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Local businesses are the lifeblood of our community. The Mid-county Memo offers this section to our business neighbors for news, advancements, promotions, expansions and other noteworthy events to be shared with the community at large. Business Memo submissions for the January issue are due by Tuesday, Dec. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at You may also mail submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, dial 503-287-8904. The Mid-county Memo fax number is 503-249-7672.

Celebrate the season with a new look
The Colour Authority, 11121 N.E. Halsey St., will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Friday, Dec. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m.

You are invited to view the latest trends in hair, make-up, jewelry and fashion. No doubt you will come away with holiday gift ideas and a head start in looking great for the season. Returning clients who bring someone new to the salon for this celebration will receive a gift. Complimentary appointments will be available to sample make-up and hair fashion. Salon gift certificates will be available as well.

Harry's Fresh Deli just got fresher
Harry's Fresh Deli & Pizzeria recently got a new name and location. First row, seated, from left: Harry's Fresh Deli staff members Angelina Romero, General Manager Shawn Sadler, Assistant Manager Roger Krieger, Francisco J. Alacantara and Eric Bernard. Standing, from left: Chef Melissa Isaac, Ana Laura Tellez, Orlando Vivianco, Marquie Alley, Rogelio Sanchez and Marcelino Camacho.
As of September, Harry's Fresh Deli is now Harry's Fresh Deli & Pizzeria and can be found at a new location, 5530 N.E. 122nd Ave., just a few blocks from its old one in Fort Knox Plaza. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, has a banquet room that seats up to 30 for special events and offers customized catering.

In addition to familiar classic menu selections, Harry's is now offering New York-style pizza and a dinner menu that includes Italian entrees created by its talented chef, Melissa Isaac. New owners Chet and Liz Antonsen have added three big screen televisions to broadcast football games, news programs and other sporting events. While the Antonsens - noted Northeast Portland real estate developers for more than 20 years - have made some changes, Shawn Saddler will stay on as general manager.

Harry's Fresh Deli & Pizzeria is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and closed Sunday. Call 503-262-5200 now to order a pizza to eat in, take out or have delivered.

Experienced grant writer, researcher joins OCOM
Deborah Ackerman has accepted the position of associate dean of research at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Ackerman was one of three finalists who met with a selection committee on campus in early October. OCOM's previous dean of research, Richard Hammerschlag, retired in September after 10 years with the college.

After evaluating all the feedback received from OCOM faculty, students, trustees and staff, the search committee felt Ackerman was an excellent fit for the position. This was based on her long history of successful grant-making, familiarity with outcomes assessment research and direct experience with Oriental medicine through her recent work with Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, Calif.

As an adjunct professor in the department of epidemiology in the UCLA School of Public Health, Ackerman has taught and mentored graduate students and research fellows, made presentations at national meetings and consulted on legal cases relevant to public health.

Her research has focused on evaluating treatment outcomes, with an emphasis on complementary and alternative approaches. As lead investigator on grants, she has been responsible for everything from developing the research idea to identifying funding agencies; assembling a team of collaborators; writing the grant applications, interim and final reports; initiating press releases and answering questions from the media.

Ackerman most recently served as director of the Health Outcomes Core of the UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress. She was also the director of Patient-Reported Outcomes from Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine, a Web-based data collection and information system that uses standardized questionnaires to evaluate treatment utilization and assess changes over time in symptom severity, mood, stress and coping skills, and quality of life.

Ackerman is committed to training practitioners so that they may conduct research and contribute to the evidence base that will inform the public and medical community. She is slated to assume her position at OCOM on March 1.

Medical equipment supplier earns accreditation
Columbia Sleep Services, 10735 S.E. Stark St., Suite 105, has achieved the Award of Accreditation from the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation based in Waterloo, Iowa. Columbia Sleep Services, a durable home medical equipment company, earned the three-year accreditation after completing a comprehensive application that focuses on patient care, financial stability and a commitment to quality operational practices and procedures. This award is achieved only when home medical equipment companies demonstrate a high level of quality practices in their business operations and patient care techniques. Accreditation by the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation assures Medicare and other payers that the highest levels of quality are practiced within all areas of the company.

“We sought accreditation by the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation to demonstrate that our company is committed to providing excellent patient care and safety in a financially solvent environment,” said Matt Kenemer, president of Columbia Sleep Services. “This award also reinforces that our commitment to quality is ongoing.”

Founded in 2005, the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation seeks to continuously set standards of the highest quality on behalf of the durable medical equipment industry and business owners. Its interactive, Web-based design is specifically aimed at the durable medical equipment industry, providing a targeted approach to accreditation and quality improvement.

