Fri 2 Jan 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., bookshops | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin
23rd Ave Books is for sale. Or it’s going to close.
Go on, it’s a beautiful city and you’ve always wanted to run your own bookshop.
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You buy it and we’ll move there and run it.
Tempting. Only one small thing missing: the money! So we have a few fundraisers then we all move out there?
So very tempting. The hitches of course are moving to portland and the fact that my bookstore experience is limited to shelving.
Much as I think that more book stores is always better than fewer, I imagine that it’s really hard to compete with Powell’s.
Shelving is verrry good experience. Carrying boxes around, feeding the Obligatory Cat, giving annual quotes to newspapers about the liveliness of the book readership, and running down thieves are also useful skills.
I think (hope?) Portland is one of those cases where the strength of one (Powell’s) helps all the others. Book people (like us!) go to Powell’s, then discover all the other bookshops there. Everything rises together and all that.
Soooooo tempting. Portland would be such a cool city to live in.
Just say the word, and I’ll go take photos of the place.
It’s not too far — but probably far enough away from Powell’s:
here’s a google map link:
The shopping district is pretty nice/busy.
This really goes through Couch Park??
The chances of us moving are about a million to one but don’t tempt us!
Yeah! Powell’s is one block off of Couch street!
Damn. I do hope they get bought. I lived around the corner from this store till last summer, and they were always super-nice.
I will say, though, that in the dozen or so times I went in looking for something, usually not something obscure, they never had it, even one single time. I may not be representative of their customer base, but their selection was always tilted pretty sharply away from me.
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