Who can review bookstores in prtland without hitting on Poweels? One city block. Many stories. This has become one of my favorite places as it almost always has what I am looking for, and often in a used copy so it is cheaper. I have found that thier prices for rare books can be beat on the internet quite easily, but for convience, they are a five star event. I can spend half the day wandering about the shelves, going from section to section. They have sale books easily grouped on shelves in between the stacks, nicely showcasing them. On their website they sometimes offer a postage pass (shipping for 1 year for one low price). They also host numerous bookcluns and author readings/signings. Pick up a calender when you are there and find another excuse to return.
CONS: prices can be a bit high
This small and unassuming shops has some great little secrets hidden inside. I found a OED in excellent condition (complete with little drawer and original magnifying glass) being offered at half the price those of lesser condition are going for at the bigger independent bookstore in town. The books in the front of the store are a bit sun faded, but still make great reading copies. comparable prices.
CONS: somewhat limited selection
So it isn't really a curio shop, but they have a large assortment of toys and tools for cooks and gardners to go along with their books. You can pick up a book on making sushi, a kit to help form the rolls, chopsticks to eat with and a teapot for something to accompany the meal. This is one of my favorite stops when looking for a gift, as it is so easy to find just the right thing here (and I always find something for me)
Let me preface this review by saying I have never actually been to this store. I heard about it on a website (sci-fi writer Cory Doctorow). My only dealings have been over the phone and mail. Their customer service was excellent. They found the exact book I wanted and had it in the mail that day. They even offered free shipping on the item I wanted. The book arrived exactly as stipulated and already had a glassine cover. I will be shopping with them again.
I admit, I usually stop in just to pet the owner's dog. It makes me feel good. But while I am in the store I usually find some thing that I just need to buy. The front part of the store is dedicated to unusual and odd books you might have a hard time finding elsewhere. The back part of the store is dedicated to "dirty" books and magazines you might have a hard time finding elsewhere. But when I say back of the store, don't be confused, it is a large light and airy room, separated only by a ramp (there is nothing "backroom about this store). Thay also carry an assortment of figurines.
PROS: friendly staff, nice selection
CONS: 18 and older only. Need a baysitter to go
There is a smell of cigar and smoke shops which is impossible to replicate. The wonderful fullness of unsmoked tobacco somehow makes searching for magazines seem a bit more of an adventure. Stepping through the doors to riches is almost like stepping onto a movie set. There seems to be nothing out of place, each display and light is in the perfect place. One can imagine lovers stopping to browse or gangsters serepticiously passing information behind the magazine racks. They have every magazine you can imagine. SOme you might not have yet. and a wide assortment of tobacco related products.
We went to Pets on Broadway to purchase a cockateil. The staff there was great and let us interact with all of the birds to help us find the perfect match. They helped us get his entire cage set up and even encouraged us to put back some of the things we wanted as we were getting too much. They offer to "kennel" the bird if we ever go away for vacation. They have always taken the time to answer all of our questions.
PROS: helpful staff. Competitive prices.
This store rates high on my son's list of favorites. They have a whimsicle comllection of "ivory" boxes shaped like animals, a large assortment of dragons and mythical beasts, art, and jewelry. I had a cigar box when I was a child that I filled with bits of childhood fluff and all that was special and important to me. This store reminds me of that cigarbox, a small box of treasures and things to be passed down.
I love walking through this store, since it seems that I never know what I will find. They have vintage furniture in fine condition, small figures, paper lamps, music boxes, and a watch repair. Plus, it is right in the middle of the Hawthorne district, great for walking about and shopping.
I hate to admit it, but I have yet to go into Maloy's without purchasing something. They have a wonderful selection of estate and antique jewelry. Their service is uparrallelled. When we decided to purchase our engagement ring, they arranged to keep the store open late to accomodate our schedule. They were wonderful in helping make sure that what we picked out fit not only my hand, but our lifestyle as well.