Hi everyone - Lindsey (shop owner) here.
We’ve been fielding a LOT of questions about our plans while the COVID-19/coronavirus outbreak is happening, and I wanted to take a few minutes to write and let you know what’s going on.
You may have heard that, earlier today, Stanwood’s mayor declared a state of emergency for the city of Stanwood. This is true, and it was done to be able to proactively secure extra resources for any potential outbreak of the virus if one happens in Stanwood. (Per the statement from the Stanwood city administrator, one case has been reported in Stanwood, and there are “no known exposures at this time.”)
This declaration does not change our fundamental operations at Stilly River Yarns. We have been monitoring the situation via the Centers for Disease Control and Snohomish County Health District since last week, and we do not feel - given those organizations’ current guidelines and recommendations - that there is any need at this time to alter our shop schedule or our usual social events. If something happens and we need to make changes to operations, we will let you know as soon as possible.
And, as we’ve been stressing since the beginning - wash your hands. Stay home (if at all possible) if you or a family member are sick. Wash your hands again. If you (or someone close to you) are a member of a highly vulnerable group, please limit your exposure to crowds.
In the shop, we’re wiping down high-touch-frequency surfaces and points several times each day, and we’re washing our hands more than Lady Macbeth does in an entire run of “that Scottish play.” We’ve also temporarily quarantined Skittles the Llama and removed our tester lotion bars from the shop counter. (Fear not - Skittles will be back for your sweet tooth’s satisfaction after we empty him, wash him thoroughly, and run to the thrift shop to buy a ladle before refilling him with fresh candy.)
If you don’t feel like visiting the shop is a great idea right now, we still have ways of getting you hooked up with yarn, fiber, and other supplies. Give us a call (360.631.5801), send us an email (Lindsey [at] stillyriveryarns [dot] com), or send in a representative. We can also text with you via the shop’s Google Voice number during regular business hours (515.833.0689)... and I’m considering setting up virtual office hours via Discord/FaceTime.
Thank you for all of your support of your local small businesses every day, but especially when we’re in a rough spot like this one. We depend on your continued patronage and referrals for our survival, and we’re working hard to make sure that we keep earning your business and that #fullserviceyarnshop title and hashtag.
Be well and take care,
Owner, Stilly River Yarns
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Lindsey Spoor is the owner of Stilly River Yarns in Stanwood, WA.