Fall means Football


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High School, College, Professional Football, choose your poison. Whatever your preference may be, you can find it in the Nashville area.  The weather is just perfect for tailgating at the football games. So everyone take your grills, seat cushions, and pompoms out of your self storage unit and put them to good use.  This is the time of the year to enjoy wholesome fun with the entire family.  Our three local football teams all got off to a great start this year.

On Sept. 6th Tennessee State University (HBCU) out played Alabama State in the John Merritt Classic (24-14) at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium downtown, and followed up with a win (35-25) in the Southern Heritage Classic on Sept. 20th 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee at the Liberty Bowl Stadium.  The Big Blue Tigers suffered their first loss of the season down in Jacksonville, Alabama against the team picked to win the OVC, Jacksonville State (43-13). The Tigers did however follow-up that loss with a rousing (30-14) victory over Florida A&M University,  in Tallahassee Florida.

All Tiger Fans might also want to make a night of it Saturday October 17th, at the Nissan Stadium for the Big Blue Homecoming Game.

Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders enjoyed a record-breaking rout (70-14) in the 2015 season opener against Jackson State Tigers, and they will have an opportunity to show what they are made of when  they played against Vanderbilt University on  October the 3rd 2015 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Speaking of Vanderbilt University, the Commodores dropped their first two conference games of the season however they rebounded with a win over Austin Peay State University. On September the 3rd 2015 they lost to Western Kentucky (14- 12) at home and on September the 12th they lost to the Georgia Bulldogs (31- 14).

The Tennessee Titans opened the season with victory over Tampa Bay on the 13th of September (42-14), since then they have lost their next two games. The season has just begun, so, Titans fans stay charged and be confident the State team will have a fantastic season.

So drop by your neighborhood StorPlace Self Storage facility and take out all necessary items and enjoy an afternoon cheering for your favorite college, high school, or professional football team.

First Impressions

Cleanliness is most important for self storage securityCleanliness, maintenance, and curb appeal are some of the most important factors of any business. By instinct, we usually are prone to go towards a clean, well-lit, safe looking environment. We choose the same type of environment for protecting our belongings.

While keeping a property clean may not stop a criminal, it goes a long way to deter their behavior. A criminal is looking for the exact opposite of the smart shopper. They are looking for an unlit and unkempt property so they are less likely to be caught in the act.

At StorPlace Self Storage we take great pride in maintaining our properties to look and feel the best they can possibly be. We want our customers to know right from the start, they have chosen the right place.

We keep the grass, trees and shrubs all trimmed and neat and make sure it is never out of control providing cover for criminal behavior.  It is important to our employees that “our neighborhood” is and feels safe for our customers.

To the criminal mind, a clean, well-kept and maintained facility is equated with security and a functioning camera system.  StorPlace Self Storage takes many measure’s to deter and stop deplorable behavior, our high-tech security systems are just a part of the ensemble.

Good lighting is essential. We keep our inside and outside bulbs glowing for everyone’s safety. When necessary, we install extra lighting to help light  in darker, hazardous areas. A well-lit property also makes the common thief uncomfortable.

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness” as the old adage goes.  Storplace Self Storage keeps our 16 properties clean and comfortable.  It starts with us: sweeping and picking up trash as it happens. We hope our tenants will then follow suit and appreciate the look and feel of a clean property.

We wouldn’t throw trash in our own front yards, so we hope the on-site dumpsters and trash containers can help everyone work together keeping our neighborhood storage facility clean and well-kept.

StorPlace Self Storage prides itself on the cleanliness, curb appeal and the over-all look and feel of our facilities. We want our customers and employees to feel safe, well-tended and secure when they visit our locations.

After all, StorPlace Self Storage is your neighborhood storage facility!

