If you’ve hit up all the bookstores in town and need a new hang-out spot, head to downtown Gresham for the newest opening! Nestled right off Main Avenue on 3rd, it’s a fun, welcoming place ready to help you find the perfect book! You know it’s good when it’s name after a sweet doggie, Maggie Mae herself. Read on to find out everything you need to know about Maggie Mae’s Book Shop!
Immediately upon entering, Maggie Mae’s welcomes visitors in with displays of seasonal books. To the left is a cozy nook with a big red chair (on this visit, it was occupied by a small Spiderman curled up with his book). The wall shows off the classic quote by Groucho Marx: “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” Big windows let light stream into the clean, bright space. It makes for a welcoming feel, and would be cozy even on a dreary day.
Nice touches show that the space is really geared toward families and kids: there’s a changing table in the bathroom, a perfect reading nook (that was in heavy use from kids and parents), and bags of Pirate’s Booty for sale for hungry nibblers. Gifts like tote bags, pins, and local goodies like jewelry and bookmarks are on sale for extra shopping needs (like emergency birthdays!).
But the books! The choices are perfectly curated and thoughtfully organized. Kids can find short chunky board books from the popular BabyLit brand, that introduce them to classics like Jane Eyre or Alice in Wonderland. Easy-to-reach racks hold vintage Little Golden Books, which shoppers can find new or used. A whole shelf is dedicated to fantastical Pacific Northwest authors like Emily Martin and books like Larry Gets Lost in Portland. And the biggest display in the store is a wall of books dedicated to inspiring anyone who walks in the store, with choices like Women in Science, a Frida Kahlo biography, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, and so much more.
Older kids can wind around the corner to their very own hallway of graphic novels, Harry Potter, and others. And in the very back a thoughtful adult section has books by select poets and storytellers– with a stylish chair, it has the distinct feeling of being the Parent Corner, a place to keep them entertained while kiddos browse.
Who’s It For?
With a wide selection of carefully-chosen books, the store is for all ages! Owner Sho Roberts began Maggie Mae’s as a mobile bookshop, selling used books at street fairs around Portland. Her goal was to make literature affordable and accessible to the community, a value she carries with her into the storefront. With a wide range of books showcasing characters from varying backgrounds, her hope is that anyone who walks in can find themselves celebrated in the pages. And by continuing to offer used choices alongside new options, affordability is a constant.
Events and Fun
Currently, Maggie Mae’s is offering storytime on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30am, geared toward toddlers and families, respectively (though all are welcome). Special events will be occasional, like spring break crafts, or other seasonal fun.
Tip: Be sure to get a punch card, for return visits– get $10/punch– fill up your card for 15% off your next purchase!
Maggie Mae’s Books
43 NW 3rd St.
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— Copy and photos by Katrina Emery