Early on Monday, Ada’s Books and Cafe tweeted that they were “closing to assess their options for the coming weeks” during Seattle’s citywide COVID-19 closures.
It has since been revealed that Ada’s has come to a conclusion to close all brick-and-mortar locations and move towards an online-only business model.
As a small business with very low margins, the store will be laying off the majority of their employees so that they can have access to the emergency unemployment benefits being offered by the State as well as two weeks of severance pay.
— jseattle (@jseattle) March 16, 2020
Ada’s is where “the technical mind finds what it craves,” and “a bookstore becomes a community,” according to the founders (and self-proclaimed geeks) of Ada, Danielle, and David Hulton.
Those looking to support the store can purchase a gift card to use a later date, buy a book or product online, sign up for a monthly book subscription, buy an audiobook, or even just tell a friend about the shop.
No matter how long this crisis lasts, we have every intention of returning in full force once it is over. Thanks so much for supporting Ada’s. We truly appreciate you. We’ll get through this together,” said Danielle and David Hulton in a letter on their website.