Powell's City of Books, Portland
Oh how I love Powell!
Posted on: May 11, 2009 at 12:12PM
Being from NY, I thought it'd be a nicer Strand and that would be that, but oh no. Powell really is its own world and a requirement for setting foot anywhere near Portland. Used and new books are next to each other, with a personality of intelligent and informative banter on cards near selected books to either suggest the book, a similar and not quite as known author, or the order to read the books to get the best taste for the selected author.
The selection is amazing. The coffee is probably the only bad coffee I had while in Portland, but I'll give them another shot one day.
Make certain to check out the rare books room and know that they'll ship for you - for very little, so no need to pack an extra suitcase.