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.