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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 December issue are due by Friday, Nov. 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.

Church welcomes new pastor
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8705 East Burnside St., welcomes a new pastor Sunday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. Pastor Michael Suelzle comes from Grace Lutheran Church in Pocatello, Idaho. His brother, Pastor Dan Suelzle from Grace Lutheran Church in Eugene, will preach. Rev. Paul Linnemann, district president, will conduct the rite of installation. Everyone is welcome to attend the installation and to help welcome Pastor Suelzle and his family to Portland.

Parkrose Ace Hardware is cool
Bryan and David Ableidinger, owners of Parkrose Ace Hardware, pose with their very cool award in their renowned fastener department.
Parkrose area residents know all about Parkrose Hardware. It seems fitting that others are catching onto the fact that the store is a unique and valued part of the community.

Ace Hardware has identified Parkrose Hardware as one of its Coolest Hardware Stores for its customized service and broad base of products including power tools, barbecue grills and fasteners.

“The team at Parkrose Ace Hardware is delighted to receive this tremendous recognition,” said co-owner Bryan Ableidinger. “We are committed to delivering a knowledgeable, friendly and helpful shopping experience by providing our customers with quality products, services and solutions the first time, every time.”

Parkrose Ace Hardware offers more than the average hardware store; it is known for being one of the top Stihl retailers in the Pacific Northwest. Area residents can also find a wide selection of niche categories at Parkrose Ace Hardware, like the store's legendary fastener department, unique rentals from the Ace Rental Place and the full line of Weber Grills.

Giving back to the local community is also a passion for the team at Parkrose Ace Hardware. The store frequently runs promotions that drive philanthropic giving at the store level. A recent in-store food drive generated 1.5 tons of food for local food banks.

In addition, Home Channel News has selected Parkrose Ace Hardware for its annual Hardware Store All-Star list. HCN is a news magazine that serves retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and buying co-ops selling products used to build, maintain, repair, remodel, and decorate the home. HCN's annual list of high performers recognizes one hardware store that is outstanding in its field from each state. To explain its selection, an HCN release said “Hardware stores don't always fall within the purview of 'cool,' unless you're talking about Parkrose Hardware in Portland. With a savvily-designed website, cotton candy machines for rent and some classic how-to guides and videos, Parkrose meets its community's needs in style.”

Local salon is five years old
Supercuts at Mall 205 is celebrating five years at that location.

The salon, locally owned and operated by Supercuts franchisee Egon Von Kaschnitz, opened its doors at 1010 S.E. 96th Ave. in 2008. Kaschnitz makes a point of hiring local staff and stylists, all of whom are proud to have been cutting and coloring hair in this community. Services include adult, child and senior haircuts, as well as styling, hair coloring and facial waxing.

Mall 205 Supercuts is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Call 503-256-6227 for call-ahead service. Supercuts accepts all major credit cards and cash.

German Bakery introduces state-of-the-art espresso machine
At the German Bakery in Parkrose, Sigrid Neumann custom makes espresso on her new, state-of-the-art Swiss-made espresso machine.
Mid-county Memo photo/Tim E. Curran
In September, Neumann's German Bakery made its first cup of espresso with its new, high-tech espresso machine, the Swiss-made Franke FoamMasterTM 800. The new, state-of-the-art machine is one of only three in the country, according to bakery owner Sigrid Neumann.

“We are so excited to provide a place in Parkrose where people can come in, order a custom espresso drink - hot or cold - and not have to wait,” said Neumann.

Unlike their former espresso machine, Neumann said the new one makes up to 160 drinks an hour-every one exactly how the customer wants it, with consistency in flavor, texture and temperature.

Before emigrating from Germany in 2000, Neumann said she and her husband Michael owned 16 bakeries and one restaurant. “We worked seven days a week, 10-12 hours a day.”

They got to Portland by accident. As Neumann tells it, after her husband had a particularly frustrating day “he just decided he was done, and started cleaning out his desk.”

On top of a pile of papers was a trade magazine open to a classified ad for a bakery in America. “He got up, went to the phone, and called,” Neumann continued. “I heard him say 'we'll be there Friday.' He booked the trip, turned to me and said 'Friday morning we go to look at a bakery,' and that was it.”

Well, not quite. “We looked at it, and I was so disappointed,” recalls Sigrid. “In Germany, people come into the bakery three times a day. Here, people came in maybe only a few times a week. The seller assured us that even though the American customers came in less frequently, they spent much more per visit - so the numbers work out.”

After their children checked out the business, it was all systems go.

“We then sent our kids to look at it, and got their approval,” said Sigrid. “We sold everything in Germany. In September 2000, we moved with all the cats and the kids.” Nowadays, when the Neumanns visit their homeland, they're happy to get back to Portland. “I am always glad to get back here,” said Neumann. “When we first came, I didn't even know that Oregon was a state in America. Now I think it's the nicest state of all the United States.”While son Michael helps his mom in Parkrose, the Neumann's other son Steffen run the family's second business, The Original Bavarian Sausage Company in Tigard. The German Bakery is in Parkrose at 10534 N.E. Sandy Blvd., and is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The phone number is 503-252-1881.
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