Like most retail stores, we at Maria’s Bookshop truly have no idea what to expect from this coming holiday season. We know we can’t expect to fill the store on Noel Night like we usually do, but we also know that just about everyone in town receives a gift during the holidays that was purchased somewhere downtown on that night. On top of the issue of managing crowds, the Postal Service, UPS and FedEx are already swamped, and it’s only October!
So, what can we do? As odd as it may feel, the best thing stores and shoppers can do is start the holiday season right now. Doing your holiday shopping now is safer for you and safer for everyone who works in the retail industry. You can buy gifts now, wrap them up, chuck them in the closet, and stay far away from the chaos that this holiday season could likely bring. Just don’t forget to pull them back out in December.
For our part, Maria’s Bookshop is offering a couple of incentives to help you motivate for that early holiday shopping.
- First, we're offering gift cards back for large purchases. If you spend $100 in one transaction, you'll get a $10 gift card back. You can either pay it forward as a gift, or save it for your next visit! If you spend $150, then you'll receive a $20 gift card back! This offer is available for purcahses made in-store, over the phone (970-247-1438) and here on our website as long as the books are picked up in-store!
- We're also offering private, 30-minute shopping appointments each day between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. (before we open). During this time, you will have the personal help of a bookseller, a clean, safe environment in which to browse, and the guarantee of no more than 6 shoppers in the store at once. Book online or give us a call!
Keep an eye out in Novemben too! We’ll be announcing a totally awesome sure to knock your socks off gift package, and in December we’ll be hand-delivering books and toys for free anywhere in Durango!
Thank you for supporting local businesses in these crazy times. We are eternally grateful.