March 7, 2008

Celebrate Habitat ReStore's anniversary March 15

• 85 tons of recycled material kept out of the landfill.

• More than $100,000 raised for Habitat for Humanity housing projects.
Those are the accomplishments of Racine's Habitat for Humanity ReStore facility, which is celebrating completion of its first year of operation.

Not to mention the bargains found by thousands of happy homeowners, who came to ReStore for furniture, appliances, plumbing, building materials, doors, windows, cabinets, lighting and architectural salvage items at low prices.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore, at 2302 DeKoven Ave., has already doubled its display space in the Kranz Warehouse building, which should help increase its success in year two.

ReStore is open to the public and all profits help fund local Habitat for Humanity housing projects. The store sells donated materials from contractors, housing rehabbers and tear-downs -- material which otherwise probably would have been discarded, but which still has lots of useful life.

Store co-managers Lois Solberg and Jim Kitchak run the facility, along with dozens of volunteers who typically work three-hour shifts during the store hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ReStore relies on word-of-mouth advertising and has many regular customers who shop every day the store is open.

ReStore will celebrate its anniversary with cake and coffee all day Saturday, March 15. It will also have specially-priced items throughout the day. (As if we didn't already have enough reason to stop in.)

ReStore is located just east of the intersection of Taylor and DeKoven Avenues. Signs are posted, but if you can't find your way (the entrance is at the far end of the parking lot west of the Kranz building), call 898-2929 for assistance.

We did an earlier feature at Habitat ReStore's nine-month anniversary in January, which you can read HERE. (Nobody offered us cake or coffee then, either, but my daughter did score a great cabinet at a fair price.)

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