Experience the NFL Draft Firsthand in Philadelphia

by Admin 19. April 2017 20:30

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For die-hard fans, it's never off-season. If you bleed green and love our Eagles you'll really love this year's NFL Draft Experience, right here in Philadelphia, PA. Don’t worry about space, get all the cool collectibles and awesome souvenirs from this once-in-a-lifetime event, because self storage can help you make room. 

We've Done It Before

This isn't a first for Philly, but it's been more than 50 years since our city played host to the NFL Draft. And while this isn't the first major event to be held at the Philadelphia Art Museum, it is the first to have an outdoor theater constructed on the museum's steps where officials will announce the top draft picks – and it's all free and open to the public. The NFL's 82nd draft promises to be a combination of sports ritual and exciting extravaganza.

Make Your Game Plan

From West Oak Lane neighborhoods down to Gray's Ferry and all across Philly, Eagles fans are ready to make history. April 27th through April 29th, you can roam Franklin Parkway between the museum stage and team tables down at the Franklin Institute. It's time to get your game on for the ultimate NFL Draft Experience. You’ll be able to:

  • Race with your favorite NFL players at Combine Corner.
  • Take a selfie next to the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
  • Get inside actual NFL games with virtual reality.
  • Relax in an official league locker room replica.
  • Tailgate with some of Philly's best restaurants. 

Get Ready to Score

How much can you take home from this 3-day celebration of everything football? Be prepared with plenty of self storage for collectibles with valuable potential. Official NFL Draft merchandise includes jerseys, caps and plenty of surprises. It all adds up to the kind of inspiration that makes you want to start your own team. Draft friends and family, put together gridiron gear, and scout out neighborhood storage units for pulling it all together. When pre-season action heats up, you'll be ready to score. 

We're Just Up the Road

If you're like us, you believe Philly can put on a show that makes sure the Draft Experience doesn't wait another 50 years to come back. It's going to be a blowout, it's free fun for everybody, and we're just up the road from all the action with modern storage facilities. Safeguard proudly supports fans all across Philadelphia, PA with self storage solutions for every sport and every season.

Safeguard Keeps You in Mind with 48 Hour Service Response Time

by Admin 16. April 2017 15:35

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Finding a storage unit can be a stressful task. There’s often a set of criteria that you’re looking for in a storage facility. Among this list can include: location, security features, access times, and available unit sizes. But have you considered the facility’s response time as a factor? You have lots of options in self storage – and that means lots of questions. That’s why Safeguard has a guaranteed 48-hour service response time. It’s called self storage, but we want you to know that you’re not alone

What is Guaranteed 48-Hour Service Response Time?

This feature guarantees that you won’t have to wait around to have your questions answered. Whether you’re interested in storing with us, or you’re already a customer, we welcome your queries. With answers about any of our processes, including rentals and reservations, amenities, the online payment portal, and more, you’ll have access to the information you need. No matter what you need help with, we won’t leave you hanging. 

You can request information a couple of ways:

  1. Call your local Safeguard facility directly
  2. Fill out the online ‘contact us’ form

If you have a question outside of normal office hours or during peak calling periods, our 24/7 call center (877-779-6900) can take calls unable to be answered by individual facilities.

Why We Offer This Feature

All our facilities follow the 48-hour response time rule. At Safeguard, we want to be a resource for you during your storage journey. Our staff is professional, friendly, and ready to help you. Whether you’re trying to pay your bill online, figuring out how much space you need, or wondering what your local facility’s features are, our 48-hour response time will guarantee that you get your answer within 48 hours. You shouldn’t have to put your life on hold while waiting for an answer, and with Safeguard Self Storage, you won’t have to.

We Take Customer Service Seriously

We are here to help you keep self storage from becoming an extra hassle. To make your storage experience as seamless as possible we provide month-to-month leases, extended access hours, free packing and storing consultation, moving and packing supplies on site, and no-cost email billing. Experience the Safeguard Service difference; reserve a unit today.

