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The Grove Mini Storage in Hattiesburg, MS, Inspires Community With Message Board

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The Grove Mini Storage in Hattiesburg, Miss., hopes to inspire community members through motivational messages on its street-front signage each week. Self-storage owner Jerry Vines, 74, began posting the positive sayings at 2543 Oak Grove Road 15 years ago. His grandson and facility manager, 21-year-old Kyle Vines, has carried on the tradition for the past four years.

"[My grandfather's] always done motivational sayings," said Kyle Vines, a senior accounting major at the University of Southern Mississippi. "I enjoy looking for them and finding ones I think other people will enjoy."

Kyle Vines seeks quotes that are short and have a “nice ring to them," such as last week’s message: “Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is."

"I try to find ones that are easily relatable to a broad audience. I like the short ones that have a play on words, but you can still get something from them,” Kyle Vines said.

Jerry Vines began posting the inspirational sayings after seeing them on a friend’s business sign. Customers often tell him how much they appreciate the sayings. "[They say], 'It lifts me up,' 'I enjoy your sign,'" he said. "All positive sayings motivate you. All positive thoughts motivate you. Negative thoughts take you down.”

Kyle Vines hopes the messages will influence passers-by. "Honestly, I hope people will think about their meaning and it will impact their day in a positive way, no matter how small," he said.

The Grove offers climate-controlled and drive-up units, and uses video cameras as part of its security protocol.

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