Back and Striving For Better
What a long four months it's been! If you read our last blog post, you know I wasn't feeling so sunny about our shop closure and everything surrounding the virus and its impact on small businesses. A lot has changed since I hit publish on that post three months ago (eek, how did I let it go that long without an update?!).
For starters, we have survived the closures and are re-opened! Last week was our first week open to the public again and everyone came out - masked and all - to support us. I'm so grateful that we managed to survive a friggin' pandemic! Who knew that the smallest of small shops could do that?! I definitely wasn't sure it would happen. But the great news is that we did and we are here again, ready to responsibly serve our community.
So what does that mean? For starters, we're open with reduced hours from Wednesday through Sunday from 12-5pm until further notice. Because we're still battling those pandemic lines due to social distancing, our wholesaler trips are taking longer and we just need more time for our weekly restocks. So while we are normally closed on Mondays, we're now extending that into Tuesdays so I can spend my usual time restocking (except with many more hours tacked on).
We're also reducing our operating hours during our normal retail hours because, well, it's still a pandemic. This is an incredibly stressful time for everyone and there are certainly days when it is not easy being out in public. There's a lot of anxiety and fear out in the world right now and we all need to slow down and embrace a different way of living. With a large number of our customers working from home, this felt like the right move and with week one being a success, we're likely going to keep our hours reduced until we adjust to this new normal. While the first few weeks of the shutdown were mayhem, with high demand and a lot of running around, it's been difficult to remind myself that it's ok to slow down when you're stressed out and a pandemic is definitely not the time to be hustling harder! (Ugh, can we just kill the whole "hustle culture" thing already?)
Most recently - as in TODAY - the City of Toronto has issued a by-law that sees all business owners risking fines for allowing folks inside their shops without masks. This is something we take very seriously and we will be enforcing this by-law so while we were asking people to wear masks last week, this week, it'll be necessary to be allowed in the store. But you're all very polite and reasonable so I know that won't be an issue!
Lastly, thank you - if anyone is even reading this! - for your support since March 17th. It's been a very scary time for everyone but every little purchase made has helped us sustain this business. I am so, so grateful to everyone who helped us by shopping local - we won't ever forget it!