You never know who you'll witness working in a bookstore: bakers, lawyers, wannabe diplomats. It's not just sitting around reading books in a social setting, offering up a favorite poet here and there. It's a lot of work to make even the smallest of engines run well and we love every minute of it. Here's the crew committed to creating a mitten-for-the-soul experience in a place that's neither your home nor your workplace:
Owner / Book Buyer / Bookend Daiva Chesonis
Daiva is a Baltimore-born transplant since 1992 when she came to Telluride with the CTEC crew to build the Gondola and decided to stay put for a while. That "while" has included stints as owner/operator of Vision Design, Art Director at Telluride Magazine and Telluride Production Group, snowboard instructor, bookseller, and time served as board member for the Telluride Repertory Theatre Company, Horizon Program, and Mountainfilm. In 2005, she achieved her original academic goal by receiving a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and International Conflict Resolution. The daughter of Lithuanian immigrants, she grew up protesting in DC alongside her parents for the Baltic nation's freedom, an experience that shaped her resolve about the freedoms of language and the written word. When BTC came up for sale in 2010, there was no question that it was one of those "full circle" opportunities. When not reading, Daiva's favorite pastimes, aside from lots of tennis and snowboarding, include hiking and cross-country skiing with her daughter Olivija, often found in the kid's section gobbling up (and recommending) books.
Owner / Manager / Webmaster / Bookend Bobbi T. Smith
From baker to bookseller, but first and foremost a skier, Bobbi T. Smith grew up in Denver, Colorado. Graduating with a B.A. in History from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, her passion for skiing led her to Telluride in 1985. Known for her kitchen prowess, she crafted baked goods for 22 years professionally. Being on the opposite end of a normal sleep schedule from most everyone else for over two decades meant it was ultimately time for a break. Coincidentally, at that very moment, Between the Covers was looking for a bookseller, so after baking for BTC’s cafe as “Bobbi’s Treats,” she joined the bookseller ranks in 2006, working her way up to manager. Being true to her connection to the community and her love of reading, she is proud to have become BTC’s co-owner in December of 2010 and is a continuing supporter of independent bookstores everywhere. You can check in with Bobbi on the slopes, the local airwaves of KOTO-fm (her biweekly show: Urban Sweets), or riding her unicycle, hiking, and enjoying time with her husband Chris.
Owner of High Alpine Coffee Bar Roxann Vistocci
After coming to the end of the 2017/2018 winter season without summer employment plans, Roxann went looking for a new opportunity. Little more than a week after learning that the High Alpine Coffee shop and cafe, which shares space with Between the Covers Bookstore, was up for sale, Roxann became its new owner and solved her employment quandry in one fell swoop. Excited for her new venture, Roxann has been working steadily, building relationships with some amazing people in the Telluride community (and beyond), to bring great coffee and a variety of eats to the shop. Who doesn’t love coffee and books? She hopes you'll stop by to check it out and say hello!
Bookseller Jennifer Fox
Jennifer has been a member of the BTC family since August, 2010. She arrived in Telluride with her little corgi dog in late 2000 and hopes one day to be considered a "local." Jennifer has an A.B. from Duke University and a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law. Jennifer has served as the Town of Telluride's Deputy Liquor Licensing Authority Hearing Officer since 2016 and was Telluride's Marijuana Licensing Authority Hearing Officer from 2011 though 2017. Working part-time in an independent bookstore like BTC, however, is every attorney’s dream come true. When she’s not "living the dream" behind the counter of BTC, matching customers with their perfect book, Jennifer enjoys hiking with her newest little corgi,volunteering for local festivals, drinking wine and laughing with friends, and reading crime novels.
Bookseller Angela D. Dye
Bookseller Angela D. Dye AFASLA, LEED®AP
Angela moved to Telluride permanently from Phoenix in 2010 after being a part-timer since 1998. She vividly remembers her first visit to Telluride in 1979 for the Jazz Fest, while living in Summit County, and could never forget it. A graduate of the University of Colorado/Denver with masters in landscape architecture and planning, she loves to read, design, and draw, saving time for cycling, hiking, camping, and skiing with husband Bob Mather. She readily volunteers for civic positions (Open Space, P&Z, EcoAction Partners) and for local events & festivals (MountainFilm, Telluride Film Fest, and Telluride Jazz Festival). She is also the owner of A DYE DESIGN, a local landscape architecture and urban design firm, and a Fellow and past President of the American Society of Landscape Architects. www.adyedesign.com
Bookseller Susan M. Dalton
Susan is new to Telluride, having moved here full time from North Carolina in the summer of 2016 with her husband and younger son. She grew up in Charlotte and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She enjoys hiking, skiing and attending Miners athletic events. Susan also enjoys trying out new sports and being able to buy local tomatoes well into the fall.
Bookseller Jenny Hardy
Jenny Hardy is an ex-foundation executive, present Oxford human rights lead legal liaison on the probono Internation Action Team for the Law Society of England and Whales/United Nations special joint-advocacy projects, and hopefully future valuable community member of our town. She was raised as a multi-local, traveling between Malibu, London, and as often as possible, Telluride, as did her husband, whom she met, married and now moved here with, in Telluride. When she's not busy with philanthropy, she's working on her skiing skills, reading the latest treasures arriving in our bookstore, and sharing her love of cooking via the couples cheffing company hobby "The Extreme Chefs".