This Cozy Bookstore Has a 40-Year Legacy of Literary Richness in Oregon

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Hello fellow book lovers! Let's talk about a little gem that's been lighting up our reading world in both Salem and Corvallis, Oregon. The Book Bin—yes, that cozy, family-owned bookstore we all adore—recently hit a big milestone. In 2023, they celebrated 40 fantastic years of bringing us stories, adventures, and a whole lot of literary joy. And let me tell you, they've been doing it with style!

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A Book Lover's Dream in Two Amazing Locations

Whether you're in Salem or Corvallis, stepping into The Book Bin is like entering a reader’s paradise. This isn't your run-of-the-mill bookstore; it's a wonderland where every shelf and corner is packed with treasures waiting to be discovered. New releases? Check. Timeless classics and used books? Absolutely. Plus, their collection of calendars, cards, and unique gifts is just the cherry on top. It's the perfect spot to lose track of time and find that next great read or a thoughtful gift for a friend.

Discover Hidden Gems in the Rare Book Rooms

Now, if you're into rare and collectible books (who isn't, right?), both the Salem and Corvallis stores have something super special. Their rare book rooms are like secret vaults filled with fantasy, horror, and science fiction gems. It's a collector's dream and a haven for genre fans. And the best part? You can make an appointment to dive into this treasure trove all by yourself. Talk about feeling like a kid in a candy store! The Rare Book Room is open to visitors from Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., this specialized section of the store is a treasure trove for enthusiasts of the fantastical and the macabre. On weekends, access to this literary alcove is available by appointment, offering a more personalized browsing experience.

Rose: The Feline Queen of Salem

Oh, and have you met Rose? Since 2013, Rose has made the Salem Book Bin her permanent home, a cozy haven she found after being adopted from the Humane Society as a young kitten. She's a full-time resident at the bookstore, greeting staff with enthusiasm each morning and cherishing her solitude as the day winds down.

Rose spends her days napping in the store's secluded nooks, making it a delightful surprise for visitors who catch a glimpse of her. She's quite the photogenic feline and enjoys being the subject of photographs. However, should you encounter her, remember to respect her space and seek her amiable consent before attempting to pet her. She's a bit of a celebrity around here, so consider yourself lucky if you spot her snoozing in one of her favorite secret spots

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More Than Just Books: It's a Community!

What truly makes The Book Bin shine is how they've become a part of our lives. It's not just about buying books; it's about connecting with fellow bookworms at author talks, joining a lively book club discussion, and being part of something bigger. Both the Salem and Corvallis stores have this magical way of bringing us together through our shared love of reading.

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The Future Looks Bright (and Book-Filled!)

Kudos to the Baird family, who've been steering this ship with passion and vision. They've kept up with the times, bringing us rare finds from across the globe and making sure we have the best reading experiences. And let's not forget those amazing book fairs they participate in!

Come On Over!

Whether you're in Salem or Corvallis, a visit to The Book Bin is a must. Salem folks, head over to 450 Court St. NE, and Corvallis crowd, your spot is at 215 SW 4th St. They're open every day from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, ready to welcome you into their world of books. Got questions or want to set up a time to check out those rare book rooms? Give them a ring at (503) 361-1235 in Salem and (541) 752-0040 in Corvallis. And don't forget to peek at bookbin.com for all the latest updates and news.

So, here’s to The Book Bin—our beloved local bookstore where every visit feels like a new adventure. After celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2023, they've proven that the magic of a good book (and a great bookstore) never fades. Here's to many more years of bookish bliss!

The Book Bin stands as a shining example among the numerous local businesses fostering positive change in Oregon. If you’ve got a favorite spot or business in mind, don’t hesitate to nominate them—they might just be highlighted in an upcoming feature for That Oregon Life. Be sure to stay connected with That Oregon Life on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on the most remarkable destinations, attractions, and happenings in the Beaver State.