Donor Profile: Pigeonhole Mini-Storage

With the warmer weather, a lot of us are probably thinking about spring cleaning:  dusting, reorganizing, pulling items out of storage. Often as we reassess the things that we’ve put away for the winter, we realize that they no longer fit or that we’d like to upgrade or replace them. But what do we then do with the old items?

This is a familiar quandary for the staff at Pigeonhole Mini-Storage. Located at 1001 Bienville St. in the French Quarter, Pigeonhole is locally owned and operated, serving a clientele that is also largely local. Originally used as a parking garage, the facility was renovated into 500 climate-controlled units to serve New Orleans’ storage needs.

Pigeonhole is a member of the French Quarter Business Association which strives to improve the working environment of French Quarter businesses while ensuring that the area maintains its historic and cultural integrity. The owners are also active supporters of the LGBT community, providing donations for fundraisers and activities organized by their employees.

The managers also strive to create a good environment for their clientele. Cat, a manager at Pigeonhole, reports, “One of the biggest things that the owners have always stressed is that our tenants are not just business contacts. From the get-go, they’re an extension of your circle of friends, family, an extension of your life and should be treated as such.”

“A lot of [our tenants], I can tell you their life story,” she continues. And it was exactly this attention to the needs of their tenants and to their community that brought the staff at Pigeonhole to start partnering with the Habitat ReStore.

Often a client will decide to downsize or replace items that they’ve left in storage. Having the Restore pickup from one of their units is often a perfect solution for their clientele as well as the Pigeonhole staff. Cat says, “If ya’ll didn’t come get [the donated items], either the client or one of the staff has to dispose of it. I know that the tenants [who’ve donated] were relieved that their stuff was going to someone that really needed it.”

“One simple phone call,” says Cat, “and the ReStore is out here, and everyone’s happy. The ReStore benefits from the donation, and it helps New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity continue its programs and services.”

To find quality items for a great price, come visit us at the ReStore this week! We’re located at 2900 Elysian Fields Avenue, open from 10-6 Tuesday through Saturday.  Interested in donating? Swing by to drop your donation off, sign up for a pickup on our website, or give us a call at 504-943-2240.