Sponsor Spotlight: South Jersey Field of Dreams

The Storage Inn is a proud supporter of the South Jersey Field of Dreams. This is a local organization that caters to families with children with special needs. They can come out to the field, play a great game with their peers, and just enjoy the baseball game! Great uniforms…check, Concessions…check, Stands for the FANS… check, and a great environment with great vibes… CHECK! The organizers have volunteers on hand ready to assist every single player. We just attended opening Weekend last week, celebrating their 20th year! (Originated in 2003) We met some local families, gave out of Storage Inn Goodies and had a great night. Earth day was Saturday, so we had some help coloring from the children so we could decorate our office accordingly! The season will continue through the Spring and early Summer. We are so grateful to be a supportive presence in our community! Play Ball!

https://southjerseyfieldofdreams.com/

Time to Clean Up: 2023 Spring Cleaning

It is almost Springtime and we have been very busy here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township. It is time for Spring cleaning! Since we have such a great selection of storage unit sizes, we find our storage unit rental log of visitors a little more active than normal this time of year. Our smallest unit, a 5×5, will clear a little bit of that extra space in your garage. If you have a full garage of items needing storage, you will want to consider a larger unit, maybe an 8×8. This typically holds about 2 rooms worth of furniture and boxes.

Maybe this Spring clean is a bigger haul for you and you have plans to get through the basement AND the garage? We can accommodate that as well, perhaps a 10×10 or even a 10×15! These can hold 3-5 rooms worth of furniture and boxes.

WE HAVE MOVING TRUCKS AND VANS

We go above and beyond to keep the space ready for your storage needs. We have staff onsite who help keep the storage units clean before you move in. We also have a golf cart on site to help get around. If you don’t have a pickup truck to bring your items over, don’t worry! We even have moving vans and moving box trucks available to our renters. We offer specials to help you get the best rate on this service.

A FEW STORAGE PACKING IDEAS

Make sure when you pack your items, you pack them carefully in bubble wrap and use plastic storage totes for better keeping – I speak from experience. You can come and go as you need to during regular business hours and grab those items that you needed but packed away!  As we have found to be helpful in our own experience, storing items in clear totes can be helpful for you so you can easily find items without having to open each box to find the item you are hunting for. If you have the time, and are a “list” type person, you can make an inventory list for each box that can be slid inside the box so you can read it from outside.

If this isn’t your style, you can also store your seasonal decorations in colored storage boxes, that correspond with that holiday. Examples would be a pink box for Valentine’s Day, green boxes for St. Patrick’s Day, orange and black boxes for Halloween, or red and green for Christmas décor.  This can help you easily narrow down which box to grab when you need that item.

WE HAVE CLIMATE CONTROLLED STORAGE UNITS

If anything you are storing needs to be kept safe from the bitter cold winter days or steamy hot summer days, ask our managers about the climate-controlled units. We are a proud family-owned and operated self-storage facility in Atlantic County, and we look forward to serving all of our new and seasoned customers this 2023 Spring Cleaning Season!

 

 

 

Let’s Go Eagles! Prepping for the Party

It’s been 4 years since the Eagles last brought us to the Big Game. But by George, they’ve done it again! 2023 is off to a great start!

Everyone is excited! The Eagles are in peak form. And the lamp light posts around the city of Philadelphia are greased and ready for a celebration. There’s no way we are not winning it again this time!

Around the Storage Inn office this week, we’ve been speaking victory into existence, “When the Eagles Win…’ rather than “If They Win…”

Prepping for the party, I found myself digging through my storage unit this week; sifting through totes to find those football party supplies from Super Bowl LII. Eagles plates, cups and napkins, extra folding chairs, the long 8 foot folding table for snacks and my favorite football serving tray that I keep just for these special occasions. Since, THE EAGLES WILL BE WINNING on Sunday, we are making Philly favorites this year!

