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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.

California real-estate investment trust Strategic Storage Trust Inc. (SSTI) has added a new self storage site to the 30 that it currently owns — Augusta Ranch Self Storage, at 9252 E. Guadalupe Road, in Mesa, Arizona. The business will be renamed SmartStop, to match Strategic Storage’s other self storage businesses. Augusta Ranch Self Storage has existed at...

Wounded Warrior Outdoors, a charitable organization founded by Ron Raboud, the CEO of the Rabco Corporation (a producer of prefabricated self storage building systems) has received another supporter from the self storage community: Janus International.  Janus supplies rolling doors and other components for use in self storage buildings. Raboud founded Wounded Warrior...

Safe & Secure Automated Self Storage, of Coconut Creek, Florida, has received another award for the green facility that it opened last April. Mini-Storage Messenger has selected Safe & Secure as its 2010 Outstanding Green Facility of the Year. Mini-Storage Messenger presents the Outstanding Green Facility Award each year, for a self storage facility with...

Members of the Nogales, Arizona Planning and Zoning Commission voted 3-1 this week to deny Nogales Properties the chance to build a self storage facility on the border. The facility, which would have been classified as a mini-storage, would have had 44 units and would have been placed on a strip of land that used to be home to several cross-border tunnels. Developers have...

The Valparaiso, Indiana String-a-Long Quilters have been working with the Porter County Museum to clean and archive the museum’s collection of historic quilts for storage. Last weekend, they put the collection on display, featuring, as well, 18 quilts made by String-a-Longer Pat Atwell. The String-a-Long Quilters have about 75 members, ranging in age from 12 years...

Will health care reform hurt or benefit self storage companies? According to the national Self Storage Association, 90 percent of all self storage companies are single facilities run by owner/operators. In other words, most self storage facilities are small businesses. A careful look at how the health care reform bill affects small businesses, then, will tell us exactly...

Foreshadowing the current commercial real estate foreclosure crisis by several centuries, Polonius advised in Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be.” He might as well have added, “Be an investor instead.” Polonius’ words put most of the analysis of commercial real estate industry experts, reflecting on the...

  If you need to store a boat or an RV, it is wise to check with your municipality to find out the most current rules on boat or RV storage. In some cities across the nation, city councils and village trustees are changing the rules. Many self-storage facilities will accept vehicles for storage, giving boat and RV owners another option if they live in an area that...

Extra Space Storage and Thanks Again announced yesterday that they have begun a partnership that will allow self-storage tenants to earn airline mileage and other rewards when they reserve a self-storage unit. To earn the mileage or other rewards, a consumer will first have to become a member of Thanks Again, a company that allows consumers to register their credit cards...

Many towns in rural and suburban America are changing their zoning laws to make it possible for new self-storage businesses to be constructed. Recent changes in zoning laws that affect self-storage firms include the following:  In Richardson, Texas, the City Council changed the zoning laws to allow for “temporary” self-storage businesses in some commercial...