These are unusual times to be sure.
In the words of Prime Minister Trudeau, public health should never come secondary to commerce. Those words rung true to me as we contemplated what to do to continue serving our customer base and keep our store open.
We considered a few options, including reduced store hours. This might backfire in that we could potentially have customers lined up at the till, not respecting the personal space guidelines. Or worse, we slip up in our diligent cleaning practices and put someone or ourselves unknowingly at risk. Keep in mind that our customer base is largely in the 60-plus age range, which is considered a high risk group.
As such, as of close of business on Wednesday, March 18, we will be closing the store until Wednesday, April 1. We will continue to monitor our website and emails in order to fulfill on-line orders, and while we expect deliveries over the next short while, we will add our new material to our website to allow you to enjoy our new products. Classes currently in progress will be postponed, and classes scheduled will be rescheduled as required. Please feel free to reach out to us through email if you need notions that don't appear on our website. We will do whatever we can to weather through this, while serving our customers in a safe and healthy way. Circumstances may require us to extend our closure beyond April 1, but we will take our uncertain future one day at a time.
Above all, as Lori said in her recent post, stay safe, be kind, and donate blood if the opportunity presents itself. We are all in this together, and prudence is the order of the day.