On the list is homemade Philly cheesesteak dip with soft Philly pretzels,  nachos inspired by our favorite Atlantic City Pool Bar and we’ll order out for hoagies. The 10 of us should be all set. Although, my sister will be at the party and while she did grow up here in South Jersey with me, she lived in Massachusetts during college, and now her and I are in an unending debate about whether it is a Hoagie or a Grinder… this weekend, at the Eagles Super Bowl Party, we are having HOAGIES! I love watching football with my family! Let’s keep the good vibes and Philly pride going strong. Go BIRDS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yummy Winter Comfort Foods

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Yummy Winter Comfort Foods

It’s Mid January here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, and there have been some very cold days lately, but that doesn’t stop our storage rental customers from shuttling in and out of their storage spaces.

Lately I’ve noticed people storing holiday decorations, as well as removing exercise equipment, presumably in an effort to renew their commitment to better health in the new year.

Earlier this week, on a particularly cold day, one of our customers, Jodi, stopped into the storage rental office to purchase  moving boxes for the items that she was putting into her storage unit.

“Cold enough for you?” I asked.

“I’m freezing” she answered  “I can’t wait to get home and have a nice bowl of hot soup!” she said as she took her boxes and headed to her car.

Her soup sounded really good to me, so I decided to do a thoroughly unscientific polling of our customers as to their favorite winter comfort foods.

Here some of our Storage Inn customer favorites!

Soup – Of course! Who doesn’t love a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter’s day?  The two favorites seem to be chicken noodle, and tomato.

Chicken Soup

Favorite Winter Comfort Foods

Hot Chocolate – Mmmmmm. The real chocolaty kind with the tiny little marshmallows floating on top!  Not surprisingly, this one was offered up by one of our customer’s children.

Fried Chicken and Mashed Potatoes – Yes, please! – Make my chicken extra crispy!

Grilled Cheese – Cooked just right, so that the gooey cheese stretches  between the two halves when you pull the sandwich apart!  These people should get together with the soup people.

Sloppy Joes – Well, a burger is just a burger, but a sloppy joe, with a slice of American cheese – Now that’s comfort food!

Macaroni and Cheese – The cheesier the better – BTW goes well with sloppy joes!

Chicken Pot Pie – One of my favorites! I like mine with salt and pepper and a little bit of butter melted on the crust. Mmmmmm!

Spaghetti and Meatballs – A good choice any time of year, but really goes well at the end of a cold day spent outside.

Chili – There’s nothing like a simmering pot of chili. Whether you like it hot or mild, with meat or without, the combination of beans, onions, peppers, mushrooms and spices are impossible to resist when you’re cozy at home and it’s chilly outside.

Homemade Beef Stew  – You know the type that simmers in the giant stew pot all day long, until the flavors of the beef, vegetables, and spices are mixed just right. Don’t forget the buttered rolls!

Well, there you have it – The official Storage Inn customer list of their favorite Winter Comfort Foods.

Well, my shift is almost over, and I can’t wait to head home, but first I’ll be stopping off at the grocery store for Sloppy Joe mix, rolls, and hot chocolate – so much for my New Year’s diet!

 

Mr. Nick in his moving truck

Mr. Nick is one busy storage unit renter

So, it’s the day before Christmas here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey – Almost time for my annual visit from one of our biggest customers, Mr. Nick. Mr. Nick’s been a storage unit tenant with us for as long as anyone can remember. He’s an unusual guy – older – the outdoorsy type – from up North somewhere. You know, big bushy beard, wears a lot of red flannel shirts with suspenders. That sort of thing.

Mr. Nick has seven of our extra large storage spaces with the extra high ceilings. He stops in every year around this time to let us know that even though he’ll be emptying out the storage units, he’s not moving out.

 

feature_christmas-elf-featMr. Nick is certainly a bit on the eccentric side and I’m assuming pretty wealthy since he’s mentioned renting storage units like ours all over the world. Each year right around Christmas time, his crew pulls in with a couple of giant, red S.C. Moving and Storage vans, and empties out out all seven of his storage spaces. The funny thing is, beginning in January, I’ll see his helpers back again and on a monthly basis, refilling the storage units with electronics, toys, sporting goods, and all sorts of goodies.

