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StorageMart President is EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

by Winnie Hsiu April 25, 2014 5:11 PM
Today, Ernst & Young (EY) announced that Cris Burnam, president of Storage Mart, is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Award in the Central Midwest region. [More]

StorageMart in Missouri Sponsors Swimsuit Drive

by Winnie Hsiu May 3, 2013 3:43 PM
When you think of clothing drives that self storage facilities hold, most people think of coats, hats, gloves, and other types of winter wear. Rarely do people think of holding a drive to collect swimsuits. But that is what StorageMart in Missouri is doing. [More]

StorageMart in Missouri Participates in Shoe Drive

by Winnie Hsiu April 30, 2013 6:12 PM
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Owners and managers of self storage facilities are very charity minded. They do all that they can to support their communities and charitable organizations. StorageMart in Missouri is a perfect example of such benevolent work. [More]

MyWay Mobile Storage Donates Portable Storage Containers for Oktoberfest in Saint Charles

by Kim Kilpatrick September 25, 2012 4:10 PM
There are a lot of details that go into planning different events. There are also lots of materials (signs, banners, flyers, chairs, tables, etc.) that need to be kept dry and safe before and during the event. Self storage businesses recognize these needs and step up and offer their services to fill them. [More]

StorageMart Partners with the Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ Festival

by Kim Kilpatrick March 1, 2012 1:47 PM
StorageMart announced that they have partnered with the popular Roots n' Blues 'n BBQ Festival in Missouri. As a corporate partner, StorageMart will sponsor giveaways for the festival as the event draws closer. [More]

Farm to Self Storage Conversion Came Naturally to Missouri Man

by John Stevens July 27, 2011 6:05 AM
Starting a self storage business could not have been a more easy decision for Brian Haskins of High Ridge, Mo. After having grown up beside a local farm in the 1960s where he and his family kept some horses, cows and chickens and grew pumpkins as a fundraiser for his kid’s baseball team, he returned in 1991 to purchase the farm and sell horse and cows as well as begin a landscaping business. [More]

As Spring Tornadoes Tear Apart Businesses, Self Storage Should Be Prepared

by John Stevens June 6, 2011 7:37 AM
As an F-5 tornado began to form near Joplin, Mo., around dinner time on Sunday, May, 22, the tornado sirens went off only 20 minutes before the tornado hit. The three-quarter-mile-wide tornado left 141 dead, cut a six-mile swath crushing nearly a third of the southwest Missouri city, and pounded 2,000 buildings, self storage facilities among them. Within a matter of seconds, your self storage facility could be without power, phones, cell service and the Internet. And the threat of catastrophic damage to the building is extreme. Tornadoes have battered the country this spring, killing more than 500 people, mostly in the south. Twisters have even struck in Michigan, Massachusetts and North Carolina. Experts warn businesses to be prepared for when nature strikes. [More]

Kind Strangers Rent Storage Unit for Evicted Missouri Family

by Holly Robinson August 23, 2010 11:25 AM
Gladstone, Missouri citizens gave new meaning to the term “good Samaritan” this week. On Thursday, Gladstone city officials told a family that they would have to leave their home, not because of foreclosure -- but because the home was not safe. Early this summer, the home had begun to slide down a hill. The house belongs to Russell and Roberta Sitzman, who had lived there for 35 years and were surviving on disability payments. Yesterday, Gladstone’s city engineers condemned the house, telling the Sitzmans that they would have to leave the house by 6 pm Friday. After the Sitzmans’ story was broadcast on a local news station Thursday night, strangers began showing up at the house to help the Sitzmans to move and pack. They took up a collection and rented a storage unit for the family. [More]

Save on Moving, Packing, and Organizing Supplies During Sales Tax Holidays

by John Stevens August 6, 2010 11:47 PM
Several states have instituted sales tax holidays this August, to give families a break while shopping for school supplies and to stimulate local economies. Many retail stores are offering special deals to coincide with tax-free days. Although the tax holidays are intended for back to school shoppers, many packing and organizing supplies, such as strapping tape and file folders, will be tax-free as well. People who are thinking of moving their files into storage, or decluttering a home in preparation for putting it on the market, may want to take advantage of the August tax-free holidays. [More]

Storing Emergency Supplies -- How Can You Prepare for Flash Floods?

by John Stevens July 23, 2010 10:01 PM
Summer thunderstorm season has hit -- with a vengeance. Severe storms, possible tornadoes, and more flash floods are predicted to hit the Milwaukee and Flagstaff areas again this evening, as well as Ann Arbor, Michigan and Des Moines, Iowa. St. Louis and Hannibal, Missouri are still recovering from flash flooding earlier this week. The Mississippi River is said to be at a “minor flood stage” in the St. Louis region. How can residents prepare for more storms and flooding? [More]
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