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A new business moves into Inner Southeast with an eclectic line of merchandise

RITA A. LEONARD - Co-owners Heather Morrill and Zach Bruce, in their eclectic home furnishings store 3 Dots & a Dash - now open seven days a week at S.E. 13th and Spokane in Sellwood. Independence Day, July 4th, marked the grand opening of "3 Dots & a Dash" – an eclectic home furnishings and accessories store, now located at 8050 S.E. 13th Avenue.

The business moved to this larger space from its former site on Hawthorne Boulevard. With all the new apartment buildings going in, on and near S.E. 13th and Milwaukie Avenues in Sellwood and Westmoreland, it could become a popular place.

Owners Cheryl and Heather Morrill, and Zach Bruce, are pleased with their new 1,500-square-foot emporium. Their "3 Dots & A Dash" logo is characterized by a honeybee. In Morse Code, the symbol for "B" is dash-dot-dot-dot, while "V" is dot-dot-dot-dash. "The V stands for Vintage," explains Zach. "Our inventory is constantly changing, so you're likely to spot something new every time you visit."

The shop first opened five years ago, and hours are daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The inventory of furniture and home accessories, the owners tell THE BEE, is inspired by a love of laid-back French country living.

"It's a blend of new and old, with a constantly changing inventory," remarks Zach. "This site, formerly home to 'The Living Room' [which moved to S.E. 17th], was vacant for over a year before we moved in. Our in-store Garden Station near the front counter features terrariums and potted succulents."

Heather adds, "We plan to offer craft classes here once a month. Phone us at 503/233-4221 – or go online to www.3dotsandadashpdx.com for information, or to sign up and hold a spot in a class. We're always open to new suggestions for classes."

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