Hey everybody – it’s been a long five months since my last post. No need to fill you in on all that’s been happening since, at least in the world beyond our shop here in Sunderland, Vermont. When last I wrote, we were heavily engaged in not only replacing our 50 year-old oil furnace with a new heat pump, but one of our co-founders, my mother-in-law Vi Day, had just passed on. But that of course turned out to be just a preview of what was to come in full force in March, when the COVID-19 emergency hit and a state “stay-at-home” order issued.
Since then we’ve seen Vermont be an example to the rest of the country on how to responsibly counteract the virus, and we’ve one of the lowest infection rates in the country. We’ve been struggling with when to fully reopen the shop. Frankly, we had a lot of projects that were held on backburner for a long time that we finally had the time to catch up with (not completely, of course) – cleaning up stockrooms, getting some yardwork done, cleaning out the garage, so time has not hung heavily. But now, as restrictions begin to ease, we’ve begun to address the possibility of reopening the store in some form, but we haven’t yet landed on a date when that would work.
Right now we’re open by appointment – you can call us at 802-362-2516 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to work out a time if you want to stop in and look around. Soon we hope to reopen with the facemask and social distancing measures in place. Soon, we hope.
Millions of words have already been published about the pandemic and its meanings and while I’ve been thinking a lot about all that too while we try to ride out this moment and move on to better times, right now my focus is around updating the website and maybe reimagining the shop in some ways for the future. Nothing drastic of course, and nothing immediate – and nothing that would change your experience of shopping here. That’s always been a main concern and why we’ve resisted reopening just yet – we want to ensure the experience.
So — stay safe, give us a call if you think you might be passing through, and we’ll look forward to seeing you soon. Better days are coming, we believe.