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The ReStoration Corner

Jared Laabs

Jared Laabs
Jared Laabs is the Marketing Coordinator at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Prior to Twin Cities Habitat, Jared worked within Minnesota State for over 15 years in the Marketing department. Jared is energized by hearing personal stories of triumph and learning about the amazing people we serve in our community. He enjoys learning and trying new things, but has limits. No sky diving.

Recent Posts

Shop the longest sale in ReStore history

Posted by Jared Laabs on Jun 23, 2020 3:33:00 PM

Many businesses temporarily shut down because of COVID-19 and are slowly re-opening. Now that we're back open and everyone has changed the way we interact with each other for the  foreseeable future, we're changing the way we have sales.

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Topics: Sales, 2020

Fathers Day Gift Brainstorm

Posted by Jared Laabs on Jun 17, 2020 3:00:25 PM

Some of us have already planned out a social distance party or celebration in honor of Fathers Day, but some of us react a moment before the big day. Either way, we've got some ideas that are worth the scroll.

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Topics: DIY, 2020

Easy Mothers Day gifts

Posted by Jared Laabs on May 7, 2020 11:50:00 AM

It's easy to take for granted the matriarch of the family... mom. But when Mothers Day comes around, you have to really think about how you can show your appreciation for everything she's done. Here are some quick and easy gifts for that will make her smile!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, DIY, 2020

ReStore’s Earth Saving Purpose—Diverting from Landfills

Posted by Jared Laabs on Apr 22, 2020 9:43:45 AM

You may already know about Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and how it provides affordable housing to local families. But you might be surprised how shopping and supporting ReStore home improvement outlets help divert over 2.3 million pounds of refuse from being thrown in landfills.

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Topics: Green Initiatives, 2020

What have you been doing since the COVID-19 outbreak?

Posted by Jared Laabs on Apr 15, 2020 11:33:36 AM

It's a loaded question, we know, but when the COVID-19 outbreak happened about a month ago MANY things changed. It effected our employment, personal lives, mental health and social norms. Since then Twin Cities Habitat has started to operate virtually with the one goal in mind. To preserve safe, affordable, stable, homeownership. It's more crucial than ever before.

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Topics: ReStore Staff, 2020

Bicycle Benefits at ReStore

Posted by Jared Laabs on Mar 10, 2020 10:24:52 AM

Bicycle Benefits is a program which encourages citizens to bike more regularly to more places. Local organizations and businesses offer special discounts for those that show up on their bike and wish to make a purchase. And you can save big at ReStore!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Green Initiatives, 2020

Storage Solutions Upcycle Challenge

Posted by Jared Laabs on Mar 5, 2020 8:41:28 AM

***We're temporarily closing ReStore and realize this will effect build time for our upcyclers. The upcycle challenge is postponed. Read our Coronavirus Response page for updates***

We're happy to announce that Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore is hosting its 3rd Upcycle Challenge! The challenge theme was created around a common problem we all face at one point or another. How do we store and organize our stuff?

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Topics: Upcycle, 2020

Get ready to declutter and organize

Posted by Jared Laabs on Feb 19, 2020 12:50:38 PM

Don't let your annual spring cleaning sneak up on you. Whether you're going to dedicate an entire day to decluttering your home or garage, or you only have 10 minutes to spare, we've got some ideas to get you on your way to a clutter free home!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, 2020

We need your help filling the new space

Posted by Jared Laabs on Feb 7, 2020 8:45:19 AM

Regular ReStore shoppers may have already noticed, but our New Brighton location is expanding. ReStore sales have grown month over month which is one reason why our home improvement outlet needs to grow. This expansion has created an anticipated challenge, and we need your help. We need donations to help fill the new space!

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Topics: Donate, 2020

Keep on Truckin'

Posted by Jared Laabs on Jan 30, 2020 9:55:00 AM

In 2012 Don Gustafson was hired as a Donations Receiving Assistant, otherwise known as the  ReStore donation truck driver. He’s since logged more than 100,000 miles for ReStore, and operated in all types of weather. The temperature has ranged from -25 to 105 degrees, and has endured a lot wind, rain, and snow.  

Don has since retired but found his way back to ReStore to assist when donation pick up requests skyrocket. I guess this technically isn't a retirement when he’s still driving a ReStore truck. “I tried retirement; it didn't take,” says Don. “This job remains the most interesting position I have held in my 50+ years of work experience. I give my customers back the space in their garages, while telling them about the work we do at the ReStore to support Habitat for Humanity's mission.”  

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Topics: Donate, ReStore Staff, 2020