Historic Sellwood building reopens under single ownership: Jeff Stephens, owner of Portland-based Abound Properties, announces he has bought the historic, 101-year-old "Sellwood Bank Building" on the southwest corner of Umatilla Street and S.E. 13th in Sellwood, in an unusual transaction requiring buying it from two different, unrelated parties. He explains that the building, though one structure under a single roof, was legally divided into two separate lots in 1918, and had been owned by two different parties ever since. A year ago, Abound Properties purchased the south portion of the building; then, last February, the company bought the north portion of the building – and in doing so became its first single owner in 101 years. The building now is open as "the Sellwood Desk Depository" – a neighborhood "co-working" space that offers desks and small furnished offices for rent to individuals or home businesses on a monthly basis. It features an open floor plan; a reservable conference room; free coffee, tea, and filtered water; high-speed WiFi and printing; and access to the "Thinking Vault" – which is the original bank vault, now converted into "a comfortable furnished sitting room". The new business announces it will donate 1% of its gross revenues to local Sellwood-Westmoreland non-profits. Local non-profits are also invited to use the conference room for meetings, as available, at no charge. For more information about the Sellwood Desk Depository, or for a free "Day Pass" to try out the space, go online – www.SellwoodDesk.com
Collage "free craft nights" continue: "Collage", on S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland, reminds that its monthly craft nights at two neighboring businesses continue: "On the first Tuesday of every month from 5 to 6:30 pm you can bring your little ones by the Nectar Lounge on Bybee at Milwaukie Avenue to eat something sweet, and make something neat with Collage; November 5th we will be making maracas. And in the month of November we will be decorating cloth napkins with fabric markers and stamps, at Pizza Craft Night, across the street from Nectar at Pizzicato."
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