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CA Wildfire Survivors Seek Storage

by Holly Robinson September 16, 2010 5:16 PM
The Witch Creek Fire, one of the southern California wildfires that menaced the San Diego area in 2007, was extinguished three years ago, but fire survivors are still recovering from the loss of their homes. Shortly after the fires, a group of women founded a Witch Creek Fire support and recovery group, called Fired Up Sisters. Fired Up Sisters provides help to area residents who lost their homes to the wildfire. But now Fired Up Sisters needs help too -- it is moving to Ramona, but needs storage space to hold donations. [More]

Asian Wine Collectors Anticipate Fall Auctions in Hong Kong

by Winnie Hsiu September 16, 2010 3:49 PM
In a personal finance article at the end of August, U.S. News & World Report senior editor Kimberly Palmer argued that collecting expensive bottles of wine is a waste of money. She points to a study done by Stanford Graduate School of Business and California Institute of Technology researchers, in which people offered a taste of the same wine in two different glasses insisted that the one labeled with the more expensive price tasted better. Serious wine collectors, though, would disagree. This fall’s wine auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in Hong Kong will cater to the most serious wine collectors in the world -- most of whom will not actually taste the wines they buy at auction, but will instead store them as an investment, in climate-controlled storage units that have their temperature and humidity recorded every few seconds. [More]

Wounded Warrior Outdoors Encourages Donations from Self Storage Facilities

by Kim Kilpatrick September 15, 2010 10:30 PM
Self storage companies are famous for supporting charitable organizations, especially organizations that are focused on helping veterans, troops overseas, or military families. But Wounded Warrior Outdoors may be the only such charity that was actually founded by members of the self storage industry. Wounded Warrior, which offers injured veterans and disabled veterans from the United States and Canada a chance to recuperate while on a hunting trip in British Columbia, has announced that it is starting a new campaign: One for the Troops. [More]

Self Storage: Bicycling’s Best Kept Secret

by John Stevens September 15, 2010 9:04 PM
When the weather is warm enough, many people like to walk or bike to work or school every day, either to reduce carbon emissions from a car and reduce air pollution, or simply because they enjoy the exercise. A few adventurous souls travel by bike on vacation, bicycling across the United States, Europe, or Asia. The challenge is where to put your bike when you are not using it. Not all destinations have convenient bike racks. In a few cities, though, bicyclists are turning to self storage units to hold their bikes temporarily -- while they are at work or school, or while they spend the night in a hotel. Not only are self storage units more readily available than bike racks in some areas, but shoppers or travelers can leave parcels or luggage with the bikes in storage and know that their belongings will remain secure. Best of all, a bike can be contained in a very small storage unit. [More]

Self Storage Operators Remember 9/11 by Defending Our Liberties

by Holly Robinson September 14, 2010 12:58 PM
“As a self-storage operator, you have a critical, ongoing role to play in the fight against terrorism,” Teri Lanza wrote in an editorial at Inside Self-Storage last week. But what exactly is the role of self storage operators in preserving our freedoms? [More]

NorthStar Moving Helps Grant 7,000th Wish for Make-A-Wish Foundation

by Tony Gonzalez September 14, 2010 12:32 PM
NorthStar Moving announced earlier this month that it provided free moving and free long-term storage to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant its 7000th wish. On August 18, the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted the wish of Claire, a 14-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis, to have her bedroom redone by a famous interior designer. NorthStar provided all of the moving and storage that was necessary to make Claire’s wish come true, free of charge. In the end, HGTV’s Interior Design Star Kim Myles was able to work with NorthStar and Make-A-Wish to give Claire’s bedroom a mermaid design makeover. [More]

AAA Self Storage Collecting Cell Phones for Soldiers

by Kim Kilpatrick September 13, 2010 5:14 PM
Woodland, California self storage company AAA Self Storage has begun collecting cell phones to send to troops overseas, as part of Cell Phones for Soldiers. The nonprofit organization started by two Massachusetts teens turns recycled cell phones into minutes that can be added to prepaid calling cards used by U.S. troops overseas. [More]

Don’t Burn Your Stored Books Yet -- Scholars Say Bound Books More Accurate Than Google

by John Stevens September 13, 2010 3:51 PM
Have rumors of the demise of the hardbound book been greatly exaggerated? Some scholars, especially linguists, say so. Google Books is being criticized by a growing number of sources for providing inaccurate metadata -- the informational tags that tell searchers what they can hope to find in a given source. If you are making decisions about what to do with books saved in a self storage unit based on the possibility of finding texts online using Google Books, you may want to think again -- and hold onto stored books a little longer. [More]

CA City to Use Federal Recovery Funds to Convert Racing Horse Barns to Self Storage

by Tony Gonzalez September 10, 2010 7:48 AM
City council members in Pomona, California, this week approved a proposal to convert six racing horse barns a self storage facility. The facility will become part of a business center, converted from another six racing horse barns, that will include office, warehouse, and light industrial space. Funding for the project will come from federal recovery bonds issued as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [More]

Storage by the Box Founder Named Young Entrepreneur of the Year

by Winnie Hsiu September 10, 2010 6:18 AM
A Chicago-area self storage owner has been named Young Entrepreneur of the Year by suburban Chicago’s business paper, The Business Ledger. The new Young Entrepreneur of the Year is Phil Murphy, who founded Storage by the Box. [More]
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