Fall Arts and Crafts Projects

Happy September everyone! Fall is a great time to do fun activities involving crafts.   There is so much you could do to introduce the beautiful colors that accompany Fall into your home. Here a few fun projects you could try at home:

Mason jar flower bouquet: This is a fun way to make use of mason jars you might have lying around and add a great pop of color to any room.

autumn decorations

Supplies needed: Gloves, a Mason jar of any size, a bottle of spray paint
in silver or gold, some rustic fall colored flowers or mums (real or faux flowers), twine or burlap strands.

Assembly: Make sure to find a well ventilated area since you will be spray painting. Make sure to wear gloves and lay down some newspaper. Spray paint your jar in a nice gold or silver finish (great accents for Fall). Make sure to allow your Mason jar to fully dry. Take a strand of twine or burlap and tie a bow around the top seal of the jar. You could even try a nice checkered pattern in rustic colors if you want a bit of pizazz. Lastly, put some flowers in your jar and voila you have a beautiful vase and flowers to make a warm welcome in any room.

Personalized wreath: A hand designed wreath that will be special for years to come. Try this craft for the kids!

hand designed craft

Supplies needed: Construction paper (in the colors yellow, red, orange and brown), a glue stick, a pair of scissors, a hot glue gun, burlap, and ribbon.

Assembly: Have the little one in your life hold their hand on a piece of construction paper. Trace the outlines of their fingers and hands. Cut out the outline that you traced. Use this as a guide for the other pieces of construction paper. Once you are done with cutting the outlines, get your glue stick ready. Arrange the colors in a pattern of your choice. Start by gluing the cutouts halfway on top of each other until you make a wreath in the shape of a circle. Next, take some burlap and make a pretty bow. Hot glue the bow to the bottom center of the wreath. Lastly, this is optional, but you could take some ribbon (in any of the fall colors) and tie it around the top to hang this fun craft somewhere. It will be a fun activity for the kids and will be a fun memory for the adults.

StorPlace Self Storage in Barfield enjoys spending time with our family and neighbors in Murfreesboro and spend time creating fun things when we can. We hope you all have a gorgeous September!

Nashville’s Live on the Green

Live on the Green-Nashville

Live on the Green. Photo Courtesy of AmericanSongwriter.com

Ever get that itch for the weekend, on a Thursday? Do you enjoy the feeling of  having live music pumping through your body? You’re in luck! Nashville is known for its ever growing music scene.Live on the Green is just one way the city gives back to its residents and visitors. Live on the Green happens every Thursday in  August and September on the front lawn of the Judicial Building, the courthouse. It is an outside music experience that is such a pleasure to have!

Downtown Nashville is a busy place with many people from in and out town. The hustle and bustle of the big city comes to a halt, it seems, when the music starts. You’re surrounded by tons of different people, families, friendly pups and tons of awesome food too!

Live on the Green is also quite convenient as well because of the location. Parking seems to always be a headache in downtown, but Live on the Green is directly on top of the public parking garage, which is free as well! Free live music, free parking, and awesome time, where do I sign up? Call some friends, get some gas in the car and head to Nashville on the ever so close to the weekend day, Thursday, and get the body warmed up with some tunes!

This year on the line-up include popular artists like Passion Pit and Ben Harper!  There are also some other artist  who range from Rodrigo y Gabriela, who are an acoustic guitar duo from Mexico to Shakey Graves who is based out of Austin, Texas. The variety is endless at Live on the Green. Nashville is said to have one of the best crowds to perform in front of, we have a lot of heart here in the south and it shows.

The variety doesn’t end at the music, there are also things to bring the kids and enjoy, as well as a great array of food truck options! Food trucks have been a huge hit in the larger cities and they bring out the big dogs downtown for the crowd. The Grilled Cheesery, Hattie B’s hot chicken, Pie on the Fly as well as some other BBQ choices, are just a few of the great food trucks that park near the event. Plenty of choices for that of a meat lover, a vegetarian to a picky eater! Oh, there’s awesome ice cream and a doughnut truck there too! So make sure you bring some extra dollars to indulge in the hometown food trucks and help them be profitable and stay around for our bellies! I mean, not a bad deal, free music and fun, pay a little for food.

