OUR PLAN MOVING FORWARD
This spring we have been doing our best to get our beautiful plants into your eager hands while keeping our staff and each of you as safe as possible. After many weeks of drive-through sales, we are now closed for the rest of May so that we can focus on reopening to on-site shopping on June 3rd!
We will be working hard to get the place ready for you, and we promise it will be worth the wait! In a typical season, our plants are a bit picked over by June, but this year we will still have a wide selection of perennials, annuals, tropicals, houseplants and succulents. (Due to COVID-related changes in production and purchasing, we will have less in the way of shrubs and trees than our usual seasons.) We will be posting an availability list by the end of the month, and in the meantime, check out this album for a peak at what's waiting for you!
The Rest of May: Closed for Onsite Prep
We are closed for the rest of May as we have a lot of work ahead of us and limited staffing as we prepare for reopening to customers on June 3rd! (And unfortunately most of it will have to be done in pouring rain!)
The Month of June: Limited On-Site Shopping with Safety Protocol
We plan to open for on-site shopping beginning June 3rd, with our typical days of operation: Wednesday-Sunday.
This article and the referenced studies and data have convinced us that we can reopen to on-site shopping safely. The article states that over 90% of infection spread is taking place in gatherings of people indoors (such as birthday parties, weddings, funerals, enclosed workplaces, and sit-down restaurants), and that spread of infection is unlikely outdoors with moving air (especially if wearing masks, avoiding face touching, and practicing social distancing).
How will we ensure everyone's safety?
We will be limiting the number of shoppers on the retail floor to 40 or less, and we will be enforcing one-way shopping aisles. We will require all customers to wear masks and to sanitize their hands upon entering the facility and ask that children under the age of 12 stay at home. Someone will be at the entrance to the retail floor to ensure hand sanitizing and masks as well as count off customers. We will have markings where folks should stand while waiting to enter, and if the wait is long, ask that customers return to their vehicles until called. We will also request that folks avoid touching faces and eyes, that they socially distance 6 feet from other shoppers and Painters employees at all times, and most important - only touch plants and retail items that they plan to purchase. We will sanitize shopping carts in between uses, will have strict bathroom cleanliness protocol, and will politely ask customers to leave if they are not following the safety parameters.
As with the drive-throughs we held, it is probably best to expect a wait and come prepared for that; we will ask each shopper to be as efficient as possible so that we can satisfy as many customers as possible each day. This is a very financially stressful time and the safety measures will require at least two additional staff, so it is likely that we will not be able to have many employees helping customers on the retail floor. We will have our usual informative signs out with pricing and growing information as well as a map of the retail floor to help direct you, but we recommend doing some research and planning in advance in case you aren't able to have any one-on-one time with a staff member. We also have wi-fi available if you need to research a plant while shopping. We thank you in advance for your understanding as we work to recover from the financial losses brought on by this virus.
What kind of availability and pricing can you expect when we reopen?
We did have to make some major decisions about production when this all hit, in part because we didn't think we'd be open at all, and in part because many of our staff have had to balance child care with work. That said, because we were not open for usual sales for much of the spring, we will have a much larger quantity and selection of plants available than a 'typical' June. We will have limited (slightly overgrown) veggies and herbs available, select perennial edibles, a range of beautiful bedding annuals and tropicals, a wide selection of perennials and nativars, a lovely selection of hanging baskets (still have some Boston Ferns left too!), some gorgeous combo pots and baskets, and a very wide array of unique houseplants and succulents. Some prices will be reduced from the drive-through pricing, but we will not be offering blanket clearance sales in June as in typical years - clearance pricing will start when our inventory gets low and/or plants are getting overgrown and will determined on a case by case basis. Our prices will still be competing with box stores, but we do have to do what we can to stay afloat this season!