To our Cellar Door community:
We have temporarily closed our store in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Curbside pickup will be available starting Friday, May 8th as per the governer's updated regulations.
Here is a quick update. David (who also deserves a big thank you - how many twenty-somethings would work with their moms in pretty tight circumstances with lots of stress?) and I are working hard to fill the orders coming through our website as quickly and safely as we can. Our publishers and warehouses are doing the same, but safety is first and there has been no small amount of confusion about exactly how we maintain that, so orders are coming more slowly, but they are coming and I appreciate the patience you have so willingly shown.
I have applied for emergency loans and was hoping that we would be able to hire back my amazing staff with that and start to do more for our community, but that hasn't happened and my optimism has flagged. But not my fiesty belief in the importance of an indie bookstore to our community. Our author friends are planning events to help us and our publishers are working with us to get through these times, safely.
Ordering through our website is greatly appreciated. Please keep doing that. If you need a book quickly, call the store and we'll see if we can expedite the order. Leave a message if no one answers.
The speed with which California closed down was necessary and has, hopefully, helped slow the spread of the virus, but it has also left lots of people without jobs and books. I've contacted several different groups to see if we could get books to kids in need, and I'll find the right avenue in the next few days. We're setting up a Venmo account in order to allow you to donate whatever amount you can to help. It helps Cellar Door and kids in our community, so we all win!
I've also ordered a bunch of puzzles! The company I order from was overwhelmed with orders, so it's going to be a couple more weeks before we get them, but when we do, I'll take pictures and you can order those directly through the store (not on the website) by calling or emailing us.
We are also working on a Book Lovers Care Package, but give me a few days and watch our social media for information. The amazing, wonderful, talented, brilliant (I could go on) poet, writer, educator Rachelle Cruz has volunteered (I know!! <3) as our social media person, so more should be coming out as we go. Rachelle's organizing #cellardoorseries, a virtual event series to support local authors and our bookstore. Check out Linktr.ee/cellardoorbookstore for more information!
Please keep your dollars local. There isn't a store owner in the area who isn't truly struggling and your patronage will make the difference between boarded up shops and a thriving locally-owned community.
Many of you have asked about different companies claiming to help indie bookstores, and for Cellar Door, Libro.fm is the one that I suggest for audiobooks. They are beyond awesome and they help us and other indies a lot, so if you are interested in checking them out, send us an email at email@example.com and we can get you a referral. Every little bit helps!
Finally, THANK YOU for believing that Cellar Door needs to stay here and helping that happen.
More than anything, be safe! Many, many hugs to all of you!
Please note: our web database does not reflect books we carry in-store. To check if a book is currently in stock, give us a call at (951) 787-7807.