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Keith Urban and Brad Paisley Lose Equipment to Flooded Nashville Storage Facility

by Tony Gonzalez May 7, 2010 1:44 PM
Some of the worst of the Nashville flooding this week has hit Soundcheck Nashville, a storage and rehearsal space relied upon by many prominent country musicians. Some musicians, including Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, have lost most of their touring equipment and many of their guitars.

"I sent a Tweet the other day that basically told people that when they come to the show just know that what you're seeing has been fully tested under water," Paisley commented jokingly to an Associated Press interviewer on Wednesday. His H2O tour is scheduled to begin in two weeks in Virginia Beach, Virginia. "You're talking about total cred. This is the H2O tour. This isn't posers acting like we know about it. We've done it, buddy." Almost all of Paisley's touring equipment was underwater, although one exception was the 1952 Fender Telecaster, painted in a paisley pattern, which is his trademark. But Paisley is determined to start his tour on time. "My guitar tech is spending like a broker on the stock exchange floor," he said. [More]

250 Baby Elephants Released from Storage to Roam London

by John Stevens May 7, 2010 12:19 PM
Access Self Storage, of Merton Road in Wandsworth, England, has released 260 baby elephants that it was holding in storage. The elephants paraded through London this week, as part of a campaign to save the Asian elephant called, aptly, Elephant Parade.

The elephants are not alive, of course. But they are life-size. They are made of fiberglass. The painted elephants are part of Elephant Parade, a campaign being held by conservation group Elephant Family, to raise money to save endangered Asian elephants. The parade was led by Elephant Family trustee Mark Shand. Now that the parade is over, the elephants will be placed in locations all over London, including Green Park, Hyde Park, St. James' Park, King's Road, Queen's Walk, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street, Hamley's Toy Store, Selfridge's, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, Marble Arch, Chelsea Royal Hospital, the Natural History Museum, Greenwich, and Briston. [More]

State of Minnesota Uses Offices as Storage Space

by Kim Kilpatrick May 6, 2010 8:24 AM
An Eyewitness News report from KSTP TV in Minneapolis/St. Paul has revealed that the state of Minnesota is using expensive rented offices as storage space for files. The office space is rented for a price that averages out to about nine dollars per square foot of space. In all, the state of Minnesota pays about $21,000 per year to rent the offices that is uses as storage.

An Eyewitness News team found self storage facilities nearby that rent climate-controlled storage space (though without the view of Mears Park that can be seen through the window of the St. Paul offices of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency) for only $1.50 per square foot. According to, that amount is fairly standard in the storage industry. [More]

Free Assistance for Tennessee Flood Victims

by Winnie Hsiu May 5, 2010 2:21 PM
Tennessee's historic floods last weekend are hitting poor Tennesseans the hardest. Many lost nearly everything they own when the Cumberland River came rushing through their homes. Now that the waters are starting to recede, flood victims are salvaging whatever they can. But they need a place to put the things they salvage now that their homes have been destroyed -- or at least rendered unliveable.

In response, self storage facilities all over the state of Tennessee are offering a month of free storage to flood victims. Most self storage facilities also offer free storage to tornado victims whenever there is a need. Some companies, such as Extra Space, always offer a month of free storage to first time renters. [More]

Missouri Self Storage Owner Runs for County Commissioner

by Tony Gonzalez May 4, 2010 1:11 PM
Andy Sodano, the owner of Missouri's Houston Self Storage and Licking Self Storage, has announced that he is running for the office of presiding commissioner of Texas County. The primary election will be held on August 3.

In the primary, Sodano, who is a Republican, will run against Fred Stenger. Democrat David "Mike" Impey will run unopposed. Republican incumbent Don Shelhammer has chosen not to seek reelection. [More]

Self Storage Rentals Were Up in March as SSDS Founder Calls for "Game Change"

by Kim Kilpatrick May 3, 2010 3:40 PM
According to data collected by Self Storage Data Services Inc. (SSDS), rentals of self storage units in March 2010 were up 20 percent over February 2010 rentals. Rentals were up one percent compared to the same time period in 2009.

The SSDS releases a rental activity report every month. So far in 2010, the trend has been toward a gradual increase in the demand for self storage. In February 2010, self storage demand was up compared to January of this year, but was still down slightly compared to the year before. In February the rise in demand came mostly from a decline in the numbers of tenants moving out of self storage units -- more tenants were staying put than in January. Likewise, in January the move-in rate remained flat compared to the previous year, but tenants were more likely to keep their units, so total rental activity was up 10 percent compared to January of 2009. [More]

Self Storage Talk Participants Breaking Records

by Kim Kilpatrick May 3, 2010 10:37 AM
Inside Self-Storage announced today that its free online forum, Self-Storage Talk, has passed the 3,000 member mark. The 3,000th member, identified only by his user name, JakeChis, registered for the forum on Friday -- allowing Self-Storage Talk to meet its 3,000 member goal a full two months before its self-imposed deadline of July 4.

Inside Self-Storage had been hoping to meet the 3,000 members goal since mid-March, when it began a community expansion campaign. On March 17, the forum's Community Manager, John Carlisle, announced that Self-Storage Talk had set its goal as 3,000 members by Independence Day. At the time, Self-Storage Talk had around 2,650 registered members. [More]

Alabama Facility Offers Free Storage to Domestic Violence Survivors

by Holly Robinson May 3, 2010 8:52 AM
SmithStoreit, a self storage facility in Huntsville, Alabama, announced Friday that it will donate 30 units to local survivors of domestic violence. Each unit will be used to provide three months of free storage at a time for a domestic violence survivor. Storage can be an important part of a battered woman's escape plan for leaving a dangerous relationship. Often, women plan their departures for months before they actually leave an abusive partner. They may need to slowly and gradually accumulate possessions in a storage unit, so that when the time comes, they can leave quickly without having to pack.

Self storage units are not expensive, but domestic violence survivors often fear retaliation from their former partners. They may need to know that they are not creating a paper trail (in the form of bills or credit card statements) that could lead abusive ex-partners to find them. Moreover, in many cases survivors of domestic violence cannot afford even the small monthly rental fee for a self storage unit. Having a free self storage unit solves these problems. Using a storage unit also means that survivors need not impose on family and friends, which can be important -- survivors may not want to be traced through family and friends, and also may be concerned about the possibility of placing family and friends at risk. [More]
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