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Multnomah Village mainstay has had just four different resident black cats since 1978

PHOTO PROVIDED BY ANNIE BLOOM'S - Bobby Tichenor (in the purple sweater), the founder and owner of Annie Bloom's Books in Multnomah Villag,e stands among current and former staff members at the book store's 40th Aniiversary celebration
on a recent Sunday afternoon.This is an edited version of the comments of long-time Annie Bloom's employee Carol Hushman at the Capitol Highway book store's 40th Anniversary celebration on Sunday afternoon, October 28.  She spoke of how she and another employee, Edie Jones, had worked there together for 19 years.

"We've seen a lot of changes in the Village during that time.  The vacant lot across from the bookstore is now

Umpqua Bank.  The Village survived the construction of new sidewalks and bioswales and parallel parking spaces in front of our businesses. There's a new 4-story apartment building down the street.  O'Connors, our after-work martini destination, is the new Gastro Mania.

PHOTO BY BILL GALLAGHER - Annie Bloom's staffer ????????????? took some time off from selling books to serve champagne."We sold 1386 Bush countdown clocks leading up to the 2008 election.  We've sold 5,889 copies of Harry Potter in hardcover. We've survived the Kindle and Amazon and the big box chains.  We've watched toddlers in strollers go off to college.

"Four black cats have called the bookstore home.  We've been given the wonderful opportunity to be around books and the people who love them and actually given a paycheck for the privilege.

"We want to thank owner Bobby Tichenor…and her vision of being a first-class independent neighborhood bookstore.

PHOTO BY BILL GALLAGHER - Carol Hushman has worked at Annie Bloom's Books for 23 years.  Her 'day job' is Realtor.  She just works the Friday night shift at Annie Bloom's these days."We also want to thank you, our customers.  We appreciate your support of Annie Bloom's and what this store means to our charming and endearing Multnomah Village."

Diane Budner has been a customer at Annie Bloom's Books for all forty of its years.  'I've always enjoyed the warmth of the store and the friendly workers I've seen over the years at the counter,' she said at the anniversary celebration.Annie Bloom's Books is located at 7834 SW Capitol Highway. Its website is: annieblooms.com.

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