Who is lucky enough to live in Portland, OR? Why, I am!
Why does living in Portland make me lucky?
It’s also the home of Powell’s City of Books!
However, Powell’s was not originally established in Portland. Michael Powell started what has become his famously large bookstore in Chicago. For a full history of Powell’s since it’s beginnings in Portland in the early 1970s, you can visit Powell’s Company History page. There is also an interesting overview of Michael Powell’s leadership as well as links to two interviews.
Once inside, customers are dizzied by the large array of books, new and used, and the number of rooms and how to get around. Being a full-service, customer-oriented, bookstore, Powell’s provides a lovely, colored floor plan to aid the customer. Just imagine spending all day and most of the evening in this maize.
To take a personal tour and learn more about each floor, you can click here and be transported to Powell’s.
Before I retired in 2006, I worked across the street from Powell’s. It was a great place to spend a lunch hour and the exercise walking room to room and up and down stairs could not be beat, and it was free. Of course, there was the occasional bood expenditures that did cost me.
Last year Powell’s underwent a renovation and expansion project. From the images I found on the web site, the interior has changed a bit since I was last there:
In addition to this downtown site, Powell’s maintains three other full-service stores, plus a technical store and a gardening and cookbook store.
In the community, Powell’s is a driving force behind protecting the environment by partnering with the Green Press Initiative. Some of the ways Powell’s works to be a green retailer is by equipping its warehouse with solar panels, the cafe composts, uses biodiesel in its delivery trucks, began in 2007 purchasing Clean WindSM Power, and using environmentally responsible resources in its recent expansion and remodeling projects.
Powell’s is very active in donating books to our local schools in Portland and Beaverton, a suburb of Portland. Powell’s sponsors the School Book Challenge program donating upwards of 50,000 books to local students.
AND don’t forget Powell’s has a strong online presence in retailing as well. Their store staff are committed to helping you find and purchase whatever is on your list, whether shopping in the store or online.
We Portlanders are very proud of Powell’s City of Books and all that they do in and for the community in keeping us in books! Can you tell?
Do you have a store that’s a favorite of yours?
Why not share something about it below!
UP NEXT: Friday Favorites with a look at Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon.
- A Hectic June: Trip 1, Day 6 (Powell’s City of Books) (alifeofwanderlustandcontemplation.com)
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- Amazing Bookstores From Around the World (thebewildered20somethingwriter.wordpress.com)