Best bookstore 

Phoenix Books

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  • Oliver Parini
  • Phoenix Books

Phoenix Books — Like a certain bird rising from the ashes of a decimated print media landscape (thnx, internet), Phoenix Books has been plying Vermonters with sweet, sweet paper pages since opening its Essex location in 2007. Since then, married owners Mike DeSanto and Renee Reiner have expanded to Burlington (in 2012) and Rutland (in 2015) — and purchased Misty Valley Books in Chester this year. Judging by the growth of their mini empire — and your votes — it seems like Vermonters have had their say: Books are here to stay. (And if you’re in the market for cards and quirky gifts, Phoenix has those, too!)

Other Finalists

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bear Pond Books
  • Crow Bookshop
  • The Flying Pig Bookstore

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