Social Media and the Self Storage Opportunities

Heated and Cooled Storage Units at StorPlace Self StorageNetworking in the Social Media World.

I have heard it said many times that location, location; location is everything in the real estate market. And although I agree with that premise I would contend that networking and impeccable Customer Service is as valuable a key for businesses thriving during any economy. There is no substitute for getting your business name out in the field. At StorPlace of Cool Springs there are several ways that we do networking.

Word of mouth has long proven to be our best marketing tool. A happy customer tells others of their positive experience. We are always delighted to get referrals because that tells us we are doing things right. At StorPlace we offer up to $50 referral fee for sharing our name with your friends. It is an easy way to store your valuables and get a financial benefit. Refer a friend and reap the financial reward. See any StorPlace manager for details.

Another strong component of networking is Social Media. Those of us that are of a certain age….say Senior are in amazement at how important Social Media has become. Even this blog, if chosen will be on the StorPlace Website. Wait….What? A Blog…..what is that.

Well according to Webster it’s a noun – a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites. This is true and is what we do here at StorPlace. Managers and Assistant Managers take turns different times of the year writing about our insight for storage.

Website… what in the world is that…again a noun – Digital Technology. a connected group of pages on the World Wide Web regarded as a single entity, usually maintained by one person or organization and devoted to a single topic or several closely related topics

We could probably go on and on with this but you get the idea. If you are reading this Blog you found your way to our Website

As important as Social Media in our business Customer Service and a well maintained property are very important. With Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to name a few a satisfied or unsatisfied customer and post comments about your facility quicker than they can leave the parking lot. rtant Social Media has become. Even this blog, if chosen will be on our the Sty bThe best way to make sure we get positive feedback is to follow the golden rule, “do unto others as you would have done to you” the benefit is that people see us in the community as fair responsive organization which makes renting a unit from us more desirable. Positive visibility can only help your bottom line. It is a win-win for everyone


Storage Tips for The Woodworking Hobby Enthusiast

StorPlace Self Storage in Bowling Green KentuckyWood working is one of my favorite hobbies. However, wood is not cheap so I searched for a way to find lumber that people no longer need and just wanted gone. I posted a few adds advertising free haul away and clean up. This was a good and bad way of getting free lumber.

The good side is that I was getting some legit calls for good quality lumber from nearby home remodels and the ever growing construction sites popping up around where I live. The down side to this was it was all scrapes and nothing was really workable without piecing two or more pieces together. Another downside to the construction sites was that I had to haul away all the other stuff that goes with construction sites drywall, roofing and siding. After doing this for a couple of months with not great success I received a call from my mom and she told me that her neighbor Mary Ray came by the house and asked if I could cut a maple tree that had fallen from the storms of the previous week.

Without hesitation I told her I would and would be out there after church on the following Sunday. Mary Ray is one of the kindest ladies I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. After my mom’s divorce Mary ray took care of me and my sisters when my mom worked late at the Hospital. That following Sunday I pulled in the driveway of Mary rays and she met me still all dolled up from church and gave me a big huge. The monster is around back as she laughed I followed her around the house and I had to take a step back when I saw the tree. Mary ray said her and her husband met under the tree and that’s why he built the house where he did. I could tell she was very upset seeing the tree that stood over her for her entire life laying lifeless all over her back yard.

Her Husband James pasted away two years ago and now knowing the Importance of this particular tree. I wanted to do something special for her. The cleanup of this tree was crazy I worked on it from two forty that afternoon till I ran out of sunlight and I only got half of the tree cut. With huge piles of wood. Enough that I wouldn’t have to scavenge the scrapes from construction sites for a couple of years. I just didn’t have anywhere to put it. I looked up some nearby storage facilities and found StorPlace self-storage and purchased a huge outside unit to keep the wood from rotting.

Now with all the wood I need I can concentrate on building Mary Ray a outdoor gazebo she loves gardening and I wanted to give her something that reminds her of James and brings her some comfort knowing that the tree that was huge part of her life is still with her just in a new form.


