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2020 retrospective.


That was quite a year. We are extremely excited about what the future holds, such as Valentine’s Day. 💕 But first we wanted to take a brief look back at some of the ups and downs and reflect on how 2020 changed us. Like many businesses, in March, we made tough call and temporarily suspended operations to implement health & safety protocols, and update our business model and work flows. Changes included physical distancing, masking, signage, occupancy limits, sanitation protocols and contactless delivery. Throughout these changes we have been most grateful for the acceptance, understanding and extraordinary support shown to us by all of our customers, neighbors and community. We have always loved being a part of the downtown community. But it means even more to us today than ever before. Being located smack dab in the center of downtown Portland, and countless social justice demonstrations, we have seen the passion, pain, struggle, love and growth. We have stood with the community in support Black Lives Matter, and black owned businesses. We mourned the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, encouraged voting in the historic Presidential election. And with heartwarming generosity from Gifford’s customers, friends and family we were able to adopt a family for the holiday season. Through it all we have been tremendously fortunate to stay healthy and safe, and remain open during every major holiday of 2020 including Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. We hope for more of the same in 2021. Needless to say, 2020 presented many challenges common to us all. Whether you design flowers, design clothing, or are an interior designer. Whether you deliver packages, deliver speeches, or deliver babies. Or especially if you’re a new learn-at-home student, work-from-home professional or staying-at-home in support of public health. You made it through one of the most difficult experiences in a generation. We made it through 2020 together. There is more work to do, but we are sensing a light at the end of this tunnel.

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