Business Briefs -- what's new in Inner Southeast among its merchants

ERIC NORBERG - Now with a new owner - Westmorelands historic Portland Memorial, on S.E. 14th Avenue. Michael Ashe announces sale of Wilhelm's: The President of Wilhelm's Portland Memorial, Michael Ashe, attended the monthly SMILE General Meeting on Wednesday, February 1, to announce that because of retirement plans, all his Portland metro area funeral homes – including historic Wilhelm's Portland Memorial on S.E. 14th between Bybee Boulevard and Llewellyn Elementary School – were sold in 2016 to a national funeral home operator, "Foundation Partners" of Orlando, Florida. He assured those present that he believed the new owner would continue to operate Portland Memorial as his family has. But, it will operate with a little less property: Two parcels have been posted for sale – the south parking lot on which the Moreland Farmers Market has used, and the wilderness 2.2 acre property between the Mausoleum and Llewellyn School. The parking lot has already sold, but the new owner has no immediate plans for it, and Ashe said he believes the Moreland Farmers Market will be able to use the lot for all of its upcoming season.

Windermere Foundation grant assists Southeast nonprofits:

"Windermere Stellar" real estate, through the nonprofit Windermere Foundation, donated More Than $360,000 to 41 Nonprofits in 2016, Including Southeast Portland charities "Rose City Rowing" and "Color Outside the Lines". The donations were distributed year-round throughout the Portland metro area, the north Oregon coast and Vancouver, Washington. Joan Allen, Windermere Stellar real Estate co-owner and co-chair of the Windermere Foundation, remarked, "The Windermere Foundation represents the tight bond between the work we do and the communities we serve. Our brokers continue to strengthen that connection every day through their individual contributions. It is both inspiring and infectious to see everybody working together to improve our communities on such a large scale." The Windermere Foundation has served the Western U.S. since 1989.

This photo of bar patrons hard at work on their own paintings was provided by the Yukon Tavern. Westmoreland pub offers an art day each month:

Westmoreland's venerable Yukon Tavern, at 5819 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, cites as one of its most popular events the monthly "Vine and Pallet traveling art studio". Jon Batcheller of the tavern explains, "The bar is transformed into an art studio, with easels all over the place – all supplies and canvas are provided, as well as the 'subject' piece. The artist does a different painting each month that the participants are to reproduce in paint. All levels are welcome, and she helps each participant on how to get started, and how to use the techniques that apply to that month's painting – clouds, water, mountain etc. – and you will walk out with your own 'masterpiece'. We started last October, and do it once a month on a Sunday, and the next one is Sunday, March 19, 3-6 p.m. $35 covers it. NO experience necessary! Just sit, sip, and paint!"

"Little Loft Studios" opens in Westmoreland:

Little Loft Studios opened its first location in Washington DC over four years ago, and now has opened its third in Westmoreland this January. This neighborhood art space, on S.E. Bybee Boulevard next to the FedEx Store and across the street from the Sellwood-Moreland Post Office, offers children's art classes, spring/summer camps, "crafternoons", and birthday parties. Owner Keira Gladstone tells THE BEE, "We've recently added a monthly adult class, and weekday/weekend open studios for families. Find them on instagram @littleloftstudios, and see offerings online: – 1520 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, telephone 971/303-8698.

New owner closes "Pace Setter Athletic" in Woodstock:

A BEE reader e-mailed, "Did Pace Setter Athletic on Woodstock close? It appears to have. I bought my husband a gift card at Pace Setter for Christmas that he hasn't used yet. They had a gift card 'special' going in December....$125 in gift cards for a cost of $100." We checked with the former co-owner of the store, who sold it last year, Anita Carley, and she responded, "The new owner did close Pace Setter; however he is opening a new store in Gresham called 'East Wind Running Company', across the parking lot from Dick's Sports. He should honor the gift card at his new store. I don't think they are open quite yet [as of February 11], but they can be found on Facebook, to stay in touch."

RE/MAX agents Sue Hildreth, Ann Lindsay, and her husband Jeff,  busy in the kitchen at the Willamette Center woman and couples shelter in Westmoreland.RE/MAX agents cook dinner at Westmoreland shelter:

The Sellwood Branch of RE/MAX Equity Group has decided to assist the Willamette Center woman and couple's shelter on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue at Mitchell Street quarterly, by cooking a home-cooked meal for 120 of their residents. February 15 was their first night assisting at the Center, involving six agents: TC Brown, Channon Burns, Sue Hildreth, Stephanie Wilde, Ann Lindsay, and her husband Jeff. They shopped, cooked, sliced, and diced in service to those at the Multnomah County owned shelter. Their next date for this evening of service is April 12.

"Dirt Rich Farm" offers CSA shares in Southeast Portland:

Ryan Ramsay and Allison Necheles, co-owners, announce the opening of "Dirt Rich Farm" at 4402 S.E. 28th Place: "We provide fresh locally grown produce throughout the Portland Area. In 2017, Dirt Rich Farm will be offering CSA shares. CSA members purchase a farm share at the beginning of the season, and then receive a basket of fresh produce weekly." Pickups in Inner Southeast will be at the S.E. 28th Place location. The telephone number is 503/776-0105. You can also sign up online:

"Women Artists of Portland" celebrated at Sellwood gallery:

The "12x16 Gallery", 8235 S.E 13th Avenue, No. 5, in Sellwood, celebrates International Women's Month with an invitational exhibition of women artists in the Pacific Northwest, from March 2 to April 2. Featured artists are Dyann Alike, Aisha Banse, Anna Daedalus, Dianne Jean Erickson, Sarah Ferguson, Joan Findlay, Shellie Garber, Julia Gardner, Peri Heath, Sandra Janeen, Sharon Jonquil, Shannon McBride, Kristen Mohr, Rachael Warren-Allen, Mary Real, Candy Russo, Ann Shiogi, and Ann Truax. The First Friday Reception is March 3, 6-9 p.m., and the Artists' Reception follows on Sunday, March 5, 2-4 p.m. The gallery is open weekly Thursdays through Sundays, noon until 5 p.m. Call 503/432-3513. Online at:

ERIC NORBERG - Bike Gallery has opened a store on Milwaukie Avenue just north of Bybee. "Bike Gallery" opens branch in Westmoreland: The citywide "Bike Gallery" stores have opened a new location for bike sales and repair across from the Moreland Theater on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, just north of Bybee Boulevard. The building has recently hosted a series of businesses, including an antique mall and a private farmers market; but for longtime residents it is best remembered as the former location of the Rogers Five and Dime Store.

Parents – how to keep teens motivated:

Event Planner Rachel Ginocchio advises of a "Brains & Brews" discussion for parents on the evening of March 9 – 7:30-9 p.m. – at "13 Virtues Brewing", formerly Philadelphia's, 6410 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, across the street from QFC Market in Westmoreland. She explains: "Portland-renowned teen development expert, Yshai Boussi, LPC, will share his wisdom, followed by Q&A and open discussion. 'Brains & Brews' is an engaging way for adults to learn and grow as a community." Price is $35 per person (includes the first beer). Adults only. Space is limited. Sign-up online at:

Two new brokers at John L. Scott in Woodstock:

Mollie Bond, Office Administrator at the John L. Scott Real Estate office in Woodstock, announces two new brokers have joined the staff – Seth Anderson and Michael Bottjer.

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