Growing up a bookworm in Central Vermont, there weren't a lot of places to go to buy books. However, I could reliably find something to read in Montpelier, which boasted the now gone Yankee Paperback Exchange, Rivendell Books, and Bear Pond Books.
Bear Pond Books is the epitome of what an indie bookstore should be like: well curated selection of books, complete with creaky wooden floors. I've long been a fan of the place, and I'm happy to say that I'm now working there: I've accepted a position as their Events and Marketing Coordinator. I'll be playing with the website, and I'll be planning and scheduling all of their IRL events.
I'm really excited about this: not only is it a bookstore that I've shopped at for as long as I've been buying books, I get to do things that I've been doing with Geek Mountain State: bring authors to talk about their work. In all likelihood, the Vermont SF Writer's Series will find a home base here, at least part of the time, and I've already begun planning the first of what will be some exciting events in the next couple of months.
I've worked in a bookstore before: I spent a couple of years at Walden Books in the Berlin Mall, which was quite a bit of fun, and I've been wanting to get back into the bookselling business once again.
So, stay tuned.