By Nick Bilava, Storage.com

Self Storage NewsSmartStop-Sponsored Everest Climber Begins Expedition

It was announced last year that SmartStop Self Storage would be sponsoring 59-year-old mountaineer Greg Paul as he made his second attempt to climb Mount Everest. His first attempt in 2012 was cancelled due to unfavorable weather conditions. Paul, who has had two full knee replacements, spent the past 16 months training for the journey.

Paul left for Nepal on March 25 and met his climbing team in Kathmandu on March 31. The team expects to take 71 days on their expedition, reaching the summit in mid-May

“SmartStop embraces people trying to reach new heights,” said H. Michael Schwartz, chairman and CEO of SmartStop Self Storage. “The SmartStop brand has seen tremendous success since it launched six years ago, and we’re committed to passing that on by helping athletes reach new heights in their endeavors. SmartStop is an example of what is possible, and Greg Paul exemplifies that message.”

Paul plans to document his Everest climb on his blog, www.gregclimbing.com. SmartStop will also track Paul’s progress on their blog and social media platforms.

Source: Market Wired

TSSA Continues Fundraising Success

The Texas Self Storage Association (TSSA) held its annual convention in Lancaster, inviting its members and vendors to share industry information and raise money to support the Galveston Shriners Hospital for Children. This year, the total reached $100,000.

Donations had been collected throughout the year at storage facilities around Texas, and a matching pledge by Global Roofing Company brought the initial total to over $50,000.

At the convention, itself, convention planners invited celebrity auctioneers Dan Dotson and Wait Cade from A&E’s Storage Wars to run a live auction event. Dotson and Cade successfully raised bids and collected over $36,000 in less than an hour. By the end of the auction, the TSSA had raised its $100,000, all donated directly to the Shriners Hospital.

Source: Focus Daily News

Storage Facility Hosts Popular L.A. Music Venue

The Propinquity Space is among Los Angeles’s newest—and most intimate—music venues. Found within Hinckley’s Self-Storage, “The Prope” is an 8×10 storage unit with only four seats. The Hinckley’s tenant, Tyler Stevens-Tyler, began renting the unit to use as a practice space, and then later started hosting small shows. The latest show featured up-and-coming punk-rock band Buche de Noel and had fans lining up at 7am for the 9pm set.

Exclusivity seems to be the driving factor for The Prope’s success. Stevens-Tyler has no plans to expand or add more seats, and fans claim that they “want to see what the buzz is all about, and I want to be able to tweet that I got in.”

Sources: LA Weekly