On Thursday, October 15, I will be opening with regular business hours. These hours, listed below, will be posted on my website and on the front door of the store.
Monday 11am to 5pm
Thursday 11am to 6pm
Friday 11am to 5pm
Saturday 12pm to 5pm
Recently, I have spent a lot of time and energy in organizing my shop in a way that will allow me to be able to deal with Covid- 19 in a safe and appropriate way. There are 2 signs on the front door. One sign states “MAXIMUM 5 PEOPLE” and the other sign states that “MASKS ARE MANDATORY”. There is hand sanitizer just inside the front door. I will politely ensure that everyone maintains a safe social distance. If you are planning on coming here to buy skis or have skis tested, it would be helpful if you could send me an email stating when you would like to come here. Through emails, we will arrange a reservation time. For all other aspects of the services that I provide at GNS, you will not need a reservation.
As of Sunday, October 11, the Outaouais is a RED ZONE in Quebec. The restrictions in a RED ZONE in Quebec are very similar to the restrictions in Ottawa. At this point in time, there is no indication that they will close the bridges. Having said this, even if they close the bridges, there are appropriate ways that I can get your skis, do the work on these skis and get your skis back to Ottawa. For people who have ordered products/equipment, if you are not able to drive here, I will ship the products to you and pay for the shipping. As is the case with all businesses, out of necessity, there are appropriate ways of dealing with Covid -19.
I am very much looking forward to skiing and providing a good service to other skiers so that they can also enjoy skiing this winter.
I look forward to seeing and talking to you, albeit from a distance.
As of June 8, 2020, I am open for business. I will be available with a reservation. I will adhere to the guidelines that are being used in Wakefield with regards to physical distancing and the use of hand sanitizer. There will be a maximum of 4 people allowed in the shop. This information will be posted on the front door. Shortly after Thanksgiving in October, I will have regular hours which will be posted on my website and on the front door.
In October or early November, I will send out a Newsletter with updated information and videos on:
- liquid and solid waxes ( non fluoro, non poisonous and non toxic waxes) They exist and they are excellent.
- base preparation after stone grinding
- skin skis
- waxing skin skis
- skis for wet conditions
The last 2 months have been a very difficult and stressful time for people all over the world. Presently, in Quebec and in the rest of Canada, the situation is improving and hopefully will continue to do so. I have never been more grateful that I am a Canadian citizen and living on Canadian soil.
On a lighter note, as a sign of the times, yesterday, I stood in front of a mirror with a pair of scissors and cut my hair. I don’t think my mother would have approved. It is probably a good thing that I am better at stone grinding than I am at cutting hair.
I am very much looking forward to skiing and seeing people in my shop this fall/winter.