by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Joe Rettke, a memorable local entrepreneur, shares what he learned building profitable (home) businesses at the October 18 AHB meeting at SMILE Station, open to the public.  Life happens: Building a profitable business, and leaving it. The Association of Home Businesses, the only area business association focusing especially on those who work from home (although everyone is welcome), features Joe Rettke – who built a profitable bicycle business, survived colon cancer, and retired, finally selling the business. He also built a successful eBay store, and shares what he learned doing that. AHB meets on the third Thursday evening each month – this month, that’s October 18th – at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th and Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood, 6-9 pm. A buffet supper is included. First time visitors pay members’ rate of $10 door charge. RSVP requested to assist meal planning. For more information or to reserve, go online to: HYPERLINK "" – or call Eric at 503/232-2326.

Northwest Primary Care awarded Tier 3 recognition. The Northwest Primary Care clinic on Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, as well as the two others in Milwaukie and Happy Valley, have been awarded the Tier 3 level of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home Program by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). The recognition relates to the quality offered of patient and family-centered care. The clinic explains, “A Patient-Centered Medical Home puts and your healthcare at the heart of the medical team. Together, you and the healthcare team work to stay informed and involved in your healthcare decisions.” For more on the clinic, go online to: HYPERLINK ""

“Landlord Study Hall” discusses the marketing of rentals. This month, at the Woodstock “Landlord Study Hall” sponsored by realtor Kathryn King and associates, the subject is “Marketing Rentals – lower vacancy, and increase rents”. Free to all unlicensed personnel, but RSVP required – to 503/772-8825. These forums are now held at Our Lady of Sorrows’ Parish Hall at S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard, 6:30-8 pm; the date of the forum this month is Wednesday, October 10th.

Therapist moves practice from Forest Grove to Sellwood. Registered nurse and licensed psychologist Rita Hill reports that she this year moved her therapy practice to an “old 1905 Victorian on S.E. 13th and Spokane”. The house is being renovated as a residence, and her office, fully renovated, is in the separate cottage next to the house. She explains, “I specialize in working with adult women and couples. I use Gestalt Psychotherapy when working with individuals, and Emotion Focused Therapy when working with couples. My website – HYPERLINK "" – explains these orientations. Both of these therapy styles are very effective with individuals who struggle with complex issues, who haven’t found success with other therapists, or who want to make deeper and more lasting changes in their lives.” She may be reached at 503/690-0306.

“Doris Diaries” published – with benefit to Reed College. Julia Park Tracey has published a book culled from diaries written in Portland which she calls “I’ve Got Some Lovin’ to Do: The Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen (1925-1926)”, and it's the first of a series of books containing these diaries. Author Tracey says, “Doris Bailey Murphy, my late great aunt, was also a Reed College graduate (1938). Proceeds from book sales will fund a scholarship at Reed; the original diaries will also be archived there. Future volumes of The Doris Diaries will feature Reed College, and Portland’s Bohemia in the 1930s.” The book is available at Powell’s Books and online at Amazon.

“Bee Thinking” store leaves Sellwood – for more room. When “Bee Thinking”, the bee-keeping store, closed its doors in Sellwood, it did not go out of business – it moved north, in Inner Southeast Portland, to 1551 S.E. Poplar Avenue “for more room”, where it not only still serves the bee-keeping community, but also still offers classes on the subject. For more details, call 503/770-0233, or go online to: HYPERLINK ""

Theft and burglaries still occurring in Sellwood-Westmoreland. The Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance business association reported in early September that the string of thefts and break-ins that they had publicized the month before were continuing into September: “Two businesses in Sellwood were hit with cash stolen from their cash registers; Sellwood Dog Supply and Killer Burger had their businesses broken into recently. Early in the morning of Monday, September 10, Stars Antiques Malls were broken into” near the Bybee-Milwaukie intersection. The business association advised its members, “Please be aware, and report incidents of this kind to us at the SWBA, as well as to the police.” The SWBA website is: HYPERLINK ""

Tilde showcases “Sophisticated Menagerie: The Oregon Collection”. Tilde, in Sellwood, will host a First Friday reception for Ryan Berkley of Berkley Illustration 6-9 pm on Friday, October 5th. Perhaps best known for his “Animals in Suits” series, Ryan’s work has been described as “Norman Rockwell meets Richard Scarry”. “Sophisticated Menagerie: The Oregon Collection” features animals found in Oregon; included in this show are a number of new original works and archival prints of other Oregon favorites, created with markers and colored pencil. The show will run until November 30th. Tilde is situated at 7919 S.E. 13th Avenue.

