Book lovers in West Wales celebrate! This week, bookshops are beginning the careful process of re-opening as part of a phased exit from the coronavirus lockdown.
And Goldstone Books of Carmarthen, West Wales is one of them
It’s been a long and challenging time for bookshops, who have been forced to come up with imaginative new ways to sell their books and keep loyal customers happy customers during this time
But, as long as they meet guidelines to protect staff and shoppers, they can now open their doors. And, in preparation, Goldstone Books have been working on plans to enable social distancing measures – from reduced opening hours to limits on how many customers can enter at once, amongst other safety measures.
In times of crisis, we have to think of new ways to look out for each other, and the book community is no exception. If you’re looking to stock up on reading material, then look no further than this popular bookshop with friendly staff.
“You can’t beat a good book and a warm cuppa”.
I interviewed one of the staff at Goldstone to ask them how things have been during these difficult months
How did you adapt your services in lockdown?
The shop closed but the online business continued including selling new stock usually only available from the shop.
Did you need to find different ways to connect with prospective customers?
We maintained online and social media presence and offered online book clubs
Have you found that your usual customers have stayed with you?
Yes, we have very loyal customers
How difficult was it to change your live events into online events and in what way have you adapted?
Book clubs on line as zoom events. But we made the decision not to try to duplicate this with readings and other events for now.
Please tell us how people can buy books from you?
The shop is now open!
Message from Goldstons:
Thank you to our lovely customers who have supported us this week as we reopened. It has been wonderful to connect with you again and we look forward to seeing you in the future. “
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I’m so glad that ‘real’ bookshops like this are still thriving. Years ago, I was spoilt for choice when it came to popping in to a bookshop to mooch around and drool (not literally!) over the shelves. My nearest bookshop is ten miles away. xx
We can only support, Alex – and glad that we are now able to again -also glad you added the comment within the parameters!. LOL x