Phoenix Books has acquired another Vermont bookstore: Woodstock’s Yankee Bookshop, the fifth such store that the growing chain has acquired.Michael DeSanto and Renee Reiner of Phoenix Books announced that they, along with Phoenix Books assistant manager Kari Meutsch and her fiancé, Kristian Preylowski would be partners in the business, and would eventually assume ownership of the store.
Phoenix Books has been rapidly expanding in the state of Vermont, now operating stores in Essex, Burlington, Rutland and Chester. Yankee Bookshop will keep its name and its present downtown location. It acquired Chester’s Misty Valley Bookstore last year, when its owners announced that they were retiring.
Woodstock’s Yankee Bookshop is the oldest continuously-run bookstore in Vermont, having been founded in 1935. Meutsch is a long-time member of Phoenix Books, and will be a partial owner of the store.
“We’ve both spent our lives working in the service industry, and understand what it means to serve our community,” said Meutsch. “Woodstock has a beauty and vibe that we find inspiring. We are excited to continue the work of an existing business that has so much history within the community and the state; both of us have a deep respect for independent businesses that have survived and thrived over time, and we cannot wait to do our part to keep the tradition of the Yankee Bookshop alive for years to come.”