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A very small locally-owned informal convenience store has opened in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood

RITA A. LEONARD - The sales clerks at the new Cutiee Buys grocery store are, from left, Lisa Schlaepfer and R. Allie McDaniel.Phillip Stewart has opened a new 600-sq.-ft. "mini-grocery" in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, called "Cutiee Buys". The business is situated at 4138 S.E. 42nd Avenue, and offers groceries, snacks, salads, ice cream, drinks, ciders, espresso, kombucha, as well as merchandise such as mugs, pins, stickers, candles, colored carrying crates, and T-shirts. Also in stock is ice, draft beer for growlers, and various alcoholic beverages. The shop has outdoor seating under cover, for those who wish to linger on-site.

Stewart has a background in brand strategy and design, as well as event production, with a BFA degree in Commercial Art from the Art Institute of Portland. He opened the adjacent business, CoffeeBeer, at 4142 S.E. 42nd Avenue, in March of 2018. "It initially started in mid-2015 as a pop-up event and merchandise company, and it eventually grew into a brick and mortar business – where we serve the two best beverages in the world: coffee and beer!" he grins.

"I was using the space where the grocery store is now as a storage spot for CoffeeBeer, as well as for friends whose businesses also needed storage space," he continues. "All of my business ventures have the initials CB, which are the initials of my grandmother, 'Carol B'.

"As far as the grocery's name goes: I like buying cute things, and I wanted to create a place where people could also buy cute things, which is where the name 'Cutiee Buys' comes from. We have new things coming in weekly; sometimes daily. The best days to come in and see our new products are Tuesdays and Wednesdays."

Cutiee Buys is open Monday through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays from 8 to 8, and Sundays from 8 to 7. Two cheerful employees can help you out, but so far there is no telephone number. Its website, shared with CoffeeBeer, is: www.cutieebuys.com – and there is also an Instagram account, @cutieebuys.


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