 

 

 

Miami Mini-Vacation Spots That Aren't Just for Tourists

by Admin 13. April 2017 15:59

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Why spend vacation dollars visiting faraway places when you live in the Cruise Capital of the World? From the small islands off our west Miami shoreline to the city's cultural centers, explore these five wonderful spots most out-of-towners miss. Let out that boating, biking and beach gear from your Miami, FL self storage, and launch an unforgettable getaway right here at home. 

1. Set Your Sights North

Let the tourists trip over each other down at South Beach. Head up north, and hit the sand between 67th and 87th streets. This culturally rich stretch charms with a '50s atmosphere you won't find anywhere else in the city. North Beach is also a great destination for discovering delicious new mom-and-pop cafes. 

2. Get Your Kayak Wet

Just 3 miles farther up from North Beach puts you in Oleta River State Park with access to more than 1,000 acres of natural beauty on Biscayne Bay. These parts of north Miami are filled with canoes and kayaks, so bring your favorite watercraft, and join the local fun. 

3. Sip a Glass of Cortado

Head back into the city for a traditional sip of Cuban espresso while you relax in the heart of Little Havana. Raise your cortado glass as a toast to the area's monthly Viernes Festival. Dance to live music, visit neighborhood galleries, and feast on Latin cuisine. Don't miss free walking tours that give new life to Little Havana's history. 

4. Climb a Two-Story Sand Castle

Kids love helping grownups storm sand castle walls at the Miami Children's Museum. The unique, hands-on fortress is one of dozens of interactive learning experiences waiting to liven up your local family vacation. Just drive over to Watson Island for museum exhibits that even include a kid-size TV studio. 

5. Go Fat-Biking on the Beach

One of our most scenic bike routes becomes a boardwalk south of 21st Street, but Florida State Road A1A doesn't have to slow you down when you hit the sand. Just get your fat-bike with its oversized tires out of storage, and Miami, FL beaches are wide open to two-wheel cruises up and down the shoreline. 

Local, Easy, and Fun

Our Florida sunshine always sets up the perfect scene for enjoying a mini-retreat, so keep your favorite getaway gear ready to go in one of our west Miami storage units. Our Safeguard teams know how to help you make all your vacation adventures local, easy, and fun.

Turn the Clock Forward in Garfield, NJ

by Admin 9. April 2017 15:18

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Daylight savings time has arrived once again to usher in more sunlight during the day. On March 12, it's time again to spring ahead and to welcome in the coming spring and summer seasons. With more daylight, the theory was, that you could be more productive. When daylight savings was put into practice, this was a major deciding factor. While electricity and technology now allow us to be productive at all times of the day, we can still take advantage of daylight savings – especially with the help of self storage.

How did Daylight Savings Time get Started?

The practice of turning the clock forward and backward has been around since the early 1900s. Germany was the first country to adopt daylight savings time, with the United States following soon after. In fact, the U.S. repealed this practice in 1919 even though some cities and states continued to manipulate their clocks. It came back in full force during the Second World War and was pushed mainly by businesses to take advantage of the extra daylight hours.

3 Ways to Be Productive During Daylight Saving Time

  1. Take Up a New Hobby

 Springtime makes the perfect time to take up a new hobby; like art. Take a tour of the Ancient Sculpture Gallery in Garfield, NJ, and let it inspire you to sculpt and to create artworks of your own.

  1. Clean Out the House

 Many people use the extra hours to spring-clean their homes. You can move clutter from the garage and your home into self storage, to make room for a tool shop, more organization, or your new hobby. Storage units are great for storing unused items while spring-cleaning and planning a potential yard sale.

  1. Get Outdoors More

 Daylight saving time in March gives you extra hours for biking, walking, or hanging out in your own backyard. Use those few hours to play ball with your kids after work, handle those neglected lawn chores, or to finally build that deck. 

Don't Forget to Set Your Clocks Forward

Before you hit the sack on March 12, set your alarm clock forward by one hour. You don't want to be one of the many people who clock in late at work the next morning. If you're taking the time to spring-clean your home, store your stuff with Safeguard Self Storage. We have affordable storage units in Garfield, NJ for keeping your items stored away for as long as you need.

Celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month in Queens

by Admin 6. April 2017 16:03

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Just thinking about it puts an easy rhythm in your step. National Jazz Appreciation Month feels right at home here in Queens, NY where storage units and musicians are old friends and professional partners. Let's take a quick look back, celebrate a little history and sing the praises of some of our most famous musical artists. 

Golden Queens

We all smile when folks from out of town think a visit to Queens is all about catching a Mets game at Citi Field. Our neighborhoods have a proud musical history filled with some of the most talented names in jazz. The 1940s marked a golden age for this innovative style, and Queens was one of the hottest scenes in the city. If you wanted to hear Ella Fitzgerald or Charlie Parker, you came to our borough. And Louis Armstrong made his home right here in Flushing. 

The History Lives On

It's hard to say if the Ramones ever walked by Armstrong's house on 107th, but it's easy to imagine Queens' original punk rockers paying homage to one of jazz's biggest legends. Armstrong and his wife, Lucille, lived in Flushing until his death in 1971. She gave their home to the city, and today it's filled with original letters, memorabilia and archived recordings. The Louis Armstrong House is a vibrant, living museum that carries on his musical and cultural legacy with concerts and educational programs. 

Keep It Creative

The line between jazz in Queens and hip-hop in Hollis might not seem very straight, but our neighborhoods are still cradles of creativity. From Run-D.M.C. to LL Cool J, the music continues to evolve. If you're a player on the local scene, treat your equipment with care. Climate-controlled storage units keep strings, skins and brass in top shape and always ready to play. Local legends even hint that some of the greats here got their acts off the ground with staging sessions in self storage. It's an idea worth sounding out. 

We Appreciate Jazz Too

Whether you're playing with a hot combo or staying happily solo, it's very cool to be a part of the musical legacy in Queens, NY. Our Safeguard self storage facility in Hollis handles big line-ups and one-man bands with all types and sizes of storage units. Stop by soon, and let us show you how much we really appreciate jazz too.

Travel the World with Chicago's Cultural Communities

by Safeguard 2. March 2017 10:00

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Diversity lives and breathes in Chicago, IL; so, what better way to celebrate the city than to attend one of the many Neighborhoods of the World performances this month? Throughout March, Navy Pier hosts an annual tribute to a few of the international cultures found in Chicago. With traditional dance performances, live music, and cultural cuisine, various ethnic communities will be showcased each week. Located less than 10 miles from Hermosa, you're only a hop, skip, and jump away from one of the most elaborate festivals in the city. 

Don't Miss Neighborhoods of the World in Chicago, IL

Neighborhoods of the World plays out over seven weeks and started last month by celebrating the Chinese New Year, on February 12. Every Sunday, it celebrates another culture until March 26.

 

  • On Sunday, March 5, Italy will take the spotlight. With delicious Italian cuisine, various crafts, and culturally significant music, you’ll get a true Italian experience.
  • On March 12, Celebrate Lithuania and start the festivities over again, for a new culture. Did you know that Lithuanian is one of the oldest living languages? You can find out facts like this and enjoy many different cultural festivities by attending the event.
  • On March 19, Neighborhoods of the World celebrates Mexico, so you can expect lots of Hispanic music and food to go around.
  • The festival comes to an end on Sunday, March 26, with the final showcase: Celebrate Greece.

 

 Whether it's celebrating Lithuania or Greece, all events start at 12 p.m. and cost nothing to attend. This festival will allow you to be immersed in these cultures, without ever leaving the state. 

Discover Your Heritage with Safeguard Self Storage

The Neighborhoods of the World event sparks many people to explore their own family heritage and history. Safeguard Self Storage invites you to break out those old photo albums and to rediscover your family lineage. To store those old photos, documents, and relics, Safeguard Self Storage has climate-controlled storage units that protect sensitive items. From your great-grandmother's antiques to old, black and white portraits, our storage units keep those priceless items separate from the clutter in your attic, basement, or closets.