Established in 2009, Columbia Sleep Services is a sleep-related medical equipment provider, serving the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. Columbia Sleep Services offers a wide variety of innovative products and services for patients with sleep disorders requiring the use of medical equipment for therapy.

Its mission is to provide quality, timely and caring service to all patients in need of sleep therapy products. Highly skilled, registered sleep technicians perform the services provided by focusing on individual patient care in the most cost-effective manner.

To learn more about the products and services offered, please call 503-257-5955.

OCOM library receives grant
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine was recently awarded a $58,362 Library Services & Technology Act grant to enhance the OCOM Library. OCOM's librarian, Lana Thelen, wrote and submitted the necessary proposals.

The OCOM library will be using the funds to migrate its current stand-alone bibliographic catalog to the shared Portland Health Libraries Consortium Catalog. This catalog currently consists of holdings from Oregon Health & Science University, National College of Natural Medicine and Western States Chiropractic College.

This project will allow seamless access for all borrowers in the system to materials housed at the four participating institutions. This increased access to consortium holdings will further encourage interactive, cross-disciplinary scholarship.

The grant includes funds for a part-time systems librarian for the grant's one-year duration and funds for all the contractual purchases and data conversion and transfer.

“Lana's efforts in developing a really compelling grant application have borne fruit,” OCOM Vice President for Academic Affairs Tim Chapman said. “The result will be a major improvement in the services and systems offered by the OCOM library.”

Been There resale clothing, consignment, opens in Gateway
Been There, 11905 N.E. Halsey St., is a new store in Gateway offering quality resale clothing for plus size individuals. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

KrisAnn Smith poses in her new store, Been There, offering plus size resale and consignment clothing and accessories in the Gateway business district.
Owner KrisAnn Smith opened the store in August after much thought concerning the benefits of buying and selling used clothing. Serious about her subject, she interviewed those knowledgeable in the field and volunteered at a second-hand clothing store in Northeast Portland.

Then came a breakthrough in her quest.

“I found a mentor who coached me through the ins and outs of the game,” she said, “and who guided me as I built my business plan.” After a year of careful planning, she was ready to open.
“There were certain criteria for the storefront that I needed to meet. One (criterion) was that the store had to be in my community.” Smith expressed concerned about “consuming large amounts of gasoline, increasing my carbon footprint and putting additional wear and tear on my 16-year-old car.”

Smith called her inventory both eclectic and fun. She said the ever-changing merchandise includes designer wear, jeans, leather, basics and some items with new tags still attached.

“My customers are women and men who appreciate quality urban, casual, business and career clothing in plus sizes. They also like accessories such as belts, scarves, gloves, shoes, coats, jewelry and purses.”

Smith said she offers great fashions at low prices, making building a wardrobe affordable. At Been There, recycling, reusing and reducing are always in style.

“The customer is recycling clothes already in their life cycle (and) reusing clothes, which in turn reduces the manufacturing of additional textiles for consumption.” Smith said that by being a shopper at Been There, “you're doing your part to protect our environment.” Additionally, she “won't let a plastic bag leave (her) store.” All purchases are hand wrapped in recycled newsprint paper. “What would be ideal is if customers brought their own recycled bags.”

Jean manufacturers on display include Levi's, Old Navy and Calvin Klein; a current in-store special offers a third pair of jeans for only $5 with the purchase of two other pairs of jeans. There are also other specials offered.

The perfume counter also includes top named brands. The designer perfumes, jewelry and items on consignment are all individually priced, but everything else in the shop is sold at a set price; for example, all shirts are $5, hoodies are $10, shoes are $6 and winter coats are $15. Gift certificates are available for the holidays.

Smith said that Been There's consignment policy is “really very friendly and easy for the customer to follow.”

Been There will accept clothing that is currently in fashion and in the appointed season. Consignments generally are accepted anytime. Clothing must be clean, on hangers and in excellent condition.

“Please inspect your items prior to coming in because I can not accept clothes that smell offensive, are stained, pilling, have holes, are stretched out or overworn.” Other merchandise such as accessories or jewelry must be in functioning condition. Items are kept no longer than 30-45 days, with the consignor receiving 40 percent of the selling price.

Been There is planning a Parkrose Appreciation Days celebration Dec. 17-19, with special deals on clothing and accessories, a raffle and other fun activities.

Been There donates 1 percent of its profits to help support the Albertina Kerr Centers, a nonprofit organization that aids at-risk teens in Oregon.

For more information, call 503-282-5669. The Web site is
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