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Self Storage Industry the Theater's Latest Muse

by Tony Gonzalez September 16, 2011 5:20 PM
For thespians, inspiration can come from any of a wide variety of things. It can be a fond memory from childhood, the plight of an oppressed people, the love of the game (any game), or even something as simple as a self storage unit. [More]

Huge Impact Fees Assessed to Owner of Mini Storage Facility

by John Stevens September 16, 2011 9:02 AM
Robert Thomas, owner of Prairie Avenue Mini Storage in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, is expanding his storage facilities. For months on end, all of his units have been full and he has had to turn away new customers. But every time he goes into the Building and Planning commission, the impact fees that he is charged doubles in amount. [More]

Self Storage Facilities Take “Going Green” Seriously

by Kim Kilpatrick September 15, 2011 7:43 PM
If there is one buzz phrase that is fast becoming common in every business, self storage or otherwise, it is “going green.” By “going green” businesses are accomplishing multiple objectives that all lead to one goal—turning a profit. [More]

Grand Opening of a New Extra Space Storage Facility

by Tony Gonzalez September 15, 2011 8:52 AM
Extra Space Storage® is proud to announce the grand opening of a brand new self storage facility in Pasadena, Maryland. Celebration activities will be held on September 22nd from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the new facility at 121 Mountain Road in Pasadena. [More]

Taking Care of the Community the Norm for Self Storage Facilities

by John Stevens September 14, 2011 1:32 PM
Success for a self storage facility can rest almost entirely on the relationship that a facility has within a community. With the exception of people that need storage space after moving to a community from another, tenants will pretty much all be from the immediate local area. [More]

San Antonio Wildfires Barely Miss AAA Storage Facilities

by Winnie Hsiu September 14, 2011 9:59 AM
Wild fires are burning rampantly in Texas. A 1,700 acre fire near Alto has tenuously been contained. The Texas Forest Service has fought 110 new fires just this past week. Over 9,000 acres have been burned across the state. Thirteen helicopters and seventeen air attack aircraft and lead planes have flown over 1,800 hours and have dropped more than 5.5 million gallons of water and fire retardant. The Texas Army National Guard has used eleven Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters to assist in fighting the fire.

Through all of the fire and damage, AAA Storage facilities in Texas have remained unscathed. The six facilities in San Antonio have escaped damage. However, fire came to within three miles of one unit near Camp Bullis. [More]

Self Storage for More than Just Storage

by Winnie Hsiu September 13, 2011 2:38 PM
To the casual observer, the self storage industry is pretty cut and dry. Business owners essentially own buildings full of spaces as small as closet sized to as big (or bigger) than the average garage that people can store their personal treasures in. However, there are many stores that do a lot more than just store things. [More]

Proguard Storage Gives Customers Tips for RV and Boat Self Storage

by Kim Kilpatrick September 13, 2011 9:24 AM
The hazy-lazy days of summer are dwindling. The kids are back in school. The days of using your RV or boat is numbered. Proguard Storage in Texas is preparing for a rise in demand for boat self storage services.

"We know that as the summer ends, fewer and fewer people will be out on their boats or camping out in RVs, and we're prepared for a higher demand for our larger storage units. We want our customers to know that they can leave their vehicles with us for the long haul - through the fall, winter, and early spring - and not have to worry about them," said Blenda Stapleton, a manager at one of Proguard's Texas storage facilities. [More]

Self Storage Encourages People to Pursue their Dreams

by Kim Kilpatrick September 12, 2011 7:13 PM
Many of us have hears about all the negative things that go in inside and around self storage; not so much out of personal experience, but more because of the way they are portrayed in movies and television shows. However, little most people know the inspiration and encouragement that the self storage industry can provide. [More]

Husband of Self Storage Manager Filmed 9/11

by Tony Gonzalez September 12, 2011 10:54 AM
Yesterday on the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, people in the United States spent time honoring and remembering the victims in the horrific events that happened that day. In New York City, churches tolled their bells at 8:46 a.m. - the time when the first plane struck the north tower. Then, they tolled at 9:03, when American Airlines Flight 175 hit the south tower; at 9:37 when American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon; at 9:59 when the south tower fell; and at 10:03 when Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania; and at 10:28 when the north tower fell.

At ground zero, family members recited the names of the dead. President Obama quoted from the 46th Psalm. Mr. George Bush quoted from an 1864 letter that Abraham Lincoln wrote to a mother whose two sons were killed in the Civil War. Musical numbers rang through the crisp fall air. James Kosior, remembered, too. He filmed the events on September 11 from a fire escape on the building where he lived. [More]
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