Self Storage in South Asheville, NC
The past few months here have been some of wettest on record, as anyone who lives in the region is well aware. The phrase, “God willin’ and the creek don’t rise” has taken on a much more realistic meaning of late.
In addition to wacky weather that includes: rising creeks and rivers, mudslides, house slides and sinkholes opening up where one my least expect, we’ve also had some major changes in our business.
First, long-time employee, Margaret Mentus left our employ to move out of the area and closer to family. We wish her well in her new adventure.
Margaret’s departure necessitated a rather wild scramble to find just the right person to take her spot. We posted a note on Facebook and tossed up a wanted ad on Craig’s list. The response we got was overwhelming and we were quite grateful for all the wonderful applicants who expressed interest.
The choosing was difficult, so many interesting and nice people. We wished we could’ve hired them all. In the end, we brought on board Lonnie L. King. He’s now an enthusiastic member of our team. Stop in and say hello to him if you have a chance!
Several months back, we entered into an agreement with Sparefoot.com in an attempt to better promote ourselves. We’ve been amazed at the amount of traffic generated by their site. To say we are pleased would be an understatement.
Beginning in August, you will find a coupon for one-month-free on the back of your Ingles Grocery receipt if you visit their Long Shoals Road location. We’re pretty excited about the new energy that has infused our business.
Every now and then unexpected things occur. If we are lucky and just a tiny bit clever, they end up working out okay in the end. The following is one of those stories.
One afternoon I was sitting in our office. It had been a slow day, nothing much happening when the phone rang. It was one of our tenants on the line. His wife had come out to their unit to search for some item she needed. In the process of moving stuff around in the unit to look for whatever it was she needed, there occurred an unexpected shift and she found herself pinned in the unit.
After quite a few minutes, several unsuccessful attempts to free herself and hovering on the edge of panic, she realized her cell phone was in her pocket. While she did not have the number for our office in her cell, she did have her husband’s number. She called him and then he called me. I trotted over to her unit and was able to help extricate her.
The moral to this story is to always carry your phone with you–especially when you plan on rooting around in your storage unit by yourself! Since I had seen her come into the property, I probably would’ve checked on her before I left for the day anyway. However, that means she’d have been trapped for at least another hour or so instead of the 10 or 15 minutes she had to endure.
Programming the office & emergency/after-hours number(s) for the facility where you store into your phone is likely a good idea, as well. Telling someone where you are going probably wouldn’t hurt either. In this case, it all ended well and I was able to do a good deed.
If you asked the average person on the street what a storage facility was all about, they would probably respond by saying “storing stuff.” But they’d only be partially correct.
While storage places wouldn’t exist without “stuff” that needs a place to live, it’s really the people that lend purpose and character to a facility. Every person who rents a storage space has a story. And oh, some of the stories! Each person’s story makes up the warp and weave of a rich tapestry reflecting where they’ve been, where they are, where they might be going–in short, life.
The most common reason people rent storage space is due to some type of transition. Be it minor – like de-cluttering the basement, or major – storing a family member’s belongings due to them entering a full-care nursing facility, life’s changes and shifts are what storage is all about.
We intend to feature interesting stories, photos, storage tips, and possibly even a special one-day-only offer, so be sure to check back early and often!