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Sure, you could order online from Powell's City of Books, but you would miss seeing one of the largest independent bookstores in the United States. With over 1.5 million books in 3,500 different sections, this shop covers an entire city block and offers new, used, rare and out-of-print books. Many come to browse, get out of the rain, drink coffee in the cafe and pontificate. Authors read their works several evenings a week. This iconic store is a Portland must visit.
This quaint bookshop is just as good as the major chain store down the street. The small-town feel goes well with the friendly and helpful staff, and the selection is broader than you might think. If what you want is not on the shelf, the staff is eager to order it for you. A great sale section is stashed next to the children's area in the back. Broadway Books also offers wrapping paper and greeting cards to complete your gift shopping.
This record shop comes as a refreshing change from the host of other music stores selling all and sundry stuff. Established in 1969, Music Millennium offers a collection of music which is class apart and a treasure trove for true music lovers. If you are looking for a particular label, the friendly staff will gladly assist you. Apart from that, Music Millennium attracts huge crowds during its music events like concerts and autograph signing sessions.
Crossroads Music is known for their extensive selection of hard-to-find music records. A haunt for music lovers, travelers and locals alike, this is one place where you can be sure to find all of those favorite records that you have been hunting for. The store has a convenient layout; all of the records are neatly stacked and you can browse through them till your heart's content. The number of music records at this place is sure to leave you bewildered which is why distinctive sections carry different music genres. The staff on site is not only amicable but they are also very knowledgeable. A visit here is sure to make you oblivious to time, so come with plenty of hours on hand.
If you are a fan of rock music then a visit to the Mississippi Records comes most recommended for you. The place has a humble storefront, but nevertheless it beckons visitors and locals with its vintage display and precious vinyl records. As you step inside, you are sure to be transported back into the golden years of rock music; the place has a warm and welcoming vibe, and all of the music paraphernalia around manages to keep your attention locked in. Browse through isles after isles of records, pick up your favorites and do not forget to interact with the owner, if you are looking for something in particular. Their music collection keeps refreshing from time to time, and the focus is always on expanding their ever-popular library to suit the needs of eclectic music fans.
Lose yourself in the world of books as you visit Annie Bloom's, one of the city's beloved independent book stores. Be it romance, fiction, classics, self help or other genres that you are looking for, the store has something for every taste. Besides the international best sellers, the bookstore prioritizes local authors. In addition to books, the store features a variety of greeting cards, CDs and other artifacts that make for great gifting ideas. The bookstore is host to several book reading and review sessions for all age groups and is truly a book lovers' paradise.