One of my favorite little bookstores in the Portland area is Annie Bloom’s Books. It doesn’t hurt that Annie Bloom’s is nearby in a favorite haunt, Multnomah Village, an eclectic mix of shops, eateries, art and antiques, and coffee.
When Annie Bloom’s opened in 1978, I wonder if they knew the shop would still be going strong 30 plus years later. Of course, there are good reasons for that:
- An inventory that includes a broad range of new (not used) books in many genre
- Along with a strong fiction section, there are books for children/young adults, travel, cooking, current events
- Don’t forget the magazines, CDs and greeting cards
- A personal favorite of mine is the variety of gifts for book lovers and writers
BUT one reason stands out above all the rest at making Annie Bloom’s popular and long-lasting, and it is the shop’s customer service. Annie Bloom’s excels in providing that extra touch that keeps its patrons happy whether it’s finding a book needed sooner than later, helping with gifts for that special occasion, and gladly taking orders over the phone or online.
For my part, Annie Bloom’s Books is a top-notch independent bookseller. I’m hoping that we’ll both still be around in another 30 plus years.
If you live in the Portland area, you can find directions to Annie Bloom’s Books by clicking this link for a map and directions or if you are too far from Portland, then visit Annie Bloom’s via the website at this link.
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Coming up next: My review of Murder at the Maples (Flora Lively Mysteries) by Joanne Phillips. It was my privilege to be one of Joanne’s beta readers and now her book is available for everyone to read. Can’t wait to share it with you.