Robert Shepard tells how to "build your brand – and business": At the March 19 meeting of the Association of Home Businesses, Robert Shepard – a brand and marketing strategist for all sizes of businesses – shows how your potential customers need to perceive your business the right way. He'll discuss steps and strategies to launch a new brand or re-define an existing one, and you're invited to be there. Networking, this presentation, and a buffet supper, all happen 6-9 p.m. at the March meeting of AHB at SMILE Station, 13th and Tenino in Sellwood, a block south of Tacoma Street. Open to all! The meeting fee of $10 includes the buffet. Please RSVP to assist food preparation. RSVP online – https://www.AHBoregon.org – or call Eric at 503/232-2326.
Northeast brunch restaurant reopens in Westmoreland: A well-reviewed breakfast and lunch restaurant in the Cully neighborhood, which had opened in January of 2017, closed its doors late last year, despite a successful Kickstarter campaign – only to reveal at the end of January that it had made arrangements to replace the recently-closed "Laurelwood Brewpub" on the south side of the Moreland Theater on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, just north of Bybee Boulevard. The new restaurant, called "Beeswing", can seat 100, and promises the same menu as at its former location. It opened for business at 8 a.m. on Saturday, February 1st, at 6716 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue.
Art show on March 21 at "Rose City Coffee" in Brooklyn: A group of talented local artists will host an Art Exhibit at Rose City Coffee Co. in the Brooklyn neighborhood, at 3370 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, on Saturday evening, March 21, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. "We love to support the art community," says Rose City Coffee Co. owner Christy Gryphon. "Not only does it bring people into the coffee shop, but it enlivens the space, inspires our guests and creates a beautiful art space where our customers and community can gather together." The exhibit includes a diverse collection of artists in a variety of mediums including Josh Daily, a metal and found material sculpture artist; Dawn Furstenberg, who has created a line of adult coloring books and cards from her illustrations; Lindsey Konopka, who'll be displaying her stained glass art; Heléna Dupre Thompson an urban photographer, and Matthew Walter an artist who calls his work graffiti pop on wood.
"The Silver Lining" consignment store leaves Westmoreland: Karen Graves, owner of "The Silver Lining" on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, a block south of Bybee Boulevard, announced to her customers on the first week of February that after 30 years she would be retiring – but added, "The good news is that Lyn, who has works at the shop, will be moving the store to downtown Milwaukie; the phone number will remain the same – 503/238-5578. This weekend will be our last weekend that the store will be open in its current location. . . Thanks to everyone who has been in our Silver Lining family. I hope that you will continue to support The Silver Lining after the move! Thanks, and I will miss you all! Karen." "Healthcare of Small Business" forum March 18: An organization called "Oregon Physicians for a National Health Program" has rented the Aladdin Theater on Wednesday, March 18th, to present a one-hour program for small businesses on the subject of "how healthcare policy impacts local business". Tickets are $10 – available at the door, or online at – http://www.aladdin-theater.com
A week of romantic photos in Sellwood: On February 7, "Sellwood Flower Company" disclosed it had constructed a large heart over its entrance – composed of greens, roses, and red carnations – to create a romantic photo "flower hot spot" at which couples could take selfies or photos in the week leading up to Valentine's Day. The floral shop is situated directly across the street from SMILE Station, on S.E. 13th between Tenino and Umatilla Streets, in Sellwood. The shop is online, allowing the ordering of flowers for all occasions, at – http://www.sellwoodflowerco.com
"Writing as Meditation – Your Voice, Your Mind": Sellwood's "Meditation for Regular People" offers a special one-time workshop open to all on Sunday, March 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. on "Writing as Meditation", with guest teacher Susan Trocollo. "Write, share your writing if you wish, and use writing prompts as a jumping-off point to find out more about YOU!" This program serves seniors and mid-lifers challenged by ongoing difficult emotions of having a chronic condition, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, or heart disease. Ms. Trocollo has published multiple books and essays, and is included in the "Chocolate for a Woman's Soul" series. This 2.5 hour workshop costs $50. Get more information, or register, online under the "Workshops" tab – http://www.meditation4regularpeople.com
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