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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.

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...

In recent weeks, several towns around the United States have begun to limit the use of portable storage containers in front yards and driveways, by requiring residents to get permits, limiting the time period the containers can be used, and in some cases, banning their use. The Zeeland, Michigan City Council is looking at the possibility of banning the use of utility trailers...

The new Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry, a pet food pantry operated out of a local self-storage facility, has set a date for its opening: March 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. The Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry is located in Queen City Self-Storage, at 4775 Red Bank Expressway in Cincinnati. The pet food pantry, which was founded by local animal rights activists Shannon DeBra and Anita...

Westy Self Storage, a self-storage company based in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York, announced today that its 16 self-storage sites supported 91 non-profit community organizations in 2009. In most cases, Westy donated storage space to be used for the collection of donations. In its corporate announcement, Westy states: “In this time of economic adversity, many...

The Florida Self Storage Association announced yesterday that it has opened registration for its 2010 “New Horizons” Conference and Expo. Vendor exhibit applications are still being accepted as well. The conference will be held from May 5 to 7, at Disney’s Contemporary Hotel, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Although the FSSA conference is held annually,...

Michigan’s Governor, Jennifer Granholm, proposed yesterday that Michigan’s sales tax be extended to cover consumer services, including self-storage. Granholm hopes to see the sales tax reduced from six percent to 5.5 percent. The change would raise another $550 million in revenue for the state of Michigan. Under Granholm’s plan, the money would be used...

More than 200 small- to medium-sized self-storage firms announced yesterday that they have banded together to form the Storage Business Owners Alliance (SBOA). The founders hope to use economies of scale to improve the buying power of smaller self-storage businesses. SBOA members will be eligible for discounts on commonly used goods and services such as office supplies;...

Omniture, a leading producer of business marketing software, announced yesterday that it is making its online business optimization software compatible with native iPhone applications. Online business optimization uses the strategy of collecting data from customers as they interact with websites, and using that data to drive the growth and direction of the business,...

The Arizona Self Storage Association announced this morning that it will hold its 12th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Tempe, Arizona, from May 17 to 19, at the Marriott Buttes Hotel. The conference’s theme, “Survivor: Self Storage”, was inspired by the television program, “Survivor.” The AZ SSA website notes that “Often times, in...