This year I decided to have a little chat with his crew. Nice guys – unusually short, but very well mannered and hard workers too. They all refer to Mr. Nick as “The big guy” which is quite true in height and around the waist line.

While his helpers were in the yard the other day,  I decided to be a little nosey.

“Excuse me guys. Just curious. What type of business is Mr. Nick in if you don’t mind me asking?” I questioned.

“Import/export” replied one of his of helpers.

“Oh, so he buys and then resells things” I asked.

“No, no – He gives it all away!” answered a particularly short man, who appeared to be the leader of the crew.

“Wow, really? That’s great – a wealthy philanthropist!” I gushed.

“I guess you could say that, but the big guy really doesn’t care about money – He just likes to make people happy!” came a high pitched voice from behind a pile of toys.

If that don’t beat all I thought to myself. I tipped my Storage Inn hat and wished Mr. Nick’s crew a good day and Happy Holidays. I walked back to the rental office thinking about my conversation with Mr. Nick’s helpers. Hmmmm, I thought – Puzzling. A guy from up North, with a bushy white beard, dressed in all red, with an import/ export charitable organization?… who collects toys and other goodies throughout the year, only to give them away at Christmas time? If I didn’t know any better I would guess he’s… omg…. I think I know what the “S. C.” in  S. C. Moving and Storage stands for!  Happy Holidays from The Storage Inn!

Thanksgiving Football Fun Facts

It’s the third week of November, and our customers here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, are gearing up for Thanksgiving.

Yesterday, while I was doing the inventory on our packing supplies, I heard the front door swing open, and felt the cold wind blow through the rental office. I looked up to see one of our storage tenants, Mr. Allman, bundled up in his puffy winter coat, gloves, and wool hat. “Hey Mr Allman!” I called out – “You all ready for Thanksgiving?” “Sure am” – he replied. “Ready for the four F’s – Family, Friends, Food and most importantly, FOOTBALL!”

As Mr. Allman made a truck rental reservation, we agreed on the 4F’s and discussed our favorite Thanksgiving football games. This conversation made me wonder – when did all this football on Thanksgiving Day tradition begin?

Below are a few fun facts about the Thanksgiving football tradition!

Where it all Started

Thanksgiving football started on the college level in the late 19th century. Yale and Princeton began holding regular Thanksgiving games starting in 1876. By the time the NFL was founded in 1920, Thanksgiving football was already a tradition.

We Love Thanksgiving Football!
Based on TV viewing and retail statistics, Americans will actually spend more time watching football over the Thanksgiving Day Holiday then they will spend shopping!

Which NFL Team Has Played The Most?
The Detroit Lions have played the most Thanksgiving games. They have hosted Thanksgiving games since 1934 and only took a break during WWII.

Which NFL Team Has The Most Thanksgiving Wins/Losses?
Having played the most games, The Detroit Lions claim both of these records. Their combined Thanksgiving Day record is 37-38-2.

Which NFL Team Has Been The Second Most Successful?
The Dallas Cowboys trail the Detroit Lions in all facets of Thanksgiving. They’ve hosted the second-most number of games and have a combined Turkey Day record of 30-18-1.

Which Team Has The Second Most Losses?
The Green Bay Packers have a total of 20 Thanksgiving losses.

Are There Any NFL Teams That Have Never Played A Thanksgiving Game?
The Jacksonville Jaguars are the only NFL franchise to not be featured in a Thanksgiving game.

What Was The Biggest Thanksgiving Day Blowout?
The largest point differential came in 1980 when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Seattle Seahawks 51-7. The Lions had a blowout game in 1983 against the Pittsburgh Steelers—they won by 42 points.

Was There Ever A Time When Thanksgiving Day Games Were Not Played?
Yes. There were no Thanksgiving games played from 1941-1944 due to WWII.

Best Winning Percentage
The Minnesota Vikings are 5-1 in Thanksgiving games.

Most Rushing Yards
OJ Simpson has the record for most rushing yards in a Thanksgiving game. He put up 273 yards v. the Lions in 1976.

