April 12, 2021 2 min read
Spring has sprung at the Anvil Customs Shop, currently located on Park Central Square, just off of historic Rt. 66 in Springfield Missouri. The traditional excitement of nice weather, and lively events are made extra special this year, as we climb our way out of a pandemic lock-down. We've always been more of a "by appointment" type of shop. Seldom do folks want to walk in off the street to buy premium leather goods. And the added length of production times generally means that it's just more efficient for everyone involved if a person makes a purchase off the website or via PayPal invoice. But the added caution to prevent the spread of the virus has meant that we've been particularly closed off from the general public over the last year.
Over the course of the last year our retail space in the shop has shrunk quite a bit. Since we weren't opening up the doors for First Friday Art Walk, we've given ourselves more work space. I imagine there are quite a few businesses that are having to transition back to having more space for customers as the pandemic hopefully subsides. Now that Phase 3 of Missouri's Vaccination plan mean that anyone can go out and get a shot I suspect that the masking ordinances and capacity limits will be lifted soon.
Should you decide to visit I encourage you to still message us first just to make sure we're around to let you in and say hello. But you'll have to excuse the fact that there really isn't much retail display in the shop. We usually have a few cool things being built though, so that's not to say there aren't still things to see. If you've ever wanted to see where the World famous Anvil wallets are crafted you're welcome to visit. Additionally some of the fine folks over on the Anvil Leather Crew were talking about doing a meet-up during the Birthplace of Rt. 66 Festival Springfield puts on this year. The festival is a great time under normal circumstances but I suspect this year will be extra special as folks are itching to get back out and to some normalcy.