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    Demo Day Canceled and Store Operation Updates for May

    Demo Day Canceled and Store Operation Updates for May

    Yes, we finally came to grips with the reality that Demo Day had to be canceled. We know. It's been a hard decision. Demo Day is one of our busiest and absolutely a day of full fun for everyone involved. But given the Phased re-opening plan put forth by the Governor it would be irresponsible of us to pack 1000 people on an island in close contact with each other. Phase II of re-opening calls for gatherings not to exceed 50 people and in our estimation that will likely fall in those first weeks of June. We look forward to the days of risk free hugs and camaraderie in the future.

    In the meantime, be on the look out for micro demos as we've been in talks with some of our Reps about having smaller, brand specific demos in the future. We've also started brainstorming inventive digital ways to provide demo like information via video, etc. Lastly, starting in June we will begin doing our Demo by Appt operation again. The cost is $45 a kayak to demo with the cost going towards the cost of a purchase within 30 days of Demo.

    Store Operating Procedures for May:

    At this time and for the rest of May we will continue operating on our Curbside Pick Up by Appt guidelines for all orders placed Online or over the phone. 

    To Recap:

    We are still shipping across the lower 48 states by freight. Our Ashland store is now Closed for the time being. We have increased our personal delivery radius in Virginia for our custom kayak delivery service to account for that closure. One of our drivers will deliver your kayak, calling in the days after your order has been placed to schedule. The driver will unload the kayak. You are encouraged to be there but it is not necessary. The driver will maintain safe 6 ft distance, set your kayak up and explain the features.

    You can also shop online for 'In Store PickUp in Farmville' and we can schedule your pickup so that you do not have to get out of the car. There is an In Store Pick Up option in the Shipping section of our Checkout Cart. Please wait for us to call and set up an Appt for you to Pick Up (or be proactive and call us)  before just showing up. That way we can have your order ready and be efficient.

    When arriving for you curbside pick up: Call from your car into the office 800-442-4837 and tell us your name and order. If you desire to get out of your car PLEASE wear a mask. We will be wearing masks to protect you, please do us the same courtesy.

    Our staff will load the kayak. If you have your own straps to tie it down that can be communicated before pickup and when our staff distances themselves you can get out and tie on your kayak. We must maintain 6 ft distance during this loading. 

    You can still call us #800-442-4837, 9-5, Tues-Sat, to discuss kayaks, canoes, SUPs, paddles, PFDs, etc. We can walk you through much of our inventory and process sales that way as well. Phone orders can be shipped or scheduled for Pick Up In Store by Appt.

    Our Hampton store is open for kayak pickups as well. You can shop online and chose In Store PickUp for Hampton. Those kayaks will be there on Friday of every week as we run a truck from Farmville to Hampton once a week. You can also call the Hampton store to find out what they have in stock. You can purchase over the phone and schedule a pick up time. When arriving for you curbside pick up: Call from your car into the office 757-890-0500 and tell us your name and order. If you desire to get out of your car PLEASE wear a mask. We will be wearing masks to protect you, please do us the same courtesy. Our staff will load the kayak. If you have your own straps to tie it down that can be communicated before pickup and when our staff distances themselves you can get out and tie on your kayak. We must maintain 6 ft distance during this loading. 

    The important news here:
    We are no longer open for In Store Shopping at least through May. This will most likely change in June. We look forward to the days when we can get back to our normal routine of walking scores of folks through our warehouses, talking about the rivers and lakes that we love. But for now we will have to settle for phone calls, emails, and social messaging and the curbside pick up routine mentioned above.. We love all y'all. Thank you for understanding. 

    If you need a mask, we sell them here : https://paddleva.com/collections/new-products/products/blackstrap-civil-mask 

    Get to Know the Appomattox River Company / PaddleVa Staff

    Get to Know the Appomattox River Company / PaddleVa Staff
     Our staff is approachable, making our customer's experiences with us easy, real, customized, accommodating, and affordable. Appomattox River Company staff cater to all boaters: young and old, novices and experts, men and women, families and individuals, classic and eccentric! All are welcome and encouraged to shop with us

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    Store Operation Update - 04/07

    Store Operation Update - 04/07
    Despite our huge inventory, we are a small business, and this health crisis impacts us greatly. We are so very grateful for all the folks shopping with us, online, over the phone and in person.

