That’s what I thought my first store would be called, the phrase taken from a mysterious rubber stamp that I found on a New York City street in the 1980s.

Instead, it was the Bridge Bookshop that opened in the East Village in 1987 — just as the overheated gallery scene was ending — and closed in 1989. That same year, I helped Steve Clay establish Granary Books in the City, and then (after a brief return to commercial typography), left New York for Albuquerque, where I opened Passages Bookshop & Gallery in 1994.

I arrived in Portland, Oregon, in 1997, and throughout the aughts Passages operated out of a basement studio at the Falcon Art Community. At the end of 2014 I moved Passages Bookshop to the Towne Storage building in Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District, where for most of a year I shared a  fabulous top-floor studio and the best view in the city with colleagues Adam Davis and Kate Schaefer of Division Leap. But when summer rolled around, we learned that the building had been sold, and it was time to move again.

On December 18, 2015, Passages Bookshop & Gallery reopened in a roomy retail storefront in the Merrick building, at 1223 NE MLK (between Multnomah and Wasco), two blocks north of the Oregon Convention Center, and on January 30, 2016, we celebrated with a Grand (Re)opening that was a smashing success.

It's been twenty years since we last maintained an open shop with regular hours, and we're having a great time!

David Abel

Press Notices
Weekly arts picks: Ann Wilson exhibition (Briana Miller, Oregonian, April 19, 2018)
Weekly arts picks: Steven Seidenberg exhibition (Amy Wang, Oregonian, March 30, 2017)
Art exhibits find unexpected homes inside Portland businesses (Briana Miller, Oregonian, November 22, 2016)
Passages Bookshop Comes to Lloyd (Moira Green, Go Lloyd, May 19, 2016) 
The Bookstores Return (Steve Duin, Oregonian, April 8, 2016)
Passages Bookshop Opens Its Doors . . . Again! (Fiona McCann, PDX Monthly, January 2016)
Two Portland Bookstores, One Room (Mary Stutzman, PDX Monthly, January 2015)


Passages Bookshop
1223 NE MLK, Portland OR 97232
(503) 388-7665

Thursday through Saturday 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Other times by appointment or chance

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