As I have read on FB, this is the first time in history where looking back IS actually 2020. What a year. Quite frankly, I'm glad that you are over 2020 and don't let the door hit you on the butt on the way out! Welcome 2021! You are full of hope & the promise of a return to a "better normal". "Let's make it so", as Captain Jean Luc Picard would say.
Although Kingston people did a great job at following the rules and staying out of COVID jail, unfortunately, many fellow citizens were not so obliging. Even though we were only in the "Orange" segment on the Covid-19 lockdown scale, we got to go into full lockdown with the rest of the high risk areas in Ontario. Doesn't it feel like when you were back in school and because some kid in your class did something ridiculous, the teacher made the whole class sit for detention to pay for it. Ughhhhh. And so here we are again, in the penalty box, for 28 days from December 26 - January 23. Sigh.
At this moment in-store shopping is unavailable but we will continue to provide curb-side pick up. If you saw something here before the holidays and you are wondering if it's still available, please either call us or email us and we will do our best to help you out. Store manager Lisa, and myself will be handling calls and monitoring emails and social media.
During the lockdown we will continue to add product to the on-line store so that you will have more to shop for than just gift cards. The winter months are always a time for us to do some "sprucing up" and this year we have even more reason to do so! This year will have multiple reasons for celebrations and we are not going to let Covid-19 keep us from celebrating them! The store will be celebrating 40 years of being in business, I will have owned it for 7 years and I am turning 60 this year!! Whooot! We are dreaming up fun things to do and I am confident that we will be able to do them all in person! Stay tuned!
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the friends and families of Cornerstone who came out to support us and other local business in downtown Kingston. We could not do this with out you. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you and we are grateful. I would also like to thank all of our artists and craftspeople who continue to share their pieces with us and who give us "shout outs" all year long so people know where to buy their work. We really appreciate when you do that!
Sending thanks out to the best team in all of Kingston! The ladies of Cornerstone were amazing with their customer service skills and helping people get the gifts they wanted under the Covid restrictions. You guided people on safe practices upon entering the store and how the store was set up for a safer shopping experience. Being a customers service representative during a pandemic placed you all squarely at the front line of it all and you did it with grace and loveliness. You are all amazing and I love you. Well done!
I want to give Minotaur Games, Gifts & Crafts a shout out for their winning window display in the Winter Wonderland contest this year. Congratulations! We want to thank all of you who took the time to vote for us on-line... wait until next year.. hahaha!
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Hang in there with us and let's be there for each other. Be kind, be loving to all and lets work hard towards
PEACE ON EARTH for 2021
Stay well & safe,
Penny & the staff at Cornerstone