We’re a Paint Care drop off destination!

As of November 1, 2014, Minnesota is the 6th state to enroll in the Paint Care program for recycling old & unused paint.  We are proud to announce our participation in the program, as a Paint Care drop off location.  This means 2 things for you:

paint care drop off1. As of November 1st, you may stroll into the store (and other participating drop off locations) and drop off any old or unused paint- regardless of brand or location of purchase, with any sales associate.  Acceptable products are:

  • Interior and exterior architectural paints: latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based, enamel (including textured coatings)
  • Deck coatings, floor paints (including elastomeric)
  • Primers, sealers, undercoaters
  • Stains
  • Shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, urethanes (single component)
  • Waterproofing concrete/masonry/wood sealers and repellents (not tar or bitumen-based)
  • Metal coatings, rust preventatives
  • Field and lawn paints

Prior to this program, there were very limited ways to clean off that shelf-o-buckets that many of our homes have.  Taking paint all the way to the county dump on a certain day of the week, throwing out dried out paint, or using it up were our only options.

2. A seventy five cent charge will now be added to every single gallon of paint purchased in the state of Minnesota.  Some stores will tack on the charge at the register as a separate line item to fund the Paint Care program, and some stores, like us, will add the charge to the sticker price of the paint.  This charge will be added to every gallon of paint in the state, even those purchased from retailers not participating in the program, and the charge goes to fund the Paint Care program.

For more information on Paint Care, visit their website.  In keeping with the principles of the program; Buy Right, Use it up, Recycle the rest; we have our own paint calculator to help you determine how much paint to purchase for your project.



Highway clean-up time!

Highway clean-up day!

It was a beautiful morning to be out cleaning up the highway!  It started out sunny and cool- though after the 3rd mile, we were pretty warm.

Highway clean up crewWe all agreed that the grossest things that we saw were in the dead animal variety, but the trash was nice and nasty too.  Still, it was so great to work outside!  We saw a few live animals too- a mouse scared the crap out of me- and had a few people stop and thank us.  You’re welcome!  We want to keep our highway looking great too!

tight squeezeSeniority by age, gender or rank; I’m not sure, but the guys got to squeeze into the back seat.  Great work guys!


Drafting & Rendering Services

We’ve had a lot of exciting changes to the store since we brought Scott in as the new General Manager!  TJ & Julie have also joined our team, TJ in Lumber & Sales and Julie in Home Decor & Design.  Both of them jumped right in and got to work- going the extra mile for our customers.  What’s the extra mile?  Design.  Planning.  Coordinating colors & styles.  Putting 2D ideas into 3D rendering.

Bixby renderingJulie has been working in 20/20 and AutoCAD designing and quoting kitchens with Kemper cabinets and granite & quartz countertops.  TJ has been drawing houses and sheds with SoftPlan, using the takeoff features to simultaneously create material lists.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHaving a trained interior designer on staff is a huge bonus for us.  I’ve always been good with color, but there are times when I draw a complete blank.  Julie has excellent visualization powers and you can just tell when she describes places and spaces that she is thinking in 3D.  She comes to us with a BFA in interior design from Stout, and experience from Novak Companies.  Julie loves to design kitchens & bathrooms, loves organizing spaces, and has a strong affection for tile.  She’s been here only a couple of weeks, but dove right into the position with fervor.  She is excited about the Kemper brand of cabinetry and Cambria countertops.

TJ lives in Lonsdale with his family; originally he is from North Dakota.  He has a broad range of experience in the construction trades- working with a variety of materials in a variety of stages.  He’s an excellent addition to our sales staff, and knows more than a little bit about everything.  Much like Steve, he’s a great ear to bounce a project idea off of.

Welcome TJ & Julie!  We are so excited to have you on our team!



Elf on the Shelf Photos

On Saturday the businesses of Lonsdale got together for a fun shop local promotion: the Elf on the Shelf event.  Each participating business hid an elf amongst their shelves and participants had to find all the elves.  There were activities along the way at participating businesses, and as usual, we had our photo booth set up.

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It was not that busy, but it was the first year for the event and it looked like everyone was having a good time.  To ensure hearing of events like this in the future make sure to Like us on Facebook.


Finished Kitchen Remodel

Farm Boy Photography granite islandWe’ve shown a few photographs of this kitchen remodel before, but with finishing touches in place, we’re so proud of how this project turned out!  Featuring the work of our very own designer, Carmen Chastek, on the interior, and Adam Kalina with ConCreative Accents on the exterior.

Read more about the project, or view the gallery.


Introducing the GHBC Photo Station!

The next time you make it over to GHBC for an event, (say oh, I don’t know… Ladies Night Out on October 17th!!  WHOOOO!!!)  you’ll notice there’s a new feature to our shin digs.  Introducing the GHBC Photo Station!  It was the simplest idea ever… shamelessly stolen from a wedding I recently attended: a stationary camera with a remote shutter in front of a blank wall with a bunch of random junk on a table to accessorize your goofy photos with.  And it was SO FUN!!!

