seminars in Sellwood in February: Sellwood attorney John Bang, who specializes in business law, wills, immigration law, and trusts, is offering three seminars to anyone interested in the subjects at "The Living Room Coffeehouse", at 8524 S.E. 17th in Sellwood. All are at 12 noon, on the dates listed. The first, on "tenant's rights", is on Saturday, February 10; the second, on "landlord rights", is on Saturday, February 17; and the third, "basic estate planning", is on Saturday, February 24. For more information, call 503/922-0300.

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