Things were also changing for Rachelle Markley, the owner of Crooked House Books and Paper. She said that walk-in traffic dropped off, but luckily she had always been selling online, her biggest presence being on Etsy. During March of last year, she fully expected not to make it when people were “hoarding beans and toilet paper;” she did not think that people were going to open their wallets and start buying “weird collectible books,” yet somehow the pandemic has been really good for online book sales.
Central Portland is home to a number of fine comic shops, but three stand out for their diverse approaches to community-building and serving particular niches of the comics market.
Everyone loves to read in coffee shops; a warm cup of coffee or tea and soft jazz piping through the speakers—what’s not to love? The problem is that all the coffee shops tend to close in the afternoon or early evening. When the sun goes down in the city, where’s a book lover to go?
About once a month I visit Third Eye Books, Portland’s only independent, Black-owned bookstore. Located right off Division Street and 33rd Ave in inner SE Portland, this delightful bookstore is tucked away inside an old Portland house.
Let me provide some context for why Portlanders do not want Ngo’s book in a bookstore that prides itself on being a Portland staple and how Powell’s response is not appeasing many residents.
I’m not sure about you, but I’m a huge fan of coffee and a good book. If you’re reading this, you’re probably searching for the perfect new release to go along with that expertly bitter cappuccino or that tantalizing sweet mocha with five pumps of caramel. If you’re tired of your usual read and want to support some wonderful indie publishers, fear not: I’ve compiled a list of four new indie releases for every kind of coffee enthusiast, from the purists to the embellishers.