Veterans Day 2016 in Tennessee

Find the right storage unit size for your needs at StorPlace Self StorageStorPlace of Veterans Parkway Blog Entry:   

As harvest season is upon us we anticipate the beautiful transition of the leaves. Summer greens will soon turn into a wide array of warm colors. This is my favorite time of year to enjoy the scenery of Middle Tennessee. Here at StorPlace of Veterans Parkway, I am blessed with a grand view of the farm across the street and all of the many trees that line this storage facility property. This area of Murfreesboro is just one of the many places in Middle Tennessee to enjoy a country setting. If you also enjoy this type of scenery along with fall time outdoors, pumpkin patches, and hay rides, Middle Tennessee has a lot to offer. Just 13 minutes from our 1720 Veterans Parkway location you can reach Lucky Ladd Farms. This farm has plenty of Tennessee scenery to enjoy and fun for the whole family. Whether you are looking for a carving pumpkin to decorate with for the fall season or you are looking for some fresh produce to make you favorite fall time dishes, you can find it all right here in Middle Tennessee.


By: Heather Gordy

Fall is in the air in Tennessee

StorPlace of Hickory HollowLocal Fall Festivals

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 of Barfield would recommend checking out:

Dickson County Smoke Fest

October 28-29

The first annual Dickson County Smoke Fest will include cooking competitions, entertainment and activities for all ages. For children, there will be a haunted house, a spooky derby, costume contests and a Kids Q Cook off.

Musicians Corner

August 6 – September 3

Every Saturday in August and one Saturday in September there will be free musical performances from 1:30-5:00pm at Centennial Park in Nashville. This year’s line-up includes Emmylou Harris, Holly Williams, Blind Boys of Alabama, The Sisterhood, as well as many more great acts. Also, starting at 12:00pm there will be pre-show activities as well as food and beverage trucks.

Greenway Art Festival

September 17

This event will be located on the Murfreesboro 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 23-25

This 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 and 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 24-25

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, and gospel artists. These performances will include some partly acoustic sets as well as some collaborations. Some of the headliners this year include Beck, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Jason Isbell, Grace Potter, Kacey Musgraves, Anderson East, and Brothers Osborne. 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 – Tennessee Craft Week

October 1-2

This festival, held at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, will include a variety of live music acts, handmade arts from regional artists, as well as local specialty foods and spirits. Admission is free this year! The hours of operation are Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Nashville Oktoberfest – Tennessee Craft Week

October 7-9

The Oktoberfest is Nashville’s oldest running festival and is held in the historic area of Germantown 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! This year’s festival hours are Friday Oct. 7 from 2:00pm-10pm, Saturday Oct. 8th from 10:00am-10:00pm and Sunday Oct. 9th from 10:00am-8:00pm.

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

October 15-16

This event, held in downtown Bell Buckle, will feature arts, crafts, and Artist demonstrations. There will also be over 500 other booths throughout town.

40th Annual Harvest Days

October 22

This event 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 29

Located in Historic Downtown Franklin, this free festival will be held from 10:00am – 6:00pm. The festival will include three stages of live music, children’s activities, circus entertainment by a Nashville-based professional circus group called Beyond Wings, a costume contest (for children and pets), more than 80 arts and crafts booths and much more.

Joel Osteen once said, “Life is short. Don’t miss opportunities to spend time with people that 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!

Fall Cleaning and College Storage Opportunities

Storage Solutions at StorPlace Self StorageWith summer winding down, the time for fall cleanup as well as moving your college students back to school are now upon us. In order to help accomplish both goals, StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue is here to help. By placing some of your summer items like patio furniture, pool equipment, landscaping tools and other summer items in a self-storage unit, you can free up valuable space around your home for fall and winter seasons. Similarly, self storage units are also great to store items that college students won’t be bringing to school this semester but will be needing in the future.

Fall Cleaning Self Storage Opportunities

StorPlace Self Storage has a variety of different options for you to choose from in storing your summer items both small and large when fall inevitably arrives. We have heated and cool climate controlled units that are available as well as a wide range of standard unit sizes. Our self storage unit sizes range from 5 x 5 to 10 x 40 which can help store any number of household items. Our smaller units are great for summer sports equipment, clothes or pool supplies. The larger self storage units we offer are also an excellent way to keep your patio table, chairs and umbrella protected during fall and the hard months of winter to follow.

College Storage Options During Fall 

Here at StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue we have parking spaces to store cars and other vehicles. If the college student in your family will not be bringing their car to campus, this is a great place to park that car until they need it again next summer. We also have several covered spaces as well which would protect against rain and snow while your student is away at school. We always recommend that your come look at the spaces before you rent, though, to make sure it will fit the needs of your car specifically. Our knowledge team can also help with any other items your college student will need to store during the school year as well.

