Here are brief new items from and about the Inner Southeast business community....

Woodstock real estate brokers again served dinner to parents of hospitalized children in Northeast Portland in August.Southeast real estate brokerage again cooks for McDonald House: The John L Scott Southeast Portland/Woodstock office once again cooked on August 14th for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House while they are in town for the medical treatment of their children at the adjacent hospital in Northeast Portland. This time they prepared a buffet of BBQ ham sandwiches, tater tots, green salad, watermelon, and cookies. The brokers who participated this time were Alex Roy, Jessica Hanberry, Michelle Maida, Cassandra Marks, and Shel Burnett.

"Small format" Target store on Powell plans October opening: The former AMF Pro 300 Lanes bowling alley at 30th and S.E. Powell Boulevard closed, as reported in THE BEE last year, rather abruptly – to make way for a new "small format" Target store, for which the building has been heavily remodeled. The store plans to open to the public on October 21, and in mid-August was holding hiring fairs to hire 45 employees to staff the store, which will be 32,000 square feet in size. Target's downtown store is considered its first "small format" store in the region, and the Powell Boulevard store will be the second.

Roll-Up Studio and Gallery features Kelly Saxton exhibition: Under the concept "Weeds", Sellwood's Roll-Up Studio and Gallery presents two bodies of abstract art by Portland Artist Kelly Saxton – oil paintings and smaller mixed-media pieces. "Saxton's practice has developed through observing the constant subtle changes within the Northwest landscape–changes that metamorphose through growth, bloom and gradual decline. Her tactile and layered works embody the passage of time." The exhibition runs from September 7 through 29, on Fridays and Saturdays, noon until 5. Opening Reception will be Friday, September 7, 5-9 p.m. The gallery is situated at 1715 S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood; for more, call 503/267-5835, or go online:

Zoe Morrison presents part two of the program begun in June, at AHBs monthly meeting on September 20 in Sellwood. AHB September meeting is for both members AND guests: September's meeting of the entirely local "Association of Home Businesses" features Zoe Morrison, and, "will shine a spotlight on the talents of our current members. Guests are welcome, and are invited to meet the group as a whole, while exploring a roll-out of the latest member benefits – and with an opportunity to talk about their own business. Meet and greet other business owners who've grown their businesses by attending the Association of Home Businesses monthly meetings." AHB meets on the third Thursday evening of every month at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino in Sellwood, a block south of the "Sellwood Bridge Street", Tacoma St. – 6-9 p.m. Guests pay members' door fee of $10 at their first meeting. The meeting includes a buffet supper; RSVP to assist in food preparation, please. Call Eric to RSVP at 503/232-2326. More info at –

Independent "farm to store" grocer in Outer Southeast: Roy and Rosalie Crowe contacted THE BEE to tell of their new store, "Local Grocer" – started "to bring local farm fresh produce to Southeast Portland. We source food directly from local farmers, producers, and artisans. Our goal is to become the first 'zero-emissions' grocery store – providing consumers with alternatives to the oil industry and reducing our carbon footprint through the use of alternative transportation. Our goal is to achieve 'zero emissions' farm-to-store using an electric car to pick up farm-fresh produce for the store. Members also get a discount for walking, biking, or using public transportation." The new store had its "first month celebration" on Sunday, August 5th, with local producers on hand to provide samples. "Local Grocer" is located in the "Small Mall" at 148th and S.E. Powell Boulevard. For information, call 503/761-5981.

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