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]
April 30, 2010 10:56 AM
Pipe Spring National Monument Superintendant John Hiscock and Tribal Chairman Timothy Rogers of the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians have announced that a new storage facility, to be used for museum collections and to hold Paiute cultural artifacts, will be opened on the grounds of Pipe Spring National Monument. A grand opening for the facility will be held on Saturday, May 22, at 10 a.m. (Arizona time). The opening celebration will include speakers, tours, and refreshments.
The new storage facility has 4,400 square feet of space, meets LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification requirements, and includes separate storage rooms for collections owned by the National Park Service and by the Paiute. The building also has office space for National Park Service and tribal curators. Although the Kaibab's collection of artifacts is fairly small, the Tribe hopes to expand the collection now that a dedicated, state of the art facility is available in which to store items. [More]
April 28, 2010 12:58 PM
The Lock Up, a nationwide self storage company based in Chicago, announced Sunday that it will offer its new and existing tenants the chance to win up to $1000 in free rent for a self storage unit. The raffle is a new marketing technique that The Lock Up hopes will draw in more tenants and show appreciation to tenants who currently rent units from the business. [More]
April 28, 2010 10:32 AM
Last night, the community of Brentwood, California approved AT&T's planned construction of a cell phone tower in a self storage facility in a commercial park. The base of the tower will be located inside a storage unit at TownCentre Self Storage, and the top of the tower will be disguised as a fake pine tree. The choice to put the tower inside a self storage unit and to make it look like a pine tree were meant to allay concerns that some neighboring business owners had about the aesthetic appearance of the tower. [More]
April 13, 2010 9:12 AM
Two Sonoma County, California wine storage warehouses have announced that they will collaborate this spring on a direct-to-consumer shipping venture. The two entrepreneurs, Chuck Holmes of Adobe Creek Wine & Storage in Petaluma, and Mark Burris, of Redwood Empire Wine Storage and Eagle Transportation in Santa Rosa, are old friends. Adobe Creek Wine & Storage and Redwood Empire Wine Storage, between them, provide storage to more than 150 local wineries. The new collaboration will make it possible for those wineries to save money by taking advantage of the partnership between the two facilities.
Prior to the Adobe Creek/Redwood Empire partnership, wineries shipped their wine by truck from warehouses to fulfillment houses, where it would have to be inventoried and then repacked for shipment to consumers or to commercial customers. Now, Eagle Transportation (the trucking company affiliated with Redwood Empire Wine Storage) will move cases of wine straight from Redwood to Adobe Creek, where it can be repacked into packages with fewer bottles for club shipments and orders. [More]