So, if you’re in need of some letting loose and getting in a crowd of faces you haven’t seen in years with the faces you see weekly, then Live on the Green is exactly what you’ve been waiting for! Pack up the kids and or the friends and head on down to Nashville and get ready to have some fun!

Fall Festivals

Fall Festivals in the Nashville Area


It’s that time of year again…the air is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors and that means that it’s time for all the wonderful fall festivals! All of us at StorPlace Self Storage in Murfreesboro love attending the many different local festivals. Here is a list of some of the fall festivals that we at StorPlace Self Storage of Barfield would recommend checking out:

Downtown Dickson BBQ Festival

September 5

The first annual Downtown Dickson BBQ Festival will be held from 9:00am – 4:00pm and will include food, music and drink. Entrance is free and all of the food and beverage sales will go to the Downtown Improvement District fund. The downtown stores will also be having summer sidewalk sales.

Musicians Corner

September 5-October 31

Every Saturday in September and October.  there will be free musical performances from 1:30-5:00pm at Centennial Park in Nashville. Also, starting at 12:00pm there will be pre-show activities as well as food and beverage trucks.

Greenway Art Festival

September 19

The Greenway Arts Festival will be located on the Greenway trail under the trees at Old Fort Park Trailhead from 10:00am – 4:00pm. There will be many different booths displaying original artwork for purchase (ie. oils, acrylics, watercolors, pottery, sculpture, jewelry). There will also be performances by local musicians, multiple food vendors and children’s art activities.

Fall Tennessee Craft Fair

September 25-27

The Fall Tennessee Craft Fair will be held on the lawn of the Parthenon in Nashville on Friday and Saturday from 10:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday from 10:00am – 5:00pm. The fair will include a variety of high quality crafts, food vendors, children’s activities as well as demonstrations from the artisans. While shopping, you’ll have an opportunity to meet the artists, learn what inspires them and learn how to transform raw materials into crafts.

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

September 26-27

The Pilgrimage Festival, held at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, offers a diverse lineup of rock and roll, alt-country, bluegrass, jazz, indie rock and gospel artists. These performances will include some partly acoustic sets as well as some collaborations. Some of the headliners this year include Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler, and Sheryl Crow. The Little Pilgrims Stage will feature a line-up of talented young musicians. There will also be two locations for food and beverages; the Kitchen and Sippin’ stages and the Bazaar. The gates open at 10:00am each day.

Fall Fest at The Hermitage 

October 3-4

The Fall Fest at The Hermitage, held at Andrew Jackson’s estate, The Hermitage, will include a variety of live music acts, handmade arts from regional artists, as well as local specialty foods and spirits. Admission is $6/adults and $3/children. The hours of operation are Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Nashville Oktoberfest 

October 9-11

The Oktoberfest is Nashville’s oldest running festival and is held in the historic area of Germantown in Nashville. The three-day event features delicious food from Nashville’s best restaurants, craft beer from local brewers, music stages throughout the festival, arts and craft vendors, a 5K race, pet parade and more!

Tennessee Horse Expo

October 16-18

This three-day Tennessee Horse Expo  has something for everyone to enjoy. There will be fast paced competitions, shopping at the trade show, and demonstrations. You can also wander the barn to see the different equine breeds up close and children can play in the Kid’s Corral. Also all of the proceeds go to the Williamson County 4-H. Admission is $10/day for Adults and $5/day for children ages 6-12, children ages 5 & under are free. The expo will open at 10:00am on Friday and 9:00am on Saturday and Sunday.

Webb School Art & Craft Fair 39th Annual Webb School Art and Craft Show

October 17-18

The 39th Annual Webb School Arts & Crafts Fair, held in downtown Bell Buckle, will feature arts, crafts, and artist demonstrations. There will also be over 500 other booths throughout town.

39th Annual Harvest Days

October 24

The 39th Annual Harvest Days will be held in the Cannonsburgh Village of Murfreesboro. Some of the activities at this event include: old-time demonstrations, storytelling, hayrides, cloggers and dancing, bluegrass music, antique auto show, blacksmith demonstration, craft fair and food vendors. The admission is free and the event will be held from 10:00am-4:00pm.

