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Hearings Completed Concerning Idaho Government Ownership of Storage Units

by Winnie Hsiu August 31, 2011 11:00 AM
Yesterday, Idaho legislators concluded two days of hearings concerning restrictions on the types of property that the Idaho Land Board can purchase. Legislators will take the information from the hearings and write a proposal that provides updated regulation on how the Board manages the land held in the trust and how the Board can invest the money from land-sale proceeds. [More] Redesigns Website For Easier Use

by John Stevens August 24, 2011 12:19 PM
When people look for information about businesses, one of the first places they go to is the Internet. If a business does not have a web site, it loses money because it can't be found by potential customers. Having a well-designed web site is critical to attract those potential customers and make it easy for them to do business with you. learned just how important that well-designed web site is. [More]

Is There an App for That?

by Tony Gonzalez May 24, 2011 2:31 PM
When it all comes down to it, people want to be able to do what they do or buy what they buy in the easiest and most efficient manner possible. With the dawn of the electronic age well underway it is becoming more and more common to find businesses, self storage and others, making as much use as they possibly can to make their company more attractive than the next. [More]

Self Storage Units—a Common Character in Many Hollywood Movies

by John Stevens March 29, 2011 8:49 PM
If there is one thing that the world pays attention to it is whatever comes out of Hollywood. Every summer people look forward to the latest and greatest blockbuster from James Cameron or Michael Bay, another installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and a cute, cuddly animated feature that kids and adults can enjoy together. One thing that tends to pop up in a lot of features in one way, shape, or form is a self storage unit. [More]

'Storage Wars' Star Set to Offer Advice at ISS World Expo

by John Stevens February 18, 2011 5:35 AM
With popular self storage auction shows, Storage Wars and Auction Hunters, more people are
flocking to bid on abandoned storage units and more self storage operators are seeing their doors
flooded on auction days. But can facility operators handle the hordes of bidders and are they up-
to-date on knowledge of lien laws? [More]

Nebraskan Storage Facility Opens Vacant Units to Local Artists

by John Stevens February 3, 2011 12:12 PM
An Omaha, Neb., storage facility rolled up its storage unit doors for something much more extraordinary than boxes and bins. On Jan. 29, the Old Market’s Urban Storage facility reached out to its local artist community and offered up its vacant storage units for a two-part exhibition in which more than 75 artists and performers participated. [More]

As Businesses Close More Turn to Self Storage Conversions

by John Stevens February 2, 2011 8:23 AM
Finding a new use for an unoccupied building that has recently gone out of business can take a lot of thought in this tough economy. But with the strength of the self storage industry still riding high, there have been recent conversions of buildings into self storage facilities. The latest is a roughly 120,000 sq. ft. retail building that used to house a Toys 'R Us in Green Township, Ohio, being redeveloped into self storage space. [More]

A&E Will Air New Show on Hunting for Valuable Storage Loot

by John Stevens November 9, 2010 6:15 PM
Often treasures abound in abandoned storage units and Hollywood has decided to permanently shine its camera lights on the storage industry for a show where the hosts act like gold-seeking hunters, making their way from auction to auction. It is an unfortunate and not so frequent occurrence when a customer stops paying rent and has their storage unit repossessed. But for those seeking a big pay out on the contents of these storage units, it is pure joy when they strike it rich. [More]

Trouble Comes in 3’s – Arrests Made in Storage Facility Break-Ins

by Kim Kilpatrick October 29, 2009 8:31 AM
In the land of all-things Wal-Mart, justice is served.

Rogers is a suburban city in Benton County, in northwest Arkansas. Rogers was the location of the first Wal-Mart store, whose corporate headquarters is located in neighboring Bentonville, Arkansas.

Yesterday, October 28, a Bentonville man was served a warrant by Rogers Police for 63 counts of breaking or entering. And, in the course of the investigation into the burglarizing of A to Z Self Storage facilities, police subsequently arrested 2 more people wanted for additional unrelated break-ins, according to Corporal Angel Murphy-Pearce.

As reported on October 29 by, 2 A to Z locations at 2707 W. Olive St. and 2851 Honeysuckle Lane reported multiple several burglaries during the months of September and October. The perpetrators damaged drywall while breaking in, and stole a variety of things including jewelry, electronics, tools, knives and camping equipment, and, to date, the police have yet to locate the majority of the stolen property.

Corporal Murphy-Pearce stated that during the case investigation, they police had several interviews with Jimmy Coles, 35, and served him with an arrest warrant on at the Benton County Jail. (Coles has been in detention since October 19, 2009, as the result of a previous parole violation.) [More]

The Day the Music Died – The Era of “The Sheds” - Carolina’s Heart of Rock & Roll, Ends

by Kim Kilpatrick October 24, 2009 8:13 AM
Bill Gates may have started his empire in his garage, but it was in one of the 139 bays of “The Sheds” – also known as Sumter Street Self-Storage - that hometown favorite Hootie & the Blowfish wrote and practiced hits like "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You," which were included on the 1994 Grammy-winning album "Cracked Rear View," selling 16 million copies, according to an October 23 posting on

"The Sheds," which are located on an industrial strip on the fringe of the University of South Carolina campus (in Columbia, the state’s capital) have been legendary to local rockers for more than two decades, but thanks to local curmudgeon Clif Judy, the music at "The Sheds" is about to end.

Mr. Judy, whose taste leans more toward Bach and Beethoven, lives less than one mile from The Sheds, and claims the "boom, boom" of the rock music interrupted the bucolic sounds of chirping crickets and whirring of wee-hour trains he so enjoys. So, for the past two years, he has made it his mission to shut down The Sheds.

Sadly, his consistent complaints to the Richland County zoning board succeeded when, in early October, the board declared that the self-storage bays were not intended for band practice. The Sheds' owners (who claim they have already spent in excess of $20,000 defending themselves against Mr. Judy's complaints), shocked Shed’s fans when they opted not to appeal, and have begun the arduous task of notifying the various band tenants that while they may continue to store their equipment at The Sheds, the must stop. [More]