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Three unrelated businesses in Westmoreland get together on a project for their mutual benefit

RITA A. LEONARD - Kate Swett, Manager at the Westmoreland Collage craft shop, coordinates the nearby free craft nights each month. Three shops that face each other across S.E. Bybee Boulevard, just west of Milwaukie Avenue, have gotten together to offer free family drop-in "craft nights".

The coordinator for the project is craft shop Collage. Nectar Frozen Yogurt and Collage combine resources to hold "First Tuesday Craft Nights" from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at 1631 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, while Collage and Pizzicato Pizza hold free craft nights on the third Wednesdays of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. across the street at 1630 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

At these sessions, supplies and instruction are free, and clear directions for simple and clever crafts that were addressed can be accessed online – www.collagepdx.com – if you miss one of these dates.

Collage's Manager, Kate Swett, tells THE BEE, "All of our sales associates here take turns coming up with our own craft ideas to teach, using supplies from Collage. It's fun & very fulfilling – we have a great little community here. We've had free craft nights for years at our three Collage stores – In Westmoreland, as well as on S.E. Division Street, and N.E. Alberta Street. But Nectar just recently put up a sign for us!

"Nectar is great," she continues with a laugh. "We have lunch over there almost daily. They change their frozen yogurt flavors nearly every day."


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