Happy Friday and Juneteenth Day!
As you read our newsletter, in case you did not know this, if you see a word or set of words that are underlined or a different color, the underline/different color signifies the word/words are a hyperlink to whatever is being mentioned, so if you ever wonder something like, "How do I make a reservation?", click on the word reservation if it is underlined/different color and you will be taken to our calendar where you can find the dates to reserve. Can you tell we had a few questions recently? We apologize for never explaining this before.
Juneteenth has been an official holiday in Georgia since 2011, but most people are still unfamiliar with the name and significance. Juneteenth (also called Freedom Day) marks the day in 1865 when the last enslaved people (in Texas) were told of the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed them two years earlier. Here at Intown Quilters, we feel it is more important than ever to recognize such a momentous occasion in our nation's history and show our support. We stand against racism and hope you will join us in our efforts not only on Juneteenth, but every day. While we wish we could close up today (we are only open to reservations and online sales) in recognition of the holiday, it is a challenge for a small business, particularly during Covid19, to shut the doors an extra day and still afford to pay bills. Instead, we will be making a donation to the nonprofit Juneteenth Atlanta to help them continue to educate, as well as several other organizations that help fight against racism. If you are so inclined, we would encourage you to also make a donation today to the Juneteenth Atlanta non profit or one of the organizations listed in this Atlanta Magazine article. Together, we can make a difference!
This weekend also includes World Refugee Day on Saturday, 6/20/2020, and we are blessed to have a huge refugee population in the greater Atlanta area that helps to make our city a very interesting and diverse place to live. We at Intown Quilters all love to visit many of the international restaurants and groceries in our city (and get food delivered from them during Covid19) and we personally know several refugee women who work in our sewing and crafting community. Feel free to ask us for more information on our favorites if you like in email. We would like to honor refugees on Saturday and will make a donation to each of the organizations and ask that you consider doing the same. Together, we can make a difference!
- Tandem Quilting Company
- The Clarkston Community Center
- The International Rescue Committee
We know Georgia's governor has lifted the shelter in place order; however, we have not reopened for in-store shopping at this time. We continue to monitor and evaluate and would prefer to to help you virtually with both curbside pick up (remain in your car when you arrive and call us at 404-634-6924) and shipping of your orders! We have started a RESERVATION only, in-store shopping for now with a reservation fee ($15) that goes towards your purchase. You may bring one other person with you (adult or child). Right now we only have a few spots a day while we see how things go, but will add spots in soon. All people inside the shop must wear a mask! You can reserve your spot HERE.
By coming inside Intown Quilters you acknowledge and agree to the following:
I am aware of the existence of the risk of illness due to Covid19 by shopping in public.
I have not experienced symptoms of any illness in the past 14 days.
I have not been, nor any member of my household, diagnosed with Covid19 in the past 30 days.
I have a mask to wear and my own antibacterial hand sanitizer to bring into the shop to use.
You must wear a mask and bring your own hand sanitizer inside the shop and use it once you are inside.
You must maintain 6 feet of distance.
Payment is by credit card only or you can send payment through PayPal when you are in the shop.
Why are we doing this reservation fee? Because we are all still very worried about the spike in cases of Covid19 that are already happening in our area, and want to keep your and our risk level as low as possible. We need to keep the number of customers inside the shop to a minimum and are only offering this shopping time to those who are committed to purchasing something from us. We hope to reopen to browsing sometime in July.
We want to give you an update on the delivery of Tula's True Colors collection by Tula Pink which has been available for preorder on our website, both yardage and fat quarter bundles. The fabric was supposed to start shipping to stores in early June, but there are shipping delays for most fabric these days due to Covd19 and they tell us now that it will finally be shipping any day. Finger crossed! Get your order in ahead of the delivery and we will get yours cut before the bolts ever hit the floor!
For information on making face masks, check out our Charity Projects page. Please also share our GoFundMe fundraiser with your friends and family who might like to help out with masks but cannot help with the sewing of them. Our fundraiser is helping to pay for the fabric that we are providing to anyone who asks (over $5000 given away so far) and to supplement the pay for the shop employees during this time of limited work hours.
We appreciate the support you've shown us during these uncertain times. Whether you are an essential worker during this crisis or doing your part to #stayhome, you are in our thoughts!
Sarah & the IQF&Y crew