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Celebrate Halloween in Savannah

Halloween attractions in SavannahSavannah Area Halloween Events and Attractions

During the Halloween season, there are many activities in the Savannah area for young and old to celebrate the holiday from visiting pumpkin patches  to being scared at haunted attractions.

Scarecrow Stroll and Beggar’s Night

Downtown Hinesville is having the Annual Scarecrow Stroll and Beggar’s Night on Friday, October 30th with events running from 5pm to 7pm. Families can enjoy scarecrow building, hayrides, candy stations , bounce houses and other family entertainment. There is also a costume contest for the little ones.

Alee Temple Terror Plantation Haunted House

Every Halloween the Shriners produce the Alee Temple Terror Plantation Haunted House in Savannah.  The haunted attraction features zombies, creatures and more. They boast that in 2014, nearly 500 people were too scared to finish the tour of the haunted house! All proceeds of the haunted attraction go to the Alee Shriners.

Panic in the Pen

Panic in the Pen  is Savannah’s newest Halloween scary attraction. The haunted house takes place in the abandoned Chatham County Jail! There are four levels of extreme terror from zombie attacks to a medical floor to a kitchen with the frights to be explored for those that dare. The proceeds from the attraction benefit Wounded Warrior Project and Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 876.


For adults, River Street in Downtown Savannah has the Third Annual Crawl-O-Ween  on Saturday, October 31st. This is a Halloween pub crawl event with food and drink specials, costume contests, entertainment and much more. The fun goes from 7pm to midnight.

Spooky Savannah

You cannot talk about spooky Halloween events and not mention that actual haunted houses in the Savannah area. Savannah is always included in the Top Ten “Spookiest” cities in America list. Last year, Savannah was listed as the Spookiest city in  Top Tenz, and Conde’ Nast Traveler  just to name a few.  Tourists from around the world come to visit the city and look for paranormal activities.

There are many walking tours in Savannah that focus on the haunted sites and perfect for locals and tourist alike to find out chilling historical tidbits about the city.  As a tourist, you can just wander around the many squares and come across a house or building that has some type of haunted or paranormal story. The Hampton Lillibridge House, built in 1796, has numerous haunted stories from patrons and residents. The Moon River Brewing Company  staff and customers have many stories about their paranormal experiences in the building. One of the most famous “haunted” house is the Mercer House  which was made even more infamous by the book and then the movie of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”. The Bonaventure Cemetery is one of the most famous and beautiful cemeteries in Savannah, but if you are looking for haunted places, don’t miss out on the Colonial Park Cemetery, built near the sites of many of the tragic events in Savannah’s history.

Whatever you do to celebrate the Halloween season, Stop N Stor wishes you a safe and happy Halloween!

Back to School Storage Ideas for College Students

College Students moving into a dormIt is hard to believe that August and September are back to school time for colleges in the Savannah area! It seemed like the summer went by way too quickly!  Some local colleges start their classes very soon!  South University  is the first to get started back to school with the fall semester starting August 6th. Savannah State University  students head back to classes on August 10th.  Armstrong State University  students and faculty start classes on August 17th and Savannah Technical College’s many local campuses, including one in Liberty County head back to classes on August 24th.  Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)  will start their classes on September 14th.

College students have different challenges than elementary through high school kids.  Freshman year for college students is a year of challenges, adjustments and fun experiences. One of the biggest challenge for new college students is adjusting to sharing a dorm room with one or more roommates. Dorm rooms can be very small, some averaging only 300 square feet, so any type of storage space should be optimized.  We have mentioned that storing college items is a great option for college students and faculty for the summer months or if they are away from campus doing internships, co-ops or working away from campus. Actually, a self storage unit is a terrific year-round student storage solution for extra furniture, bedding, books, athletic equipment and seasonal clothing that does not fit in the small amount of space in a dorm room.

College students actually start off their school year with a minimum of items, but gather more “stuff” as the school year (and years) progress. There are many college freshman school checklists that can help a new student (and their parents) prepare for the start of the school year with a minimum amount of items. The list does include under the bed storage bins, which are great out-of-the-way storage options. But, as the student accumulates more items, they will run out of storage room much quicker. Instead of having a cluttered dorm room, a great storage option is to rent a storage unit.