29th Annual Pumpkinfest

October 27

Located in Historic Downtown Franklin, The free Pumpkinfest will be held from 10:00am – 6:00pm. The festival will include three stages of live music, children’s activities, a chili cook-off featuring at least 10 teams ($8/person for 2oz sample portions of each chili), a costume contest (for children and pets), more than 75 arts and crafts booths and much more.

Joel Osteen once said, “Life is short. Don’t miss opportunities to spend time with people who you love.” Going to fall festivals is just one of the many ways to spend time with your family and friends. No matter where you go or what you do just remember to make time for those that matter the most.

Happy Fall from all of us at StorPlace Self Storage!


What Else Does StorPlace Self Storage Sell?

Moving & Packing supplies at StorPlaceWhen customers walk in to a storage facility they expect the facility to only rent storage space. However StorPlace Self Storage also provides packing supplies from boxes to tape to packing peanuts.

We offer boxes from small boxes to extra-large boxes as well as odd-shaped boxes for specific items. Let’s start by saying that small boxes are best for heavier items such as books, cd’s, and dishes. These items don’t sound too heavy, but when you start filling up a box with them, it can get extremely heavy very quickly. The next size up,the medium boxes, are the most popular and versatile box that StorPlace Self Storage sells. This particular box is perfect for kid’s toys, collectables, and small appliances.  Also available for purchase are large boxes and Ex-Large boxes. These boxes are ideal for storing large or bulky items such as clothing, shoes and linens.

StorPlace Self Storage has different size boxes for purchase that can fit your specific need including lamp base boxes, mirror boxes, and wardrobe boxes. Mirror boxes are also great for framed pictures or framed artwork. Wardrobe boxes are wonderful because they are 48 inches tall and 24 inches wide with a metal bar across the top to hold hung-up clothing. This way you don’t even have to take you clothes off the hanger to move them. Just pull them out of your closet and hang them directly in the wardrobe box. Clothes can be moved or stored without getting wrinkled or dirty reducing the amount of laundry that you need to do right after your move.

StorPlace Self Storage also sells box kits to get you moving in the right direction. It is real easy to see what size boxes you need when you are at home looking at your belongings, but once you leave your home and make it to a store that sells boxes it gets a little harder to pick out what you need. The box kit contains the most popular size boxes, a roll of tape, and some bubble wrap. There is also a kitchen kit that contains the same items as the regular box kit with an additional 10lb box of wrapping paper.

As you can see StorPlace Self Storage is a one stop shop for all your moving and storage needs.

The StorPlace Self Storage Difference

StorPlace of Bowling Green, KYWhat does StorPlace Self Storage have to offer?  Why do people choose us over or competitors in the area?  This is the million dollar questions that directs our daily activity. In the short time I have been with StorPlace Self Storage, I have seen many people come into our lobby and ask the typical “storage” questions, “How much?”; “Do I have to sign a contract?”; and “How safe will my belongings be?”  All of which, can be easily answered.

So what is it the makes StorPlace Self Storage stand apart from all the other guys? I have a firm belief that when we put ourselves in the shoes of our renters, we are better equipped to not only show them why we are better, but can also make that connection and friendship that leads to continual business.  Each person I encounter, I imagine what I would need to know in-order to feel comfortable storing my belongings.

I had the opportunity the talk to a customer that was moving from out-of-state, to Bowling Green, Kentucky. She was nervous about the move itself. The moving company she hired was not able to give her a firm date of the move, due to being so far away from Bowling Green.  As she was telling me the story, I could tell that this was a move out of necessity, and that she wasn’t sure what to expect. I got some more information and found out that her daughter lived in the area. She was going to be staying with her, while looking for a house that she could settle in. I took upon myself to get a list of realtors and some information that she would find useful to the Bowling Green area. When she made it in to StorPlace Self Storage, I had a “welcome kit” already put together. After being with us for a few weeks, she came into the store to purchase some boxes. She told me that she saw some of the big box store fronts in town selling boxes, but she recalled me telling her about saving 10% on boxes at StorPlace Self Storage. This left no doubt in her mind that she was going to get her boxes from us. I now see the customer in our facility at least once every two weeks, and she is always updating me on how the home search is going.

