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12/21/2006

Storage for Santa

Papers all over the country this week have been running an Associated Press story about self-storage serving as salvation during a time of year when kids (and spouses) tend to snoop for holiday gifts. Some storage facilities, like Abbott Self-Storage in Nashville, Tenn., even run specials for times like these: "Santa's Closets - $1 a day 'Til Christmas." The storage facility at the end of my ...
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12/19/2006

Insurance Is the 'Key'

You hate to read about a storage facility—its owner and employees as well as tenants—suffering damage by natural disaster or vandals. But it's particularly difficult news to read this time of year, when you generally feel an onslaught of good will toward your fellow Man (unless you're in a shopping mall). Just before Thanksgiving, a fire destroyed most of a 34-unit building at Allstore ...
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12/11/2006

Storage Condos Continued

On Friday, I posed an important question to the storage owners/operators/investors out there: Should those of you who run or support standard self-storage businesses in which units are RENTED feel threatened by the burgeoning storage-condo market in which customers purchase their units outright? We're not yet certain how the former will be affected in the long term. What we do know is this new ...
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12/08/2006

The Month of Standing Still

Ever notice how nearly impossible it is to get things accomplished during the month of December? A few religious holidays, and suddenly the entire country is paralyzed with some torporic fever. Need to get something fixed? Forget it. Trying to mobilize a project? Don't bother. Need to get somewhere, buy something, find something, talk to someone? No, no, no and NO. If you're a go-getter, the ...
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12/07/2006

From the pockets of babes ...

I've been blogging about the concept of giving, as we are thrust amid the season that simultaneously inspires joy and misery, energy and exhaustion. We feel more compelled during this month to "do for others," though I suspect for many the urge is as equally fueled by a sense of obligation and desire for acceptance as it is about genuine kindness. That's the cynic in me speaking. But I read ...
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12/04/2006

Living the Giving Season

Most people recognize this time of year as a "season of giving," but for businesses, it's also a time to reach out to the community and connect with customers. Without diminishing the value of philanthropic motives, you can view these weeks as a unique and wonderful marketing opportunity during which you promote your toy drives, food drives, fundraisers, etc. For example, yesterday's Hudson ...
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11/29/2006

Crystal ball for construction professionals?

I think most business professionals, particularly investors, would love to have a crystal ball in which to catch glimpses of their financial future. Self-storage developers take their chances with location, competition, zoning boards and the like. Of course, they hope to remove as much uncertainty as possible by conducting feasibility studies and due diligence before building or buying. But there ...
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