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We're Open, Tallahassee: The Friendshop in Tallahassee takes extra precautions to protect customers

Posted at 6:27 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 18:27:36-04

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.

The Friendshop is a re-sale store stocked with donated books, DVDs, CDs, and more at a deeply discounted rate.

Due to COVID-19, they closed for three months, losing out on sales and donations.

Since re-opening on June 15, they've taken extra precautions, like only allowing three customers at a time and constant deep cleaning.

They partnered with Morningstar Storage to accept book donations and quarantine them in a storage unit.

"They accept the donations inside their lobby during lobby hours," said Deitra Kemmer, the manager at The Friendshop. "We go pick those books up, put them in quarantine for one week, which is above the CDC guidelines for paper and plastic, and then we hustle them back to the store as quickly as we can to put them out for sale for our customers"

The Friendshop is located inside the LeRoy Collins public library downtown.

Proceeds go to the Leon County Library System to purchase items above and beyond their normal budget.

"We have bag your own books if you're more comfortable with that, we have gloves, of course, we have to wear masks, and every employee has to have their temperature checked before they come to work every morning," Kemmer said. "So we have a lot going on as far as the security and safety and sanitation on the store also."

Right now, they have hundreds of children's books and most only cost 50 cents.

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