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 have been closed to customer foot-traffic since mid-March, but 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.
While retail businesses in Vermont are now permitted to be open (with restrictions) we have decided, after careful consideration of all the factors involved, to maintain our current operations for the foreseeable future.
We are re-stocking our stall at Stone Mill Public Market on a regular basis with a selection of new books and merchadise carefully curated for our community; added staff and refined our processes and procedures for taking and delivering online, telephone, and email orders; and are planning improvements at the Main Street location. Our intention in limiting our operations this way is to keep the Vermont Book Shop solvent, so that we can 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.