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Jackie Babicky Peterson will help small business owners learn how to set prices they can stand by with confidence, at this months Sellwood meeting of AHB - open to all.At November's AHB meeting, "Charge What You're Worth": Jackie Babicky Peterson – CPA, coach, consultant, and author – is a strategic adviser to small businesses at Portland Community College's Small Business Development Center. Her clients are interested in making a living doing what they love, but some struggle with self-confidence and uncertainty when it comes to pricing. You'll learn value-based pricing and learn how to price your services, programs, and products in a way that you're comfortable standing by them. The meeting is open to all for a $10 door fee, which includes networking and a buffet supper, 6-9 p.m. on November 21. RSVPs are requested to assist in food preparation; advise of any food sensitivities when RSVPing by e-mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – or call 503/232-2326. It's at SMILE Station, on the southeast corner of 13th Avenue and S.E. Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. More details online –

Three restaurants close in Sellwood-Westmoreland: "Arugularium" owner Gary Douglas announces that the restaurant's last day of serving customers was October 27, and a "Retirement Closure and Business Sale" will take place November 4-30 at the creperie and bakery's location at 8337 S.E. 17th, at Harney, in Sellwood, with serious inquiries to be directed to – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Previously, the half-century-old Dairy Queen in Westmoreland closed at the end of September also due to owner retirement, to be replaced by a Chase Bank branch (see separate story); and as of the end of September, the popular Laurelwood Public House on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue just south of the Moreland Theater closed its doors as well, without disclosing a reason to THE BEE.

The new rentable desk and office space service, Sellwood Desk Depository, has opened in the historic Sellwood Bank Building.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 –

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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