Self-Storage Locations Near You

StorPlace Self-Storage has many convenient storage locations throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. Specifically, we offer storage units at our facilities in Bellevue, Downtown Nashville, Murfreesboro, Antioch, Bowling Green KY, Rivergate, Hickory Hollow, Hermitage, Franklin, Cool Springs, Hendersonville as well as Lebanon Pike. We have the self-storage solutions to fit your needs so stop by today and find out how we can help you save money and create the space your family deserves.

Maintenance is Key To Self-Storage Success

StorPlace of Murfreesboro RdWhen self-storage companies are trying to save money by “holding off” on “minor” maintenance issues, they were really costing themselves and their customers time and money in the long run.

By not addressing minor issues–like a storage unit door sticking–as they arise, self-storage companies can create larger issues eventually like the door eventually breaking or causing a customer an extra 10 minutes to open. That is why one of our missions at StorPlace is to invest in maintenance.

Investing in maintenance is a direct correlation to investing in customer service. When the little things are not pushed off and in fact addressed right away, self-storage owners are helping to maintain a great experience for their customers. They are also saving themselves money by both investing in their property but also keeping customers happy and coming back.

A few dollar problem can turn into a one-hundred-dollar problem if it is not addressed. Even worse, it could lead to a bad customer experience that could have been avoided with a 20-minute repair. If the problem was held off and the door and the track kept getting damaged from an object, for example, then that would cause the company to pay to fix the track and/or door. On top of that it would cause the company to lose money because the unit would not be rentable under construction.

So, when a unit is not rentable and costing money in damages and repairs, money is being lost and customers are forced to go elsewhere. At StorPlace, we have learned from our experience that investing in the little things nets big results. A customer might not necessarily notice when everything is working properly, but they will notice when it takes extra time to access their storage unit for whatever reason. Get out in front and invest in maintenance if you’re a self-storage owner, you will get that back down the road.

Pokemon Go: What Your Business Needs To Know

Find the right storage unit size for your needs at StorPlace Self StoragePokémon Go is sweeping the nation. But can businesses capitalize on this growing phenomenon? The answer is yes, but you need to take the proper steps in order maximize its potential. Here are a few ways that Pokemon Go can impact your business:

Increased foot traffic in or around your business

More potential customers with people discovering you for the first time could result from Pokemon Go players. If you can accommodate that traffic in some way, you could get people to stay for a little while and invest in your services. Now this only really helps if you are a PokéStop.

What is a PokéStop?

A PokeStop is a place where a Pokemon Go player can go to get additional items for the game itself. It can also hold a PokéLure. This is a lure that attracts Pokémon to this particular location for 30 minutes. A PokeLure could be particularly helpful if you are a restaurant or a shopping center. What better way to get customer’s into your business than to attract them directly through the door!

What if you’re not a PokeStop but want to be? 

If your business one of these types of business, but you are not a PokéStop, in the near future you will be able to request to be one. Keep that in mind when you are thinking of ways to bring in new customers and keep your eye on releases or reports about how a business can apply to be a PokeStop in the future.

What type of business would not necessarily benefit from Pokemon Go?

On the other hand, there are some types of commercial businesses that would not benefit from having their business be a PokéStop. The main concern for me when it comes to businesses being PokéStops is security. If you consider yourself to be a secure facility, such as a storage facility like StorPlace Self-Storage, it might not in your best interest to be a PokéStop. This is due to the potential unwanted after-hours foot traffic, and possible trespassing. Also, places like cemeteries, factories, or businesses near large intersections might not want to be a PokéStop, either.

Safety first!

In either case it is on the player to understand when and where to play the game. Be respectful please! Who knows how long the Pokémon craze will go on for, but in the meantime, gotta catch ‘em all!

Tips for Storing Comic Book Collections

StorPlace of Murfreesboro RdComic book collections are a great investment and fun hobby. With the hundreds of comic book based movies that have been hitting the silver screen lately, it’s easy to get attached with the fun and engaging characters. Whether you can relate to the backstory, or you think their super power is really cool, being interested in comic book characters is what will keep you interested in the story as it grows and continues.

Most publishers have massive universes of thousands of characters – so keep your eyes open for the classics if you are beginning to build your collection: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, etc. Maybe a team of characters is more your speed – check out: The X-Men, The Avengers, The Justice League, etc. But for those of you who already have a growing collection–and are running out of storage space around your home–below are some tips for how to store comic books the right way while you continue to add more to the collection.

Comic Book Collection Storage 

Equally important to building your collection is protecting your collection. Comic books are generally stored in acid free mylar bags–you can even get them resealable with acid free adhesive. This protects your books from fingerprinting, scuffs, and–with the addition of some acid free tissue paper–moisture as well. A backing board is stored inside the bag, against the back cover of the book, to add rigidity which prevents bending and curling when books are stored together. We also recommend climate controlled storage areas as well to protect the collection from extreme temperatures.

