Brown Dog Books & Gifts

Books and Gifts Opens In Hinesburg

By Jean Isham, HBPA

Natacha Liuzzi realizes a long held dream with the forthcoming opening of her new store, Brown Dog Books and Gifts.

The recent opportunity to occupy space at Firehouse Plaza, formerly occupied by Show Time Video, was the final catalyst to realizing her dream. With the goal, as of this writing, of an opening date prior to Thanksgiving, Natacha is busy making some minor changes to the space and acquiring inventory. There will be books for adults and children, and everyone in between, including special orders for books not currently in stock. Many different lines of greeting cards will be available including some by Vermont artists. You will find a wide range of gift items and many unique gifts ranging from affordable to some higher end merchandise. Natacha said she will endeavor to support Vermont vendors and Vermont products as much as possible. The store will offer crafts and artwork by Hinesburg artisans. Rental of newly released videos will also be available.

Plans include networking with the local schools and Carpenter Carse Library to bring noted authors to the area with proceeds used to benefit the local library and literacy programs. Barbara Lehman, illustrator of The Red Book and designer of the store logo, has asked to be the first on the list of author events.

In her search for a name, Natacha received many suggestions and had nearly selected one but it didn’t quite fit. Her partner, Joe Tomko has a chocolate Labrador named Hunter. They were discussing the name with Hunter in the room when Joe suggested Brown Dog Books. Hunter, who Natacha described as having a very sincere face, fit the bill not only for the name but as a mascot. Hunter’s picture which inspired the logo was taken by Hinesburg photographer Janice Bauch. Natacha commences her new business with what can only be described as an ideal background.

She attended Trinity College, received her library certification from the State of Vermont in 2001, was children’s librarian at the Carpenter Carse Library for eight years, and has worked at local book stores for several years. Natacha said that whether working at the library or in a book store, her goal was to suit the taste of the consumer and to match the books to the reader. Providing this more personal approach has always been at the core of her work.

Natacha grew up in Connecticut and moved to Hinesburg in 1986. She has three children, all of whom live and work in Hinesburg. Zachary, 26, and Emma, 22, are both employed by Good Times Cafe. Ezra, 15, attends Champlain Valley Union High School and also works at the Cafe.

Brown Dog Books & Gifts offers another opportunity to buy local whether for a book, gift, or rental of a video, and an opportunity to support local artisans.

The Hinesburg Business and Professional Association is pleased to welcome Brown Dog Books and Gifts to Hinesburg

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We are closing our doors August 21, 2014
Date: 08/01/14 - 12/31/15
Time: 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
It has truly been an honor to have Brown Dog Books and Gifts here in Hinesburg for over 5 years. After careful consideration and some hard decisions, we are sorry to announce that we plan on closing the shop. Stop by for your future birthday and ho