By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

To Anthem residents, PostNet is more than the neighborhood business service center. 

Sure, it’s a full-service print shop that offers photocopying, shipping, notary and mailbox services. However, the seven-year owners, Lanny and Linda Nelson, have become an information source. They compare their facility to a one-time popular TV show—“Cheers.”

“We have people call us asking us questions all the time,” Lanny says. “They ask where can they get water, or can they have a friend drop off water there and pick it up later. It’s a central place for a lot of people to do things and get things done.”

In this COVID-19-riddled world, the Nelsons just want to be fair and kind to the neighborhood. 

“We do have a barrier up front,” he says. “We’re trying to limit the people who can come into the heart of the store. That being said, we are still seeing customers every single day and helping them. We fax unemployment paperwork, send out mail, send out packages, receive packages. We’re trying to keep our normal lives going.”

Due to ongoing precautionary measures, PostNet Anthem has temporarily modified its store hours to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The Nelsons’ prices are reasonable. For faxes, the cost is $1.25 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. There’s a discount program for 10 pages or more. 

“If people come in and tell us it’s for unemployment, we’ve started to do that for free,” he says. 

After all, Lanny was one of them once. 

“I was one of those middle-aged men who lost his job and I couldn’t find a job,” he says. “I took a job here for $10 an hour and the owner wanted to sell—and here we are.”

Most of PostNet’s services are available, but the Nelsons cannot do fingerprinting or pack people’s personal items like clothing. 

“I will ship them if they’re ready to go, but they can’t bring me clothes out of the closet and dishes and say, ‘Pack them up,’” he says. “It’s just too risky.”