Music stores like Kiss The Sky adjust Black Friday plans

Like other retail stores, Kiss The Sky record store in Batavia is now operating at no more than 25% capacity as part of statewide restrictions put in place Nov. 20.

But Kiss The Sky owner Steve Warrenfeltz already had been doing that in an effort to keep customers safe. The store's maximum capacity is 120 people, so he could have up to 30 people in the store at one time under the new rules.

"I don't let more than 20 people in here [at a time] for everybody's comfort," Warrenfeltz said.

Customers must wear masks to enter the store.

Kiss The Sky also offers curbside service, as well as delivery.

As part of Tier 3 restrictions that took effect Nov. 20, retail stores are encouraged to offer delivery or curbside pickup.

"I'm going to do what I can to minimize any concerns and make people feel safe and keep them safe as much as I can," Warrenfeltz said.

As part of Black Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving, Kiss The Sky and other independent record stores across the nation will sell releases that only are available that day.

The pandemic has changed the look of this year's Black Vinyl Friday.

"I'm doing a virtual line," Warrenfeltz said. "People are signing up for a lottery and I'm drawing names out of a hat and I will assign people a place in line. I don't want people lining up, but to come here in groups of five every 15 minutes. And I'll tell you what group you're in and then we'll let you in. You'll have 15 minutes to shop."

Kiss The Sky will open at 8 a.m. Nov. 27 and close at 8 p.m.

Warrenfeltz thinks the store will be pretty busy that day.

"We'll see, though," Warrenfeltz said. "This will be the first time we've had Black Friday during a pandemic."