Sheri Scruby is anything but short of supply these days.
“A few times I came in the morning and the whole patio was just filled with boxes of books,” said the owner of the used bookstore. “It’s pretty cool, but it can be overwhelming.”
As people continue to squat in the middle of a COVID-19 winter, Book Grove has seen foot traffic and stable sales because of it. The Catcher in the Rye, Catch-22, popular sci-fi novel Dune – Scruby said that the people of the Roaring Fork Valley continue to buy pieces of classic literature on a fairly regular basis.
“I think people are hungry for books, ever since it all happened and happened,” she said. “I think everyone is a little bit fed up with their Netflix shows and all the electronic things you can do while confined.”
Among the city’s bars, restaurants and other popular businesses doing their best to financially recover from periodic shutdowns due to faltering COVID-19 regulations, Book Grove is somewhat of an anomaly.
The company, which opened in 2004, continues to record sales amid COVID-19 due, among other things, to tourists. Because when you’re on vacation, what better way to relax than reading a book?
“I can’t tell you how many people come to my store and live in Denver,” Scruby said. “Do you know how many bookstores there are in Denver? But I think when people are on vacation they have time to look at books. And I think people enjoy the experience of browsing and seeing what finds them.
Looking to the future amid COVID-19, Scruby said she was “not going anywhere.”
“I have read enough history to know that one day (COVID-19) will be history and that it will not be like this forever, because nothing is ever eternal,” she said declared. “It’s going to evolve and change and change, and we’re going to have solutions and problems that are going to go wrong again. “
“I don’t really intend to change anything,” added Scruby. “We’re just going to stay positive, stay in the spotlight, and do our best.”
Book Grove is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Among the various unique businesses in Glenwood Springs, the Glenwood Escape Room continues to see people making reservations for a little fun.
“We were able to stay open, keep staff and pay the bills,” said owner Logan Bartek. “But we were definitely down from normal.”
Bartek said his life-size puzzle, which just reopened last weekend after a small COVID-19 outage, is currently operating at reduced capacity, with people making private reservations.
“We had a great weekend,” he said. “People were walking out as things opened up again.”
Bartek said groups of 6-8 people are making private bookings to enjoy something that really stands out as a business. If you haven’t already, now might be the perfect time to come and experience one of Glenwood’s three escape room themes respectively – Christmas Chaos, The Serial Doctor, and The Elevator.
As for its operation, people are placed in one of these three enclosed spaces. In the given area, participants find clues to solve a riddle and, you guessed it, daringly and daringly escape.
“It’s a great activity to get out of the house right now,” Bartek said. “It’s good to go out with family or friends to have fun without increasing the risks too much”
For Christmas Chaos, participants must help Santa Claus save Christmas. A little scarier, The Serial Doctor presents people with clues to uncover before a serial killer comes along and does a heinous act. In the elevator, participants must defuse a bomb while they are stuck in an elevator before it turns ka-boom.
“It’s a ton of fun and it’s a very unique experience,” said Bartek. “I’m saying most people probably haven’t played it and they don’t really know what they’re talking about. We really encourage people to go out there and try it out for themselves and see what this activity is all about.
And it’s also a great way to play safely indoors when it’s cold outside.
To book, visit http://www.glenwoodescape.com or call 970-945-7529.
The Glenwood Escape Room is provided by the Glenwood Adventure Company.