Another month has flown by in this unprecedented year. November 2020 is almost over; it’s the week of Thanksgiving here in the United States, and what we are most thankful for, here at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside, is YOU, our loyal customers.
We continue to do our best to offer a SAFE shopping environment during the current COVID-19 pandemic. This includes having all employees and customers wearing face masks, enforcing social distancing within the storefront, wiping down and disinfecting surfaces between customer transactions, and having hand sanitizer available for use.
Time does not stand still, and thus we find ourselves here at ABSW ready to shift gears for the winter holidays. For this week, the hours of operation are:
MONDAY 11/23/20 THROUGH WEDNESDAY 11/25/2020: OPEN FROM 9AM TO 8PM
THURSDAY 11/26/2020: CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING
FRIDAY 11/27/2020: OPEN FROM 6AM TO 9PM
SATURDAY 11/28/2020: OPEN FROM 9AM TO 9PM
SUNDAY 11/29/2020: OPEN FROM 9AM TO 6PM
These expanded hours are to offer you more choices as to when to shop safely, rather than crowding people together in more limited times and spaces. In particular, we are opening extra-early on Friday the 27th, the day after Thanksgiving traditionally known as Black Friday, *not* because we’re offering “doorbusters” and extreme discounts at the crack of dawn, but because we want to give you the opportunity to shop at your own pace and your own convenience. Longer hours of availability mean fewer customers in the store at any one time during the shopping day, which reinforces our safety and capacity measures.
And something that has also been a tradition here at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester since 2011 is Small Business Saturday, scheduled this year for November 28th. For the last several years on Small Business Saturday we’ve brought you multi-author “meet & greet” events spanning a wide range of genres. This year presents its own challenges to that tradition, but we at ABSW are up to those challenge.
As we stated in our previous update, on Small Business Saturday between 10AM and 6PM, we’ll be running flash sales every hour on varying genres and applying an additional 10% to 30% off our already discounted prices. For example, here’s a sneak peek. From 1PM to 2PM, our flash sale will spotlight titles from our horror and Gothic fiction shelves and our religion, history and reference nonfiction shelves.
How will our customers know what enhanced discounts they’ll be receiving on Small Business Saturday? Any customers making in-store purchases on Black Friday will receive a special coupon with a discount code, good only on in-store purchases made on Small Business Saturday.
The final schedule for genre category sales will be announced on Wednesday, November 25th on our Facebook events page.
Have a safe and pleasant Thanksgiving holiday and, as always, thank you for making our shelves your destination.