The Bear Pond Bookshop in Montpelier is the core of the city. If you’ve lived in Montpelier for a while and you go there, you’ll see someone you know. And then, there’ll be a little talk. It may not be of much consequence but it will leave you feeling like you’re engaged with humanity. It’s not a big store by Barnes and Noble standards, but the inventory is intelligently chosen, and most days, there’ll be something on the display counters to make you wish you had plenty of money to buy all the books you want. If you’re not from Montpelier, I don’t know that it would make sense to go there just to see the Bear Pond. But if you do go to Montpelier, for whatever reason, it’s not a place you should miss. Click on the picture to link to the Bear Pond website.