KATE BRIGGS, LEFT, Gary Meffe and Barbara Ebling lean on the railing in front of the new home of The Bookstore in the Briggs Carriage building on Conant Square in Brandon. The store is co-owned by Ebling and Phoenix Books owner Mike DeSanto, and the business model features a citizen advisory committee and a community-supported certificate program.
Independent photo/Lee J. Kahrs
BRANDON — It takes a village to do great things, and in Brandon that means establishing a new, independent bookstore.
Former Briggs Carriage Bookstore co-owner Barbara Ebling and Phoenix Books owner Mike DeSanto have teamed up with the help of a community advisory council to open The Bookstore. The shop, which opened Dec. 4, occupies, of all places, the first floor of the Briggs Carriage building at 8 Conant Square across from the former Mobil station.
That’s where Ebling’s first bookstore venture was born years ago, before she and husband, Matthew Gibbs, moved Briggs Carriage Bookstore to 16...