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Three Things You Never Knew About Portland

Three Things You Never Knew About Portland

By Patrick Galvan, StorageUnit.com Affectionately known as the City of Roses, Portland is the largest city in the state of Oregon. While it may not feature a coastal vista of the Pacific Ocean, Portland is a lush and alluring urban area with a strong economy, diverse culture, and numerous educational venues. Of course, moving to any large city creates some relocation-related challenges such as finding a suitable living space, not to mention finding space to store all of your belongings. However, if you have a Portland self storage unit, you can rest assured you’ll have some backup space for your belongings while you hunt down living arrangements to accommodate yourself and everything you own. Then it’s time to explore the city! Here are three things you never knew about Portland. 1. BREWERIES GALORE! Michael Jackson (the author, not the singer) wrote several books on beer and whiskey, so he knew what he was talking about when he called Portland one of two candidates for the beer capital of the U.S.–the other being Seattle, WA. The city is sometimes known as “Beertown” and “Beervana”, and it didn’t get these nicknames for nothing! Portland has more local breweries than any other city in the world: 58 are within city limits alone, and more than 70 reside in the outlying communities. No matter your personal taste, there’s a pub or brewery here which can satisfy your cravings and quench your thirst. If you have a taste for beer, you’ll be in paradise here in Portland! 2. CITY OF ROSES, GREAT FOR GARDENING Portland is called the City of Roses for good reason!...
3 Things You Never Knew About Columbia, SC

3 Things You Never Knew About Columbia, SC

By Molly Hammond, StorageUnit.com Making a move to a new city or state can be as daunting as it is exhilarating. After all, you already know all the best stuff about your current home, but now you’ve got a clean slate to fill up with experiences in your new location! So whether you’re moving to South Carolina or simply taking a few days off in Columbia, we think there are a handful of things you should know—and we aren’t talking facts and figures, but the really good stuff! 1. Gold is the New BBQ It’s no shock that Columbia is home to some amazing southern barbecue. But what might surprise foodies more familiar with Kansas City’s thick, sweet sauce, or Memphis’ patented dry rub and tangy sauce combo, or anything that comes out of Texas, is the fact that South Carolina’s signature sauce is bright yellow. The sauce is mustard-based, rather than the more traditional ketchup base, and the balancing sweetness comes from cane sugar rather than molasses. Often called Columbia Gold or Carolina Gold, this sauce is really only found in a swath of central South Carolina, including Columbia. Carolina Gold is most often served on pork of any variety, but it’s at its best on a pulled pork sandwich. For true Columbia ‘cue, locals point to Little Pigs Barbecue, Maurice’s Piggie Park, and Hite’s Bar-B-Que but those are only a few of the many, and there’s really no way to go wrong! 2. No Pro, No Problem Sorry, sports fans, but South Carolina is home to zero major professional franchises. However, that doesn’t mean there’s no game in...
13 Things to Know When Attending Ohio State University

13 Things to Know When Attending Ohio State University

By Patrick Galvan Ohio State University, based in Columbus, Ohio, is well known for its football team, the Ohio State Buckeyes. Having recently won the College Football Playoff National Championship for the eighth time, campus pride is higher than ever. While the football program is a major source of school spirit and tradition, OSU has many other elements which make it an outstanding place to earn a degree. Here are some things to know when attending OSU if you plan to the make the most of your college experience as a Buckeye.   1. Bring Your Walking Shoes In a word, the Columbus campus is large. With more than 1,700 acres and 451 buildings, you can plan on getting your exercise just walking to all of your classes and events. For freshmen, this is especially true since first-year students who live on campus are not permitted to have cars at school. Don’t worry, though, there is an extensive campus bus system to help you get where you need to be. Ohio State is also huge in terms of enrollment. With more than 57,000 students at the Columbus campus, it’s one of the most populated schools in the nation.   2. Top-Ranked Academics Get You in the Game Among the 175 majors available at Ohio State, many of the programs are nationally recognized for their merit. Many departments in the Fisher College of Business and the College of Education and Human Ecology are ranked among the top 10 programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The geography department, the history department, and the political science department have also been...
3 Things You Never Knew About Denver