Finally, store your bagged and boarded comic book collection upright in a short or long box–depending on how many books you have–being sure to add foam inserts or large trade paper backs to fill the empty space to prevent your books from leaning too much in a forward or backward direction. Wear cotton or linen gloves when handling or placing your books in storage. Also, don’t store your comic books in a way that the ink on the spine cracks and becomes white, and always store your books, bagged and boarded.

In addition to those comic book storage tips, inspecting your books periodically while in storage is also highly recommended. Treat them like you’re handling historical documents in an archive similar to business document storage, because essentially that’s what you’re doing. Above all else, remember to enjoy your new hobby and continue to purchase new comic books after you have created space by storing your older items. For anyone with large collections in the Kentucky or Tennessee areas, consider StorPlace. Our heated or cooled units would be great for comic book storage, so stop by today to learn more!

Summertime Favorite: How to Make Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dessert

Storage Solutions at StorPlace Self StorageAre you looking for that special desert to beat the heat this summer? The StorPlace Self-Storage team is here to help! We included the recipe below for one of our favorite summer dishes–Strawberry Pretzel Salad. We also identified the ingredients needed and step-by-step directions for preparing this tasty treat!

The first step is preparing all the ingredients listed below:

• ¾ softened butter
• 3 tablespoons brown sugar
• 2 ½ cups crushed pretzels
• 1 (6 oz.) package strawberry flavored Jello-O
• 2 cups boiling water
• 3 cups strawberries, chilled
• 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
• 1 cup white sugar
• 1 (8oz.) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

The next step you will take is actually preparing your dish:

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees
• Mix the butter or margarine, with the brown sugar.
• Mix in the pretzels and pat the mixture into the bottom of a 9″x13″ baking pan.
• Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, and then set aside to cool.

Then, while the crust is baking, in a medium sized bowl:

• Dissolve gelatin in the boiling water and stir in the strawberries. Chill mixture until it starts to partially thicken up.
• Beat the cream cheese and white sugar together, it should become smooth. Fold in the whipped cream. Spread the mixture overtop of the now cooled crust while making sure the edges are covered and sealed.
• Chill, and then pour the gelatin mixture over top the cream cheese layer.
• After chilling the top, it should become thick and firm

We hope you get a chance to enjoy this wonderful dish with family and friends this weekend! Also, be sure to check out our helpful storage guide to learn about how we can assist with all of your self-storage needs. At StorPlace, we always want your storing experience to be easy, friendly & convenient.

Summertime in Nashville, Tennessee

StorPlace of Bowling Green, KYThe weather is heating up. Nashville’s economy is booming and people are flocking here for the summer. With so many exciting events and places to go, I can’t say I blame them. While some are planning vacations, those of us that live here are spring cleaning and landscaping too while enjoying the sun. Most college students are also home for the summer. So while this time is year is for fun, yardwork and catching up with friends and family, it’s also a season of transition. To assist across all these transitions for those in the Nashville community, consider StorPlace Self Storage.

StorPlace has a wide variety of storage units to choose from. If you are staging your home for the real estate market, we have Heated and Cooled units so you can feel safe storing your extra furniture. If you are relocating here for the summer, feel free to store your entire home or just the things you will not be using right now. One very special benefit you will receive for storing with StorPlace is the 10 percent discount when you purchase the needed moving and packing supplies. Each store has a full line of moving and packing supplies for your convenience.

The most popular type of storage unit is our outside drive up unit. This makes loading and unloading a breeze, with wide roll up doors. They come in a wide range of sizes from 10×10 drive-up units to 20×40 drive-up units. They all have at least eight-foot ceilings so you can stack as high as you would like. These units are large enough to store extra vehicles, tractors, jet skis, etc. We also have smaller inside units if you just need a little space. Most locations will have units as small as 4x4x4, this is perfect for college students.

For business needs, StorPlace also offers 5×5, 5×10, and 7×10 inside units which are great for storing small amounts of personal items. One thing you don’t want to forget is our outside parking. StorPlace has covered and non-covered parking that will fit the largest camper, recreational vehicle, boat, truck or car. The property is completely fenced and gated with twenty four hour camera surveillance so you can store your goods without any worry.

So whatever transition you are in this summer, call StorPlace to help make these months, safe, stress-free and enjoyable.