GHBC Photo station, Randy, Lori, Terinee & CassyWhile anyone can ham it up for a guy with a camera, having control over the shutter release just seemed to really bring out the silly in all of us.  And the props were a well curated mix of unique items.

To be fair, I should give credit to the wedding photographer who I took the idea from.  Check out the Un-Booth– they really did it best.  Theirs are professionally lit, ours are… delightfully candid.  We are, after all, a building center and not a photographer.  But we are all about having fun.

GHBC photo station

Our friends over at R&L Woodcraft made the lamp for us.  Really it’s just a fancy camera holder.  But since they are a bunch of raging overachievers, it’s extra fancy.  We added a remote shutter to our camera, a few fun props and voila!

Make sure you join us this Thursday from 4:30-8:30 for The Lonsdale Crawl!  It’s Lonsdale’s annual Ladies Night Out for breast cancer awareness.  We’ll have our photo station up for you and your besties to take fun selfies shamelessly, and then we’ll post the link for your photos on our Facebook page the next day.

We’ll have a prize drawing, snacks, and a few other local vendors; Clothesline Chic, Richter Sculpture South, Country Girls Create, Kate Sommers with Mary Kay, and Art in the Attic Studio; joining us for the day.

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A return visit to the Zweber home

Last week Carmen & I made a return visit to the Zweber home to catch a few photos of Emily’s painting project.  Emily & Tim were looking to add some color to their living space and hoping for a higher quality finish.

Zweber home dining room

Emily is a busy mom of 3 who also works as the Executive Director for AgChat Foundation and handles marketing and some of the chore shifts for Zweber Family Farms.  Naturally, painting wasn’t high on her priority list.  After 5 years of living in this house, she had enough: both with the lack of color and the flat builders grade paint that was used.  She called Carmen over and she made some color recommendations based on what Emily was going for.  Carmen recommended our Best Look paint line for the durability.  There are a lot of high ups with vaulted ceilings like this and we want Emily to get the most mileage for her efforts.  See all of the after photos in our gallery.

And as always, Carmen’s design services are complementary when you purchase your home decor items here with us.  Whether it’s new flooring, cabinets, counter-tops, window treatments, or even just a paint color change, we make house calls!  Contact Carmen to set up your home consultation today! or call her at the store 507-744-3120.



The Neatest Kind of Freak…

I stopped by Carmen’s place unannounced not too long ago, and in the process found her hidden talent.  She not only is a remarkable designer, Carmen is a neat freak.  Her house is company ready, all of the time.  Something clicked for me.  Something about the way Carmen designs.  She’s great at pulling out a customer’s style and designing a space that flows with the rest of their home, but more than that, a functional space.  An organized space.  A space that makes sense, and clutter isn’t just about to “happen” to.
I asked her about her hidden talent, and she told me exactly that. It’s her aim to beautify people’s homes’- but in a way that they can still live there. We live in houses, not magazine photographs. She tries to marry the two.
So I asked her how she felt about organizing as a part of our services here at GHBC. She looked at me with those big brown eyes and said “that’s like my dream job!” Which I take with a grain of salt because she claims that working here with me is her dream job! Regardless, her talent is obvious, and valuable, I think, to many. Therefore we’re announcing a new service here at GHBC!


Henceforth Carmen will be available for organizational services in addition to her design services.  Her organizational fee is $50 per hour, as is her design fee when materials are not necessary from GHBC.  Oh, didn’t you know that her design services are complimentary when you purchase home decor items from us?  Yup.  She makes house calls.  Sometimes she brings me.  We have some pretty great ideas.  Want to hear what we have to say for your home?  Call Carmen at the store 507-744-3120 or email her to set up an appointment!


Now offering Screen Repair & Glass Cutting

screen repair & glass cutting

Rescreen for a Patio Door: $30-$35

Replace an entire Patio Door and Screen- the customer is better off to place an order online from Do It Best

Rescreen Mesh Only: $35-$40

Replace entire screen without support bar: $45-$50

Replace entire screen with support bar: $50-$55

To cut the glass $15

To place in the frame $30


Locked out!

I bought a new van about a month ago. It’s one of those goofy key systems where the key fits into the FOB, and the only reason to use the key is to unlock the car if either the FOB or the car has a dead battery.  keys

I don’t know HOW it happened, but when I was dropping off my kids this morning, I locked my keys in the van.  My mother-in-law had to run me home for my spare set, about a 20 mile round trip.  It won’t happen again.  As soon as I had my keys and I was on my way I went straight for the rental counter so Steve could cut me some new keys.  The new keys won’t start the car, just open it in the event that I lock my keys in again.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith the key systems that are coming out now, it’s getting harder and harder to lock one’s keys in the car.  My last vehicle has coded keyless entry, Ford is so smart.  My mom’s car opens automatically when the keys are in the vicinity, making it impossible to lock the keys inside.  Chrysler, however, isn’t there yet.  Lucky for me, Steve is a master key cutter!

3 keys (to be kept at various places with various people) cost me $7.22 with tax.  I spent that on my mother-in-law’s gas today.  Like I said, it won’t happen again.