Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The latest update on closures

Hi folks, at a press conference today, the City of Portland announced a shelter-in-place order taking effect tomorrow, Weds March 25 at 5:00pm. I have linked to a report about it below.

What does this mean for the shop? It means I won't be available for local touch-free pickup any more, but (until otherwise announced) I can still mail items to your doorstep. You can email michelle.souliere@gmail.com if you have any requests and I will do what I can to fill them.

To those of you who have gone out of their way to try to buffer this blow by supporting the shop with your purchases of gift certificates and books, I cannot adequately express my fathomless appreciation. It has been tremendously touching to me to know that my business is not just a business, it's a big, wonderful, book-filled family that sprawls across the country and back. Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. --Michelle

I hope you are all safe at home and staying well. It's important! Hang in there, everyone. We will get through this together. Stay smart!!!
Wonderful sketch from happier days by Jamie Hogan.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Temporary closure - but you can still have books! Phew.

Hi folks -- After being open through the weekend (3/15), and weighing the options in my mind, I decided that instead of opening as usual for my normal winter hours on Thursday, for the time being, I will remain closed. Events have moved quickly, and to me this seems like the most responsible course of action.

However, if you would like to help the shop through this disastrous period with no income, there are several things you can do.

If you want to come pick up books, please email me at michelle.souliere@gmail.com with your wishlist (authors, titles, or subject matter, etc). I'll let you know which books I have, and we can go from there.

You can also call the shop at (207)253-6808. I will be in the store working and available for calls during these business hours: Weds-Sat 11:00-6:00 (minus trips to the post office), or you can leave a voicemail.

I am also very happy to ship books if you would like them to arrive at your doorstep. Media mail is an affordable option.

Another great option is to purchase a gift certificate, either for your own later use, or for someone who would love some books to get them through this period of social isolation.

To purchase a gift certificate in the amount of your choice for use at the Green Hand Bookshop, you can do one of the following:

1. Call the shop at (207)253-6808 during regular business hours. I will take your credit card number over the phone and process the purchase for you. I can mail the gift certificate to you or the recipient for free. If you get the shop voicemail, leave your name and phone number and I will call you back.

2. Send money via Venmo to @Michelle-Souliere -- don't forget to include your email and mailing instructions! :)

3. Mail a check or money order to the shop in the amount desired. Please include contact information in case of questions, and mailing instructions for the recipient.

Gift certificates can be used on any new or used items in the shop (661 Congress St, Portland ME), and do not expire.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions! :)

Take care, and be well!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

What's happening?

Hi all!

We're open today (Sunday) until 5:00 as usual, but like everyone, we're not sure what's going to happen in Portland over the next couple of weeks. We may close the door to foot traffic but will remain able to ship books to you, just email me at michelle.souliere@gmail.com with requests.

Be well, and stay tuned!