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 California is still very much trying to gain control of this terrible virus that has cause so much disruption and heartache. As of July 13th, there has been a surge in cases here in California and the Governor has decided to once again shut down 80% of California's businesses.
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. Now again, on July 13th, the business that were allowed to reopen have been ordered to once again close down. 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 substantial delay. We had begun to bring essential SMS Staff back to work, staggering their start dates and keeping an appropriate distance between workspace, providing necessary PPE for all, but we are once again are reduced to a handful of staff able to work filling online orders. This includes my two teenage sons who have me as their first boss :) Lucky them!
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.