COVID-19 and our Retail Store

Posted on March 16, 2020 by Eleanor Turner | 0 comments


Greetings from rural Vermont. The normal seasons are passing through our little valley and as they do we are reminded of how temporary are so many of the things in our lives. We expect the winter weather to turn into spring and we adjust and readjust and move on – such is the life in small town New England.

Of course, this year the Coronavirus has thrown all of this into disarray, yet we all want to hold onto what is really important to us. For us at Long Ago & Far Away the important parts are really all just people – our own family, our customers, and the artists and craftspeople we work with. Naturally, we’re following the progress of this pandemic and will adjust any of our plans according to recommendations by the American Centers of Disease Control and the Vermont Department of Health. At this time, out plan is to keep our little gallery open with regular hours, and be flexible as things change. The truth is, we’ve more or less been doing the same thing for the 34 years we’ve been in this location – change when we have to, do the best we can for family, customers and artists, try to be better every day. So, we have new pieces to the puzzle, and the puzzle continues to evolve.

We are open! Our retail store hours will be 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily (including Sundays; Wednesdays by chance or appointment. In addition, we will respond to emails from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily (Eastern Time).

We have a workaround for those of you who miss coming in to our store because of this pandemic. We can work with you remotely, through email, texting and social media. While our website has about 300 items available, our shop actually holds about ten times that amount (as I write, we have just over 3000 items for sale here). With a few extra steps and some communication between us, we can send photos of items, or collections, complete a transaction, gift wrap, drop ship or get pieces almost anywhere in the U.S. in just a few days.  We’re always here, and we’d like to keep our sales going. You can contact us by phone at any time - leave a message if needed and we'll call you back - or send an email and we'll be in touch.

In the meantime, there is clearly a pattern of folks coming to Vermont to use all the second homes as getaways when many other options have been taken away. We think that’s fine, and hope those people enjoy the area at this beautiful time of year. With prudence – and a little hand cleaner – we can all keep reasonably safe as the pandemic moves through the population, and we’ll react appropriately if there is any indication that there need to be changes.

A few notes:

  • We have planned a show with the Navajo Silversmith Artie Yellowhorse for the weekend of May 9th and 10th. We are moving forward with that event at this time, though that may change; please keep in touch.
  • Many of you have children at loose ends with all the closed schools. Please consider that entertaining them by cruising through our gallery might not be a good idea. During our regular hours we often have older adults in our gallery - these are the truly vulnerable people in our population and we are a near-museum experience for many of them. Our position is that our elders come first - please be aware that we might limit entrance to other groups if those folks are here.
  • The Great Outdoors. It is entirely possible to take advantage of almost everything Vermont has to offer and still practice "Social Distancing". We are skiers, snowshoers, hikers and wilderness seekers. The parks, river walks, walking paths, trails and mountains are all easily available right here. You can start an easy 3 mile loop from the door of our store! Do you have any questions about safe activities? Ask us - if we don't have the answer, we know the person who will.

We will update this as the situation evolves, but remember that Universal Truths never change.  Kindness and common sense will be valued by us all during this time. Be safe, and keep washing hands. 

We wish you all health and happiness,

Grant and Betsy Turner

As per Google: Do The Five

  1. HANDS Wash them often
  2. ELBOW Cough into it
  3. FACE Don't touch it
  4. FEET Stay more than 3ft apart
  5. FEEL sick? Stay home


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