38 Main Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
Tel: (802) 388-2061
This store should win a prize for being the longest drive! I drove up and over a mountain, drove past the Bread Loaf campus even. I ended up on the West side of Vermont in the Champlain Valley, south of Burlington.
There are only 600,000 people in Vermont and only 4,000 people in Middlebury, the college town where this store stands on Main Street. The Vermont Book Shop is an institution of its own. It opened its doors in 1949. A few years ago, new owner Becky Dayton renovated it and dragged it into the 21st century.
And she’s done a bang-up job. This is a lovely store. The books are thoughtfully presented in well-lit, handsome cases. Becky knows she’s bought into something special and admits, “I’m just a steward.”
A local who visited the store as a teenager, when the opportunity to buy-in became a possibility, she did and hasn’t looked back. She’s part of the Buy Local movement, and offers discounts to members of the local co-op.
This is also one of those book stores where the selection of books is carefully tailored for the community. In fact, the book buyer has been here for thirty years.
She has a good core of regular customers and the town swells each summer and fall when tourists, parents, and students come to town.
Dogs are welcome!