The legendary Portland independent bookseller has two outposts in the same block of Hawthorne Boulevard — both a general bookstore and one focused on volumes (and superb gifts) for gardeners and cooks.
From appropriately funky beginnings in a slightly funky neighborhood, Powell’s on Hawthorne has grown into the largest used and new bookstore on Portland’s east side. Covering more than 10,000 square feet of retail space and offering more than 200,000 used and new books, Powell’s on Hawthorne has a relaxed atmosphere but is still big enough to warrant a map for navigating the three rooms.
Powell’s on Hawthorne hosts lively and interesting author readings several times each week in its Tabor Room. Adjacent to the reading space, readers congregate in The Fresh Pot, an inviting corner of the store serving delicious homemade pastries and other sweet delights, along with some of the best coffee in a town that really knows its coffee.