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    Updated COVID-19 Guidelines for Kayak Sales

    Updated COVID-19 Guidelines for Kayak Sales

    First off, we want to say, "Thank You!" We've felt the love from all y'all that have shopped with us over the last few weeks. These are wild times, and we truly appreciate all the support. One thing remains constant, getting outside in a responsible way continues to be an excellent option for social distancing and maintaining sanity. Paddlesports lend themselves rather well to the idea of getting away from folks. Everybody can have their own kayak and maintain proper distance while having fun outdoors. And we want to be here to help y'all find those moments of solace. 

    The Latest News in Va:
    The Governor just announced a Stay-At-Home order in EO #55. The specifics in relation to retail remain largely the same as before. Brick and Mortar can stay open if they continue to keep patronage in the store down to 10 or less. Now that guideline comes along with the newly announced stay-at-home order. We are being asked to stay home to flatten the curve of this virus. We intend to do our part in so much as we can.

    So new guidelines and the latest news from our stores:

    Our Ashland store is closed until further notice. We will be running free deliveries on kayaks, canoes, and SUPs into the Richmond area for the immediate future. If you are shopping online and your zipcode falls into the free delivery area you will see a Free Freight option on page 2 of the checkout. You can always call us as well 800-442-4837. Those deliveries will happen once a week on Thurs. One of our drivers will deliver your kayak, calling when he is near. The driver will unload the kayak. You are encouraged to be there but it is not necessary. The driver will maintain safe 6 ft distance. 

     

    Our Hampton store is scheduled to be open this week for kayak pickups as well. You can shop online and chose In Store PickUp for Hampton. Those kayaks will be there on Friday of every week as we run a truck from Farmville to Hampton once a week. You can also call the Hampton store to find out what they have in stock. You can purchase over the phone and schedule a pick up time. The kayak will be brought out to your car and loaded for you. If you have your own straps you can get out after our staff has backed away from your vehicle, and you can strap it in. If you need us to tie it down, communicate that over the phone before arriving for pickup.

    Our Farmville store is scheduled to be open this week for kayak pickups, and for shipping out orders. We will continue shipping out kayaks and gear across the lower 48. You can also shop online for In Store PickUp in Farmville and we can schedule your pickup so that you do not have to get out of the car. Our staff will load the kayak, etc as you sit in your car. If you have your own straps to tie it down that can be communicated before pickup and when our staff distances themselves you can get out and tie on your kayak. If you need us to tie your kayak on, you will need to remain in the car as we do that. 

    In Store Shopping:

    We are closing our doors to walk in traffic in both Hampton and Farmville. We have found it difficult to maintain proper distancing during the past week. If you want to come in and see product, you must call in advance and schedule an appt to come in and shop. Our staff will maintain a safe 6ft distance as they walk you around the warehouses or store. And we ask that you touch product as little as possible.. All purchases will need to be completed online / over the phone / or by vocalizing your CC info instead of passing cards if possible. We will accept any payment and have gloves and hand sanitizer but we are mindful of preserving our supplies. All of this is to protect our staff and you from potentially spreading anything. We want to do our part to help flatten the curve of this infection so as not to overwhelm our healthcare system. But we also want to help people maintain their sanity and recreate in the outdoors. So these are our current guidelines. Please help us make this work. We appreciate all y'all.

    Thank you

    Appomattox River Company 

    ** PS :  We have partnered up with Recover Sustainable Apparel to sell some PaddleVa Flag T-Shirts. These shirts with our most popular PaddleVa logo are not being sold anywhere else currently. For each shirt sold in the next two weeks, Appomattox River Company will receive $10. We will in turn use that money to buy Gift Cards to our local Farmville restaurants to show them our love. We will then gift those cards to our customers who shop with us. So jump in there and get a sweet Paddleva Flag shirt and help us support our amazing local restaurants! 
    https://recoverbrands.com/products/paddle-va-classic-tee