Booktique is finally on the move
Members of the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library are in the process of packing, moving and setting up Booktique in its new home this week. If all goes according to plan, they say, the popular bookstore could open its doors at 4 Monroe Parkway as soon as next Tuesday.
Booktique is operated as a nonprofit by the Friends group and staffed almost entirely by volunteers. It sells used books, CDs, DVDs, records and other items that have been donated by community members and the Lake Oswego Public Library, with proceeds going to fund additional library programs. The arrangement has been successful for more than 25 years.
But a relocation countdown began two years ago when developer CenterCal Properties approached Providence, Booktique's landlord, with a deal to purchase and redevelop the Mercantile Center on the corner of Boones Ferry Road and Kruse Way. All of the complex's existing occupants were put on month-to-month leases during the lengthy design phase of the project, which was approved by the City's Design Review Commission in September. Construction is expected to begin in early 2019.
The bookstore does have a plan for a new long-term home: It will occupy one of two retail spaces along A Avenue in downtown Lake Oswego when the new City Hall is built. But that project is still in the design phase and likely won't be finished for at least a couple of years.
"We were hunting for a place, taking suggestions from Friends volunteers whenever they'd see a vacant space," says Booktique Manager Margaret Ogren. "We looked at about a dozen spots before we found this one. We're so pleased to find somewhere with parking and enough space."
The new space is located about a mile north of the current shop, half a block off Boones Ferry Road near Oswego Town Square. While the new location is slightly smaller, Ogren says, it offers more visibility than at Providence Mercantile, where the Friends often felt they were invisible to street traffic.
"We're excited about being in the new City Hall, but we're exploring whether or not we'll keep this space and expand to two locations when that project is complete," Ogran says.
On Tuesday, about a dozen volunteers — all members of the Friends group and Booktique customers — came to the new location to rebuild shelving that was moved from the old location and begin unpacking a portion of the 75,000 books that Booktique currently has in stock.
"We're all book addicts," says Friends volunteer Ruth Leno.
According to Ogren, the Friends hope to have the move to the new location complete by Tuesday, Jan. 22, although opening day might be delayed a day or two because of technical details and the sheer volume of shelves and books that need to be transfered.
For the latest information, visit Booktique's website at www.friendslopl.org/booktique or call 503-699-9109.
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