Most Receiving Yards
This record goes all the way back to the 1940s with Cleveland’s Jim Benton putting up 303 receiving yards.

Most Passing Yards
Troy Aikman threw for 455 passing yards against the Minnesota Vikings in 1998.

Most Touchdowns
Ernie Nevers scored 6 touchdowns in a 1929 Thanksgiving game for the now defunct Chicago Cardinals.

So, now that we’re all caught up on our Thanksgiving Day football history, it’s time to get down to the business of eating until we have to unbuckle our pants, sink into our favorite lounger, and turning on the game – Hopefully we’ll wake up in time to catch the second half!

Happy Thanksgiving from The Storage Inn !

Happy Halloween from the Storage Inn of EHT!

Which Witch is Which? A Brief History

It’s Halloween here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, and along with the falling leaves , and dropping temperatures come our yearly Trick or Treaters. Whether they are our self storage customers, or neighborhood families, it is always great to spend time with visitors to our storage facility. We see all sorts of costumes, from current and topical, to the traditional monsters, witches and goblins. So in the spirit of Halloween, we thought it would be fun to give you a brief history of a most time-honored Halloween symbol… The Witch!

Images of witches have appeared in various forms throughout history—from evil, wart-nosed women huddling over a boiling cauldron to a nose-twitching, suburban housewife. The real history of witches however, is dark and, often for the witches, deadly!

Early Witches

Early witches were people who practiced witchcraft— They used “Spells” to call upon spirits for help or to bring about change. Most witches were thought to be pagans doing the Devil’s work. Many, however, were simply natural healers whose choice of profession was misunderstood.

One of the earliest records of a witch is in the Bible within the book of Samuel. It tells the story King Saul who sought the Witch of Endor to summon the dead prophet Samuel’s spirit to help him defeat the Philistine army. Additional Biblical passages caution against chanting or using witches to contact the dead.

Witch hysteria really took hold in Europe during the mid-1400s. Witch hunts were common and most of the accused were executed by burning at the stake or hanging. Between the years 1500 and 1660, up to 80,000 suspected witches were put to death in Europe. Around 80 percent of them were women thought to be in cahoots with the Devil and filled with lust.

The book Malleus Maleficarumwritten in 1486—was essentially a guide on how to identify, hunt and interrogate witches. It labeled witchcraft as heresy, and gave Protestants and Catholics the authority to flush out witches living among them. For more than 100 years, the book sold more copies of any other book in Europe except the Bible.

Witches in the New World

As witch hysteria decreased in Europe, it grew in the New World. Probably the best-known witch trials took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The Salem witch trials began when two girls claimed to be witches and accused many of their neighbors of witchcraft. Ultimately, around 150 people were accused and 18 were put to death.

In 1730, a satirical article written by Benjamin Franklin brought to light the ridiculousness of some witchcraft accusations. It wasn’t long before witch mania died down in the New World and laws were passed to help protect people from being wrongly accused and convicted.

Modern Day Witches

Modern-day witches of the Western World still struggle to shake their historical stereotype. Most practice Wicca, an official religion in the United States and Canada. Wiccans avoid evil and the appearance of evil at all costs. Their motto is to “harm none,” and they strive to live a peaceful, tolerant and balanced life in tune with nature and humanity.

There you have it – a little witch history.  Well, it’s time for me to go. I have a Halloween party to attend – I’m going dressed as… (wait for it…) a self storage manager – BOO!!!

 

 

September is a Sweet Time of Year!

September is a Sweet Time of Year!

Honey — it’s a sweet and delicious substance that adds great flavor to morning toast, creates decadent desserts, and even packs some serious nutritional benefits.

Here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, we even keep honey on hand for sweetening our morning coffee!

The other day, just as I finished opening the storage rental office, in walked one of our storage customers, Mrs. Xander. She needed to purchase packing supplies before making her way back to her storage unit.

“ Are you celebrating?” she asked.”

Celebrating what?” I replied.

