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LoveSpace, a valet self-storage company in the UK, is hoping success strikes twice as it kicks off its second crowdfunding effort. Valet self-storage as a whole is carving out a larger niche within the self-storage industry. LoveSpace, to increase the size and reach of its own company is turning to Crowdcube, a crowdsourcing platform, to fund the expansion. Before...

CallPotential, a provider of self-storage management solutions, unveiled a new product at this year’s Inside Self Storage World Expo, which was held April 25-28. The unveiling starred some familiar superheroes. Batman and Wonder Woman circulated through the spacious expo, but instead of throwing around bat-shaped throwing stars or magic lassos, they were touting...

Self-storage companies are constantly on the search for ways to better serve their customers and increase their revenue stream. Beyond their main source of revenue—storage space—some facilities provide packing materials, or partner with moving companies to provide trucks or moving services, or offer office space or meeting rooms for rent. In the United States,...

StorageMart strives to serve the communities in which it has facilities; now it wants to honor individuals whose efforts to serve have made a real difference. Starting on April 1, the company asked people to nominate someone who they felt deserved recognition for going the extra mile in the community. Anyone who nominated someone received 200 air miles. If the person...

Storage.com is a self-storage aggregator—a website that is designed to assist people find a self-storage facility in their area, and to shop for the best deal. For several years the teams at Storage.com and USstoragesearch.com had been working together; Storage.com decided it was time to approach the market as a single entity. “For many years, we worked for these...

A Florida couple plans to capitalize on the success of mixed-use storage facilities by housing a clinic, spa and four-bay carwash alongside a self-storage operation in a busy area of Parrish, Florida. Co-owned by Todd and Gayle Reed, Reed Properties’ 4,000-square-foot physical therapy clinic and spa—complete with a large indoor pool—is a realization of their...

On May 14, Trumbull Self Storage in Trumbull, Connecticut will host a community tag sale with proceeds going to the Swim Across the Sound, a cancer-related charity. The idea was brought to facility manager Jean Romano by a member of the local community and cancer survivor, Michael Murray.  His niece had formed a group called Michael’s Mermaids to honor him. For...

Amy’s Attic Self Storage of Harker Heights, Texas has a history of helping out local charities. The company recently conducted their semi-annual crafts festival and donated the proceeds to a local charity, Furniture for Families. More than 50 vendors set up tables and booths at the storage facility to sell their wares. While mom and dad shopped, kids enjoyed jumping...

Scott Simon, a resident manager at A1 U Store It in St. Louis, Missouri cashed in in Las Vegas this week. Attending the four-day Inside Self-Storage World Expo on April 25-28, Simon beat out other self-storage operators to win ISS’s annual “Loving Las Vegas” Video Challenge. The video challenge asked facility managers and owners to submit a short video creatively...

The demand for self-storage services is on the rise all over the world. This is seen in the growth of the traditional market; of valet, or on-demand self-storage; and now with the advent and expansion of peer-to-peer self-storage services. The peer-to-peer business model is rather simple: people with extra space in their homes or offices can list it for rent on the...