Tempest Book Shop

5031 Main Street

Waitsfield, Vermont  05673  USA


10-6 daily    12-5 Sunday


802 496 2022 voice


802 496 3299 fax

(24/7 public fax, reasonable fee)

email to rayfieldvt@aol.com


24/7 free wireless access-

password is waitsfieldbooks


since 1977, the Mad River Valley's family book shop


Books on all subjects. Strong sections of childrens, young adult, fiction, nature, cooking, and home/architecture, local authors and information


Video rental- see title list on Video page- mostly Classics, Kids, and Comedies

   $2 for two or three nights.  No late fees.


Music on CD- all genres.


Maps, cards, puzzles


Watch batteries- expertly replaced.


Lionel trains (NFS) run on request.  Denver Zephyr and a very long Union Pacific freight train.

  Bring in your lionel train to run on our 200 feet of track.


Opened to replace the branch of the Vermont Book Shop

 by Oliver and Tanya Haskard (Rick's stepfather and mother) in 1977


Rick took over in 1986, and Tanya and Oliver stayed on until 1994.


Rick and Holliday Rayfield are current proprietors.  Daughters include Rikki, Murilla, Sophie, and Miranda.  Rick has PhD in neuroscience from the University of Chicago and teaches at St Joseph College. He teaches psychology and directs the Liberal Studies major.   He builds computer interfaces for exercise physiology and psychology labs and that's how he got into changing watch batteries.  Holliday is a psychiatrist in private practice outside the Valley.


   The Tempest was the first book shop in Vermont to have Books in Print on CD (1987), and continues to use current technology to find and deliver just the right book at the right price for customers.  The Tempest is the only known book shop to have a clothing-optional book signing (for Jim Cunningham's Nudity and Christianity.)

  We have a few used books for sale to benefit local youth group or in specialized sections (science fiction classic hardcovers and classic gardening titles.)  Mostly new books, though some are great old books.

   The Tempest will special order used books- out of print, or in-print- with expertise and experience.  Let us help you.