VE, COVID-19, and What We're Doing in the Age of Social Distancing (as of 03/30/2020)
Hey there folks.
As you might know, Variant Edition has been changing a few things as everyone practices social distancing in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. We’ll be updating this post with information as things change.
Here’s what you need to know as of MARCH 30th, 2020.
1. During the non-essential services shut down, Variant Edition will closed to the public, but open for curb side pick ups, in city deliveries and mail order.
2. We will be open the temporary hours of: Tues-Fri: 12pm-6pm and Sat-Sun: 12pm-5pm, during which we will be in store to answer the phone and prepare placed orders.
3. On Tuesday to Sunday, Brandon and Danica will be switching who is working in store, and who will be working from home. This will be done to keep things running both in store, and online - as well as a way to limit our time out and about.
4. We’ve been offering in city delivery for a couple years at this point, and will continue to do so - though we are waiving the fee for any and all purchases over $30. This covers all of Edmonton. Surrounding areas WILL BE SERVED, but at less frequent intervals. Deliveries occur on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Please contact us about timing.
4. We will also be offering curb-side pick up for folks who are not comfortable with coming in. We even have a portable payment option, if you can’t pre-pay for your items via other methods before pick up.
5. As always, we will be continuing our cleaning regimen, and we are now the only people handling unsold product.
6. We are offering flexible Self-Quarantine Packages for folks who might not know what they want to read, but are bored nonetheless. We’ll work within your budget and package up a selection of graphic novels you might find interesting based off of a few questions regarding the feel of what you’re looking for.
7. We will also be running a daily 15-minute check in video, streaming to our Twitter, Facebook and YouTube platforms (Tues-Sun at 3PM). These 15 minute check ins will start with us, and anyone who is watching live, chatting about the cool things they’ve been watching or doing during this time of social distancing. What have you liked? What have WE liked? Send us a message during the show, on any of those platforms, and we will share your recommendation with others! Each episode will end with a recommendation or two from Danica and/or Brandon, depending on who is running the show that night. With this, we’re hoping to bring the comic shop experience to you!
As always, this is an ever changing situation, and we want everyone to be safe. We’ll keep everyone updated with any changes as they occur. We love you all.
-Brandon and Danica
Variant Edition Comics + Culture, Edmonton, AB.