Here’s the setup: A beloved bookstore on Division in Portland in a unique corner building closed its doors last year. The owner of the shop had passed away and its future was in doubt. The son, who co-managed the shop put the building up for sale.
That story usually ends up like this: the building is sold, developer demolishes, builds soulless box. The end.
In this case though, the son had a buyer in mind. And that buyer was a book/comic book store Books With Pictures. The owner lives nearby so she’s vested in the neighborhood. She plans on moving her family to the space (it has residential on top—imagine that), leasing out the basement to another business—a record store even— and launching a food cart pod in the parking lot. Kudos to all involved.