Contributing Editors



Artistic Endeavor Sponsored by Manhattan Mini Storage

by Holly Robinson October 9, 2013 9:10 PM
Edgy. Fresh. Hip. Avant guard. These adjectives describe Manhattan Mini Storage. They are well known for their ads; some poked fun at New Yorkers, some at politicians, some at life. Regardless of the topic, they were the talk of the town.

Manhattan Mini Storage is also known for their unique customers. Remember the ‘crazy piano guy?’ The guy who stored several dismantled grand pianos at Manhattan Mini Storage and then on fair weather days wheeled out a dismantled grand piano, put it back together and then played it? Not exactly a typical customer. [More]

History is Made in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez October 8, 2013 9:58 PM
One of the largest portfolio sales in recent self storage industry history was just finalized. Morningstar Properties sold 43 of their facilities for $315 million to Public Storage. The sale included over 2.9 million square feet in properties in North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Georgia. This sale is the largest portfolio sale in recent industry history and has the highest valuation for storage outside of New York City. That’s quite an accomplishment. [More]

A Flex Mini Storage Owner Develops Innovative Business Solution

by Kim Kilpatrick September 16, 2013 10:11 PM
When self storage facility owners want to expand and add on to their facility, one of the many challenges they face is to secure permits and to pass and comply with zoning laws. And, those zoning laws can be a stickler.

Doug Isaacson and his son, Eric, operate A Flex Mini Storage in Montgomery, Alabama. Earlier this year, they wanted to expand their facility. But, the land that they wanted to use wasn’t zoned for storage units. [More]

Self Storage News Roundup for September

by Holly Robinson September 9, 2013 8:33 PM
From zoning issues to electronic waste to the opening of new self storage facilities, there is a lot going on in the self storage industry. [More]

Manhattan Mini Storage Holds New Contest

by Winnie Hsiu September 2, 2013 8:11 PM
People probably know Manhattan Mini Storage by their ads. The self storage ads are sometimes sometimes snarky, sometimes controversial politically and culturally. Some have attacked people like Paris Hilton, President George W. Bush, and Michelle Bachmann.

Always ‘thinking like a New Yorker,’ Manhattan Mini Storage has come up with a new sweepstakes contest that will appeal to hip New Yorkers. They teamed up with Hipstermaid for the contest where the winner gets the prize of a lifetime: free storage and cleaning for an entire year! [More]

Self Storage News from Around the Nation

by Winnie Hsiu August 22, 2013 7:41 PM
Folks in Anchorage, Alaska, don’t use them. And probably not those in Seattle, Washington, either. But people and businesses in Tucson, Arizona, the Florida Keys, and in San Antonio, Texas, certainly do. And just what is “it” that they use in those areas around the country? Solar panels! [More]

Personal Mini Storage Sponsors Back-to-School Drive

by Holly Robinson July 22, 2013 1:42 PM
Children around the country are busily enjoying their summer vacation. They are swimming, camping, hiking, going to movies, playing, and generally enjoying the fact that they are out of school for the summer. But, going back to school is right around the corner. It will be here almost as quick as an ice cream cone melts on a hot day. [More]

Secure Self Storage Announces Their New Mobile Website

by Holly Robinson June 3, 2013 2:39 PM
Fifteen years ago, businesses were on the cutting edge if they had a website. Now, to be on the cutting edge, businesses need a website with a responsive design. (A responsive design can tell what platform a person is using - tablets, cellphone, computer - and displays the site accordingly.) In just the last year, mobile searches have quadrupled. Secure Self Storage, a leader in the mini storage industry, recently launched a mobile version of their website. Mantra Information, based in New Jersey, built their mobile friendly [More]

Gotham Mini Storage in Manhattan Appeals to NYC Startups

by Winnie Hsiu May 31, 2013 2:29 PM
When you think of storage units, you think of people storing extra furniture, clothing, knick-knacks and do-dads, old comic books, and sports equipment. Gotham Mini Storage goes beyond that and is a very viable option for startup companies in New York City. [More]

Little Things Can Make a Difference in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens March 25, 2013 7:33 PM
On the face of things the self storage industry would appear to be a pretty cut and dry business. People need space, self storage facilities provide it, and that is that. While technically that is all that a facility needs to do it is far from the only thing that they do. [More]
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