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Self Storage Industry Not Taxing in Some States

by John Stevens June 8, 2012 9:16 PM
There are two things that are for certain, death and taxes. No matter what happens or who is elected to office—be it federal, state, or local—the one thing that they will all always be looking to do is increase revenue. Too often that means raising taxes for someone or something. [More]

Want a Chance to Find Treasure? Rent a Self Storage Unit.

by Tony Gonzalez February 2, 2012 6:57 PM
The words “treasure” and “self storage” have been paired together in recent years largely due to the popularity of reality television shows like Storage Wars and Auction Hunters. The idea of being able to spend a few hundred dollars at a self storage auction and have it turn into thousands (or more) when rare collectibles are found or even gold has many people willing to take that chance. [More]

Sequels can Work in the Self Storage Industry as well as Hollywood

by Kim Kilpatrick January 9, 2012 2:24 PM
Typically, whenever a movie spawns a sequel they are not as good as the original; it is just too hard for a concept to be as interesting and fresh the second time around as it was the first. It’s like the second slice of pizza relative to the first. You are still happy to eat it, but it doesn’t bring you as much joy as the first. [More]

So Who Would Leave a Half Million in Gold in a Self Storage Unit?

by John Stevens November 29, 2011 5:57 PM
Thanks to the ever-growing population of cable channels, there is a reality show about all sorts of interesting things. The self storage industry has taken center stage in a few of them; more specifically, the auctions that occur when tenants fail to pay their rent after a few months. Shows like Storage Wars and Auction Hunters have shown the viewing public some of the treasures and amazing stories that can lie behind the door of a storage unit. [More]

More Businesses Starting to Take Advantage of Self Storage

by Tony Gonzalez August 15, 2011 1:53 PM
When people think about self storage units, they often think about individual people needing some extra space to store their odds and ends whether it is because they are downsizing their living arrangements or are trying to de-clutter their home. However, more and more businesses are starting to realize that they too can benefit from the use of a self storage unit. [More]

Protection Via Contract is Vital in the Self Storage Industry

by Winnie Hsiu May 18, 2011 5:36 PM
There is nothing that stings a business person more than to suffer financial losses, embarrassment (that could chase possible customers away), or to have the good name of their business establishment sullied when they did absolutely nothing wrong. Sadly, that happens more often than one might think. [More]

Niagara Falls Man Lists Self Storage Unit as Residence in Order to Join Mayoral Race

by John Stevens July 5, 2010 2:33 PM
The rules regarding who can run in the election for mayor of a town are much the same in most of the world’s democracies. Elections laws customarily require that candidates live in the town, be of a certain age, be a citizen of the country in which the town is located, etc. The rules are not much different in St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada. But a man who lives in nearby Niagara Falls has found a way to bend them. He has rented a St. Catharine’s self storage unit and has listed it as his residence in St. Catharine’s, allowing him to enter the St. Catharine’s mayoral race. [More]

Band that Started in Self-Storage Unit Releases New Album

by Kim Kilpatrick December 28, 2009 5:48 AM
Sick Sense, a punk band that formed in Riverside, California, in 1993 and got its start meeting and rehearsing in a self-storage unit, released its new album, "Welcome to the Sick Side," this December.

The band had intended to release the album earlier in 2009, but decided to hold off because of the recession. Thinking that the economy has improved somewhat, Sick Sense decided to release the new album at an early December concert in Canyon Crest, California. "We feel like it's the time to do it," said singer Mando Ochoa. The band gave away CDs of the album to the first 50 people to arrive at the concert. Ochoa took pride in noting that the band's fans span many age groups. "I think the people who just love punk rock music love it until they're 80 to 90 years old," Ochoa commented. "There's no age limit to punk rock." [More]

Consumerism = Happiness @ Self Storage

by Holly Robinson November 4, 2009 12:35 PM
According to Wikipedia, Consumerism is “the equation of personal happiness with consumption and the purchase of material possessions.”

It is this phenomenon with which Commonwealth Centre Parkway’s Space Mart Self Storage Facility Manager John Poss credits the tortoise-like growth of the self-storage market in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

“I would consider [Chesterfield] a very saturated market right here. I probably have 4-5 competitors within 10 miles,” says Poss. “It’s a very healthy [business] environment… [The economic downturn] “hasn’t hurt us. We haven’t felt a lot of the crunch that retail and some of the other industries have felt.” (

Poss attributes some of the growth to the current real estate slump as well. “With some of the way the housing market’s going, we have some tenants who are downsizing from a 3-bedroom home to a 1-bedroom apartment,” said Poss, “at least temporarily, they need somewhere to store their extra belongings.” (

Nationally and locally, commercial or “business” clientele is roughly 15-25% of the self storage business, with residential customers comprising the balance. [More]
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