Lisa Loving helps businesspeople "write their rant": At the February 20 meeting of the Association of Home Businesses, Journalist Lisa Loving will present a "How to Write Your Rant" workshop for use on social media, or just to get things done. Loving asks, "Do you have a strong opinion about a political policy or issue? Do you need help turning that opinion into testimony before a government body or maybe a letter to the media? Participants will leave with a smart argument on an important issue, and ways to bring it with the world." Networking, this presentation, and a buffet supper, all occur 6-9 p.m. at SMILE Station, 13th and Tenino in Sellwood, a block south of Tacoma Street. Open to all! Meeting fee of $10 includes the buffet. Please RSVP to assist food preparation. RSVP at www.AHBoregon.org – or call Eric at 503/232-2326.
"Portland Bottle Shop" launches a Happy Hour: The Portland Bottle Shop on S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood, introduced a new Happy Hour with a kick-off party on January 6. The new feature will be offered Monday through Thursday from 2-5 p.m., with dollar-off draft beers, and $6 glass offerings of bubbles, white and red wines. "The star of the food menu will be our ever popular smash burger (plus bacon) served a la carte for only $6. Add a side of Old Bay or garlic parmesan fries for $3." There is also a chef's choice meat and cheese board, ham and gruyere sandwich, and a rotating vegetarian flatbread available – for $6 and under. The business is owned by the husband and wife team of Travis and Emily Motter, who tell THE BEE that "Friday nights remain our most popular evening, where for eight years running we've hosted a weekly wine tasting of regional or seasonal pours."Sellwood's "Grand Central Bakery" reopens in February: Community members noticed that Grand Central Bakery in Sellwood closed in January for "repairs". BEE historian Elieen Fitzsimons points out that its building on S.E. 13th "was an old grocery store, and maintains that appearance on the exterior. It looks like they are gutting the interior to make it easier to maintain and serve, and probably to improve their kitchen. Since it is reopening in February I'm not too worried. They aren't tearing it down!" In January, Sellwood and Westmoreland residents had the option of patronizing the Grand Central Bakery store on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, which remained open.
New coffee shop on Foster Road: Rodrigo Baena opened his new business, Favela Café, late last year at 5300 S.E. Foster Road – serving traditional coffee, and Brazilian pastries and snacks. He says, "After eight years of organizing and producing Brazilian events for the community in Portland, we decided to have a space where we can have our old and new friends, while serving great coffee." For information, call 503/789-1291.
Banks come and go: Although Chase Bank, already a fixture in Woodstock, has been announced as planning a branch to be in the location of the former Dairy Queen in Westmoreland, Key Bank in Sellwood informed customers late last year that it would be closed by February 1, referring customers to its Woodstock and Milwaukie branches; and U.S. Bank closed its branch in Brooklyn last year – but its Westmoreland and Woodstock full-service branches remain.
WCBA sets its annual meeting and dinner in Woodstock: The Annual Woodstock Community Business Association Membership Meeting – also open to interested nonmembers – is set for Tuesday evening, February 11, 6-8 p.m., at Double Mountain Brewpub on Woodstock Boulevard, includes a dinner provided by the restaurant. There will be a no-host bar for those desiring libations. Tickets to the meeting and dinner are $15 for one, $25 for two. This can be paid at the door, but can also be paid in advance on the WCBA website – www.woodstockbiz.com
Special "meditation" class announced: In a special event, "Meditation for Regular People", at 8236 S.E. 17th in Sellwood, will hold a two-part meditation class for the public on February 2nd and 9th called "Map to Stillness – Creating your Personal Meditation Practice". The class is intended to help participants to create their own meditation practice, and teach a proven, easy technique that anyone can do at home. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Visit the business online for details and registration – www.Meditation4RegularPeople.com
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