“Well, I saw that you put honey in your coffee, and thought that maybe you were celebrating National Honey Month.  My friend is a beekeeper and he has been telling me all about honey and it’s history!”

“I did not know September is National Honey Month.” I replied. We chatted about honey for a little while before she headed back to her storage unit.

I sat down to my desk and began to think about how much I love honey, and how little I know about what it takes to make it. Where did the idea of honey as a food even come from? I started my research…

A Concise History of Honey

2400 BC
Ancient Egyptians leave hieroglyphs about beekeeping in an ancient Sun Temple near Cairo.

2000 BC
The Ancient Chinese used honey because of its spectacular medicinal properties.

1000 AD
Honey was used as a form of currency in places throughout Europe.

1638
European settlers introduced beekeeping to the New England colonies.

1926
A.A. Milne created the lovable honey-loving bear, Winnie the Pooh.

How to Celebrate!

Take a beekeeping tour
You’ll get up close to beehives and find out what an effort it takes to make a jar of honey. 

Host a honey tasting party
Gather up a few different high quality jars of honey, invite a few friends over, and indulge your sweet tooth.

Whip up a honey-themed dessert
Baklava, flan, cupcakes, and ice cream. All of these sweet treats lend themselves to becoming delicious honey-flavored desserts. There are a ton of excellent recipes out there for honey desserts, so the possibilities are endless.

5 Sweet Facts About Honey

Bees try harder
The average worker bee only produces about one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey throughout its entire lifetime.

That’s a lot of flowers
For every pound of honey, honeybees must tap over two million flowers.

Insect chefs
Bees are the only insects that produce a substance that is edible by humans.

Honey isn’t just for bees
Mexican honey wasps are also known for producing honey.

Not Created equally
There are different variations of honey. Depending on the type of flower used during production, honey will have different colors and flavors.

Why We Love Honey

Honey is a health aid
Dating back to ancient times, honey has been used for its medicinalpurposes. The next time you have a cough, try reaching for a jar of honey. Honey is even known to help heal wounds and relieve dry skin.

It’s Naturally Sweet
Honey is excellent for curing almost any sweet tooth. Unlike some highly processed sugars and sugar-like substances out there, honey is chemical free and found directly in nature.

Honey Helps You Sleep
In short, honey causes insulin levels to rise, and when this happens, serotonin gets released throughout the bloodstream. Serotonin gets converted into melatonin, and melatonin has been known to aid in getting you off to dreamland.

Wow! Who knew that something that tastes so good could also be so healthy!?! 

As for me, I will continue to put honey in my morning coffee, strictly for health purposes, of course. Happy Honey Month from the crew here at The Storage Inn!

 

The Storage Inn – Why do we celebrate Labor Day?

Happy Labor Day From The Storage Inn

Happy Labor Day From The Storage Inn of Egg Harbor Township and Ocean City!

Why do we celebrate Labor Day?

Here we are – it’s Labor Day weekend, and I get an extra day off from my job helping folks rent storage space for residential storage and commercial storage at The Storage Inn! Summer is almost over, and the kids are going back to school, so let’s take this weekend to relax and barbeque! But what is Labor Day and why do we celebrate it? Here is a quick look at the meaning and history of Labor Day…

The Beginning

Labor Day can be traced back to a parade organized by New York City union leaders in 1882. In those days, unions were mostly concerned with getting their members a fair wage, decent working conditions, and a decent work schedule. The parade was held on Tuesday, September 5th, and billed as a “Monster Labor Festival”. Few people showed up that morning, and organizers were beginning to worry that workers were reluctant to give up a day’s wages to join the rally, but soon workers began flowing in from across the city. By the end of the day, over 10,000 people had marched in the parade, and joined in the after parade festivities, in what the press dubbed, “a day of the people”.

Let’s make it official

Annual festivities to honor the nation’s workers spread quickly across the country, but Labor Day didn’t become an official holiday for more than a decade. In 1887 Oregon became the first state to make Labor Day an official holiday quickly followed by states like New York, Massachusetts and Colorado.

