P – Port Richmond Books – Philadelphia, PA

WELCOME to the letter P and to this year’s theme: BOOKSHOPS

Port Richmond Books
3037 Richmond Street – Philadelphia, PA         215-870-5422                        

One of my favorite hats that I wear is serving on the board of Preservation Rocky Mount, NC. When I discovered that Port Richmond Books is located in an old movie theater, I became an instant supporter. I will admit that I subtract points for disorder when walking into a bookstore.  I prefer an organized and easy to negotiate place with leeway for old, over-stuffed chairs, and creaky wooden floors. The location of  Port Richmond made up for the disorder that comes with the territory.  I love imagining walking past a great mystery section, piles of Tolkien, and the crowded office of owner Greg Gillespie’s to the room where audiences watched Laurel and Hardy. Now it is filled with books of every description and for occasional readings and book signings.

Let me encourage you to open a bookstore on your Main Street USA where old, wonderful buildings are waiting for a new life. How about rescuing a historic house before it is too late built with high-quality materials. There are economic advantages to locating businesses, like a bookstore, or an antique store, or small start-ups in older buildings. Port Richmond’s old movie theater is part of Philadelphia’s tangible past, providing opportunities for the future and the economy. A city needs old buildings to maintain a sense of their heritage and a bookstore in an old theater spells p- e- r- f-e- c- t to me. Put a bookstore in one of your great old buildings and people will love the vestiges of its past uses and forgive the awkward spaces, that fill the needs of today.


About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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10 Responses to P – Port Richmond Books – Philadelphia, PA

  1. jebjork says:

    I love the opening sign! Yes I like order in a bookstore too, because most of the time I know what I want. However there is something about a disorganised store where you don’t know what you’ll find.

    • It seems the used bookstores agree that they can let stacks of books spill over into the aisles. I made exceptions to my preference for neatness in these bookstore postings if they were set in a building I couldn’t resist. And, there must be a pony in there somewhere when it comes to disorganization. Come back when you can.

  2. Running a bookstore has been my dream. And I always favor an independent bookstore to a chain. It is sad to witness that most towns now don’t have a single bookstore. Most are located in cities that do well economically. The one you depict today must be a great place to get lost. This is how I find the best books.

  3. I found your blog through a comment you left on Luanne Castle’s Writer Site. The AtoZ Challenge is so much fun, and I love the theme you’ve chosen for this year. I look forward to exploring your blog and visiting (in time) some of the places you’ve highlighted.

  4. Great one to visit in my neck of the woods.

  5. They say when lots of books are sitting around on the floor – good sign of a good book store.

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