You’re probably hearing a lot of “we need your help now more than ever…” fundraising pitches from local arts organizations and nonprofits, and the reality is—it’s all true. Even Powell’s has announced sizable layoffs and store closures. But there are a lot of Portland bookstores still open for business, if not quite business as usual—and many have added free local delivery and curbside pickup. You’re going to be bored at home for a few months, so consider stocking up on reading material today (or buying a gift certificate) to provide immediate support to these local businesses. Because yes: They need your support now, more than ever.
[Are you a local indie bookstore that would like to be added to this list? Email us.]
Sellwood’s Wallace Books is offering free shipping on orders of $20 or more, as well as curbside pickup and local delivery. They’re accepting orders via Facebook and Instagram, or call the store directly to place an order: (503) 235-7350
Annie Bloom's Books in Multnomah Village is open for pickups and supporting online orders. They also suggest purchasing audiobooks through Libro.fm and ebooks via Kobo, both of which offer the option to support the indie bookstore of your choice.
Cosmic Monkey Comics on Sandy is open and offering curbside pickup.
A Children's Place "Portland's oldest independent children's bookstore," is taking phone orders for curbside pickup and home delivery within two miles of the store
New Renaissance Bookshop has implemented online ordering and delivery through the Bookshop online service.
Bridge City Comics has been "working FEVERISHLY (haha not literally I swear we're all healthy)" to facilitate online ordering, curbside pickup, delivery, and shipping.
Backstory Books & Yarn on Hawthorne says: "Email us at BackstoryPDX@gmail.com with lists of specific titles, vague ideas, or 5 favorite authors, and a budget. We can ship, do curb-side pick up, in-store pickup, possible delivery."
Microcosm Publishing's Bookstore is still running during normal operating hours, and encouraging customers to order online and choose "in-store pickup," or to have their purchase shipped directly to their home.
Rose City Book Pub is staying open as a bookstore, and offering in-town delivery.
Chaparral Books, close to PSU, is taking orders online, and "filling and mailing orders every day"
Books Around the Corner in Gresham is offering curb-side pickup and delivery options
Tomorrow, a magazine store specializing in culture and fashion publications, is offering free shipping on all orders
All of this information is current as of Thursday, May 21. Check social media or call stores directly for the most up-to-date information. If you are a local indie bookstore that would like to be added to this list, email us here.
Alison Hallett is a former Arts Editor at the Portland Mercury. She currently works as the Director of Education & Community Engagement at the Hollywood Theatre/Movie Madness.