Prompted by the growing awareness of the labor movement across the United States, President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day an official holiday in 1896.

Construction Hard Hat with Gloves Labor Day

Take Time to Remember

So whether you’re a CEO, a waiter, or work in the storage rental industry like me, take time this weekend, between the beach and fireworks, to remember what Labor Day is all about. Just think…without the historic efforts of the of the labor movement throughout U.S. history, we would all be working on the first Monday of September! 

 

 

It’s Summer – Ride the Wave!

The Storage Inn offers boat storage and jet ski storage.

Hi everyone! It is midsummer here at The Storage Inn Self-Storage in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, and the place is hopping! Our storage rental customers are constantly shuttling in and out of their storage spaces enjoying summer activities.

We have tenants who store boats, motorcycles, and personal watercraft – and boy are they busy this time of year! This week alone, I have seen a dozen jet skis and waverunners coming in and out of the property. I am a motorcycle rider, and I’ve always thought of a jet ski as a motorcycle on water. Having seen so many recently, it made me wonder who came up with the idea for motorcycling on the water? I did some research and here is what I found…

Early Beginnings

The first personal watercraft, called a waterscooter, was developed in Europe in the 1950s. These crafts were unique with their handlebars and small design that allowed a user to propel themselves around a body of water. However, these early waterscooters did not become very popular and never actually made it to the mass market.

The Motorcycle Connection

Development on the concept of a watercraft continued through the 1960s. Clayton Jacobson II, an American inventor and motorcycle enthusiast, conceived of the notion of a waterborne craft that would provide its rider with a similar feeling to riding a motorcycle. Having suffered an accident where his motorcycle ran into a ditch, Jacobson sought a safer way to get the same fast-paced adrenaline rush that a motorcycle provided without incurring serious injury. He quit his work to develop his idea of a powered water-ski type device, which resulted in an aluminum stand-up prototype. Jacobson developed a dozen prototypes of stand-up models as well as designing sit-down models.

The Snowmobile Inspiration

In 1966, Bombardier Recreational Products, a snowmobile manufacturer, took note of Jacobson’s prototype and licensed his patent for a sit-down personal watercraft model that drew inspiration from their Ski-Doo snowmobile. The sit-down PWC, christened “Sea-Doo,” was released in 1968 and marketed as a “jet-powered Aqua Scooter,” continuing the earlier waterscooter inspiration.

Today’s PWC

Today, the market is loaded with personal watercraft brands, but there are three major companies that have dominated. Stand-up PWCs were the original style, but over the course of the 1980s, sit-down styles that accommodated more than one passenger became more popular. These two and three person watercrafts began to take over the market by the 1990s. However, stand-up PWCs continued to be marketed for experienced riders who sought higher speeds and tighter handling on the water. These three companies are the frontrunners of the personal watercraft market:

Kawasaki
The Jet Ski® by Kawasaki has a history stemming back to 1973, when they were released to the U.S. market. Jet Ski® was the first brand of watercraft to become commercially successful. Their stand-up style was favored for its sleekness and speed, and these qualities have only been enhanced in the decades since.

Yamaha
The WaveRunner® by Yamaha was released in the 1980s, resulting in a shift from the stand-up PWC style to the sit-down style that provided room for more than one passenger at a time. WaveRunner® PWCs are known for their unique jet of water that shoots into the air from the rear of the craft.

Bombardier (Sea-Doo) Recreational Products
The new and improved Sea-Doo® re-entered the personal watercraft market in 1988. Featuring a streamlined design with a sit-down style, the Sea-Doo® became a fierce competitor after having made waves as the initial personal watercraft design.

21st Century PWC
Today’s personal watercraft have become streamlined, more powerful, quieter and more fuel efficiency. Personal watercraft of all types are extremely popular, fun and thrilling. They allow both families and solo enthusiasts alike to soar across the water with ease.

Now that you know the history of the personal watercraft, you might want to join the party and own one yourself! Hmmmm…I wonder if they’ll take a trade-in on a slightly used Harley-Davidson? See you on the water!