The FoxTale Book Shoppe reopened to the public on Tuesday with guidelines in place to ensure the safety of both the staff and customers.

“We will be following CDC and State guidelines and procedures for when we open our doors to the public,” said owner of the FoxTale Book Shoppe Karen Schwettman. “We will also require masks to be worn and hand sanitizer will be available upon entry into the store so we can make sure it is safe for customers to browse the store.”

The shop closed its doors to the public in mid-March and has utilized curbside pick-up and both phone and online ordering. Schwettman said that FoxTale will continue to offer these services with limited hours at first until staff gets a feel of what is working, as well as what the public wants and needs. 

“We have had a great response from our customers and the community who have continued to support us during this very difficult time,” Schwettman said. “We have been utilizing curbside pick-ups, phone orders, and online orders. Through these methods we have been able to at least maintain some business thanks to the community.”

Throughout the pandemic, FoxTale has used Zoom and other online means of communication for many author and book events. These online events became very popular for FoxTale and, because of this, Schwettman said that she is considering continuing the online events once normalcy starts to return.

“We have a solid line-up of online author events this summer,” Schwettman said. “Of course both FoxTale and our customers miss seeing the authors in person, but the one positive that has come out of switching to online events is it has given us the opportunity to meet authors virtually who we might not have been able to have because of the distance. Many customers have asked us to continue the online events even when we go back to in-person on a regular basis and it is something that we are considering.”

On June 20, FoxTale held its first in-person event since March, Rapunzel. Schwettman said that publishers are still hesitant to send authors out on tour due to safety concerns, so in-person events will be hard to come by for the foreseeable future. 

“We will consider in-person events with publishers when they feel like it is safe for their authors to get back in the public,” Schwettman said.

For questions, email Karen@FoxTaleBookShoppe.com or call 770-516-9989. For more information about books, events, gift certificates and more, visit the online store at www.foxtalebookshoppe.com. New arrivals will be posted on the FoxTale Facebook page, www.facebook.com/FoxTaleBookShoppe/

The FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 East Main St. in Woodstock, will be open Tuesdays to Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FoxTale will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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