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Where Do America’s Diehard Fashionistas Live? The Answer Might Just Surprise You

By Elizabeth Whalen   April 30, 2014

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Pop quizzes (at least the ones in school) aren’t usually much fun, but we think we’ve found an exception—especially if you like fashion. Beware: Coming up with the right answer is not as easy as it appears.

Ready? Here goes: Where do America’s most devoted female fashionistas live? New York, right? Or perhaps Los Angeles? If not one of those two places, it must be Chicago, home to the Magnificent Mile, or Washington, D.C., where so many designer-suit-sporting female politicians and lobbyists are.


Miami? Boston? San Francisco?

None of the above.

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6 Tips for How to Store Emergency Food

By Rachel Hartman   April 28, 2014

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When a tornado, hurricane or other disaster strikes, there may be little—or no—time to visit a grocery store.

And while storing food to prepare for natural disasters is key, keeping a supply for other unexpected events, such as a job loss, also can help prevent a crisis in your home.

“Food is like money in the bank,” said Paul Purcell, terrorism and natural disaster preparedness specialist and author of “Disaster Prep 101.” Having an ample supply on hand can help maintain your family’s well-being during the days and weeks after a disaster.

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California Cops Shut Down Marijuana-Growing Operations at Storage Facility

By John Egan   April 23, 2014

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Moneymaking marijuana-growing operations discovered at an industrial storage facility in Northern California appear to be going up in smoke.

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In Alleged Extortion Plot, Cops Uncover Jay Z Recordings at Storage Facility

By John Egan   April 22, 2014

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In their investigation of an alleged extortion plot, cops have unearthed a treasure trove of original recordings by rap superstar Jay Z (pictured above) at a Southern California storage facility.

TMZ pegged the value of the Jay Z tapes–known in the music biz as “master” recordings–at $15 million to $20 million. Police snatched the tapes April 18 at a storage facility in Northridge, a Los Angeles neighborhood.

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Cellphone Storage Thriving Near New York City Schools

By John Egan   April 10, 2014

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You can store furniture. You can store business records. You can store wine. You can store cars. Now, there’s a new high-tech wrinkle in the business of stashing stuff: cellphone storage.

A recent New York Times story points out that several shops near public schools in New York City’s borough of Queens are ringing up extra money by charging students to store their cellphones during the school day. In New York City, students aren’t allowed to carry cellphones in public schools.

These stores aren’t the only ones taking advantage of the cellphone ban, which took effect in 2005. The Associated Press reported in 2012 that thousands of New York City students are paying a $1 a day to leave their cellphones at gadget-storage trucks parked near schools—namely those campuses equipped with metal detectors, which can be set off by cellphones.

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Birthplace of America’s ‘Obsession’ With Storage Is Hollywood Time Capsule

By Troy Anderson   March 31, 2014

Hollywood Storage

The sign on the door is the only clue to the treasure trove of entertainment artifacts, nostalgia and history locked inside the iconic Hollywood skyscraper.

The sign simply reads: “Iron Mountain Film & Sound Archive Services.”

Whether it’s the recordings of Beatles and Elvis or films by Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg, this 14-story skyscraper from the Golden Age of Hollywood is a literal time capsule of Tinseltown. Some even say it’s the birthplace of America’s self-storage industry.

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The Increasingly Delicate Relationship Between Marijuana and Self-Storage

By Nick DiUlio   February 5, 2014

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To be sure, the past decade has been a good one for marijuana and its advocates. Not only is medical marijuana now legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia, but Colorado and Washington also allow the use of recreational marijuana.

While this evolution may stoke some people, it has sparked an interesting challenge for the self-storage industry.

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Century-Old Urn Found at California Storage Facility

By John Egan   December 30, 2013

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Rose Lyons was born back in 1836, when Andrew Jackson lived in the White House, the Battle of the Alamo raged for 13 days and Arkansas became the 25th state. Her life ended 70 years later following a stroke—a week after the massive 1906 earthquake in San Francisco.

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Vintage Vino: Ancient Wine Storage Room Found in Israel

By John Egan   November 26, 2013

Israeli wine cellar excavation

At self-storage facilities from California to Connecticut, wine connoisseurs carefully stow prized bottles of vino in climate- and humidity-controlled units.

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SpareFoot’s Most Outrageous Storage Requests

By Jenny Zhang   November 15, 2013

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SpareFoot’s ACE (Amazing Customer Experience) Team, previously known as the Customer Experience Team, is dedicated to helping our customers find the best storage units for their needs. Sometimes, just sometimes, those needs are unheard of. But who are we kidding–we’re not really ones to judge.

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