Craig Florence at Mother Foucault’s Bookstore
[Open outside of Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, Two chairs are in front of the store window. Zia sits on one while store owner sits on the other. They’re drinking coffee.]
Hi everyone,it’s your girl Zia and I’m sitting in front of Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, one of Portland’s unique collections of books. Today I have with me long time book lover and store owner Craig Florence. So tell me Craig, what is it about this particular area of Portland that made you decide to open your bookshop here?
Well Zia, back in the day when I first began the search for the perfect place, I knew I wanted to be in an area that was easily accessible for all readers since we don’t do any internet sales. And after a few months of searching, I finally found this place and I knew right away it was perfect. It’s within walking distance of public transit and open street parking, which made it ideal. Its close to downtown, but doesn’t have as much hussle and bussle over here which I like. And now it’s right next to Dig a Pony which is a bonus.
What’s been your business experience so far, in this area of Portland?
[CUT TO A VIEW OF THE WHOLE BOOKSHOP]
Over the years, it’s varied given the changes throughout the city. I’ve sold many books and because of the street traffic near by, the bookshop always has a visitor. Of course, there’ve been some challenges just like any other business but overall it’s been good. We carry books and literature that are carefully selected, so people will travel here thinking they might find something they want.
So, you’re staying here?
Well,there were moments when I’ve thought about moving because I do live about 25 minutes away but I truly enjoy this part of town. My shop is right off the Morrison Bridge and looking at the sunset from the front door of the shop is a view worth staying for.
[CUT TO A VIEW OF THE MORRISON BRIDGE OUTSIDE OF THE BOOKSHOP WITH ZIA AND CRAIG STANDING BY THE FRONT DOOR]
The place gives book lovers all over the city a space to come and enjoy a variety of books and readings. They focus on used, rare, and vintage books, spoken-word vinyl, and you won’t find everything in here on Amazon. Which really makes this bookshop that much more special. Customers say they like to come for the books and stay for the view.
Craig thanks for showing me around! This has been fun.
Thanks for checking us out, Zia.
So this neighborhood is sometimes referred to as the Buckman neighborhood. It’s super quaint, just like Mother Foucault’s. There are really great schools over here plus community gardens. If you like live music, this neighborhood is perfect- Bossanova Ballroom and the Doug Fir are right around the corner. There are lots of amazing condos around here give me a call and I’ll take you to check them out! Thanks for watching!
[Scene ends, cut to Zia with selfie stick walking down SE Morrison]