Thursday, May 28, 2020

Retail in the time of Corona

Retail in the time of Covid-19, it's not easy.  We are doing Curbside right now and in June will be opening the store to one customer at a time, but it is just not the same without actual, consistent foot traffic downtown.  Thankfully we have the website going now and that is helping too, but folks if you want Fort Bragg downtown to be here when this is all done, we need our customers to continue to support us even if it's not shopping as usual. 

This week we will be at the shop for curbside pick ups 12-4 Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  Give us a call during those hours and we can help you over the phone and you can come on down and pick up your order.  So even if you don't see what you want online we can still help you.
Next week we will start letting customers in again. Our hours will be 12-4 Wednesday
 - Saturday.

Our store has many areas that are too hard to keep 6 feet apart and we don't want to monitor folks space so we will let one masked customer in at a time.

We will have a table in front of the door that we will move aside when we are ready for you to enter.
We ask you not to enter if you have a fever or feel at all unwell.
We will have a no touch hand sanitizing station for you to use before you come in.
We ask that you do not move your mask down off your nose and mouth while in the store.
We also have to ask you to not touch items unless you plan on buying them.

The county is making it our responsibility to ensure safe conditions in our store so we will be depending on you to help us with that.

Pippi's is only open because I have one employee able to work right now.  The rest of us including me have children at home and can not work the hours we normally do.  I will be going into work but Elyse will be doing most of the days that we are open to customers.  Keeping her and myself safe is my number one priority. If she or I gets sick Pippi's will be unable to open for weeks.

Not being able to be open and even now just being able to open at a limited capacity, with people still sheltering in place and travel restrictions, it is not business as usual.  We are looking forward to being able to have a store full of happy sock shoppers again but those days may not be too soon. 

Help us through this time please, by being understanding, we are all struggling, we all have personal things going on as well as trying to figure out how to make our livelihoods work.

Our hours will be limited.
We will make NO exceptions to mask wearing in our shop.
If you can not wear a mask for any reason, we are happy to help you over the phone and have your things ready for pick up and we can help you from the door way.
Pippi's inventory may not be what you have come to expect. I can not order as much as I usually do because we are selling a fraction of what we normally do.  Please be flexible and we hope to come back stronger and better than ever!
See you downtown, or online socks lovers!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Celebrate 14 Years In Business with Us!

 Happy 14th year in business to us! It's a bit of a weird time to celebrate being in retail but we are very happy that our community has supported us over the years and we look forward to many more.

14 years ago Pippi's Longstockings opened on the Friday before Memorial day in 2006, in our little spot on Redwood Street.

The shop was a dream that my husband and I worked hard for, we believed it would work and it has.  We worked tirelessly everyday to get it off the ground.

Here we are 14 years later reinventing the way we do business to keep out little shop afloat.

I love my little sock shop and I look forward to many more years of business, thank you to my dear customers, we wouldn't be here with out you.  It's not our usual celebration party that we do at Pippi's but we will be open for curbside pick ups and window shopping this Friday and Saturday from 11am-3pm.
We will be doing grab bag specials Friday and Saturday.  Each grab bag will be full of great stuff hand picked by me.
Check out the website to order!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Gratitude Sunday

{Sunday's heartfelt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes.}
This week  I am thankful for:

The health and wellness of my family.

Beautiful Days.

All the time with my kids.

The moments in between busy and worry.

Mornings together.

Runs with Marshall.

Coffee together.

Piano concerts at home.

Being able to walk to beautiful places.

Living in this lovely place.

The support our community local and afar are giving Pippi's.

My little home garden.

Tending the garden with the kids.

Rainbows everywhere.

The extra time my kids get with their Auntie (virtually) right now.

Gifts of yummy food from thoughtful customers.

All the ways folks are reaching out and showing their support to small business right now.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Gratitude Sunday

{Sunday's heartfelt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes.}
This week  I am thankful for:

The health and wellness of my family.

Beautiful sunny days and spring in the garden.

Growing sunflower starts.

The time to work on my garden.

Time with my little family.

Bike rides with the kids.

Apple blossoms and ladybugs.

Online orders!

Living in a state that takes our safety seriously, it is incredibly hard financially, but I'm glad to be protecting lives even if it means I'm losing money.

Hanging out with Marshall in the yard.

Coffee in the morning sun.

Finally re-painting my doors.  (The whole house needs it too but I can't paint my house with left over paint from other projects, so one thing at a time.)

Bouquets from my garden all over my home.

Veggies growing in my garden.

Time to read books.

The best customers ever.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Web Launch Success!

Sock lovers you are amazing, and I am so grateful.
We launched our website Monday and I am so glad I finally took the plunge.  I am amazed by the outpouring of support from all of you. You shared my website, sent me messages and ordered socks!  I've had folks do local pick up and lots of out of town regular Pippi customers have had socks shipped.  Thank you!

Thank you so much for your continued support during this pandemic.  Every little bit helps us, the sock orders of course help, but it also gives me hope that we will get through this.  Your shares of our website and comments on our posts it all helps, so even if you can't purchase anything right now keep sending the love our way.  And spread the word Pippi's is online.  We can do local pick up, mail, and we are happy to ship presents and care packages to your loved ones.

Friday, May 1, 2020

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Sheltering in Place Means.... We Launched a Website!

Well it's a whole new world and it looks like we are going to be adjusting to a distanced lifestyle for a while at least.  That means I guess I had to stop being so stubborn and launch a web page so Pippi's can survive this and hopefully get by until we can open our doors again.

I have been taking the county and state orders very seriously because nothing is more important to me than the safety of our community and our family.  As a non-essential business we closed our doors as soon as the order was given by the county and started to try to sell things via direct message. While this method is not one click easy, it is still the same great personalized customer service that we always give at Pippi's Longstockings, and I am happy to do that anytime.  But to stream line the process for many we are going to try to do this website thing.
All masked up grabbing socks from the shop to ship to customers.
For now we are launching with a very limited selection of what we have in store and we will add to it bit by bit.  We have care packages and some of our best sellers to start and of course are happy to help all of our customers via direct message if what you want is not yet online.
Check out our new website and send some sock love to your favorite folks!