3 Things You Never Knew About Denver

By Vince Mancuso, StorageUnit.com Denver is an inviting place that consistently attracts new residents, a fact that has earned the city a top spot on Forbes America’s Fastest-Growing Cities list in 2014. The Queen City of the West is home to a growing economy, nationally recognized sports teams, amazing outdoor recreation opportunities, and about 300 days of sunshine each year. While these aspects of Denver life are well known, there are a number of other gems that make the Mile High City truly stand above the rest. If you’re moving to the area to take advantage of employment opportunities in industries such as education, health care, or even logging—or if you’re moving to Denver for the adventure of mountain living—be sure to check out these three things about the city to make yourself seem like a local in no time.   1. Broncoville is full of more than football fans. Sure, Denver is home to major sports teams like the NFL Denver Broncos, MLB Colorado Rockies, NHL Colorado Avalanche, and the NBA Denver Nuggets, but there’s even more sporting action than that! Denver hosts the Colorado Rapids, one of the ten founding Major League Soccer clubs in the United States. For fans of truly out-of-the-norm sporting events, you have your pick of not one, but two top-ranked roller derby teams with the Denver Roller Dolls and the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls.   2. Belly up to My Brother’s Bar for an original saloon experience. If you truly want to appear native, learn exactly where you can find My Brother’s Bar. Operating since the 1880s, it’s believed to be the oldest bar in the area, so enjoying the brew and...
3 Things You Never Knew About San Antonio

3 Things You Never Knew About San Antonio

By Patrick Galvan and Augusta Wester, StorageUnit.com San Antonio, the seventh-largest city in the country and the second-largest city in the state of Texas, is well-known as the site of the Alamo and home of the current NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs. You don’t have to be a history buff or a Spurs fan to enjoy life in San Antonio, though. There are many lesser-known attractions in this Lone Star city, from cool to quirky, that make San Antonio a one-of-a-kind place to live. Whether you’re moving to the area for the excitement of starting over in a new city or accepting a transfer to one of the many nearby military bases, you might find yourself pressed for space during or after your move. You can easily solve this problem by keeping spare items in a self storage unit. Whether you need storage on a permanent basis or just long enough to find a larger home, self storage in San Antonio can help make your life here simpler and more convenient. Once you find a place for all of your belongings and get settled, there is plenty to explore and enjoy in your new locale. Don’t miss out on these aspects of life in San Antonio. 1.  It’s Easy to Cool Off at a Local Water Attraction No need to fear the Texas heat. There are many ways to cool off in San Antonio. On hot summer days, take a trip to Splashtown. This waterpark features more than 50 different rides and attractions including a wave pool, slides of numerous lengths and speeds, calm swimming pools, and, if you’re up for a...
3 Things You Didn’t Know About Fort Myers

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Fort Myers

By Vince Mancuso, StorageUnit.com Fort Myers is a great place to visit in the spring for a sunny and active vacation, full of golfing, baseball, and water sports. It makes for an even better place to stay all winter long, with temperatures averaging in the 70s. However, the City of Palms offers so much more for those who live and work in the city each and every day. If you’re looking to move to Fort Myers, here are three things you can look forward to about living here! 1. Fort Myers Loves Thomas Edison Fort Myers boasts being home to one of the largest nighttime parades in the world: the Edison Festival of Light parade. While he didn’t live in the city year-round, Thomas Alva Edison wintered in Fort Myers almost every year from 1885 to 1931. As a way to honor this famous community supporter who invented the lightbulb, among other things, the Edison Festival of Light has been around since 1938. The annual event has grown into a three-week celebration and includes an antique car show, a science fair, fun runs, and the annual Grand Parade that begins at 7 p.m. This two-hour extravaganza, recognized as the largest night parade in the Southeast, brings the community together each year. 2. Bennett’s Fresh Roast is an Eye-Opener Whether they were up all night enjoying the parade or actually got a full night’s rest, locals love starting the day with coffee and donuts from Bennett’s Fresh Roast. This breakfast shop roasts nearly 800 pounds of coffee each month, which is nothing compared to the 15,000 hand-cut donuts they make to go along with...