Our Community

Broadway Books has been a proud member of the NE Portland community here on Broadway since 1992. We have weathered turbulent changes in the bookstore world and the economy at large, thanks in large part to the community who helps us keep the lights on. We are dedicated to continuing to do our best to serve you--our community! Here, we are centralizing some of the most important things we have to share with our community, from community addresses to newsletters.

In our two and half decades, we have released two State of the Union Addresses to connect with you about the state of Broadway Books. You can read those below. We also have archived our monthly newletters HERE.

State of the Union (April 2011)

State of the Union 2.0 (April 2012)

Lastly, we want to reiterate how much we appreciate your continued support.

By continuing to shop locally at Broadway Books, here's your impact:

1. You kept dollars in our economy.
For every $100 you spend at one of our local businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community. And when you buy books from a giant etailer, the dollar amount that stays here is next to nothing.

2. You embraced what makes us unique.
You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way?

3. You created local jobs.
Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.

4. You helped the environment.
Buying from a local business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation, less packaging, and products that you know are safe and well made, because we stand behind them.

5. You nurtured community.
We know you, and you know us. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.

6. You conserved your tax dollars.
Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify our community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong—right here in your community!

7. You created more choice.
We pick the books and gifts we sell based on what we know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because we buy for our own individual market.

8. You took advantage of our expertise.
You are our friends and neighbors, and we have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. We’re passionate about what we do. Why not take advantage of it?

9. You invested in entrepreneurship.
Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.

10. You made us a destination.
The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!  

To learn more about shops in the NE Broadway neighborhood, check out the neighborhood website: www.nebroadway.com.