Powell's Books is one of the world's best independent bookstores. It was started in the 1970s with this simple question: why shouldn't new and used books be displayed side by side on the shelves of a bookstore? That simple question turned one small, independently owned bookstore into a phenomenon.
The flagship store is located in downtown Portland, Oregon. The original store is still there and has since been expanded to take over the building in which it was housed (which also used to be home to a car dealership). The flagship store is four stories