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Try Cold Water Fishing in Massapequa Cove

by Safeguard 23. February 2017 10:00

True anglers don't hang up their fishing poles when winter arrives in Massapequa, NY. In fact, they get going in full swing for some cold-weather trout and bass fishing. Every fall, the Freshwater Fisheries Division in Nassau County fills the waterways with 3,500 trout ranging from brown and brook to the rainbow variety. If you're into fishing and don't mind the cold, now's the time to stuff your tackle box with supplies and to head out for a day on the water. You can make your next fishing trip so easy to prepare for by placing all those necessary supplies in a nearby, convenient and accessible storage unit at Safeguard Self Storage.

Winter Fishing in Massapequa Cove

Massapequa Cove isn't just a place to go trout fishing. You’ll also find carp, largemouth bass and deep-hole fish such as stripers. The brackish water has several holes that reach 40 feet below the surface, where porgies, kingfish and blowfish swim. If you prefer to stay near the shoreline, you’ll still be able to reach flounder in depths ranging from six to 15 feet.

What Bait Should You Use?

If you're looking for trout, it's best to go with the traditional garden worm. You might get lucky using lures on newly released hatchery trout, but they're smart and will quickly figure out which food to eat and to avoid. Though you can find some trout in Massapequa Cove, you'll reel in your three-fish bag limit in the larger Massapequa Reservoir.

Flounder is easily attracted with clams on a hood and a live porgy will help you reel in a largemouth bass.

Best Places to Fish Around the Cove

For early morning fishers, the cove has countless docks that offer a great place to toss out a hook. You can usually find a nice spot along a dock to reel in quite a few fish. If you're familiar with the area, anywhere between Jones Creek and Fort Neck Point offers great fishing spots. Nassau County has numerous ponds and other waterways teeming with fish for anglers throughout the year.

Store Your Gear at Safeguard Self Storage

Fishing gear can take up quite a bit of space, especially for serious anglers. Create a fishing locker with one of the convenient storage units at Safeguard Self Storage in Massapequa, NY. Our storage units have enough room for everything from fishing poles to tackle boxes to keep you on the water when space at home is tight.

 

 

5 Ways to Celebrate the Yankee's Spring Training in Bronx, NY

by Safeguard 16. February 2017 10:00

Yankees fans in Wakefield and throughout Bronx, NY are preparing for the coming season. Spring training is right around the corner as the Yankees prepare for their first game against the Philadelphia Phillies on February 24. If you're a die-hard fan, Safeguard Self Storage has a few tips for celebrating the Yankees’ return to the grass this spring.

Celebrate Spring Training With These 5 Tips

1. Subscribe to a Major League Baseball package.

Can't make it to the Yankees spring games in Tampa? No worries. An MLB cable package will keep you up to date on all of the action. Alternatively, you can subscribe directly to MLB.com and watch spring games on your computer, phone, tablet, or any other compatible device.

2. Throw a spring training party.

Watching the spring games is more fun with some friends around. Plan a spring training party for when the Yankees meet the Phillies. You can supply a few snacks like bags of peanuts, pretzels with dip, hot dogs and other treats to satisfy everyone's hunger for food and a winning season in 2017.

3. Coach a Little League baseball team.

Coaching makes you part of a team and gives you a chance to teach kids how to play the game with sportsmanship. When the Yankees aren't playing on TV, you can stay immersed in baseball by coaching a Little League team in your area. If you have kids, get them involved, and help them develop their skills and an appreciation for the game.

4. Get out and toss the ball around.

If it's been a while since you visited a baseball diamond, why not take a trip back in time and re-live your childhood? Put on your glove, grab a bat and a few baseballs, and head to the nearest ballpark in Bronx, NY. You can play a pickup game with friends or share your love for America's pastime with your kids.

5. Convert a room into a sports den.

Need your own personal space for watching the games? Turn an unused room into a sports den. Make room for sports memorabilia, cushy chairs, and more with a self storage unit.  

Happy Spring Training, From Safeguard Self Storage

Celebrate Yankees spring training with Safeguard. If you need a place to store your gear, check out our local storage units. We have units available in all sizes for storing your baseball gear or any other belongings taking up space in your home.

