by Chelsea Reid

There are some places, some bookstores to be more specific that differentiate themselves from the rest. Reading Frenzy is one of these places. Self defined as an Independent Press Emporium, this bookstore has made it its goal to be the first and foremost in what Portland has to offer in terms of books, and independent bookselling.

As aforementioned, Reading Frenzy is located in Portland, Oregon and was founded in 1994 with the mission to devote their time, energy and resources to supporting independent and alternative media and culture. With hundreds upon hundreds of titles filling their shelves and the numbers continuing to grow each year, Reading Frenzy has reached and by far surpassed their mission and goal.

Early in their standing, Reading Frenzy, like most beloved independent bookstores was quaint and humble in their space and staff, but not in their love of literature. From humble beginnings to a place that has its own Independent Publishing Resource Center, Reading Frenzy has always been concerned with both positive personal and communal growth.

Since the start of their first art opening, Reading Frenzy has since hosted dozens of shows featuring locally famous and nationally famous artists.

As well, like most of the independent bookstores that we know and love, Reading Frenzy is well aware of the impact that a healthy community has on an individual and business, and vice versa.

Over the years, this bookstore has hosted a number of artist to fan and writer to reader events, bridging the gap between those being admired and those doing the admiring. Events such as these are imperative to a place that takes pride in the support of local and regional artists and authors.

Honest in their goals and mission, Reading Frenzy has become a sanctuary of sorts for those in need of a literary home.

With a staff that is both knowledgeable and kind hearted, Reading Frenzy makes it known that thy care about their customers and consumers.

Always ready to lend a helping hand, Reading Frenzy’s staff willingly offers staff picks and fan favorites to those customers who may be a little stumped on what to read next.

With a multitude of experience, programs, and events under their belt, Reading Frenzy has made a stand and an impact in the Portland, Oregon area. FIlled with intelligence, ingenuity, and heart, Reading Frenzy is a bookstore that deserves a visit, and it is one you do not want to miss out on.

Images courtesy of Reading Frenzy and Zsuzsanna Kilian

Chelsea A. Reid is currently a senior at Delaware State University majoring in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations/Marketing & Advertising and a minor in Studio Art. She is currently a Marketing intern for Author’s Boutique and is working towards become a successful Public Relations and Marketing Practitioner.