Most self storage facilities, including Stop N Stor, rent their storage units on a month-by-month basis, which is perfect for students who are on a budget. Stop N Stor facilities offer state-of-the-art security systems giving students the peace of mind that their belongings are safe and secure while in storage.  Also, Stop N Stor has climate controlled storage units, which can protect art projects, paintings, sculptures, art materials and supplies for Savannah College of Art and Design students. The climate controlled storage units also help protect musical instruments from heat and humidity damage.

Stop N Stor has convenient locations for local college students in Port Wentworth on Georgia Highway 30  and Georgia Highway 21 and in and Savannah.  Stop N Stor has a variety of storage unit sizes from 5’x5’ to 10’x30’ to cover any student’s storage needs. Depending on the size of the rented storage unit, students can place belongings ranging from books to loveseats in their storage unit. Storage units are perfect to store excess furniture, kitchen ware, seasonal clothing, mattresses and books. Stop by our facilities to see how we can help college students with their year round storage needs.

12 Tips to Make the First Week of School Less Stressful

Tips to make the first day of school easier


This week, the Savannah-Chatham County schools and Liberty County schools will be heading back to school. It is hard to believe that the summer is actually over! Back to school time can be stressful for the entire family at any age. Children and parents are nervous about going to school, having a new teacher, new classroom and making new friends and parents are nervous for their children! Parents need to learn to manage their own anxieties in order to help their children have a positive experience for their first few days at school. It is very important to get into a school schedule from morning routines to after school activities. Children become more comfortable with their new surroundings (the classroom) and learning once they are comfortable with their routine.

Getting your child prepared for school for the first time requires planning and practicing.  There are many things that need to be taken care of before the child goes back to school as well as during the first week of classes. If you follow these tips, the first day of school won’t be so stressful:

1. Make sure that the child gets enough sleep! Adjusting the child’s bedtime earlier the week before school starts gives the child time to get used to a new schedule. Young children aged 3-7 years old should get at least 11-13 hours of sleep a night.

2. All the children’s forms, including permission slips, health forms and school supply lists are completed and organized. Keep these items together in a folder (per child) or scan them into the computer for safe keeping.

3. Reach out to the child’s teacher and introduce yourself and your child. Attend the “meet the teacher” events at the school.

4. To make the child more comfortable, do a walk-through of the school before classes start. Show them their classroom, the cafeteria, the restrooms and the gym. These are the places where the child will be the most during the school day.

5. Label everything that the child will be taking to school such as school supplies, backpack, lunch box, coat and tennis shoes.

6. Take the child on a special “back to school” shopping trip to get supplies and clothing. Allow the child to help pick out colors of folders, notebooks and backpacks.

7. Get your child back in the healthy eating habit. Pack healthy snacks and lunches for the child.

8. Designate a homework space in your home that is specifically for homework and nothing else.

9. Create a “family station” where children can pick up/drop off school bags and lunch boxes. This would also be the place for them to leave their school homework folders for the parent to review.

10. Plan playdates with classmates of your children to help them make the transition to back to school easier.

11. Don’t forget to create the back to school routine that includes morning, after-school and evening activities. Allow the child time directly after school to “decompress” and play before delving into homework.

12. Parents should have a positive attitude about going back to school and share their enthusiasm about learning, reading and school with their children.

Stop N Stor wishes good Luck to everyone heading back to school from the kindergarten children to college seniors! Have a safe and happy 2014/2015 school year!


Back to school-A Time of Transition

Back to School

The summer months have really flown by this year. The fall school routine has already been running in families for a few weeks and the kids are already deep into their classes for the new school year.  The Savannah/Chatham schools went back to school a few weeks ago.  Schools in Liberty County,  actually started back on August 7th!   Some local colleges started their fall semester classes in August including: Savannah State University , Armstrong Atlantic State University and Savannah Technical College’s many local campuses. Savannah College of Art & Design  will start their classes this week on September 12th. The students began moving into their dorms and apartments in Savannah this weekend.

Back to school is a time of transition for students and their families, especially for first time college students. If a student is just starting college and moving away from home, then they will need to condense and organize their belongings to fit in a college dorm room that is usually shared with one or more other people! When packing for college it is important to have the essentials: clothes, computers, electronics, books and school supplies, a few kitchen items, linens and everyday use items. Students can pack a few keepsakes from home if they are small. College students actually start off their school year with a minimum of items, but gather more “stuff” as the school year (and years) progress. We have mentioned before in posts  that self storage is a great option for college students at the end of the school year. Storing school items in a storage unit makes the move back home for the summer months much easier to handle. Most self storage facilities, including Stop N Stor, rent their storage units on a month-by-month basis, which is perfect for the student who only needs to rent a storage unit for a few months at a time. Also, Stop N Stor has climate controlled storage units, which protects art projects, paintings, sculptures, art materials and supplies for SCAD students. This is a perfect solution if there is not enough storage in a studio or even in the student’s dorm room. The climate controlled storage units also help protect musical instruments from heat and humidity damage.

