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Holly Robinson

Holly Robinson (no, not Holly Robinson-Peete - the Autism advocate/actress/model/athlete's wife) works as a "staging expert" for a national real estate company, who has recently moved from a fast-paced metropolitan area to a slower-paced suburbia. In her spare time she keeps an online journal of the differences in these two worlds, and how she manages to keep a toe hold in each. Her topics often include "what you can live without" and "life's must-haves," - life simplification without sacrifice - which she has learned through her profession.

People have always speculated what life would be like in the future. In 1910, people envisioned flying firemen and policemen (with wings on their back), robot-like barbers, an electric train from Paris to Beijing, and a phonographic machine that read the newspaper out loud to people. Other than ‘hearing’ the newspaper (news on the radio or TV), none of these...

Social media is where it’s at. It’s where people hang out, socialize, and connect with others. So, social media contests – especially on Facebook – is a simple way to show up where your self storage customers and prospective customers are. It’s a way to engage with them — and a place to hold contests to promote your self storage business. There...

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. In Kingman, Arizona, Robert Bennett has been in a tough situation. He owns a mini self storage facility on the Hualapai Mountain Road.  He wanted to add 200 units to his business. But he ran into a snafu. When he built his mini...

What does the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square in London, a statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus, and 18,800 tons of printing presses have in common – besides being in London, that is? It’s a remarkable connection – one that a person typically wouldn’t think of. That connection is Vanguard Self Storage in London. Vanguard has lifted many unusual...

Extra Space Storage Inc. has lots of news today! Changes in their management and new purchases of facilities. They announced today that there will be a change in the company’s management team.  Effective December 31, 2013, Karl Haas, the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will retire. Hass has been with Extra Space Storage...

When you think architectural beauty you usually think of things like the Empire State Building, the Sears Tower, or that huge mansion you saw on television that some celebrity lives in. You don’t usually think of the self storage industry. However, should a company in Tennessee follow through with its plans that could all change. NitNeil Partners, an Atlanta-based...

Need a motivational ‘shot in the arm?’  Feel like you need to revitalize your self storage business? Are you new to the industry? Want to learn from the best in the business? Then, make sure that you put the Self Storage Association’s Fall Conference & Trade Show on your calendar! The Conference & Tradeshow will be held in Las Vegas on September...

When companies get involved in charitable activities it is hard for it to be a bad thing without criminal activity involved. Non-for-profit organizations offer a service that people need, but without help from people or businesses they would often have a hard time getting things done. That is why many will make donations or hold events geared towards making money, but...

Real life influences novels, poetry, video games, movies, and TV shows. Sometimes, there is an unusual twist in life and these things influence real life. For instance, take reality TV shows about the self storage industry. “Auction Hunters” and “Storage Wars” are two reality shows based on self storage auctions that are wildly popular. “Auction...

Fire. Nobody likes a fire. Especially a business owner. Chain Lake Storage in Monroe, Washington, knows because a fire broke out at their storage facility last November and caused extensive damage to their facility. The fire broke out in the early morning hours on November 20th.  It was a difficult fire to fight because of where it was located. The storage units are...