99 Ways to Make a Pipe, and other books stored at Rose City Self Storage

A Conversation with Overcup Press

Among other things, storage units are great places to keep books. Typically, storage units are dry, kept at a constant temperature, and are secure. So, when Overcup Press needed additional storage they turned to Rose City Self Storage & Wine Vaults in Portland, Oregon.  

In case you hadn’t heard, Portland, Oregon is home to a thriving book publishing industry. By one count, there are currently over 30 book publishers in the metro area.

One of the best out there is Overcup Press in SE Portland. The company was founded in 2012 by the husband and wife team of Patrick McDonald and Rachel Bell with the idea of bringing beautiful books to curious readers.

Overcup publishes non-fiction titles that focus on art, design, travel, epicurean, and creative non-fiction. Their goal is to create beautifully-designed books that have compelling visual design components that can illuminate the niches.

Among Overcup’s most popular titles are:

99 Ways to Make a Pipe: Problem Solving for Pot Smokers by Brett Stern, which tries to solve the dilemma faced by all pot smokers at one point or another: how am I going to smoke this? Brett gives you 99 ways to do just that.book cover for 99 Ways to Make a Pipe

Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People: Portland’s Bridges and a New Icon by Donald MacDonald with Ira Nadel, features 90 full-color illustrations and maps featuring Portland’s bridges including the brand-new Tilikum Crossing, designed by MacDonald himself.

Overcup will be launching a new title due out in April, 2019 called Volcanoes, Palm Trees, and Privilege: Essays on Hawaii by Liz Prato, which explores what it means to be a white tourist in a seemingly paradisiacal land that has been formed, and largely destroyed, by white outsiders.

Rachel says that she appreciates the literary scene in Portland. “Portland is a great place to be a book publisher. There is a supportive group of independent publishers, a vibrant Masters in Publishing program at PSU and a wonderful culture of readers.”

Rachel also shared why loves working in the independent book publishing business. “I contribute in creating a product, bringing that book to the market, developing relationships with authors bookstores, and readers. And I get to share all of this with the world!”

Interior of Overcup Books Storage Unit at Rose City Self StorageWith Overcup’s books primarily warehoused at their distributor in Southern California, they needed a place to store the stock they sell directly. Rose City Self-Storage on SE Belmont in Portland fit the bill perfectly. With the storage space, they’ve been able to easily access their inventory along with storing supplies they need when they do local events. Rachel says they love their storage unit and have just moved into a larger one to accommodate everything they have.

Thank you, Rachel and Overcup Press! We’re glad we can be a small part of your success! If you need storage for business or personal use, visit our storage locations page to find the facility nearest you. 

About the Author: Derek Hines

About the Author: Derek Hines

Digital Marketing Specialist

Derek is originally from the great state of Wisconsin (go Badgers), but is slowly becoming a Pacific Northwesterner. As part of the Digital Marketing team, he writes extensively on storage, moving and life for West Coast Self-Storage, based in Everett, Washington.