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Boxbee Storage is Open for Business

by Tony Gonzalez May 20, 2013 7:15 PM
The boxes are free. Pickup is free. Instead of having a storage unit that is only half full, customers only pay for that space that is needed. That in a nutshell describes Boxbee – a simple urban storage solution. [More]

California Investigation Makes Self Storage Insurance a Timely Topic

by John Stevens December 6, 2010 8:02 AM
Of up most concern to both storage facility owners and customers is the care of the items placed into storage. For instance, if a customer requested a climate-controlled unit for a collection of instruments and paintings, they expect to get what they paid for so that their items are not damaged. Sometimes, however, the unthinkable happens and fires break out or thefts occur. That is where insurance comes in and it is one of the most important considerations when running a storage business. [More]

Comic Candidate for CA Governor Displays Self-Storage Unit Contents

by Tony Gonzalez February 11, 2010 4:30 PM
California gubernatorial candidate and media-wise comic artist Lowell Darling kicked off his campaign yesterday by hauling the contents of his self-storage unit to San Francisco's Gallery 16 and putting them on display. Darling's possessions, which previously were stored at Southpoint Self Storage in Sebastopol, California, comprise an exhibit entitled "Full Disclosure." Darling says that putting the self-storage items on display shows that he has nothing to hide. Darling's possessions will be on display until March 31. In addition to the things that Darling was keeping in self-storage, he is also exhibiting all the rest of his worldly possessions. According to Gallery 16's website, Darling has put on exhibit "everything he owns." Some items, however, will remain in boxes.

"I took everything and set it in the middle of the gallery," Darling said. "Forty boxes containing the history of how I became an artist." The possessions on display include Darling's first drawing as a child, leftover documents from his previous failed gubernatorial bid against then governor Jerry Brown (who is expected to enter the race again this year) in 1978, and Internal Revenue Service documents from a dispute Darling had with the IRS in the early 1970s. Darling battled the IRS for years because it refused to classify him as an artist, claiming he did not make enough money at it for it to be considered his occupation. [More]