About The Book Store

A Note From The Owner

As the store turns ten in 2019, I have found myself reflecting on this past decade with gratitude, awe, thankfulness, and love for the Waterbury community that has embraced me and my dream. I never imagined that the shop would grow up into the amazing space it is today!

My mission when I opened Bridgeside Books was to offer a local experience of books, create a community gathering space through events, and offer stellar customer service. I knew it would be a challenge in the world of e-readers, on-line retailers, and big box store competition. I am thrilled that my little dream shop has lasted and grown into a local destination.

I have always loved to read and sharing my passion for books is the most amazing job I could have created for myself—that others enjoy coming to the shop, chatting about their most recent read, and recommending their favorites is one of the best parts of the bookstore.

I am most proud that the kids in our community have grown up with a local bookshop, and will hopefully take that love and support of indie bookstores with them out into the world.

Thank you fellow readers for your support!

- Hiata

Hiata owner of Bridgeside Books
Owner of Bridgeside Books Waterbury VT

The Building at 29 Stowe Street


  • Mr. Artherton's Mercantile Store

Located right next to the train tracks this building was an obvious place for Mr. Artherton to set up his ‘all-you-could-need’ store. Everything from fruit, to shoes, to porcelain dolls, and crockery. He also apparently played the accordion quite often while keeping shop which entertained the locals.


  • Mid-State Ally
A popular four-lane candlepin bowling alley, eatery, bar and favorite teen and bowling team hangout. Today the original bowling lanes can be seen in the floor of Stowe Street Cafe.


  • Fitness Center

Locomotion and Jazzercise Waterbury gave a home to fitness enthusiasts blending aerobic, yoga, Pilates, kick-boxing, and strength training. Image the walls covered in mirrors!


  • Bridgeside Books

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