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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.

StorageMart of Columbia, Missouri, won the Better Business Bureau TORCH Award along with nine other businesses and two charities. Winners will receive their award at a luncheon on Oct. 14 in the Khorassan Room at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis. Businesses and charities that were nominated for the TORCH Award were evaluated for their commitment to customer service through...

via Shutterstock Many self storage companies participate in charitable, non-profit activities that benefit their communities—activities such as Toys for Tots, donating food to shelters for the homeless, or raising money to donate to cancer research. For storage businesses that are looking for a new charitable activity to participate in and for those that are willing...

via Roost Facebook page A wise businessman keeps abreast of the news and the changes in his industry. So it is in the best interest of self storage owners to become aware of Roost, a new self storage startup in San Francisco. Roost is an online marketplace similar to Airbnb, a company that allows people to rent out their home to others for a short-term stay. But instead...

People rent self storage units for all sorts of reasons, but there is one that everyone hopes will never apply to them: natural disasters. Many of the reasons that people rent self storage units are ones that they see coming. They can plan for them, and they don’t cause much—if any—trouble or discomfort. However, when it comes to events like wildfires, tornadoes,...

Starting a self storage company is challenging enough, but keeping it running and actually getting it to turn a profit is another thing altogether. So when one not only remains open, but manages to grow by close to 800 percent over the last decade, the feat is certainly worthy of recognizing and examining. Tuesday, August 12, was a very special day for Extra Space Storage....

Photo via Value Store It Facebook page Take one vacant, ramshackle old building, put in a lot of hard work, and what do you get? A beautifully restored town landmark that now houses a self storage facility. Several years ago, Value Store It Self Storage purchased an old vacant building in Mount Vernon, New York. They anticipated tearing it down and building a new facility....

Recently, Bloomberg Markets magazine published its annual list of the best-performing alternative investments. Rather surprisingly, the hottest REITs are the self storage ones. In fact, three out of the top five REITs (real estate investment trusts) in the 141-company index are self storage companies. And, out of those three, Extra Space is the top performer. When people...

If you want to find a number to a self storage facility you could use a phone book, but these days you are more likely to find one being used to prop up the corner leg of a table than anything else. Why use one when you can go online to a website and find not only a phone number but pricing information and so much more? @AAANews/Twitter As the popularity of the industry—and...

Many facilities in the self storage industry make it a practice to get involved in their communities. Not only does it endear them to the community, but the resulting press coverage is great publicity. So than why would a company get involved in a community that is over a thousand miles away? That is exactly what A-1 Self Storage has done. The company is based out of San...

Getting published has always been a challenge. Everyone thinks they have the next great American novel in them, but more often than not they never get the opportunity to see their vision in print. However, if they were to take the route that the creators of the self storage-based comic book series Unit 44 did they just might! Unit 44 is a four-part comic book series that...