The revived Greater Brooklyn Business Association hosted a local business showcase as a special feature of the May General Meeting of the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association, on May 24th.
The two-hour evening meeting, at which the BAC's annual Board election took place, drew scores of neighbors. Free donuts were provided by Vinnie Cifelli of Coco's Donuts; free tacos were handed out by Oswaldo Bibiano of Upside Down Restaurant; and free plants were offered by Katie Light of Premiere Property Group LLC.
Tables were set up around the meeting space at Sacred Heart Villa, and GBBA Board President Jesse Layton (of Edward Jones Financial Advisors) welcomed visitors at the door. Eighteen businesses were represented, although many more call Brooklyn home. Following general exploration of the featured businesses, BAC Chairman Eric Wieland held the Annual Meeting to elect a slate of BAC Board officers for the coming year.
And, the 2016-17 Board Members were all re-elected by unanimous vote. These included Eric Weiland as BAC Board Chair, Mike O'Connor as Vice Chair, Mark Romanaggi as Secretary, Don Stephens as Treasurer, with other Board members Melaney Dittler, Joanna Jenkins, Matt McComas, and Mike Erwin awaiting project assignments at the next Board Meeting.
As the election concluded, what had been called the "Brooklyn Business Fair" continued. Ashley Hoffman from Artist & Craftsman Supply Co. provided a raffle and activities for children; Josh Hetrick from Ross Island Brewing gave out free samples; Jane and David Schue, owners of Brooklyn Center Suites, described rental opportunities to interested visitors; and Windermere realtor Melaney Dittler offered information on selling or purchasing new homes.
Also part of the business showcase, Christie Gryphon of Westmoreland's Rose City Coffee Co. handed out samples of organic roast coffee beans. Gryphon announced she had just purchased the True Brew Coffeehouse in Brooklyn. "Our new machines will be delivered next month, and we're excited to be here," she said, before leaving the event with a bad case of laryngitis.
Jody McComas of Plexus Worldwide displayed a selection of "all-natural, plant-based" supplements; Matt McComas offered website development services; Janet Bartholomew from Bullseye Glass Co. demonstrated screen printing on glass surfaces, and invited those interested to call about classes at 503-227-2797.
Laurie Lewis and Renee Neely of Hip Chicks Do Wine acquainted residents with their winery near Holgate Boulevard – the oldest urban winery in the Portland. Becca Seitz, owner of Thrive Acupuncture, announced that she provides acupuncture to people as well as to animals – and has treated an owl, dogs, and a gyrfalcon. Maggie Mackenzie, MS, of Awakenings Studio, offered Movement & Relaxation services and "Date Night babysitting." Craig Hopkins from Rayburt's Rug, Carpet, & Furniture Cleaning described the business' many years of service to the neighborhood.
With the BAC Board election over and the Brooklyn Business Fair ended, the meeting was adjourned.