Bookstore owner makes waves with move into historic building

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Portland woman recognized for her inclusive comic book store is making waves once again for her bravery and passion.

Last October, Katie Proctor was featured on Women Crush Wednesday for opening her shop, Books with Pictures. It’s known for having diverse types of books — like super hero, queer and handmade books.

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Proctor ditched her old job and poured her savings into the shop on Southeast Division Street. This spring, she took another leap and with 20 other investors, bought the historic and triangular Longfellows Bookstore after its owner died.

“I feel like every time it gets really hard, I keep reminding myself I have this amazing community behind me and that if I don’t know something, someone else does has been really really amazing,” she said. “And inspiring to me to have those resource.”

The new space is open 7 days a week and is much more than a bookstore.

“In addition to that we are now hosting a record store in our basement, so for old media nerds, you can both get your comic books and your records in the same trip which is pretty exciting,” Proctor said.

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She also wants to add food carts outside and host more events.

“It’s a beautiful new space that’s full of light and like the old space, it’s a very good place for events to happen so we’ve been able to already host a dozen events in the space,” she said.

The community stepped up and using pedal power, moved all the comic books a few blocks down the street to their new home.

Proctor is crushing it because she’s determined to give back to her neighbors and continues to embrace change.

“When we have the opportunity to take the rudder and guide the direction of big change as it’s around us all the time, it’s absolutely worth being brave and taking those risks because nothing is for sure,” Proctor said. “And heaven forbid you get stuck in a career you hate for your whole life.”

KOIN 6 News anchor Jennifer Hoff’s series, Women Crush Wednesday, highlights women who are crushing it. Who do you know breaking the glass ceilings, inspiring others, doing good?  Send a message to Jennifer Hoff.

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