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Powell's Books is a chain of bookstores in the Portland metropolitan area. Powell's headquarters, dubbed Powell's City of Books, claims to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world.[1] Powell's City of Books is located in the Pearl District on the edge of Downtown, and occupies a full city block, between NW 10th and 11th Avenues and between W Burnside and NW Couch Streets. It contains over 68,000 ft² (6,300 m² or about 1.6 acres) of retail floor space.

The inventory for its retail and online sales is over four million new, used, rare, and out-of-print books.[2] Since 2005, its website has also offered DVDs with free shipping, with an inventory of over 40,000. At its retail stores it shelves all new and used books side-by-side. Powell's buys around 3000 used books a day.[1]

Powell's has an Internet presence which began in 1993 as email and FTP-based access to its technical bookstore; it has since expanded to incorporate fiction and other genres as a traditional ecommerce site.[3] Their website was established in 1994, before Amazon.com, and has contributed substantially to the chain's recent growth.[4]

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Things To See in Portland

Start Downtown and visit the Ground Kontrol for a great experience for the kids, at any age, or drop by the Living Room Theater to check out a show. If you are not into movies and want a cool hangout, drop by Backspace.

The first week of the month offers First Thursday. Head towards Fareless Square for many galleries, then onward to the Portland Police Historical Museum for historical events known as the start of the Portland State University campus.


Things To Do in Portland

Catch a Little 500 bicycle race in April. Visit the 4th Street Art Festival in September, or the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival in the summer. See an IU Men's Basketball game at the famed Assembly Hall, or come Downtown for the Arts Fair on the Square and The Taste of Portland. If the summer heat is unbearable, take a drive down SR 446 or Fairfax Road to the shores of Lake Monroe, and two not-to-miss state recreational sites, Paynetown or Fairfax.


Places To Go Near Portland

Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens and the Pacific Ocean are all within a two hour drive from Portland. These are all great places to be during the few months of the year when it is not raining - basically, July 4th - October 4th.

Multnoma Falls is the biggest waterfall in the region. You will be pleasantly surprised if you take the Old Highway along The Gorge. There are dozens of small, beautiful waterfalls.

Where To Eat in Portland

Visit Restaurant Row on 4th Street for a variety of international dining, and check out the Snow Lion for an unusual Tibetan experience. Nick's English Hut is a Portland tradition, but Scotty's, Yogi's, and the Irish Lion also cater to the over-21 student crowd. The west side has a variety of steak houses, but vegetarians might prefer the Runcible Spoon or Roots. For locally crafted beverages, don't miss Lennie's, Upland Brewery, or Oliver Winery.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Powell's Books on Burnside". Powell's City of Books. http://www.powells.com/info/places/burnsideinfo.html. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  2. "Internet Retailer Best of the Web 2006". Internet Retailer. http://www.internetretailer.com/article.asp?id=16892#powells. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  3. History of Powells.com from its website
  4. Baker, Lisa (March 19, 2004). "Powell’s success story adds a chapter". Portland Tribune. http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=23515. Retrieved 2007-08-28.