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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.

Ground breaking for a new self storage facility in Schertz, Texas, recently took place. Brian Cisarik, Robert Loeb, and Jeff Bailey are the three developers for the project. When completed, the new facility will have 113,000 square feet. It is currently scheduled to open in January 2015. It will be part of the SurePoint Self Storage brand. Cisarik and Loeb have been in...

The Boy Scouts motto is pretty well known—be prepared. It’s pretty hard to argue with it; everyone should try to be prepared. That way whenever a problem arises you’ll be ready to handle it. Should an opportunity arise you’ll be in a position to take advantage of it—much like some in the self storage industry are doing. As an industry, self...

Art Scalise of Upton, Massachusetts, is an entrepreneur. Thirty years ago, he launched his first business, which was an alarm company. Things were going well.  In 1998, he got a call from a company in Sturbridge, which is a city that was about 38 miles away. Would he install an alarm system in a self storage facility? Intrigued, he said yes. He was not familiar at...

A common excuse people use for not voting is the belief that their single vote does not make a difference out of the millions that are going to be cast (for a presidential election at least). Voting advocates are quick to point out that every vote is a single vote; that the power comes from combining individual votes to form a whole. The same can be said for many businesses—self...

Investing in or starting a business is an incredibly tough decision to make. From choosing what you are going to do to laying the groundwork and getting the business of the ground the time commitment is intense to say the least—as is the financial one. So you have to be careful what you choose. Just because the self storage industry has been a good investment does...

An industrial development agency in Elmont, Nassau County on Long Island, unanimously agreed to give a prospective self storage facility a sales tax exemption. The exemption consists of $258,750 and $20,475 off the mortgage recording tax. Also, the property tax bill will be frozen for three years. After that, it will slightly increase over the next 12 years. The proposed...

The Violet Township Board of Trustees held a meeting to consider rezoning some property to allow Storage One Self Storage to build a facility in their township. Local residents and those from a neighboring subdivision in the city of Pickerington attended to express both support and opposition to the zoning change. Storage One Self Storage seeks to build a 97,00 square-foot,...

A laser cannon moves horizontally back and forth on the bottom of the computer screen. The player fires at descending aliens that scurry back and forth horizontally on the screen as they advance toward the bottom of the screen. The more aliens hit by the cannon, the more aliens that descend in waves that come faster and faster. What game is this? It’s Space Invaders,...

Can there be such a thing as too much security? Can a self storage facility actually take too many precautions to insure that what tenants entrust in to their care remains safe? Ask the tenant and the answer is probably no—that is, until they see how much their rent is. Security does not come cheap. The more a self storage facility provides the more it has to charge....

Three years ago, Stuff Hotel, a San Antonio-based self storage business, installed solar panels on one of their facilities. The facility was a test case for them. They wanted to see how much savings they got before putting solar panels on their other facilities. The company installed a 28-kilowatt solar array at their facility at the 9018 Poteet Jourdanton Freeway location....