This is just one example of how we are different from the other guys. Not only have we made a happy customer, I have made a friend that I look forward to getting updates on every few weeks. I know that she will move out at some point, but when she needs storage in the future, there is no question that she will look for a StorPlace Self-Storage!

Get Ready for Fall Cleaning and Back-to-School Projects

heated and cooled and non-heated and cooled storage unitsLate summer means both back to school time for college students as well as getting started on fall cleaning projects.  StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue is the perfect place to store those large and small items you want out-of-the-way but don’t know what to do with. We have a lot of convenient locations to a lot of different sides of town. StorPlace Self Storage has locations in Bellevue, downtown Nashville, 5 locations in Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro Rd, Antioch, Bowling Green KY, Rivergate, Hickory Hollow, Hermitage, Franklin, Cool Springs, Hendersonville and a new one on Lebanon Pike.

Fall Cleaning may consist of putting your outdoor toys away after you winterize them. StorPlace Self Storage has many different options for you to choose from in storing your indoor and outdoor items.

StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue has a variety of heated and cooled units as well as non-heated and cooled. StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue’s smallest size unit is a 5 x 5, which is available in both heated and cooled or traditional. The storage unit sizes go all the way up to a non-heated or cooled 10 x 40 unit with many sizes in between. The smaller sizes and all of the heated and cooled units are inside in a hallway. For your convenience, we have carts in the hallways to help move your items from your car or truck to the storage unit.

A common question is “Does the heated and cooled cost much more than the non?”  It does but the additional cost gives our customers peace of mind that their belongings will be just like they were when you put them in there as when you get them out.  We do also have a 1 time $25.00 admin fee, which does include a lock. This way you do not have to worry about  getting your own lock and worrying if it’s the right kind or not.

StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue has parking spaces for RV’s, trailers, boats and other vehicles.  We have a few covered spaces that are quite popular and are usually rented. Several StorPlace Self Storage locations do offer a variety of parking space options. It is a best practice to  look at the parking spaces before you rent to determine if your vehicle will fit in the parking space allotted.

StorPlace Self Storage requires a valid drivers license to rent a unit. When renting a parking space, we require a valid drivers license, proof of insurance and some proof of ownership such as a bill of sale or registration. Just give our locations a call or stop in and we will be glad to assist you!

Back to School, Already?

DIY Back to School Survivor KitIt is that time again! Time for everyone to start going back to school!  Why not start the school year off right and make a DIY emergency or first day kit for your kids, whether they are in kindergarten, or college, as a parent you want to make sure your children are stocked and prepared for anything! These kits are great for lockers, back packs, dorm rooms or even make one for the teacher; I’m sure they will be greatly appreciated!

I have made them before for camping or going out-of-town. They really come in handy and you can stock them with whatever you like instead of getting the pre-stocked ones from the store.

Some items to put in your handy dandy DIY Emergency Kit are:

Band-Aids, Neosporin, lotion, hand sanitizer, lip balm, sunscreen, gum/mints, candy, body spray/cologne, Tide to-go pen, OTC medicine, a gift card, note pad and pencil, hair ties, bobby pins, sewing kit, etc.. You can put whatever you think would be a vital need in the emergency kits.

Thrift stores are great for finding the boxes for your kit and are budget friendly, you may even have one in your storage unit if you store with StorPlace Self Storage.  Now it is time to customize your box! Paint and decorate to your heart’s content! Have your little ones design their own box; it’s a great way to be crafty and spend some quality time together before they are off to school again.

For college freshman, you can sneak one of these DIY kits into their stuff while you help them pack, it will be a great surprise when they are setting up their dorm rooms. StorPlace Self Storage even has all the packing supplies that your college student may need, so make sure to stop by and see us for all your packing needs, from boxes and tape, to bubble wrap and mattress covers!

