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We're Open, Tallahassee: Garnet & Gold releases officially licensed FSU face masks, gives back to FSU Foundation

Posted at 7:04 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 19:04:33-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — With the economic uncertainties from the coronavirus, we here at ABC 27 are shining a light on businesses that are doing their part to help out the community while keeping their business open.

A business that's been in operation for more than 40 years has re-opened all three locations with new guidelines to keep you safe.

Garnet & Gold says they've relied heavily on e-commerce sales the past few months, yet sales are still down around 40 percent from normal.

Since reopening the stores in May, they've adapted new safety policies including requiring staff members to sign health agreements, not allowing customers in dressing rooms, quarantining returns, and placing signage around the stores.

"We are mask mandatory in the store, we have stations at the front for sanitizing, as well as we're offering free masks for someone that doesn't have one if they are coming to shop," said Eric Nelson, the operations manager at Garnet & Gold. "We wipe down the counters and the keypads and the customer terminals after every transaction. We have a cleaning schedule in place for all locations."

One of their biggest sellers recently is their officially licensed Florida State University face masks!

They now have eight different styles to chose from and the masks are made in the U.S. or Central America.

Thirty percent of each mask sale goes back to the FSU Foundation.

"A portion of the funds sold goes back to the Florida State University Foundation for the student emergency fund," Nelson said. "So it helps them, the students with housing, with monetary needs, with food needs, so we thought that was a great way for us to help the University community as well."

Garnet & Gold has three locations. One on the northside of town in the Fresh Market plaza, one on Governor's Square Boulevard, and one on Pensacola Street, just a block away from Doak Campbell stadium.

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