Parkrose businesses host ‘Valentine’s mixer’

Discover why the Parkrose Business Association invited outer East Portland commerce-involved people to a special Valentine’s Day themed evening event …

Sampling slices of pie are Annebelle Eastling from Pulehu Pizza, and Kate Coenen of Historic Parkrose.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

It was a casual, delightful evening, with lots of fun and hospitality, in an unstructured setting – when the Parkrose Business Association hosted a “Valentine’s Business Mixer” on the evening of February 21 at Argay Square.

In the foyer, guests found a buffet of grilled pies from Pulehu Pizza, and plenty of beverages.

William  Keller, CPA, welcomes guests to his open house, providing a splendid offering of gourmet treats.

At the same time, PBA’s Treasurer, William  Keller CPA, held an open house, welcoming members and guests to his accounting firm’s new offices.

One of those in attendance was PBA President Angie Jenkins with Hooksett Automotive, who commented that things are going well with the association this year.

“Our main thing right now is crime reduction, and finding out how to use the new ‘tool kit’ to accurately report crime,” she told East Portland News.

PBA President Angie Jenkins socializes at the Valentine’s Business Mixer.

Jenkins was glad the organization was hosting an after-hours event. “A gathering like this helps us get connected with our business neighbors, and gives us an opportunity to network with other members who sometimes cannot come to a noon meeting.

“This is also an opportunity for people, who could possibly become new members to come and meet us, and learn about what we do,” Jenkins reflected. “When business owners get more involved with the community, we can find common issues, and have a larger voice, both here and with the City.”

PBA Board Members now include Sharen Fowler, Kristin Trevino, Cathy Morris, William Keller, Angie Jenkins, Wayne Stoll, Naomi Coultas, and Mark Eves. PBA photo

In January, the Parkrose Business Association welcomed new Board Member Naomi Coultas, now general manager of Parkrose’s Burgerville, after her recent transfer from the company’s St. John’s location.

Meet with the PBA on March 16
On the third Thursday of each month, members and guests of the Parkrose Business Association, one of our favorite business groups, gets together at 11:30 a.m.

Come and meet this group of fun and energized businesspeople. Their meeting is at Holiday Inn Airport 8439 NE Columbia Boulevard (in the hotel building., not the Convention Center next door). The meeting is free, and the delicious hot food buffet lunch is only $19, including dessert and gratuity; reservations are NOT required.

To learn more about the PBA, see their official website: CLICK HERE.

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