Need a storage unit to store your college student’s belongings while they are away? We got that too and we are happy to give you a tour at one of our 17 locations to help you find the perfect sized storage unit.

Sometimes, school can get stressful for students and they can easily get overwhelmed and anxious, here is another (Yep, another!) DIY project for your child or college freshman: OPEN WHEN CARDS!

These are very fun to make and very cost-efficient, all you have to do is visit your local dollar store and pick up a few pre-packaged blank cards with envelopes as well as a few goodies to put in if you’d like!  If your child is in grade school, make sure to talk to your child’s teacher before putting any candy, toys, or something that may not be allowed in school into the envelopes!

Some ideas for the cards are:

  1. Open When… You Miss Me: A mailable hug is great when you can’t be there to hug someone physically. A collection of photos is perfect when someone is missing your sweet face. Send your scent with a spritz of perfume or even better – long lasting scented paper!
  1. Open When… You’re Stressed: Bubble wrap to pop for some instant stress relief! Encouraging photos or inside jokes to get them laughing or smiling! A motivational letter including letting them know why they rock and why there’s no reason to stress!
  1. Open When… You’re sad: Cut a corner off an old blanket or pillowcase of theirs, it will remind them of home. The words of their favorite song, or poem or a piece of their favorite candy are all great ways to put a smile on someone’s face.

You can make as many of these “Open When…” cards as you would like, the topics are endless and the sky is the limit on these things! Fill them with all of your child’s favorite little goodies. You can stack and tie them together with some twine, put them in a photo box to put inside their locker, sneak a few in their back pack, the possibilities are endless! So, get creative!


Nashville’s Cancer Survivor Support Systems

Nashville's cancer support systemsCancer does not have to be a death sentence anymore!! There are more and more people surviving cancer every year.  Below are a few facts from 2014-2015. It is also important that you and your love ones know that there are a lot of services out there to help make your life a little easier. We are fortunate to have many wonderful organizations in the Nashville area. Tennessee Oncology is one and is available to you  through your doctors. The staff at Tennessee Oncology are the most wonderful doctors, nurses, techs and office support you could ask for. They all go out of their way to help their patients and their families.  Sara Cannon Research Center is also here in Nashville and of course we have Vanderbilt Hospital.

One service that you many may not know about is called Cleaning for a Reason. These are house cleaning companies around the country that will come in and clean a cancer patient’s home once a month for 4 months free of charge.

This can be a tremendous help to the patient and to the families. Sometimes fighting cancer can be a fulltime job. One of the most important things to remember is to keep your spirits up as much as possible. Laughter really is good for the soul.  Surround yourself with family and friends that have a positive attitude.

There are transportation services that will make sure you get to and from your treatments. Remember to log mileage to and from Doctors appointments as it can be tax-deductible.

Another cancer support resource in Nashville, is an organization called Gilda’s Club Nashville.  It is a free cancer support community started by Gilda Radner with the help of her husband, Gene Wilder. Gilda believed in living life to the fullest even when facing cancer, she wanted the families of those with cancer to have a place to go as well. There are many, many workshops to help you out.

One particular workshop is done by a group called Meals 2 Heal presented by The Heimerdinger  Foundation.  Ed Freeman, from StorPlace Self Storage, and his lovely wife, Cynthia, went to this workshop and gathered information.  You can reach Robin Mizar, the client manager and volunteer coordinator via email at clients@hfmeals.org or if you want to volunteer volunteer@hfmeals.org.

A few facts about cancer survivors

  • The majority of cancer survivors (64%) were diagnosed 5 or more years ago.
  • 15% of cancer survivors diagnosed 20 or more years ago.
  • Nearly half (46%) of cancer survivors are 70 years of age or older.

The National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center (The Survivorship Center) is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the George Washington Cancer Institute, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its goal is to shape the future of post-treatment cancer survivorship care and to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors.