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The February 19th program at the AHB meeting in Sellwood features a talk on Search Engine Optimization by local Internet expert Pat Rutan (shown) - and a live online demonstration as well.“How to Optimize your Website” by Pat Rutan at AHB. The February meeting of the area-wide Association of Home Businesses, which meets in Sellwood, brings back a favorite speaker – local Internet expert Ms. Pat Rutan, who will not only discuss how to “search engine optimize” your website, but will also do a live online demonstration during her talk. The program is part of the monthly meeting of AHB, a business association with a home-business emphasis (but everyone is welcome), on Thursday evening, February 19, 6-9 pm at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, one block south of Tacoma Street in Sellwood. First-time guests pay members’ rates for the dinner meeting – $10. Your RSVP requested for meal planning; call Eric at 503/232-2326, or e-mail from the website: www.ahboregon.org.


Bikram Yoga reopens in Westmoreland. The previous owners of Bikram Yoga, in the Windermere building diagonally across the street from the Sellwood-Moreland Post Office, at 7070 S.E. 16th in Westmoreland, closed the business abruptly in late October. On December 14, new owners Leah Shirley and Julie Yates completed a renovation of the studio space and reopened the business. They reveal, “In addition to a new heating system, the flooring is brand new, the bathrooms have been updated, and new cedar paneling has been added throughout. It feels like a brand new space.” Yates and Shirley have over eighteen years, combined, teaching Bikram Yoga. “Bikram Yoga, the original hot yoga class, consists of 26 postures in 90 minutes. Every class is designed for the first time student, and beginners are encouraged.” Call 503/232-9642 for more information, or go online to: www.bikramseportland.com.

Realtor makes donation for tuition assistance. “Windermere Stellar” real estate recently presented a check at its Westmoreland branch to St. Mary's Academy, the only all-female high school in the state of Oregon, located in downtown Portland. The $1,500 donation from the Windermere Foundation will provide tuition assistance to low-income scholars. The business reports, “Windermere Stellar has a long-standing tradition of assisting low-income families and giving to the community. Windermere Stellar associates participate in annual community service projects and donate a portion of every commission to the Windermere Foundation, a nonprofit organization that has raised and donated more than $2 million to programs that support low-income children and families in the Portland metro and north Oregon coast area.”

Second location for “Sellwood Medical Clinic”. Lisa Whitlock, CEO of the Sellwood Medical Clinic, which has been expanding its facilities to meet demand at its original location at S.E. 13th and Harney, announces it will establish a second clinic in North Portland. She tells THE BEE, “Sellwood Medical, in addition to hiring another new pediatrician, is expanding to North Portland. Our additional location will be a half mile north of the Adidas Campus on Greeley.” “Salvador Molly’s” on Milwaukie Avenue closed for repairs. The management of Salvador Molly’s Roadhouse and Tiki Garden, which recently opened in the former Yummy Garden space at 4729 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Brooklyn, has announced, “We’re sorry but our Southeast location has had to close for repairs. We plan to reopen in April! Please visit us at our S.W. Sunset Boulevard location! If you have coupons from the Southeast location, they are good at our Southwest location.” The telephone number is 503/477-6438.

New kids’ and women’s clothing store opens in Westmoreland. “Cotton Caboodle Factory Outlet”, a clothing shop, has moved from Seattle to Portland, and is now open in Westmoreland, behind Stars Antiques Malls at 7080 S.E. 16th Avenue. The store offers babies’, kids’, and women’s clothing at considerable discounts. Owner Charlotte Green tells THE BEE, “With an ongoing commitment to producing a high quality product, made in the USA, our luxe fabrics have an irresistible hand and are garment dyed to wearable perfection.” The store is open Wednesdays through Saturdays only – from 11 am to 5 pm. Call 503/239-3878; or go online to: www.facebook.com/cottoncaboodlefactoryoutlet.

Portland’s “Home Forward” announces plans to renovate Sellwood building. Sellwood Center, the multi-story low-income housing apartments at S.E. 13th and Tenino in Sellwood, is to undergo $7.7 million worth of renovations. Nonprofit Home Forward, owner of the building, has applied to the Bureau of Development Services for a permit to begin renovations to the 44-year-old apartment building. That will include seismic improvements, sidewalk upgrades, and work on the building’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, according to city documents. The building houses tenants who are more than 55 years old or have a disability. Tenants also must have an annual income that does not exceed 50 percent of the area median income for their family size. It has 106 studio units and four one-bedroom units. Four local artists show at 12x16 Gallery. Eunice Parsons, Israel Hughes, Maureen Herndon, and Luke Dolkas are four of the founding members of the “12x16 Gallery” in Sellwood – which is where their new works are being exhibited the month of February, through March 1. The First Friday Reception is February 6, 6-9 pm, and the Artists’ Reception is two days later on Sunday, 2-4 pm. 12x16 Gallery is situated at 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue, No. 5, and is open noon to five pm Thursdays through Sundays. Online at www.12x16gallery.com, or call 503/432-3513.

New manager for OnPoint branch. OnPoint Community Credit Union announced in mid-December that Denise Ingebretson-Tetz has been named manager of the Sellwood branch, 8085 S.E 13th Avenue at Tacoma Street. As branch manager, Ingebretson-Tetz is responsible for all daily operations at the branch, providing leadership to branch staff and developing new business relationships. Ingebretson-Tetz has over 25 years of financial services experience, and has worked at OnPoint the past 14 years. Most recently she served as assistant manager of OnPoint’s Lloyd Center branch.

Ceramics business opens in Sellwood. “Shesurpent Ceramics Paint Your Own Ceramics and Glasses” has opened inside and upstairs at “Pretty Paws and Claws”, 8235 S.E. 13th Avenue “in the old Sellwood Square”, by artist Robin MacKenzie – who invites: “Come and be creative in painting your own art on our bisque ceramics, in our relaxing comfortable environment, with your friends and family. We have a great selection of bisque to choose from. Look for the Shesurpent sidewalk sign!” The hours of the business are 10 am to 5 pm, Mondays and Tuesdays, and Thursdays through Saturdays. Closed Wednesdays and Sundays. For more information, call 503/703-1933. Portland Homestead Supply announces classes. Portland Homestead Supply Company in Sellwood announces three classes in February: Making Mustards, February 7, 2-3:30 pm, $45 and all materials provided… Lotions, Balms, and Lotion Bars, February 23, 6:30-8 pm, $45 and all materials provided… and, Herbal Family Remedies, February 28, 2-3:30 pm, $35 and all materials provided. All Classes take place at the store, 8012 S.E. 13th Street.

“Shabby Nest Antiques” forced to close on Feb. 28. If you’ve been meaning to visit Shabby Nest Antiques, at 7805 S.E. 13th in Sellwood, it’s worth the trip, but you only have until the end of February to do so. Owner Raylene Peraza writes, “Unfortunately, I have some sad news to share. I am closing Shabby Nest Antiques as of February 28th, 2015. The owner of the property has sold it to developers. I have been nervously awaiting to hear the ultimate decision since last fall. It has been a very tough wait. I have put my heart and soul into this shop and I want to THANK every one of you who shared in this love with me!! I do not have any plans to relocate. As I have entertained the idea....it is just not a cost effective choice for me.” The shop’s telephone number is 971/238-6378.

Stellar Real Estate donates to charity. Windermere Stellar Real Estate, whose Inner Southeast office is situated on the southeast corner of S.E. Bybee Boulevard and 16th in Westmoreland, announces that the company foundation supported 45 charitable organizations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington in 2014. Through the local chapter of the Windermere Foundation, the firm donated $370,000 to organizations supporting low-income children and families in our local communities, “with a portion of that going to nonprofit organizations based in Southeast Portland, such as the David Douglas Education Foundation and Franklin High School Food

Program”.

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