Powell, Emily Powell, Portland discussed on How I Built This


We're going to hear. From emily powell. She's the owner and president of powell's books powell's is based in portland oregon and it's one of the largest family owned independent booksellers in the world. Emily is the third generation owner of powell's books and she knew early on that she wanted to take over the business. Her grandfather's started in nineteen seventy. My grandfather used to drive really beat up chevy truck and i thought it was the coolest thing to go riding his pickup truck. It was the first company car had the powell's logo on the side. And i would say you know the age of three or five. When i grow up. I wanna drive the bookie truck. That was my grand aspiration to drive his pickup truck. So yeah i had a pretty good sense from an early age. When you grow up in a place it's magical powell's was big early and fast. I don't know anyone who would have turned that down. I think is an opportunity. It's pretty pretty wonderful. I also read something that you said that you don't think that powell's would have survived or thrived anywhere else except for portland. Why what do you think so. Well a couple of reasons. You know <hes>. My father was always really involved in the city community in our politics and the streetcar that runs through downtown portland. He was a port commissioner. So we talked a lot around the dinner table about what makes a city work. What makes the city and vibrant and portland's on a lot of things right since the seventies they've been very deliberate about how they plan the city and how it might look in your two thousand or in this case twenty twenty. There aren't a lot of cities that have the same makeup that allow for that kind of vibrant downtown pedestrian environment. So we say to be successful. We need nine. Am to nine pm and pedestrian traffic. Not a lot of cities have that they have portions of that but we have it in spades and then we have our weird. You know at this point. Everyone knows portland is is a little weird. It's a little different. We have a very vibrant arts and literary culture here which i think we've helped participate and contribute to grow. I think this is a city that believes it has to support itself in order to keep going and that's allowed us to survive. I think other cities may be missed that point casually

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