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Two businesses have relocated from one Inner Southeast neighborhood to another

The former Masonic Hall, at 7126 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, has added two businesses to those now operating in it – and both are businesses focused on "upcycled" items.

RITA A. LEONARD - Gay Reichle, owner of Hazel & Pear, will focus on upcycled furniture and home décor in her store. "Hazel & Pear" has moved there from Brooklyn, and will now focus on "gently-used furniture, home décor, cards, gifts, and handmade items from local artisans. Incidentally, Hazel & Pear is named for Oregon's state nut (the Hazelnut) and state fruit. "Shwop", the membership-based recycled clothing boutique previously based on Woodstock Boulevard and then Powell Boulevard, and most recently at S.E. 52nd and Woodstock, is there too – and will share the 2,500-square-foot ground floor sales area with Hazel & Pear.

Gay Reichle, owner of the latter business, tells THE BEE she is excited to focus in a new retail direction, and will no longer accept clothing on consignment. On the other hand, Marci Pelletier, owner of Shwop, will continue to offer upcycled clothing, shoes, accessories, and vintage jewelry for the whole family.

A "sitting area" in front of the main floor stage will be available for visitors and kids, allowing adult shoppers time to explore, and try on seasonal clothing in the three dressing rooms.

RITA A. LEONARD - Shwop owner Marci Pelletier displays upcycled merchandise in her new Westmoreland showroom. Pelletier remarks, "I'm happy to settle in here – it's a great space. May 12 is our six-year anniversary. We'll have a fashion show on the stage along with other entertainment. We've also planned for a guitarist & Karaoke "Sip and Shop" event later on. We'll continue to support the local community by providing shopping vouchers for women in need. We also have a program in which unsold items are passed on to a Native American community. We're proud of our 'green' ethic."

Both these businesses are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. Shwop's phone number is 503/922-1419; or go online – www.shwopnation.com Hazel & Pear is on Facebook, and its website is – www.hazelandpearpdx.com

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