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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 October issue are due by Tuesday, Sept. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at editor@midcountymemo.com. 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.

Massage therapist added to staff
Thuy Kabaza's massage therapy is available at The Colour Authority Salon and Spa, 11121 N.E. Halsey St.
COURTESY DENISE MAHONEY
The Colour Authority Salon and Spa, 11121 N.E. Halsey St., is excited to introduce a new massage therapist. Thuy (pronounced Twee) Kabaza, originally from California, is a graduate of East West College of Healing Arts here in Portland. She discovered she had a gift for massage at an early age when asked by her father to rub his shoulders. A massage therapist friend later encouraged her to pursue training when she was able to massage away this friend's headache. She loves doing massage and is passionate about helping people manage pain naturally. She enjoys seeing the results and benefits that massage provides for her clients, who often tell her their symptoms are abated for days at a time, even after only one treatment. Kabaza schedules appointments for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 503-255-4510 to book time with her.

Local establishment becomes veterans' funeral care provider
Alexander Farnstrom, co-owner of Farnstrom-Gable Funeral Chapel, has announced that his firm has been selected to become an exclusive, certified Veterans Funeral Care provider for Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties in Oregon as well as Clark County in Washington. “We were selected for upholding the highest level of ethical business standards and integrity while providing outstanding, affordable professional service,” he said. The staff at Farnstrom-Gable Funeral Chapel are experts in assisting families with all aspects of the final arrangement process. They also work closely with all veterans' service organizations and local hospices.

Farnstrom-Gable Funeral Chapel, 225 N.E.
80th Ave., now offers veterans’ services.
COURTESY ALExANDER FARNSTROM
“Serving veterans and their families is something we take great pride in doing,” Farnstrom said. “All veterans are important to us; wartime or peacetime, they all gave a part of their life to our country.”

According to Farnstrom, the government does an excellent job providing veterans and their spouses with burial benefits if using a veterans' national or state cemetery. However, there are very limited benefits for the funeral or cremation arrangements. Farnstrom-Gable Funeral Chapel has demonstrated a willingness and commitment to reach out to veterans and their families by extending benefits and savings beyond those provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. On July 31, 2009 the funeral home staff went through an extensive training with Veterans Funeral Care founder Jim Rudolph Jr. to assist with every detail of veteran cremation and funeral arrangement services. “We are pleased to be able to apply for all veterans' benefits available and arrange military honors,” Farnstrom said. “It makes us feel as if we have completed our funeral homes now, and it is such a great honor for us to serve our nation's heroes.”

Farnstrom-Gable Funeral Chapel is located at 225 N.E. 80th Ave. The phone number is 503-253-7569.

Hong Kong cuisine offered
There's a new restaurant in town. It's Wai Kong Asian Bistro & Bar, located at 620 S.E. 122nd Ave., at the southeast corner of the intersection of Southeast Stark Street and 122nd Avenue.

Angela Tran serves her customers happy hour appetizers in the lounge at Wai Kong Asian Bistro & Bar.
MEMO PHOTO: TIM CURRAN
Owner Francis Koo wanted to provide a Chinese restaurant that was truly different. Koo thought that almost every Chinese restaurant in Portland had a similar menu with nearly identical dishes.

Open seven days a week, this new eatery was happy to introduce the Memo to its style of cooking. As it was explained, the style is steeped in the culture of Hong Kong, which was a British-dependent territory until 1997. Britain had controlled Hong Kong island since 1842, apart from a brief period during World War II when the Japanese occupied it.

Well, the Brits' influence combined with the traditional Chinese dishes yields savory results.

The Memo tried the baked pork chops over fried rice, a single dish entrée for under $10. We've got to admit, when it was first brought to our table, we were doubtful. But we're to here to tell you now: that's some mighty tasty Hong Kong-style food.

The menu, in brilliant color with photos of each dish, is extensive. Beer and wine, along with flavorful nonalcoholic drinks, are offered.

Wai Kong also offers other exotic dishes, such as Baked Seafood Alfredo, along with Hong Kong-style French toast.

There are also distinctive traditional northern Chinese dishes, including Kung Pao Chicken, Sesame Beef and Jumbo Sea Scallops in Spicy Tangy Sauce. In addition, Wai Kong has recently added a line of Japanese sushi offerings, with hand rolls starting at $1.50.

There's also a well-stocked full bar with Oregon Lottery games adjacent to the spacious dining area. The bar has a happy hour from 3 p.m. to midnight. Draft beers start at $2.25 a pint, along with delicious cocktails such as the Shanghai Lemon Drop, Extra Spicy Bloody Mary or Pomegranate Zen Tea. Happy hour menu items range from $1.95 to $3.95, with $5 small plates. Happy hour food includes Shrimp Fried Wonton, Chicken Chow Mein and Calamari.

Need to know more? Call 503-252-0105.

Oregon Clinic adds cardiovascular specialist
Dr. Alexi Zemsky has joined the Cardiovascular Medicine division of the Oregon Clinic in Gateway.
Courtesy the Oregon Clinic
The Cardiovascular Medicine division of the Oregon Clinic has welcomed Dr. Alexi Zemsky to its Gateway facility at 1111 N.E. 99th Ave. His special interests are in electrophysiology, implantable device therapy, and sudden cardiac and death prevention. He most recently completed a fellowship at Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center, Division of Electrophysiology.

Zemsky received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, La., in 2002. He completed his internship at the University of Chicago, Department of Internal Medicine where he also completed his residency and won the Outstanding Third Year Resident Award.

Zemsky graduated from the University of California in San Diego in 1995, where he majored in biochemistry. He is the author of numerous research articles and frequently presents research findings at medical conferences and assemblies. Zemsky was also appointed the Cardiology Chief Fellow by the Harbor UCLA Cardiology faculty and elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society.

He is married with two children. He enjoys playing golf, making pizza and collecting wine. His professional interests include catheter ablation of arrhythmia and device therapy for rhythm disorders.

“My aim as an electrophysiologist is to work with patients with arrhythmias and to educate them on the basis of science, natural history and treatment options for their disease,” he said. “Having done so, it is usually easy for patients to choose a forward path that best reflects their personal goals and values.”
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