Local opening for “Savory Spice Shop”. Local residents Jim and Anne Brown announce the opening of a local branch of the Colorado-based “Savory Spice Shop” – expected to be open by October 1 at the same intersection as the Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell. The exact address is 7857 S.E. 13th. The couple explain that “Savory Spice Shop offers a selection of more than 400 freshly-ground herbs and spices, 140-hand-blended seasonings, organic selections, and gift sets. . . Customers are encouraged to sample products.” The telephone number for the new shop is 503/928-3099.

New counseling practice opens in Southeast. Kassie W. Hughes, LPC and Jennifer Ripley-Wood, LPC, tell THE BEE they have opened a private therapy practice for adults and teens in Sellwood. Kassie and Jennifer report that they offer individual, group, and family therapy, and have experience treating depression, anxiety, eating disorders, body image issues and trauma. They are also “dedicated to supporting women through the journey of, and challenges that arise during, pregnancy and the postpartum period. Kassie has additional interests in relationship and/or workplace conflict and chronic pain. Jennifer has extensive experience treating childhood emotional and behavioral disorders. Their practice is located within Elixia Wellness Group at 8113 S.E. 13th Avenue, at Tacoma Street. Kassie may be reached at 503/915-4222, and Jennifer at 503/577-0902.

“Elevation Trade” open on Bybee. “Elevation Trade” opened its new store on September 29th at 1520 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland, with a grand opening party planned for October 20th – which will include special discounts, food and fun. “Proudly offering the highest quality imported and locally produced products featuring up cycled, recycled, natural and/or organic items.” Local artisans are contributing jewelry, candles and organic soaps and lotions. “Elevation Trade” plans special events throughout the year. It’s a joint venture from the mother and daughter team of Maureen Sherpa and Shaunessi Lamm. Sherpa previously ran the business “Katmandu To You” in Northwest Portland. Elevation Trade reports that it is “committed to the environment, and is a green-certified business through Green America”.

“12 x 16 Gallery” features two artists. In October, artists Alan Rose and Martin Anderson will be showing their new work at the 12x16 gallery in Sellwood. Rose paints with a subtle and refined color palette. Anderson, influenced by the sounds of jazz, paints in bright, almost primary color with the figure in close up range. The First Friday Reception is October 5, 6-9 pm, and Artists’ Reception is October 7, 2-4 pm. The exhibition runs through October 28th at 12x16 Gallery, 8235 SE 13th Avenue, No. 5.

New hair salon in Brentwood-Darlington. Elli Hooper advises, “I have opened a Salon called Hair'en Dipity, located at 7455 S.E 52nd. I have worked on Woodstock Boulevard for about nine years, and was very happy at Transformations Salon, where I have many memories and great friends. I have watched Woodstock grow into such a friendly community. I have always wanted to open my own salon, and I have been searching for the right location, and I found it here. It’s not too far for my previous clients – down the same street as Mehri’s Bakery, and right across from the Moose Lodge (another best-kept secret, with unbelievable history). I have lived in the area for nineteen years, and I believe every little new addition makes it better. I am offering a complimentary child’s haircut with the purchase of any adult haircut for the month of October. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this great community.”

Mocha Momma’s gets metaphysical for a day. Shanthi Holland, its new owner, advises THE BEE that Mocha Momma’s Good Coffee Café will offer a “Metaphysical Fair” on October 6th, 3-8 pm at 6116 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. “Join us for an evening with tarot and crystal readers and astrologers. Reconnect with loved ones lost or with your inner self, and find your path or get a message for your higher good. “Many readers, at various affordable prices”. There will also be vendors in case you need to stock up on candles, oils, crystals and everything metaphysical.”

Sellwood acupuncture clinic is expanding. White Phoenix Acupuncture announces that it is expanding. “For those who find it difficult to come in for a treatment during work hours, WPA is now open until 7 pm on Tuesdays and 9-1 on Saturdays. To celebrate, new patients receive their first treatment free on Tuesdays from 3 till 7 pm, or Saturdays 9-1, in October. We offer everyone a sliding scale of $20 - $50 regardless of income or insurance status. This allows you to come in as often as long you need to get well and stay well.” The business’ telephone number 503/746-9403; its Internet website is: HYPERLINK "" – and the address is 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue.

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