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A Short Film is Based on the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez July 10, 2013 10:40 PM
If you evaluate the topics of movies, you’ll notice that there are a lot of common ones. There are super heroes, invading aliens, spies and counterspies, historical events, and love stories. However, it’s a rare thing to find a movie based on the self storage industry.

Boxed In is an independent film that will be showing July 11 through July 14 in the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival – and it is based on the self storage industry. [More]

We Want Our Self Storage and We Want it Now!

by Tony Gonzalez July 5, 2013 11:22 PM
For most people in the United States there is one thing (besides money) that everyone could use more of—space. That need has led to over 50,000 self storage facilities being created across the country with more going up all the time, which is good since when we want something we want it now. [More]

Compass Self Storage One Step Closer for Approval of New Facility

by Tony Gonzalez July 3, 2013 7:18 PM
Businesses come and businesses go. When businesses go, they often leave behind an empty building. In some cases, owners of those empty buildings still have to pay taxes on their commercial property. Such was the case when the former Blaushild Chevrolet dealership on Chagrin Boulevard in Shaker Heights, Ohio, moved out. Property owner, Debra Pando, still had to pay about $60,000 in property taxes. [More]

Self Storage Industry is College Friendly Whether You Are Student or a Graduate

by Tony Gonzalez June 28, 2013 11:20 PM
There is a t-shirt that can often be found on college campuses everywhere that reads: College—the best 4-7 years of your life. With all that there is to do in college from partying hard to finding out what you want to do with your life and making life-long friends the t-shirt it would be easy to argue the shirt is true—and the self storage industry can make it better. [More]

Old Barn Self-Storage Supports Local Community

by Tony Gonzalez June 26, 2013 4:30 PM
Old Barn Self-Storage sits atop a hill. In the valley below, 25,000 motorists drive by – many times getting a chuckle and something to brighten their day. The source of the chuckle is a huge sign that says “Happy.” Depending on the time of year or season the sign might say something like “Happy Cow” or Happy Graduates” or Happy Father’s Day.” [More]

Unique Find in Abandoned Self Storage Unit

by Tony Gonzalez June 21, 2013 8:03 PM
You can find many interesting things in abandoned self storage units. Of course you find the usual things – washers, dryers, furniture, knick-knacks, old comic books. Sometimes, things of value are found: antique toys, pocket watches, handmade quilts, antique hand mirrors and brushes, silverware, and china.

Two years ago, a full dress uniform of a grand master of the Independent order of Odd Fellows (with an embroidered sash and an elaborate plumed hat) was found. There was also a large collection of ribbons, badges, and medals from the Grand Army of the Republic, which was a fraternal organization of Union vets of the Civil war. [More]

Self Storage Industry Establishing Strong Presence on Television

by Tony Gonzalez June 19, 2013 7:46 AM
The self storage industry has been on television for years, but usually in a minor supporting role. Typically a self storage unit has been the place where something has been hidden or the location of some sort of crime, but in recent years the industry has stepped out and started to take a leading role in some programs. [More]

SmartStop Self Storage to Sponsor Utah Mountaineer

by Tony Gonzalez June 17, 2013 9:23 PM
Almost everybody knows someone who has had a knee replacement. That person is probably pretty grateful because they no longer suffer from severe pain when they walk. They are also glad to return to their normal activities. However, how many people do you think there are in the world who have had both knees replaced who plan on summiting the highest mountain in the world? Not too many, I dare say. In fact, you could probably count them all on one finger.

Greg Paul, a veteran adventurer and mountain climber from Alpine, Utah, is that one person. [More]

Self Storage Industry Looking For Some Extra Space Here and Abroad

by Tony Gonzalez June 11, 2013 11:57 PM
The business of self storage is at its heart a very simple one. People are out of space either at home or at the office and it just doesn’t always make sense to move to a different building or find another home. You just need to find some extra space—hence the popularity of the self storage industry. [More]

SpareFoot in Austin, Texas, Wins an Award

by Tony Gonzalez June 11, 2013 9:57 PM
SpareFoot, the world’s largest online marketplace for self storage, was recently named the Best Place to Work in Austin, Texas, for mid-sized companies (businesses with 51 to 250 employees). There were 20 finalists in this category.

SpareFoot CEO Chuck Gordon said he’s “honored and overjoyed” that the company he co-founded has received this award. [More]
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