Families of college students also go through a time of transition after the student has left home. Many parents decide to repurpose the student’s bedroom into an office, den, craft room, personal gym or in some cases another storage room. The parents take on the reorganization and cleaning project of the room, which includes packing up all of the student’s awards, projects and collections. Once the room is redecorated, there is no longer room for the student’s “stuff”. Place the excess items in a self storage unit while the student is away. Then, let them go through the boxes and make the decision if they want to keep the items or get rid of them. The items can also stay in storage until the college student graduates and can move the boxes into their new homes.

Stop N Stor has convenient locations for local college students in Port Wentworth and Savannah. Both of the locations offer a 10% student and faculty discount with proof of college ID. Stop by our facilities to see how we can help you in your storage needs from temporary storage for college students to long-term “empty nesters”.

Fourth of July in Savannah

4th of July events in Savannah

Fourth of July, the holiday celebrating our country’s independence from England is a day filled with patriotic concerts, community picnics, family gatherings and fireworks. This tradition goes back to July 4, 1776, the day that the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. The 4th of July became an official federal holiday in 1870. There are many events in the Savannah area to celebrate our nation’s 237th birthday from visiting a state park to watching fireworks.

The holiday fun kicks off on July 3rd with the fireworks on Tybee Island.  The fireworks will start after 9pm and can be viewed from any point on the eastern side of the island including the beach or the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. For the history buffs, Fort McAllister  will be having Civil War era re-enactors, cannon and musket firings and old-fashioned family fun from 9am to 4pm on July 4th.

Savannah will be celebrating Independence Day in grand style with Fireworks on the River as part of the 4th of July on the Riverfront Festival. The fireworks will be at 9:30pm. There will be 3 days of activities along River Street including a Burger Battle on Friday, July 5th from 11am to 7pm and a Cornhole Tournament all day on Saturday, July 6th. There will be 8 bands that are performing throughout the long weekend. There are also children’s arts & crafts and other family entertainment, food vendors and shops. Fort Stewart and the 3rd Infantry Division will present “Salute America” starting at 8:30pm at Cottrell Field. The program includes a howitzer round being fired for all states and territories of the United States followed by fireworks. Check with your local community for information about holiday concerts and fireworks displays.

Stop N Stor  wishes our customers, vendors, family and friends a safe and happy 4th of July holiday. You will be able to access your storage units at all of the Stop N Stor locations  during the holiday.

Storage Auction Treasure Hunt

Searching for treasure at storage auctions

Attending storage auctions continues to be a popular past time for many people across the country. There are quite a few experts in the field who have made good profits on items that they have bid on at storage auctions. For the majority of auction goers, the fun is trying to find the next “big” storage treasure. It is important to be fully prepared with a plan when bidding at a storage auction in your town.

When attending storage auctions, there are a few must-haves that need to be properly prepared:

1. Cash-Most storage auctions do not take a check or a credit card

2. Flashlight-A flashlight will help you see inside a dark storage unit.

3. Gloves-When sorting or disposing the items in the storage unit, it is good to wear gloves to protect your hands.

4. Way to remove the items from the storage unit. Most storage operators will allow 24-48 hours to remove the items after a storage auction.

There is a website, Storage Treasures  that gives some great hints about the storage auction process as well as how to turn a profit with items that have been purchased at an auction. One of their tips is not to overbid on a storage unit, especially when you are just beginning to attend storage auctions. If it is your first time bidding at a storage auction, wait to see how others are bidding and then when you feel comfortable enough without going over your set budget, then you can place your bid. The attendees of a storage auction are given a short time to view the contents of the storage unit that is up for auction before an auctioneer starts the bidding process. Once the bidding is complete on the storage unit, then the auction moves on to the next storage unit that is up for auction until all of the units have been auctioned off.

There are certain clues to look for when looking at items in a storage auction to see if they could be valuable. Since there is such a short time to view the contents of the storage unit, you will need to have a keen eye to possible valuable items. Antiques, collectible items, cars and sometimes even money can be found in storage unit auctions, but you have to be able to train your eye to look for clues that could signal higher value items:]

1. Climate controlled storage units usually contain electronics or antiques to protect the items from extreme temperatures while in storage.

