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Willow & Stone – Coronavirus Update
Our Falmouth store has re-opened today with restrictions in place. Opening times may vary but currently 11am – 4pm.
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Wow what a busy month! Its been so exciting seeing your orders roll in. We’ve been very encouraged to have most of our suppliers now back up and running and dispatching. In some cases things are still taking slightly longer than usual though its improving all the time. We are even experimenting with dispatching a few overseas orders again to customers who ordered at the beginning of lockdown. If succesful, overseas shipping will resume shortly! A couple more staff have come back and joined us in our office building. Fortunately we operate from a rambling regency building with lots of little rooms so can easily stay apart. The shop is still closed and we are spending time planning a new layout, temporarily removing some of our furniture to make more space and thinning out the stock a little and though it initially felt a little disappointing, its looking lovely. We look forward to reopening in the coming weeks and seeing some friendly faces at a distance!
Things have gone from strength to strength this week! Super busy, so working our socks off. A few more of our suppliers are finding ways to resume business albeit with less staff and with social distancing in place etc. This means we are managing to have much more available stock online which feels great. We have found in some cases suppliers are now running out and unable to get more materials etc but this hasn’t impacted us too heavily and generally we can have alternatives to offer you. We are almost as quick as usual at dispatching but holding off on offering express delivery for now due to the pressure it puts on delivery companies. Overseas shipping is still on hold I’m afraid but we can hold onto any orders placed until things improve. We hope you are well and getting by.
What a week! We’ve been rushed off our week picking and packing lovely orders for everyone. Like everyone else, deliveries are a day or two behind at the moment, but please do let us know if your order is urgent and we will do our very best to speed it through. DPD are back in on Tuesday 14th due to Easter Bank holiday so after today we won’t be dispatching again until then (but will hopefully have caught up with ourselves :). Thanks for supporting us!
We are busy online, managing to dispatch orders in good time though we have temporarily suspended EXPRESS delivery and all overseas orders currently. We are really pleased that two weeks along we have managed to carve out a new working life involving staff working either from home or in separate offices. Some of our suppliers are still dispatching so stock holding is really strong. A couple of our main suppliers have needed to close temporarily but we will continue to offer alternative items should you want a product which is out of stock or indeed we are happy to put your order on hold until the time is right to continue!
In a nutshell, its all systems go at W&S HQ if a little quieter and with exceptional care for health and hygeine. And a massive thank you to everyone whose continued to support us with orders and lovely messages, it means the world to us!
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As we move forward in these uncertain times of the COVID-19 outbreak we wanted to keep you updated with our plans here at Willow & Stone and to say thank you to our loyal customers who continue to support our independent business. We will continue to update this post as the situation evolves, please read on for the latest information..
Naturally and with great sadness we decided to close our Falmouth store this weekend in order to protect our precious staff and customers. However we look forward to opening our doors again and welcoming you to a fresh, refurbished space when the time is right.
We don’t know what the coming days and weeks will bring but for now a much smaller team are continuing to fulfil and deliver online orders. We will aim to send all orders asap but are suspending our express service and non-UK orders for the time being.
Our courier DPD is still offering a contact-free delivery service with a few minor delays in the UK. (Find out more here)
We are of course taking the greatest of care and ensuring the highest levels of hygiene with every product and package. As a small business your goods will come into contact with very few people on site with just a couple of our team now in each day and others working from home.
If you are awaiting delivery of a recent order please be reassured it will be dispatched as quickly and as safely as possible. If we are waiting on stock from a supplier there may be longer delays at this time, should this be the case you should have received an email from us and you will not be charged until your goods are being dispatched.
All of us here at Willow & Stone are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our staff, customers and community and are therefore following daily advice and continually reviewing the situation.
If you do have any queries or concerns as always don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team email@example.com who will continue to strive for excellent customer service.
Thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate these challenges – we appreciate it enormously.
Sarah and the whole Willow & Stone team