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Self Storage Company Goes Off the Grid

by Tony Gonzalez July 24, 2012 7:37 PM
Normally whenever you here about someone or something going off the grid it’s because they are a part of some super-secret anti-government militia or because they work for the government as a secret-agent man (at least that’s how it is in the movies). There is, however, a more logical and danger-free meaning to the phrase when used outside of the cinema. [More]

Self Storage News Roundup

by Kim Kilpatrick July 24, 2012 6:41 AM
bSome days in the news, the self storage industry is quiet. Not much happens. Other days, it’s a flurry of activities. Today, it’s a flurry.

Changes are coming to the small town of Busti, New York. Busti is on the south end of Chautauqua Lake. It has a population of 7,000. Their town board held a public hearing on the Joe Casel’s proposal to add self storage units to his business. He owns Casel Auto Wrecking and seeks a special-use permit. He wants to transform his salvage yard into a self storage facility. He already has one facility that has 25 units. He seeks to build two more buildings. [More]

Self Storage Company Finds Another Way to Help you Take a Load Off

by John Stevens July 23, 2012 10:25 PM
People come to self storage facilities often times because the clutter and mess that they have at home or in the office has become too much for them to bear. Being able to use a self storage unit to alleviate the burden—to take the load off—can be an invaluable relief to the tenant. [More]

Chelton Self Storage Installs Xeriscaping

by Holly Robinson July 23, 2012 9:25 AM
Chelton Self Storage in Colorado Springs recently changed their landscaping. They renovated it so that is uses xeriscaping and is eco-friendly.

Xeriscape is a word that was created by morphing two words together. "Xeros" is the Greek word for 'dry.' Landscaping is a word that means the process of designing yards and gardens. Combined, those two words give us the word xeriscape which means landscaping that uses drought tolerant plants and water conservation principles. [More]

Self Storage Company Gets Social to Fight Cancer

by Winnie Hsiu July 20, 2012 10:03 PM
People tend to like people who like people. It may sound strange, but think about it. Do you want to be friends or do business with someone who is not personable? Of course not! When it comes to friendship and business it helps to be social! For the business realm though, being social takes on a whole new meaning. [More]

Storage Post Renovates a Recently Acquired Facility

by Kim Kilpatrick July 20, 2012 3:53 PM
When one business acquires another business, there are a lot of things to do to adapt the new company into the existing one. One item on the to-do list is to bring the newly acquired business under the branding of the business that made the purchase. Such is the case for Storage Post. They recently finished renovations of a facility that they purchased in Louisiana. [More]

Self Storage Industry Starting to Catch on in China

by Tony Gonzalez July 19, 2012 8:52 PM
Trends are fickle, fickle things. You never know when one is going to blow up and become part of mainstream society or if it will fizzle and die quicker than the cutest kitten video on YouTube. It’s nice to be the trendsetter, but no one wants to be the loser that is ‘so five-minutes ago.’ [More]

Door to Door "Great American Road Trip" Contest Will Soon Be Closing

by Holly Robinson July 19, 2012 1:44 PM
In the early 1900s, travel by the Model T Ford car was difficult. Dirt roads were merely glorified horse trails. Local trail organizations tried to address those problems. They improved the roads (sort of) and created their own sign system and maps. Since nothing was standardized, people were very confused as they traveled from state to state. [More]

Online Master Class Workshop Offered

by John Stevens July 18, 2012 7:32 PM
Self Storage training and Anne Ballard are sometimes considered the same thing. Ballard is an icon for training in the self storage industry. Each year she trains hundreds of owners and mangers on running a successful self storage business. She will soon present another session in her master class series. [More]


Self Storage Company Looking to Establish Roots in Community

by Winnie Hsiu July 18, 2012 5:29 PM
It is tough to start a business. It doesn’t matter if it is a stand-alone operation or if it is a part of a larger chain. The odds are simply against new businesses—self storage or otherwise-- surviving beyond their first year, not to mention beyond five. That is one of the reasons why establishing a presence (or roots) in the community can mean the difference between success and failure. [More]
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