One Bookstore Opens, Another Closes

From our friends at Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, some Oregon bookstore news:

PNBA member JoAnne Kohler plans to open a general interest bookstore, Tea Party Bookshop, in downtown Salem by the end of July. The store will be located opposite the Phoenix Inn and the city’s convention center at 420 Ferry St SE, Salem, OR 97301.

Kohler says the name for the store came to her while reading Stacy Mitchell’s Big-Box Swindle. Kohler was inspired by Mitchell’s reference to the Boston Tea Party being the first instance of Americans rebelling against a corporation controlling their buying options.

At the end of May, Bend’s downtown bookstore, The Book Barn, closed after 35 years of business. Linda Torres, the store’s seventh owner (and who’d owned the store for the last seven years), was quoted in the Bend Bulletin as saying “competition from online retailer Amazon.com and big-box stores, coupled with a slow spring, spelled the end” of the Book Barn.