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Happy Thanksgiving – A Festive Q&A with rue21 Employees

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! 🦃🍗 We can’t deny our love for this family, friend and food-filled holiday and we hope your day is filled with delicious treats and quality time with loving people. Our rue21 family has sooo much to be thankful for (like you!!), so we asked them for a few inspiring quotes about their favorite fall foods, activities and of course, what they’re thankful for this year. Read on for some fall inspo! 

Erika Blasko

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What is your title, and what do you do at rue21? 

Brand Advertising Specialist. I create and manage all of the company coupons, build marketing campaigns for centers and help stores with marketing events all across the country!

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? 

Turkey with gravy.

What can you be found doing on a Saturday in the fall?

Traveling, relaxing or busy with photoshoots.

What are you thankful for right now? 

So thankful for having a supportive and wonderful boyfriend who always puts a smile on my face! He cooks fabulous food too—that’s double bonus points.

Jade Hoang

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What is your title, and what do you do at rue21?

Digital Marketing Coordinator. I’m the lead on paid search, shopping, Search Engine Optimization and affiliates. I work closely with our external partners to align on business goals and strategies.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

All the side dishes.

What can you be found doing on a Saturday in the fall? 

Watching college football with my puppy Lou and roommate Cooper.

What are you thankful for right now? 

My friends’ and family’s health. 

Alexa Saunders

What is your title, and what do you do at rue21?

I am an Assistant Recruiter with rue21 on the Talent Acquisition team in People and Culture. I currently recruit for the Support Center along with our Distribution Center in Weirton, WV. I also run the internship program that takes place in the summer!

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

I have two: baked mac ‘n’ cheese and collard greens.

What can you be found doing on a Saturday in the fall? 

Most times, you will find me either enjoying fall and taking part in fall festivities in Pittsburgh with my friends OR you will find me commuting back to my hometown to spend time with my family and friends there. 

What are you thankful for right now? 

I am forever thankful for my father who unfortunately is no longer with us. I am also beyond thankful for my mother, sister and my cat Pax—they are truly my rocks! And lastly, I’m thankful for my wonderful friends and, of course, my job since it has given me so much opportunity to grow and learn a lot about myself… special thanks to Laura G and Kelsey G!

Peter Kuehl

What is your title, and what do you do at rue21?

I’m the Retouching Manager. I manage all the imagery coming from our in-house studio and our campaign photoshoots.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

Dark meat. And a side of mashed potatoes. And some pumpkin pie with whipped cream. And a warm berry pie with ice cream.

What can you be found doing on a Saturday in the fall? 

 Planning my next trip or hike that will allow me to soak in nature’s fall colors.

What are you thankful for right now? 

My family and chosen family and the unconditional love of animals. Also the freedom to be sappy at this very moment.

Ben Mann

What is your title, and what do you do at rue21?

IT Analyst 1 – Service Desk. 

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

Pumpkin pie.

What can you be found doing on a Saturday in the fall? 

I can usually be found working on my Jeep.

What are you thankful for right now? 

My family.

Kerin Raftery

What is your title, and what do you do at rue21?

Associate Buyer. I buy the graphic tees and sweaters for the guys’ team!

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

My favorite Thanksgiving food is ‘panes con pollo’. It’s a Salvadorian smothered sandwich that my girlfriend introduced me to.

What can you be found doing on a Saturday in the fall? 

Usually, I will be watching football or doing something outdoors—hiking, biking etc.

What are you thankful for right now? 

I’m particularly thankful for my friends and family! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope you enjoyed this introduction to a few of our employees and got some great Friendsgiving inspiration for food and fun! Feel free to comment with your answers to these questions down below. Be sure to check out @rue21 on Instagram for all our Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals! Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

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