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Teri L. Lanza,
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Tony Jones,
Contributing Editor/Store Manager

Amy Campbell,
Editor
01/23/2009

An Adventure for the Self-Storage World

By Amy Campbell
My suitcase lies open on the floor of the room, half filled with the bits and pieces that will see me through next week's expedition. Packing for Las Vegas is an intricate art requiring balance, diversity and vision. We're approaching the apex of an exciting journey, and I need to be prepared for anything.Every winter, thousands of self-storage professionals make this pilgrimage to one ...
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01/21/2009

Spotlight on Top Operators

By Amy Campbell
The hotel and restaurant industries have Mobil Travel Guides and AAA to paste them with stars. Siskal and Ebert made movie critiques nearly as famous as movie-going itself with a thumbs up or thumbs down. Forbes has its list of the world's richest people, and each year People Magazine publishes magnificient pictorials of the world's sexiest men alive (Dare I say, There ain't nothing wrong with ...
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01/19/2009

A Season of Change

By Amy Campbell
It’s seems fitting somehow that today celebrates the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and tomorrow the country will inaugurate a new president, Barack Obama. There are many similarities between the men. But the biggest is both men believed in change—and believed the American people could unite to channel change. Next week, the Inside Self-Storage World Expo hopes to channel some change, ...
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01/14/2009

Media Barrages Alabama Storage Facility While Missing-Pilot Story Unfolds

By Amy Campbell
An Alabama business manager learns to deal with massive media attention as a self-storage related crime story unfolds and involves her property.
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01/12/2009

Hello, iStoreGreen

By Amy Campbell
The first green self-storage facility, Hall Street Storage in Brooklyn, N.Y., changes its name to iStoreGreen to better reflect its brand. Plans are underway to franchise the facility into Manhattan, N.Y., and other cities nationwide.
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01/07/2009

Opening a Can of Worms: Disposal of Personal Records

By Amy Campbell
Numerous self-storage owners are plagued with the problems of disposing of items stored by delinquent tenants, but the problem becomes increasingly more serious when those items contain records of personal financial information and the likes.
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01/05/2009

Photos From Tacoma Elf Storage

By Amy Campbell
I recently wrote an entry in praise of creative holiday marketing for self-storage operatons. One of the facilities mentioned in my post was Tacoma (Wash.) Self Storage, which cleverly darkens the "s" on "Self" in its prominent signage to become purveyors of festive "elf storage." Over the weekend, I received an e-mail with photographs from facility manager Sheila Danielsen. I thought I'd share ...
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