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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.

The self storage industry is continuing to expand this spring with a wave of new facilities opening up across the country, particularly in the South. In Georgia, a private investor has purchased the four-year-old East Ellijay facility of American Storage. The facility has about 35,000 square feet of rentable space, divided into 248 units, some of which are climate-controlled....

World wheat supplies are at record highs this year, and projected to grow even higher — and the surplus of wheat has led to a worldwide wheat storage shortage. The world currently has so much wheat that some analysts say the United States would have plenty of wheat even if not a single American farmer were to plant wheat this year. In fact, American growers are starting...

The self storage construction business is booming in the U.S. this spring and summer. Some businesses are expanding, while others are being built from the ground up. The projects that are underway include:  Chester Heights Self-Storage Center, in Chester Heights, PA The owners of the soon-to-be-opened Chester Heights Self-Storage Center, in Chester Heights, Pennsylvania,...

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...