by Elli Metz
February 19, 2001
We happened upon the Cannon Beach Book Company on accident. We got lost looking for a beach enterance, and found instead this wonderful little section of the town that houses this store.
Like the other retail locations in town, it's a clapboard building with an open door and large windows to take in the view. The Book Company is two levels (separated by only a step) of books with soul. The people who work there are also owners in some cases, and do not hesitate to take a moment out of whatever they are doing to find out what you like to recommend something that fits your tastes. They publish a newsletter that feels like a letter from a friend -- a very enthusiastic letter that makes you want to run right out and buy the books they review.
I bought my favorite book of all time from this store. Sandi, the girl behind the counter, happened to see it out the corner of her eye while taking me to a section of other books she thought I'd like as beach reading, and ended up giving me a discount on it to get me to try it.
Now -that- is personalized service.
It's located just off the beach. If you're sunning yourself or you're tired of the beach culture, head on in and find a book to distract and entertain yourself. You'll be glad you did.
From journal Monoliths By The Sea: Cannon Beach, OR