Real Ranger: Clara's Closet |

Real Ranger: Clara's Closet

Updated: June 29, 2021 05:41 PM
Created: June 29, 2021 11:16 AM

Steve and Karen Teff opened up a second business nearly 1 year ago, during the pandemic. Clara's Closet in the Central Square Mall in Grand Rapids offers shoppers all kinds of clothing and accessories.

"We have a logo that says small store, big impact," Karen shared. And that impact includes making sure their friends and neighbors have food to eat.

After they pay the rent and other expenses, they donate the rest of the money to Second Harvest North Central Food Bank. So far, they've given nearly $5,000.

She and Steve both have full time jobs. This and Clara's Cupboard and Antiques across the hall are their side jobs. They bought that one in January of 2020.

They always knew they wanted to give back.

"Having grown up on the poorer side, when Grandma came over with a pot of soup and bread on Saturdays because we didn't have enough, this really hits home," Steve said.

Second Harvest's executive director, Sue Estee, said they really appreciate the donations from the Teffs. "It really is amazing. Especially at a time like this when the need is so great. Everyone was suffering."

The Teffs also partnered with Itasca Life Options, which includes artists of all abilities. 

Hours at Clara's Closet:

Wednesday through Saturday, 10-4:30pm..

 201 NW 4th St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

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