The health and safety of our community is of paramount importance to us. Next to that is the long-term survival of the Vermont Book Shop, downtown Middlebury's oldest retail establishment, a beloved mainstay of our community.
Since the arrival of Covid-19 in the northeast in late February, we have acted with all due care to minimize threats to the health of our customers and staff, and to mitigate the economic harm to our employees and our business. We were closed to customer foot-traffic from mid-March to early October. Our intention in limiting our operations that way was to keep the Vermont Book Shop solvent, so that we could emerge, on the other side of the Covid-19 crisis and the Bridge & Rail Project, healthy and fit for another 70 years of community bookselling.
We have continued to work tirelessly to meet our customers' needs and wishes by filling online, telephone, and email orders, providing convenient pick-up and delivery services, added staff and refined our processes and procedures for taking and delivering online, telephone, and email orders. We completed improvements at the Main Street location and we continue to stock our stall at Stone Mill Public Market on a regular basis with a selection of new books and merchandise carefully curated for our community, and now we have finally reopened to the public.