A Note From Us During This Time

March 17, 2020

 

Times are weird for all of us right now. But we are all in this together.


Temporarily closing our shop doors on March 17th, 2020 (pictured above) until who knows when was strange and surreal (and scary), but we knew it was the only decision we could make given the circumstances. 

 

The past three weeks have been surreal (as they have been for all of us!). It still feels like a dream, though it seems like we are all starting to acclimate to our temporary new normal. Seeing our customers, staff and artists are what make this all make sense and live and breathe. The streets are desolate in downtown Lawrence. We miss everyone so much. We have been scrambling to transition to a web-only presence for however long we need to do so.

 

We are so grateful for the support we have received during this time from our customers and artists, whether it be encouraging, heartfelt notes or purchases from our website. Thank you, so much. You have no idea how much it means, how much it helps and what a difference it makes. Thank you.

 

We have been doing our best to take advantage of the free time that the circumstances have granted us. We have wanted to get more of our artists’ work up onto our website for ages, and you don’t realize how busy you are with the day to day tasks of running a bricks and mortar retail shop and gallery until a fair amount of those duties have become temporarily unnecessary. Given this, our online shop is up and running and we have been adding as much work by our artists as possible each day! We will be adding virtual events, gifts for Mother’s Day, more Final Fridays artwork, etc.! Stay tuned via our social media pages.

  

A few notes regarding the temporary changes in our shop:

 

Our website is open 24/7! We are adding a lot of items from our shop every day and will continue to do so on a daily basis. Interested in something from our shop that you don’t see online? Email us at [email protected] and will get back to you ASAP and can hook you up! We are happy to send you pics of sections of the shop you are interested in as well.

 

DELIVERY OPTIONS FOR ONLINE ORDERS

Free local delivery (take advantage of this- we are happy to deliver your orders!) 

US shipping via USPS

 

FINAL FRIDAYS

We have Matt Roman's work up in our website and available for under “Final Fridays // Sparrow Gallery”. Please email us with any questions at [email protected]. Stay tuned for upcoming Final Fridays artists’ work as well, as we will be making it available for viewing and purchase via our website.

 

COLLABORATIONS

We are looking forward to collaborating with some of our artists for virtual events during this time and beyond. First up... a Mother's Day Pop Up with elgatoprinting!

 

CURATED SECTION FOR THIS TIME

We have added the sectionDuring This Strange Time” in our website with a selection of our artists’ work that we have curated. Whether it be keeping in touch the old school way (our favorite way), keeping your hands sanitized, getting crafty, nurturing yourself (cocktails count), tidying up your home or sending some love, we are tossing a few ideas your way. We will continue to add to this collection daily.

 

SHOP PLAYLIST

We get asked often about the music we play in our shop, so we are sharing our shop playlist on Spotify with you— a virtual-ish EG environment while you perouse our online shop or a new playlist for you to enjoy.

 

CLOSING THOUGHTS

We remain optimistic that our community’s small businesses and our downtown will bounce back after this time, hopefully stronger than before the epidemic.

 

Events like this snap things into perspective pretty quickly, eh? You realize what is truly important and not so important. Our awareness of what we are grateful for has been heightened during this time.

 

We continue to be touched by how individuals and businesses have helped our community and beyond. From free lunches every day, those helping folks need and to supporting small businesses. Those in the medical profession and ssential staff putting themselves at risk everyday during this time to provide their communities what they need. The love is overwhelming in a beautiful way. Thank you, Lawrence (and beyond) for supporting your community in whatever ways you can do so. 

 

Please, take care of yourself during this time. Hopefully you are able to take advantage of some quiet time as well by taking care of you, checking things off of a task list, reading a new book, trying new recipes, riding your bike or whatever suits your fancy. The earth is getting to rest for a bit now as well.

 

We love you Lawrence.

Love, EG