Phoenix Books goes mobile; surgeon joins Springfield Hospital

Phoenix Books to take its stores on the road

phoenix-booksPhoenix Books, with stores in Chester, Rutland, Burlington and Essex, is ready to hit the road with its new book van.

Owner Mike DeSanto said, “There is an untapped market for increased sales to off-site customers and we need a vehicle to get the books to those customers – and those customers need to know who is bringing them their books.”

The staff at Phoenix Books believes there is potential to compete in school book fairs, business-to-business relationships, off-site author events, supporting authors at their speaking engagements and creating mobile bookstores for large community events. The van will allow Phoenix to do this in the market areas served by all four locations – Chittenden County and the areas surrounding Rutland and Chester. It is also exploring the possibility of a delivery service, too.

Two years ago, Phoenix Books brought 80 cartons of books for sale at the Vermont Flower Show held in Essex Junction. The business also brought portable point-of-sales equipment, displays, portable bookcases and numerous booksellers for three days. Booksellers had to cobble together a rag tag fleet of vehicles to move all that to the site and back again. Instead of private vehicles or renting a van, Phoenix now has a company-owned vehicle to handle all transport issues.

“We believe their are many other opportunities like the garden show. And we have some amazing staff right now, so this off-site program will allow folks a chance to expand their horizons and bring in new business for Phoenix Books in a way they may not have thought about before,” said DeSanto. Phoenix Books can now offer to deliver an endlessly varied mobile bookstore experience to any customer or group interested in adding books into their program.

Smith joins Springfield Hospital general surgery staff


Dr. Maury Smith

Springfield Hospital welcomes Maury D. Smith Jr., MD, as general surgeon. Dr. Smith received his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and his MD-Master of Public Policy from Harvard Medical School and School of Government.

Smith completed his general surgery residency at Emory University in Atlanta. Previously in private practice in Alabama, Smith most recently served as general surgeon at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph.

Smith is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the Vermont Medical Society. He served as chairman of the Surgical Morbidity and Mortality Committee and the Cancer Committee/Tumor Board at Gifford Medical Center, where he was also a member of the Peer Review Committee.

Appointments can be made by contacting by contacting Springfield Hospital’s General Surgery office at 802-885-5600.

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