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Endicott teacher supply store adjusts to changing times

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ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- Satico's in Endicott typically spends this month helping teachers get their classrooms ready for the fall.

"Traditionally August is our big back to school rush. Between the northern PA teachers coming in for products and then later in the month will be New York State," said Manager Marybeth Salamida.

Since there was so much uncertainty with schools this summer, business is not what it usually is.

"It's a slow start to the season," said Salamida.

But Satico's is still staying afloat. They have been able to adjust its products to what's currently trending, and has done this for years.

"The business side is always tough, and that's why Satico's has always reinvented itself," said Salamida. "People might remember us as a luggage store because we had walls and walls of luggage in the IBM days. Downstairs was all party supplies when big parties were big in this area, and we've just had to go with the flow and make the change and hope business prevails."

This summer is no different. Satico's is now selling a lot of resources schools haven't had to use in the past.

"Popular this year are social distancing posters, social distancing mats you can put down on the floor, so students stay six feet apart," said Salamida.

As the store plans for the future, it knows change will continue to be in the cards.

"Down the road, they won't need planning books, everything is so technical," said Salamida.

But no matter the times, Satico's and the schools in the community know they're all in this together.

Annie Flaherty

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