How You Can Support Us During Shelter-In-Place

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Due to the Illinois Shelter in Place Order, our store is currently closed, but we continue to have a lot of expenses, most especially, we want to be able to take care of our staff during this time. We will continue to advance PTO to our employees through at least April 7th when the current order expires, and we will continue to pay their full health insurance premiums. We can afford to do this if you continue to order from us. How to do that? Here are the answers to your frequently asked questions:

  • If I order from your website, will the books come from your store?
    • No. Our distributor offers a drop-shipping program to its bookstore customers. All website orders will be filled by them during Shelter-in-Place.
  • Do you still make money (or as much money) this way?
    • Yes. We make the same profit margin with drop-shipping as we do in-store book purchases.
  • Can I still get home delivery or curbside pickup? 
    • Under the order, we are a nonessential business, so we do not have access to our store to fill orders. However, our distributor will ship books directly to your home.
  • Is there anything more we can do?
  • What about my order from before Shelter-In-Place was announced?
    • As much as we tried to take care of all the loose ends before we had to close up shop, we just didn't have enough time to get to it all. There are lots of orders trapped in the store right now. :( If you don't want to wait until the Shelter-in-Place period ends to retrieve your order, please email us and we will let you know what the next step is for getting your books shipped to you from our distributor.
  • Are you abiding by the Shelter-in-Place order? 
    • Yes. Rachel and Jason are fulfilling gift card orders, responding to emails, etc. from home. One of us goes to the store once a day to check that the space is secure, to run a z-tape, and gather any items needed to continue to work from home, as allowed under the "Minimum Basic Operations" clause of the order. The rest of our staff is on paid leave. All books are being shipped by our distributor from out of state. (Their main warehouses have been deemed "essential businesses" by all states that have Shelter-in-Place orders.)