We get phone calls every day from customers wanting to know if we are open and are accepting books for trade. The answer is a resounding yes!
We were closed due to the spread of COVID-19, as were all businesses, by government orders in March. As soon as was permissible Howard and I started offering curbside pick-up. During this period we spent all our spare time getting the bookstore ready for reopening! We cleaned and sanitized the store from top to bottom. We had the carpets steam cleaned. We ordered plexiglass shields for our front counter from Tap Plastics. We picked up two gallons of hand sanitizer from Griffo Distillery in Petaluma. We purchased sanitizing wipes, disinfecting spray, a non contact thermometer, masks, gloves and signs reminding customers to maintain 6' social distancing. We also, following Cal/OSHA safety standards, wrote up our safety plan for protocols to be put in place when we reopened. So we were well prepared to open our doors again on the first day that the county health director allowed us to - June 6h.
We decided to immediately return to our customary business hours: Monday through Saturday 10-5:30 and Sunday 12-4. So far business has been fairly slow but seems to be steadily increasing as word gets out that we are open again. Please let your family and friends know that we are back! Every employee has their temperature checked upon arriving for work and then they mask up. Gloves are optional. We sanitize the front desk and trade in area regularly as we also do the front and back doors. Every shopping basket is cleaned before it is put out for used again.
We allow 15 customers at a time in the bookstore's 4,000 sq. feet. The most "crowded" we have been so far was when we had eight customers - four from one family. There are plenty of alcoves to spread out in and everyone has been very respectful of social distancing and wearing masks.
I hope you have been reassured that we are doing all we can to provide a safe space for book browsing. Please bring in your trade-ins as we took in almost no books for the 3 months we were closed. If you do not feel comfortable coming into the store we will be happy to provide curbside pick-up. Email us, including your phone #, at email@example.com, or call us at 707-539-8102 with your book list. We will try to fill it for you and arrange a convenient time for you to pick up your order. Happy Reading!