#41 Beach Books

Beach BooksBeach Books
37 North Edgewood
Seaside, OR 97130

An accidental, though appreciated, aspect of this trip has been my stumbling over America’s history.  Back East it was in places like Concord and with character like Daniel Boone.  Here on the stunning Oregon coast, in Seaside — a couple of hours from Portland — it’s the end of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  Very, very cool!

Beach Books is a fairly new store — less than five year’s old.  The owner, Karen Emmerling,  just kind of opened it one day.  She was a book lover without any experience selling books.  P1010278

She was also a quick study.

Today, Beach Books is a neat store a couple of blocks from the beach and serving a seasonal crowd.  It is  is a comfortable place to be.  Like the bookstores on Cape Cod, this coastal book store relies on tourists in the summer season.  They also have a core audience of locals that help keep the lights on during the year.

Karen found that working with the city’s development association was a great way to build local business.

An interesting thing they do here is involve schools by having children write book reviews for their kids section.

Very nice place to visit.


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