We know that you have lots of choices while shopping. We understand that not every state is under the same orders that California is. We hope that you take this into consideration when shopping. Many states have been able to open up while Southern California is still being very conservative since the rate of Covid 19 cases and deaths has not yet flattened out. California is still very much trying to gain control of this terrible virus that has cause so much disruption and heartache. As of late June, California is still seeing upwards of 2000 cases per day.
With that being said, I am Stacey, the owner of Scrapbooking Made Simple. I would like to take a few moments to update you as to what is happening both in our retail shop and our online store. As many of you are aware, SMS is a small independent retail store that also has an online presence. We are not unlike your local grocery, hair salon or diner as we know our customers by their first names. When we are at full staff, we have 14 employees including my husband and myself, each of us proud of what we contribute to our family owned business. I will say that the pandemic we face is something that I take very seriously and the safety of my SMS Girls and Guys along with you, our customer, weighs heavy on my heart.
On March 19th, the Governor of the State of California mandated that all non-essential businesses close. Over the past several months, many business have been allowed to reopen with strict guidelines as to capacity allowed in both office space and retail space along with guidelines for cleaning and wearing PPE. Because, we continue to see a dramatic increase of new cases in California, I have made the decision to keep our retail shop closed until there is a clear decrease in Covid 19 cases in California. This has not been an easy decision nor has it been popular, but for my staff, their families and my family, it is the right decision. When our retail shop reopens, it will be clean, safe, welcoming and we will excited to see all of you.
As the owner of the business, I will continue to work daily to ship orders out, answer phones and respond to emails. but there will be a delay. We have begun to bring essential SMS Staff back to work, staggering their start dates and keeping an appropriate distance between workspace. We also have hand sanitizer and masks for all the staff.
In addition, some manufacturers are delayed in shipping us the products we have ordered. As much as I would like, I cannot give you a time frame for shipping but please know we will continue to work towards getting all orders out just as soon as possible.
Scrapbooking Made Simple continues to accept orders acknowledging that there will be a substantial delay in shipping. Your support of this mom and pop shop means the world to us and I want to thank you in advance for the kindness you have shown my staff and I. I look forward to posting that we have returned to all systems go here at SMS. But until then, be safe, be well and be creative.