Ardmore Toy Store Finds Creative Ways to Adapt to a Pandemic

A pucciManull customer arranges a purchase and delivery online as closed small businesses adapt to efforts to contain the coronavirus. Image via

One toy store in Delaware County has found a unique way to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic, reports Dan Koob for

Some of the toys for sale at pucciManull in Ardmore. You can’t visit the store right now but you can browse the inventory on line and have the items delivered curbside or within five miles of the store. Image via

pucciManull in Ardmore features handmade toys from around the world. Owner Carrie Kohs is reporting that all of the store shelves are fully stocked.

But there are no customers in the store.

“We’re in uncharted territory,” she said.

Like many other responsible business owners, Kohs decided to follow Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf’s suggestion that non-essential businesses close to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“If I knew that I, in any way, contributed in any sense to just one person passing this onto anybody, that’s not something I’m comfortable with,” Kohs said.

She has adapted, setting up appointments through the store’s website. Customers can shop virtually over their phones or tablets, walking among the aisles of toys.

She’s offering curbside pickup and free delivery within five miles.

It’s what a small business must do to get by during a pandemic.

“I don’t have an immediate answer for you. We’ll have to see,” Kohs said. “We’ll have to see how creative we can get.”

Read more about Carrie Kohs’ approach to keeping her small business open during the coronavirus crisis here.

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