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Kindness Extends Beyond Charity Work in the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick December 24, 2010 10:19 AM
Around this time of year the self storage industry comes up in the news a lot generally for all the work that many facilities do with local charities. Many units across the nation get involved with Toys for Tots every holiday season. Many more get involved in food and clothing drives to help out the less fortunate as well. [More]

Storage Enthusiasts Get into Kooky Holiday Spirit and Investigate Whether Santa Should Look into Storage Facilities

by John Stevens December 24, 2010 8:16 AM
Sadly, soon all little ones begin to figure out the logistics in making, storing, and delivering all those presents is impossible for Santa to pull off. One of the most ponderous factors is where does he keep all those gifts nice and safe and stored in the North Pole? [More]

Anyone Can Make Use of Self Storage

by Winnie Hsiu December 23, 2010 10:07 AM
Typically when people think about whether they need a self storage facility it comes down to whether they have enough stuff that they want in storage that they feel they need an extra closet or room for their belongings to go in. Thanks to a new twist on the self storage concept this does not have to be the case. [More]

Wine Storage Facility Wins Top Prize From Mini-Storage Messenger and Shows What Quality Storage is All About

by John Stevens December 23, 2010 7:48 AM
Tis the season to be jolly. And to many people that means Christmas with a good bottle of wine nearby. The key word here is “good” wine. When it comes to cultivating the very best wines, proper storage is essential. There are many factors that go into storing wine properly and many questions to ask storage facilities when considering wine storage. One storage facility who has figured out the art of wine storage is Wine Storage Bellevue, which has just been named “Specialty Storage Facility of the Year” by Mini-Storage Messenger, a prestigious monthly publication for the self storage industry. [More]

Storage Unit Lien Laws in California and Nevada Integral Part of Storage Auction Shows' Success

by John Stevens December 22, 2010 5:00 PM
On A&E‟s “Storage Wars”, some of the greatest finds have been Picasso paintings and a letter written by Abraham Lincoln worth $15,000. What enables new shows like “Storage Wars” and Spike TV‟s “Auction Hunters” to attract viewers with jaw-dropping finds are the lien laws that uphold a legal process followed when a renter doesn‟t pay his bill for a certain amount of time. Because the lien laws are more lax in California and Nevada, many of the shows‟ episodes are filmed there and could be the key to there success. [More]

Is a Self Storage Business the Right One For You?

by Tony Gonzalez December 22, 2010 12:17 PM
It is a very big step just making the decision to go into business for your-self. In doing so you are excepting the risk that comes with any business venture as well as the responsibility for its success and the well-being of the people that you employ. That makes the decision as to what kind of business you are going to go into even more important. Choose the wrong one and you not only risk putting yourself out of work, but all your employees as well. [More]

Local Santa Barbara Self storage Facility and Coffee Shop Team Up to do a Good Deed

by Holly Robinson December 21, 2010 10:30 AM
At this time of year there is never a bigger need for people to think of others and donate something to charity be it toys, food, money, or time. With the economy in the state that it is this holiday season there are likely going to be even more people looking for help when it comes to making this holiday season a happy one. [More]

Holiday Season Offers Optimum Time to Market Your Storage Business to Customers

by John Stevens December 21, 2010 8:09 AM
Every holiday season, storage facility owners and operators see a surge in business from people who need extra space each year, possibly even using that space to store and wrap gifts. But there are top strategies self storage owners can take to turn the holiday surge into a permanent surge of business. [More]

Another Look at the Idaho Self Storage Controversy

by John Stevens December 20, 2010 2:27 PM
The state government in Idaho probably had no idea what it was in store for when the Department of Lands decided to get into the self storage business by buying Affordable Self Storage in Boise for $2.7 million. The ensuing controversy has stirred up a lot of feeling about economic policies and the role that the government should/ should not be allowed to take in regards to private business. [More]

LifeStorage Makes Rundown Building Shine and Wins MiniCo Award for Efforts

by John Stevens December 20, 2010 11:35 AM
It is hard to imagine that a dilapidated building nearly 100 years old that once housed drug addicts and homeless persons has been converted into a solidly built, attractive storage facility. And that’s not all! It just had the honor of winning the 2010 Facility of the Year Conversion Category by Mini-Storage Messenger, the leading international self storage trade magazine published by MiniCo Insurance Agency, LLC. [More]
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