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The Business Briefs are a series of short new items about what's happening in the Southeast business community

With a movie and TV background in helping the stars look good, Stephy Fajardo has opened her own salon in Westmoreland.Local film and TV stylist opens salon in Westmoreland: Longtime Portland resident and licensed personal stylist Stephy Fajardo has opened "Style By Stephy" – a new image-consulting salon offering haircuts, hair colors, makeup services, wardrobe styling, and personal shopping. Fajardo discloses, "Since 1994 I have worked behind the scenes on the 'glam squad' for episodic TV shows, feature films, and national advertising campaigns; credits include Twilight, Grimm, Portlandia, Leverage, Nike, Nordstrom, and People magazine." A licensed cosmetologist and wardrobe stylist, Stephy says all this unique career experience gives her "a keen sense of gratitude and delight that informs the work I now do with my personal clients." Her new salon is open by appointment, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 6422 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, across from QFC. Call 503/680-9880, or go online –

Shop owner pivots to graphic designing for businesses: Marie Turcotte, who formerly owned and operated Vice Resale on the northwest corner of S.E. 13th at Umatilla, tells THE BEE she was forced to close the store by the coronavirus pandemic, but now is providing a graphic design service for other businesses, one of which is Ma Bella Salon in Sellwood. The name of her new business is Soybean Designs, and she's open to "working with small budgets and tight deadlines". Her telephone number is 503/688-8873. She's online at –

Cleveland senior develops and sells "I.D. Buddy": Zoey Weesner of S.E. 52nd Avenue writes, "I am a senior at Cleveland High School, currently working on my Girl Scout Gold Award, which focuses on disability awareness and safety. . . The 'I.D. Buddy' is a multifunctional tool that gives medical information to first-responders in case of emergencies. It can attach to seatbelts, wheelchairs, backpacks, and virtually anything else you can think of. . . The 'I.D. Buddy' can be ordered off of my website, either finished or as a kit you can make yourself." To learn or see more, visit that website –

The AHB speaker on May 20th in Sellwood is Portland business association consultant and legend Nancy Chapin.May's AHB meeting topic is "Is a Paradigm Shift in our future?" Nancy Chapin, a guru in the Portland business community, facilitates an insightful discussion at the May 20 AHB Meeting: "How will this year in our history change your life? Have you already seen changes? Will they be permanent? Is your life better or worse? Consider life as we knew it, and as we know it now." Nancy Chapin, of her own TSG Services, has been a variety store clerk, a high school teacher and drama coach, a Head Start Director, an organizer, an administrator, a bookkeeper, a traveler, a wife, a parent – and continues to be a student of life. Plan to be there for this program, and to network with others who work at home. During the pandemic, the "Association of Home Businesses" monthly third-Thursday meetings are held virtually, on ZOOM, open to anyone interested, and without charge! However, to attend, you'll need the ZOOM link. E-mail your RSVP to – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – or, call 503/232-2326.

Staffer at Wallace Books is finalist for an award: BEE reader Kari Freeman informs us, "Connor Eifler, who works at Wallace Books, is a finalist for an Oregon Book Award for his play 'You Cannot Undo This Action'; it was performed at Lincoln High School. It is up for the 'Angus Bowmer Award for Drama'. Conor is a 2007 graduate of Cleveland High School, and you can find Conor at Wallace Books on Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland."

Westmoreland Chase Bank branch opens: Tuesday, April 13, was the first day open for the new branch of Chase Bank at 1610 S.E. Tolman Street in Westmoreland; in the same week the Westmoreland Wells Fargo branch reopened as well. At the new Chase Bank, the Branch Manager and Vice President is Amanda Rasmussen. Chase thus becomes the only bank at present with branches open both in Sellwood-Westmoreland and in Woodstock, although the OnPoint Credit Union also has a branch in both neighborhoods as well. The telephone number of the new Westmoreland Chase Bank is 503/820-2530, and it is open Mondays through Saturdays.

COURTESY OF SOUTHEAST PORTLAND ROTARY CLUB - Well-known former Sellwood business owner Laurie Austin, who died on February 22.Sellwood businessperson passes: Laurie Austin, onetime owner of the "Please Be Seated" shop in Sellwood, and recently an exceptional caterer and personal chef, passed away of a lingering illness on February 22. Her cuisine was widely lauded despite being limited to a tiny kitchen in a small apartment adjacent to the Waverley Golf Club. And those she regularly prepared weekly meals for, which included the BEE editor and family, deeply miss her. Her affairs were concluded by a relative who has returned to Arizona, but a group of her friends have arranged a memorial service on Saturday, May 22, at 1 p.m., at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, 2800 S.E. Harrison, between Hawthorne and Harrison. It is open to the public and all who knew Laurie are welcome. New Director announced at Rhododendron Garden: The Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, on S.E. 28th opposite Reed College, has its first Executive Director, appointed by the Portland branch of the American Rhododendron Society – Brandon K. Baker. Baker has had several roles in nonprofits locally, including at the Portland Japanese Garden, and the Hellenic-American Cultural Center and Museum. He also has been associated with the Cascade Educational Broadcast Service, Friends of Zenger Farm, and Reedwood Friends. The Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden is managed by the Portland Chapter of the ARS, in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation. Learn more at –

Historic photo display reported: Jillian Anderson advises, "FirstCup" on Woodstock Boulevard at 45th [near John L Scott Real Estate] has an amazing display of WWII photographs, using old fashioned developing techniques. Come in and browse these stunning photos, and have the best cup of coffee this side of Hawthorne."

Local businessman is on Board of nonprofit: Walt Sofko of the Brooklyn Minuteman Press printing facility reports that he's on the Board of the local nonprofit "ALSO" – which "supports adults experiencing disabilities from residential, employment, and educational. We have a residential home that we support on S.E. 29th Avenue." The nonprofit depends on donations and fundraisers to operate, and the annual Auction – online, this year – is coming up on May 13, starting at 6 p.m. It includes an "elevated cheese and wine experience delivered to your door". Learn much more, donate, or register for the Auction, at –

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