Seattle Residential: I Do That: Ravenna Shopping: Third Place Books

Ravenna Shopping: Third Place Books

Ravenna Shopping: A Book Store and More

Third Place Books RavennaWhenever I take a few days off I like to stop in my favorite book store and grab a little something to enjoy on my travels. Recently, with a little down time coming up, I stopped in at Third Place Books in Ravenna for a couple of reasons. It was near noon and Third Place shares space with Vios Cafe. In addition to that the Pub at Third Place occupies the lower level. One can find a variety of craft brews on tap there as well as some neighborhood camaraderie, but since it was only noon, on a work day I opted for a seat in the cafe upstairs.

Soup was all I needed to take the chill off and the soup du jour was an amazing eggplant, potato, cauliflower blend that was completely satisfactory. Next, it was on to make a book selection. But first, you might be wondering about the name "Third Place" and how it came to be. From their website, here's the story.Vios Cafe

Sociologist Ray Oldenberg suggests that each of us needs three places: first is the home; second is the workplace or school; and beyond lies the place where people from all walks of life interact, experiencing and celebrating their commonality as well as their diversity. It is a third place. In his celebrated book, The Great Good Place, Oldenberg discusses how the cafes, pubs, town squares and other gathering places make a community stronger and bring people together. 

Ron Sher, a Seattle area developer, applied the idea to the renovation of a shopping center in Lake Forest Park. That building supports a large open commons area adjacent to the book store and includes a food court. People meet there at all times when the center is open. He saw another opportunity in the Ravenna neighborhood and converted a former Puget Consumer Coop grocery store into the 3 entities mentioned above.

The Pub at Third PlaceI did spot the Best American Short Stories for 2010. This is a series I buy every year and it is great for vacations as you won't  for your whole vacation by some page turner.  But since I've just started the Active Rain Book Club Group, I thought to pick up something I might report on in December. I found what  looks to be promising, but I'll know more about that when I return. Speaking of the book club, my first report was on Trust Agents as I am finished with that I'd like to pass it on. So the first person to ask for it may have it. Just send me your mailing address in an email and I'll get it off to you when I return from this trip.





Glenn Roberts



Comment balloon 7 commentsGlenn Roberts • December 01 2010 08:54AM


Glenn, You post makes me want to see your neighborhood. I really love bookstores, especially the independents.

Posted by Charles Edwards Bentonville, AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker (Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 ) almost 8 years ago

Glenn - This was a great localism post with everything in one place and Ron Sher knows how to give people what they want! I will check out the Active Rain Book Club Group, I love to read too! Have a fun trip!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) almost 8 years ago

I love the "three places" concept, very cool, I will have to check into Mr. Oldenburg further...thanks Glenn

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) almost 8 years ago

Glenn, is that the old PCC building?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Charles - Don't visit Seattle without giving me a call.

Wanda - Some peoples living quarters are so small thesae days that they, more than anyone need a 3rd place.

Gerry - I'll be reading it too.

Charlie- -It is!

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) almost 8 years ago


The concept of the three places is fascinating. I've never heard it articulated like that before. This is a great example of a localism post.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Rich - People like to assemble in community space yet remain somewhat anonymous. We're lucky to live so close.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) almost 8 years ago