Sonoma County has given us the go ahead to open up the store to in-person customers with a reduced capacity on Saturday, June 6th! We are so excited to see everyone, but please keep in mind the following:
We have been thinking about how this might look for some time now and we want to assure you that we are ready to address your health and safety concerns. Here is what you can expect:
Our hours will be from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. everyday, except Sunday when we will be closing at 3:30 p.m. for a weekly deep-clean. No one will be allowed in the store unless they are wearing a mask that covers their nose and mouth. All staff members will be masked and gloved. When you enter the front door there will be a table with hand sanitizer and gloves: we ask that you stop there first and either use the sanitizer or put on a pair of gloves. Only seven customers will be allowed in store at a time; all are expected to keep social distancing in mind and maintain a six foot clearance between people. This might mean that you cannot browse the fiction tables until someone else moves away--please be mindful. Ask before you reach, allow others to make room, share the road, so to speak.
We will continue to offer no-contact pickups in the back garden area, so the back door will be locked. If you know what you want (and you don't want to browse) we will be happy to take your phone order and have it ready for you in the garden. At the desk you will find tape markers on the carpeting; as we are not installing plexi-shields we ask that you stay behind these marks. Form one line (six feet between) and go to the first open of the two cash registers. Sorry but no debit cards (pinpads) at this time; we will run all cards as credit cards.
We have removed most of the chairs in the store--we can't allow you to sit for long periods at this time. Every hour we will sanitize all doorknobs, keyboards, telephones etc. The bathroom will be locked. You can ask for a key, but if we have not had the time to clean it between each use, we will have to say no.
At this point in time we will not be accepting any used books, either as a donation or for store credit. We are working on a plan to use an appointment system but we need to keep things clean and safe so for now please do not drop off any books. The same will apply to potential consignments: we have to wait and see how things work, so no consignments at this time.
This may sound like a lot of rules and regulations and it is not our wish to discourage you from coming to see us. (We miss you!) This is a transition from shelter-in-place to a brave new world and we hope you understand that we are intent on keeping our staff and our customers healthy.
We thank you for your continued support and we want to do all we can to fulfill your book-related needs. We can make recommendations for all kinds of readers, anything between baby books and the newest mystery thriller. Call us, come by, we are booksellers--it's what we love to do.