Avid Bookshop is taking a day off.
Booksellers will be getting a paid day off on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020.
A note from Janet Geddis, business owner/founder:
Late October 2020
For various reasons*, we need a break.
We’ll be closed the day after Election Day. We invite you to take a day of rest, reflection, and relaxation with us. My deepest, most sincere hope is that on November 4th we will be exhaling a deep sigh of relief after having received news that forward-thinking, human-rights-oriented leadership, both locally and nationally, is coming.
*including but certainly not limited to the following:
- the pandemic
- the political climate
- the climate crisis
- the daily pivoting we’re all doing to just keep our heads above water
- the weight of white supremacy
- the vicious tone set by many of those in power
- the overwhelming and often suffocating anxiety we’re all attempting to muddle through each day
- Zoom fatigue
- home schooling
- caregiver exhaustion
- health problems
- the intensity with which we miss loved ones
- the grief of having to say goodbye to people and local businesses and organizations that we value so deeply
- the constant messaging from the White House that we simply do. not. matter.
- missing our social lives
- missing being able to touch another human
What it means for you
You can still place orders online (we hope you do), but we won’t be processing them until booksellers return to work on November 5th.
You can call us, but you’ll get a recording saying we’re closed for the day on November 4th. Booksellers will respond to voicemails beginning November 5th.
We hope you have the privilege of being able join us in spirit, to take some time to put your feet up, go for a walk, disengage from social media, and feed your soul.
What it means for us
Traditionally, Avid Bookshop is closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Since mid-March 2020, the shop floor has been closed to browsing, but we've stayed open as a business by serving you online and via phone. We have no plans to reopen for browsing for the foreseeable future, but we aim to stay in business with web and phone orders until it’s safe for everyone to share space. We appreciate your understanding and our desire to keep all of us—you included!—supported and healthy.
This will be first meaningful break we’ve had as a business since pre-COVID. We’ve been going nonstop and really need a dose of self-care.
Thank you for respecting our decision to take a break; we'd love to hear from you about what you're doing to make sure you are taking care of yourself. Have a good book you picked up this year but haven't started yet? This might be a perfect time.
Much love, and I mean that.
written with feedback and input from the Avid Bookshop staff
August 7, 2020
Your attention, please: We have expanded our customer service hours! Phone* service and contactless pick-up are now offered 6 days a week (Monday-Saturday) between 11 am and 4 pm. We are not open for browsing for the foreseeable future, but we look forward to connecting with you via phone or social media.
*That's right: you can call us at 706-850-2843 and talk with an Avid bookseller who's eager to make book recommendations, answer questions, and more!
A letter from Janet
May 27, 2020
Hi! I promise I'll be quick. I need y'all to know about two changes taking effect June 1st.
- We're changing the threshold for our free shipping on website orders to $75+ (up from $50+) beginning June 1, 2020
- We're adding an option for contactless curbside pick-up starting with web orders placed on or after June 1, 2020
Read more details and the reasons behind these changes and other frequently asked questions here. Our store floor remains closed to the public until further notice. Thank you!
Janet Geddis, owner/founder
Update on Tuesday afternoon, May 12, 2020
To our dear customers, friends, loved ones, and neighbors:
You will be relieved to know that we are keeping your health and ours at the forefront of all business decisions.
Bearing that in mind, the shop floor is still closed to the public, and we are NOT offering curbside pickup.
This is what is best for our work flow, our booksellers, and YOU. We miss you, too, but it's just not time for us to relax our operations in any way. Stay as healthy as you're able, and we'll be happy to assist you with any and all avidbookshop.com orders.
Janet & the crew
Update Tuesday afternoon, April 28, 2020
Avid Bookshop is closed to browsing customers until further announcement. We are shipping all orders; curbside pickup is not being offered at this time.
We are OPEN online at avidbookshop.com 24/7, and you can call us Monday - Friday, 10am - 3pm if you have questions or concerns (706-850-2843).
Avid is still here and able to make payroll because of your online support. Thank you, and we'll see you in person once it's safe to do so.
Update Monday morning, March 30, 2020:
Thanks to the huge outpouring of support, our staff are working around the clock to fulfill your orders. Orders may be delayed a few extra days due to hiccups in our supply chain. Our reduced staff is working overtime to ship books out to you as soon as they arrive. We appreciate your patience.
Our store floor remains closed until further notice. Curbside pickup remains suspended. If you have not already paid or requested it and would like your book(s) shipped, you may pay $5 (flat, for all quantities) to our Venmo @avidbookshop or PayPal. Please contact us with your address.
Update Friday afternoon, March 20, 2020:
In-store pickup (and curbside pickup) has been suspended until further notice.
Our store floor will be closed until April 7.
Sunday evening, March 15, 2020
We hope this announcement finds you safe and sound. Most of our fans probably already have a book or five you're looking forward to spending time with while we all practice social distancing and help flatten the curve.
For the safety of our staff and our community, we are temporarily closing our sales floor to the public starting Monday, March 16, through Sunday, March 29. We will have a bookseller answering phone calls and arranging pickups (suspended as of 3/20/20) betweek 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
While this means you won't be able to stop inside and browse around or attend any events, you'll still be able to visit us online at avidbookshop.com where you can browse and shop as our team continues to fulfill orders and answers the phone. While it'll never replace the real thing, try browsing our staff favorites, check out our 2019 favorites, browse our bestsellers. We currently have a special on free shipping on orders over $50.
Prefer audiobooks? Shopping on Libro.fm helps us too! Already have all you need right now? Look foward to the future and place a pre-order or one of our monthly, hand-picked book subscriptions. Consider buying a gift card for yourself, making it it easy for you to give us a call any time to order something and say "put it on my gift card" like a very fancy person. Or, alternatively, you can buy card for someone else too, sharing with someone your love for us with someone else. If anything, simply sharing our links and posts with friends and family helps immensely.
If you ordered a book for in-store pick-up please read below how you can still arrange a pick-up or delivery.
We have so many creative ideas on how we’re going to continue to share our love for reading and Athens while staying safe. Be on the lookout for some fun surprises! Sign up for our newsletter to stay on top of the latest happenings.
Finally, we should greatly emphasize that for some of us, we’re entering into a time of great uncertainty. So, we understand if you’re unable, but, if you can spare it, we are also graciously accepting donations in any amount.
Thank you and continue to order online from us! We've been getting so much love!
For the safety of our staff and our community, Avid's store floor is currently closed to the public; however, we are processing orders online at avidbookshop.com.
FOR ALREADY PAID ORDERS
If your book is PAID and you requested in-store pickup, we have three options to help get the book you ordered to you. **Choose one option and contact us with your choice.**
1) If you would like your book(s) shipped you may pay $5 (flat, for all quantities) to our Venmo @avidbookshop or PayPal. Please send your address so we can ship your book(s).
2) If you would like to pick up your book(s), please call the shop (706-850-2843) Monday through Friday between 10:00am and 4:00pm when you are about 5 minutes away and we will place your order outside.
FOR ORDERS YOU HAVE NOT YET PAID FOR
If your book is NOT PAID, please call the shop Monday to Friday between 10:00am and 4:00pm to process your order with a card.
We hope these options work for you. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
your Avid Bookshop booksellers
1662 S. Lumpkin St.
Athens, Georgia 30606
When store will be staffed (but not open to public): Monday-Friday, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Online: 24/7 at avidbookshop.com