Self-Storage Transformations Into Marijuana Grow Houses Won’t Be Growing Like a Weed

By Jay MacDonald   March 28, 2015

Growing marijuana

For five years, Dave Jones managed All Storage in Elma, WA, a rural town of about 3,000 residents halfway between the state capital of Olympia and the Pacific Ocean. Even after All Storage closed and went on the block, he continued to live in the upstairs apartment, hoping to reopen any day.

That all went up in smoke when the facility was sold in January. It’s set to reopen as Blue Star, a state-licensed marijuana growing and processing plant. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot Customers Gain Exclusive Self-Storage Savings Through AAA Discounts & RewardsSM

By John Egan   March 26, 2015

SpareFoot + AAA

Longtime AAA member Karen Kasl of Phoenix, AZ, cares for three adult children who are disabled. Given the time and energy that consumes, “it’s hard to work outside the house,” Kasl said.

This month, she’s starting a business from home, renting out inflatables such as water slides. Since there’s not enough room to store the inventory in her house, Kasl rented a 7×14 storage unit. Kasl was able to keep the costs of her new business low through a new SpareFoot program that gives AAA members access to exclusive discounts on self-storage rentals.

Kasl is one of more than 1,000 AAA members who already have reserved self-storage units through the new program, which launched earlier this year. → Keep Reading

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Staying in Tune: 4 Tips for Storing Musical Instruments

By Jay MacDonald   March 24, 2015

Trial band

Drummer Patrick Drohan and his four mates that make up a fast-rising Southern rock band liked honing their skills in a 10×15 storage unit in Columbia, SC so much, that they named their band after the street where they jammed: Atlas Road Crew.

“It was an awesome experience,” he recalled. “It made us buckle down and get at least good enough to play live.” Now, they tour the East Coast.

What was not so awesome was the toll their non-climate-controlled unit took on their musical instruments. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot’s Storage Industry Professionals Mixer Geaux-ing to New Orleans

By Jeremy Rachel   March 23, 2015

New Orleans

Attention, SpareFoot facility clients: We’re geaux-ing to Laissez les bons temps rouler (“Let the good times roll”) and head to the party capital of the South: New Orleans, LA!

New Orleans will be the second stop on SpareFoot’s Storage Industry Professionals Mixer tour. So if you’re in or near The Big Easy at 6 p.m. April 21, come join us at Barcadia New Orleans for a festive night of mixing and mingling with your fellow professionals from the storage industry. → Keep Reading

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7 Steps to a Cleaner, More Organized Garage

By Cynthia J. Drake   March 21, 2015

garage

Chances are, your garage is not one of the most organized parts of your house.

A survey by The Lehigh Group shows that only 27 percent of Americans reported feeling confident that their garages were “very organized.” And given the amount of potentially dangerous equipment stored there, garages aren’t just eyesores — they can pose “a potential safety threat,” said Stephanie Leichtweis, vice president of sales and marketing for The Lehigh Group.

So, now that spring is upon us, it’s time to tackle the garage. We asked some experts how to do it in the least painful way possible. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot-Supported ‘Store’ Will Help Clothe the Homeless

By John Egan   March 19, 2015

Storie Cunningham

One night in February, SpareFooter Storie Cunningham (pictured at top) spotted a video in her Facebook news feed. Intrigued, she clicked on the YouTube video, which tells the story of The Street Store, a charity that helps homeless people around the world. The two-minute video moved Cunningham to tears and moved her to help The Street Store.

The result: From 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 22 outside Central Presbyterian Church, Cunningham will be organizing the first-ever event in Austin, TX, for The Street Store. Local homeless people will be able to shop for free clothes at the temporary pop-up store. SpareFoot is supporting Cunningham’s initiative. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot Rolls Out First TV Advertising Campaign

By John Egan   March 18, 2015

SpareFoot TV commercial

SpareFoot is launching its first-ever TV advertising campaign. As part of a pilot program, the SpareFoot ads will begin airing this month on various cable TV networks in the U.S. → Keep Reading

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Steve Case: Austin Startups Merit More Attention

By John Egan   March 16, 2015

Steve Case

When it comes to pumping money into startups, Steve Case isn’t banking solely on Silicon Valley. While the home of Apple, Facebook and Google attracts tons of media attention—and tons of venture capital—Case and his fellow investors think startups in places like Austin, TX, deserve more attention.

“We love entrepreneurs anywhere, but we think there’s too much focus in places like Silicon Valley and not enough focus in places like Austin,” Case, co-founder of AOL, told The SpareFoot Blog. → Keep Reading

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Messy Minds: Inside the Psychology of Clutter

By Anne Wynter   March 13, 2015

mind

Nearly everyone has dealt with clutter at one point or another, but certain people struggle greatly with it. While some might chalk it up to a matter of will power, a study by the Yale School of Medicine revealed that when asked to decide whether to keep or throw away items, some participants showed higher activity in the parts of their brains associated with pain and conflict.

Find out what experts say about why some of us have so much trouble letting go of excess clutter. → Keep Reading

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Here’s How to Harmoniously Use a Self-Storage Unit as a Band Rehearsal Space

By Jay MacDonald   March 12, 2015

band rehearsal

Turn that down!!!!

Those three words, directed at a high volume and often with venom at bands that rehearse at home, gave birth to a niche market: the self-storage unit as rehearsal space. → Keep Reading

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