“Puzzles were bananas,” Arnold said. “I started early on putting in massive orders for puzzles.”

Now, as Governor Gavin Newsom loosens rules that have kept Californians from suffering infections like residents of New York, New Orleans and other hot spots, her mother is cleaning the bookstore’s basement.

“There’s a lot of hopefulness,” she said. “I mean, you don’t clean the basement if you don’t think you’re going to stay open.”

--With assistance from Saijel Kishan, Thomas Black, Elise Young, Olga Kharif, Shruti Singh, Kurt Wagner, Reade Pickert and Margaret Newkirk.

This article was provided by Bloomberg News.

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