 

 

10 Tips on How to Make the Grade This Semester

by Safeguard 9. February 2017 10:00

It seems like winter break only began yesterday, and now students must, again, focus on classes. For those attending Temple or other surrounding colleges in Philadelphia, PA, now's the time to start the new semester off right. Safeguard Self Storage wants to help students get off on the right foot this school season.

10 Ways to Getting Better Grades

1. Get Up, and Show Up

It's hard to get up after sleeping in during the break. The best way to learn the material and score better grades is to get up and go to class. If you can sacrifice your nightlife a few days a week, waking up early will be much easier.

2. Take It Head On

College is difficult. If you slack off, your grades will fall much quicker. Take charge, and put forth the effort – it will be worth it.

3. Know Your Limits

Overloading is never a good idea. Only take the hours you need. Otherwise, you might take on too much and get overwhelmed.

4. Research Correctly

Thank goodness for the internet. Learn some Google search tips to find what you’re looking for more efficiently. And skip out on the Wikipedia reference.

5. Invest In a Planner

With so much going on at college, it's easy to forget prior commitments or specific details of events. Get a calendar, and keep track of everything.

6. Choose Your Priorities

It's fun to hang out with friends, but if you have an important test the next day, skip the party. Figure out which parties you can go to and which you’ll have to give a rain check for.

7. Take Notes

Whether you work best on paper or on your computer, take notes to retain information. While writing notes is important, it’s not important to write down every word. Figure out how you learn best and only write down what you need to jog your memory. Class will be a lot less stressful, and you’ll actually remember more than you think.

8. Stay Positive

Having a positive attitude goes a long way. If you believe in yourself and your ability, you'll have the confidence to make better grades.

9. Use Your Textbook

Textbooks are dense with information and hard to read. But often, your professor chooses the textbook because it will actually help you grasp the concepts. Studying really does help.

10. Declutter your dorm.

A messy room causes distractions, and for many, causes environmental anxiety. Clean up your room and designate a specific place for studying. You’ll learn better in a fresh space.

Become the Best Student You Can Be

One of the best ways to start off the semester right is to organize your space. Consider moving your clutter to local storage units, where your items will be easily accessible. Our storage units in Philadelphia, PA come in a variety of sizes for packing away your clutter and helping to reduce your distractions this semester, so you can focus on getting your schoolwork done. 

Graham Hills Park Bike Trails Will Help You Stay Healthy in 2017

by Safeguard 2. February 2017 10:00

When it comes to New Year's resolutions, only 9.2 percent of people feel successful in achieving their goals. That's not a statistic anyone wants to hear when making a resolution for a new year. For those living in Thornwood, NY, it's easy and fun to keep your New Year's health resolutions thanks to the Graham Hills Park biking trails and the ease of Safeguard self storage.

Stay Fit and Have Fun at Graham Hills Park

Graham Hills Park stretches across Westchester County and features 10 trail miles. You can load up your bike and reach the park in less than 10 minutes as it sits just 4.8 miles from Thornwood, NY. Once there, you're greeted by spans of beautiful trees and winding trails for adventuring in the Great Outdoors.

Named for Dr. Isaac Gilbert Graham, a Revolutionary War army surgeon, this park is the go-to place for those who enjoy biking in the wilderness. You can ride along these single-track bike trails in both directions as they lead you through diverse habitats. You can either bike or walk the trails and even bring your dog along for the journey.

The Benefits of Biking

Biking through the trails in Westchester County have many health benefits, including the following, among others:

  • Burning calories
  • Strengthening muscles
  • Improving endurance
  • Boosting energy

Cardiovascular exercises like biking improve heart health and reduce your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes. Biking is also gentle on your joints, so you can exercise for longer without feeling aches and pains in your legs and feet.

Happy Biking From Safeguard Self Storage

If getting in shape is your New Year's resolution, biking the trails at Graham Hills Park is a great way to get fit while having fun. However, don’t let your space constraints at home get in the way of your health goals. Store your bike and biking gear at Safeguard Self Storage. With convenient, nearby storage units, our facility is perfect to store your bike while you’re not on the trails.

 

 

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