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September 25, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Powell’s Books – ‘A Downturn Wraps a City in Hesitance’


NYT – March 26, 2009

PORTLAND, Ore. – Over the last four decades, Powell’s Books has swelled into the largest bookstore in North America – a capacious monument to reading that occupies a full square block of this often-drizzly city. But this year, growth has given way to anxiety.

Michael Powell, the store’s owner, recently dropped plans for a $5 million expansion. An architect had already prepared the drawings. His bankers had signaled that financing was available. But the project no longer looked prudent, Mr. Powell concluded — not with sales down nearly 5 percent, stock markets extinguishing savings, home prices plunging and jobs disappearing.

“It’s going to take a period of time to recover,” Mr. Powell said. “Whether it’s 2 years or 10 years I don’t know, but I don’t think it’s going to be quick. People are nervous.”


I had the ‘good luck’ to live in the ‘Rose City’ from ’95 to ’02; and I spent many a wonderful Saturday or/AND Sunday morning at Powell’s.

It’s not only the largest bookstore in North America, but I believe it’s the BEST bookstore in North America!

There’s no question, Amazon is a terrific site to buy books, but so is Powell’s.

If you buy from Powell’s you’ll not only help this ‘small’ family business, stay in business; but you’ll help Portland keep one of its treasures.

The website for Powell’s Books:


a Portland story:

For awhile, I felt great thinking my oldest kid was coming to visit me in Portland; until I realized he wasn’t coming to visit ME, he was coming to shop at POWELL’s!

I mean he’d come ‘home’, literally, with grocery bag(s) FULL of BOOKS!

My Sons:

May 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment