ReStore’s Evening of the Arts features murals by students

SALEM – The Salem ReStore’s Evening of the Arts from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday offers visitors a chance to shop, enjoy some entertainment and witness the unveiling of some doors repurposed as art.

“This was an opportunity for us to take an ordinary product that’s donated and turn it into something extraordinary,” ReStore manager Chaney Nezbeth said.

The free event is a first for the Restore, which is operated by Habitat for Humanity of Northern Columbiana County at 1965 N. Ellsworth Ave., the former site of a car dealership.

“I think it’s an opportunity for use to get new shoppers, new donors and new volunteers in the store,” Nezbeth said.

The murals created by Salem High School art students under the direction of art teacher Lisa Frederick will become part of a permanent display at the ReStore.

Performers for the evening will include members of the SHS Jazz Ensemble, local singer Cullen Davis and ventriloquist Tristan Hostetter, a Springfield High School student who refers to his act as the Ventrilotrist Show.

The ReStore recently opened a new craft room and will offer up hundreds of brand new craft items on sale Tuesday evening at prices from 25 cents to $3, featuring materials for quilting, knitting, cross stitching, painting and scrapbooking, along with do-it-yourself kits.

Nezbeth said the ReStore will host its annual tool drive in April and May this year, asking for donations of good useable tools just in time for Father’s Day. A tool yard sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 31, with all proceeds going to the Habitat building committee to provide tools and materials for building sites.

The ReStore sells donated building materials and household goods at discount prices, including furniture, lighting fixtures, sinks and a wide variety of other items. The ReStore moved last year from its former Pidgeon Road site to the much larger facility on Ellsworth Avenue, just south of the bypass, with 15,000 square feet of floor space.

Nezbeth said people may not realize it, but the ReStore will pick up donations for free. All anyone has to do is call 330-337-4808 to make arrangements. Donations are also tax-deductible. Donations can also be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

She estimated that through donations and the sale of those items, the ReStore kept 130 tons of material out of landfills.

The ReStore is open to shoppers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, accepting cash, checks, Mastercard, Visa and Discover.

All proceeds support Habitat’s mission of eliminating poverty housing by building low-cost homes for families in need. Families provide sweat equity by participating in the construction of their home and pay a mortgage once they’re living in the home.

Both the ReStore and Habitat are always looking for volunteers to help at the store or at the building sites. Information about Habitat is available at the ReStore.