Ferndale store becomes essential after being issued warning


FERNDALE, Ca (KIEM) – Warnings were recently issued to a few Ferndale stores for staying open amid the shelter-in-place ruling.

After the warnings, one store owner decided to become essential to prevent from having to close. Chapman’s Bookery and More owner Christina Chapman did not want to speak on camera, other local business owners and community members shared their thoughts.

Abraxas Jewelry and Leather and Ferndale Emporium were open Wednesday as well, until they were issued warnings. Abraxas owner, Chris Boynton closed her store because she is not deemed essential and was warned with a one thousand dollar citation for everyday she stays open.

Chapman who owns Chapman’s Bookery and More had the same thought. So, she took it upon herself to start selling dry goods for her customers. Chapman is also taking safety precautions while staying open, she keeps hand sanitizer at her front door and allows no more than four customers in at a time.

Like Renner, many Ferndale residents are supporting the decision of local business owners trying to open their doors and several are not pleased with the recent warnings that closed other doors.

With the opening of some stores for curbside pick-up on May 8, business owners are trying to figure out what that really means for them. Chapman is just one business owner trying to find a way to make this all possible.

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