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About Us

Jan’s and Arcade Book Exchange are independent, queer woman-owned bookstores specializing in fiction paperback books. This is not all we do,
but it is the majority.
The story of Jan's.

Jan's opened in 1981 in Aloha, Oregon, a suburb on the west side of Portland. In 2018, Jan's moved to Downtown Beaverton. ​


With a passion for books, Jan C. first opened the store in March 1981.

With bookcases built by her husband and index cards to keep track of customers' credit, the store flourished through the 1980s and 1990s.


Jan was ready for a change in 2000 and sold the store to longtime customer

and employee, Debbie. Debbie spent the next 18 years upgrading

and growing Jan's, bringing in a computerized records system,

and remodeling the store.


In 2018, it was time for Debbie to move on to the next chapter of her life,

selling the store to longtime customer, Lori. ​After 37 years in Aloha,

Jan's lost their lease and needed to move. At the same time as Lori taking over the store, it was time to find a new location and move 37 years

of history. The summer of 2018 is one that will never be forgotten. ​


Jan's prides itself on supporting the local community and authors.

Come through to check out some of the fun ways we work

to support those around us.

In July 2024, the saga continues...

Arcade Book Exchange was opened inside the Weil Arcade Building

on June 1st, 1973 by Johnnie P.  Dianna began working there while in high school that very year. After managing the store from 1986 through 1993, Dianna bought Arcade Book Exchange on December 1st, 1993. 


After 50 years, Dianna was ready to retire and move with her family

to Myrtle Point. Dianna approached Lori about taking over Arcade after watching how she handled Jan's. It's a delicate balance to pass along

a legacy 50 years in the making. The person doing it needs

to understand more than just books, they need to understand the community.

July 1st, 2024 we've added Arcade Book Exchange to the Jan's family. 


More than books.

Reading is what we love, what we do, what we specialize in. But just as reading can encapsulate more than just books, so too do we. 

Outside of carrying a wide range of new and used books, we carry cards, calendars, puzzles, bookmarks, gift tags, postcards, candles, soaps, coloring books, and the list goes on.

We have partnered with many local artists to bring you a wide range of locally handmade goods. You can not only shop local, but you can shop small all in one space. If you're looking for a gift idea, we've got plenty. 

If you're looking for something in particular, chances are we can order it.  Swing through and check us out or give us a call. 

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Meet Lori.

If you follow our social media, it will be no surprise that I love books, coffee, animals, and the color purple. I also love making connections with people. The bookstore has been such a perfect place for me.

Oh, and Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday!

The tiara/crown collection came about because one of my personas/ nicknames is Queen. I was dubbed Queen Lori in eighth-grade biology,

which will surprise exactly no one that knows me.

I am a romance only reader, although I have read a couple of

non-fiction in the 5 years I've had the store. But really that was only maybe 5 books...


When I say romance only, I truly mean romance only. I don't enjoy any

world-building or mystery-solving. So I'm very limited on the amount

of books that are released that I am interested in.

The good news is, I love talking about ALL books with people. The joy that people get from reading every type of book is infectious to me.

I've learned a lot about books I will never pick up just from people telling me about them.

My superpower is figuring out what book someone might like.

For some reason, my brain has an endless capacity to remember books, series, authors, etc. 

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