Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh
chris_walsh

Increasing Powell's!

Portland institution Powell's Books has announced plans to add space to its flagship downtown location. The store will be adding a floor or two (or maybe three) above the front entrance at NW 10th and Burnside, the one part of the block-sized bookstore that's still only one story tall. (*insert "has the most stories!" joke here*)

More details here, including how the front entrance will move slightly west to what's now the Poetry and Literature areas.

Powell's is a genuinely neat place. The science fiction/fantasy/horror/gaming/mystery room -- the Gold Room -- has cool touches like a pillar signed by all sorts of writers (including a Neil Gaiman sketch of Morpheous) and elevator machinery that makes these great whooshing noises, like it's the sound of a door irising instead of just opening. Very science fictional. And its selection is impressive; it's a bookstore with hand-out maps (PDF) available at the door, after all.

From The Oregonian's website: "In 2010, Powell's Books plans to expand its downtown store, adding as many as two floors to the store's southeast corner at Northwest 10th Avenue and West Burnside, according to Miriam Sontz, a company spokeswoman.

"The Portland-based bookseller will rework the store's Burnside entrance west to the poetry and literature section, what's known as the Blue and Green rooms.

"The expansion, which will add at least 10,000 square feet of new retail space, will include a second floor - and possibly a third - and house Powell's technical books, which are moving from their current location in the company's other building on Northwest Park Avenue.

-- Laura Gunderson"
Tags: books, portland
Subscribe

  • Before Tori Amos was Tori Amos

    Tori Amos's first album was, for a long time, hard to find, and no, I'm not talking about 1991's Little Earthquakes, I'm talking about 1988's Y…

  • If his voice and soul had been with us longer...

    Howard Ashman. He was a songwriter, stage show book writer and, later, film producer. He was one of the reasons there are 1982's Little Shop of…

  • Soundtrack considerations

    What to listen to while reading Book [X]? I wouldn't want the music I put on to distract from whichever book I'm reading; plenty of books I can…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 5 comments