2. If the storage unit has a lot of dust or dirt covering the items, then they could have been stored for some time and there could be valuable items hidden in the boxes.

3. Look for electronic brand name boxes, because it means that there could be higher value items in the storage unit.

4. The shape and type of boxes could indicate what the item is inside. If a box is leaning or stacked “heavily” on another, it could mean that there are a lot of items in the box.

5. Look for obvious items such as musical instrument cases, safes or cash registers.

6. For those that are reselling items, larger storage units will usually contain more items, which can turn a better profit.

For a storage unit to be put up for auction, a facility manager or operator will have to have exhausted every possible way to contact the renter of the storage unit before it goes to auction. The storage operators can only recoup up to the lost rent amount during the storage auction. In most cases, the bidding comes well below that amount and the storage operators actually lose money. Keep an eye on this blog and Stop N Stor’s  social media pages:  Facebook and Twitter  for the latest information on upcoming storage auctions at our Hinesville, Port Wentworth or Savannah locations.

Military and Self Storage

Military and Self Storage
Moving is a common occurrence for military personnel and their families. Assignment changes and deployments can happen on short notice requiring the military members and their families to quickly develop a moving or deployment plan. Military families learn to easily adapt and plan for any situation. For new military personnel planning for the first deployment or move can be a challenge. It is important to remember that the more that you can plan ahead, the better it is.

Stop N Stor  has 5 storage facilities in the greater Hinesville & Savannah, Georgia areas located near Ft. Stewart and Hunter Army Air Field . Ft. Stewart is the home of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and the largest military base east of the Mississippi River. There are over 20,000 soldiers stationed at Ft. Stewart and Hunter Air Field. Currently, there are 9,000 soldiers from Ft. Stewart deployed to assignments around the world. If these deployments are for up to a year, it is a good idea to put personal items into a self storage unit during the time away. It is a safe and economic option for military personnel. The most important thing to do when you are renting a self storage unit is decide what items you need to take with you during your assignment and what items can stay in storage. If you have to store an entire home or apartment, it might be a good idea to invest in a climate controlled storage unit to protect your electronic items over long-term storage. Placing a car in self storage during deployment is also a great idea. With the proper pre-storage preparations, the car will be ready for use when you return home.

The self storage industry supports many different aspects of military life from sending essential gift boxes to supporting our wounded heroes. Stop N Stor is proud to support Wounded Warrior Outdoors , a non-profit organization that gives therapeutic outdoor adventures to wounded, but active duty service men and women. Stop N Stor also supports “Enlisted Angels”, a group, based at Ft. Stewart to help empower and support military wives.  Stop N Stor also offers a 10% discount to active duty military personnel . Thank you to every member of the military past and present who have fought for and defended our freedoms!

Hinesville Farmer Market

Hinesville Farmers Market

There has been a growth in the number of farmers markets in Georgia in the last few years. The temperate climate allows farmers in Georgia to have a growing season for most of the year. This is great for the farmers and for consumers. Farmers markets have become a main stay in nearly every town square. Every Saturday morning from 9am to 1pm, Savannah hosts the Forsyth Farmers Market . Since 2010, there has been a farmers market in Hinesville, Georgia from the middle of March to late October. The Hinesville Farmers Market officially kicks off its summer season this Thursday, May 2nd at Bradwell Park in downtown Hinesville. The hours for the market are 4pm-7pm every week.

The Hinesville Farmers Market’s mission is to provide the community with the ability to purchase fresh, homegrown produce and agricultural products from local area growers. The market helps to strengthen the local economy and enhances the community’s quality of life. There are also special events at the market including the 2nd Thursday in the Park, which includes performances by local musicians, Demos and Samples Night, where you can sample some food by local chefs, and Go Pink Night, held in late October to support Breast Cancer Awareness.

There are a variety of vendors at the marketing including those that sell the following: grass-fed beef, fresh bread, homegrown produce, cheese and freshly made pastas, handmade candies and chocolates and more. There is an application process to be a vendor. You can find more information about this process on the website.  Keep an eye out for weekly market updates on the Hinesville Farmers Market social media pages: Facebook and Pinterest.

The Hinesville Downtown Development Authority works to create a sustainable, revitalized and vibrant downtown that is an economic hub and enhances the quality of life for the community. They work to bring events and activities to downtown Hinesville throughout the year. Stop N Stor  is very proud to be a member of the Hinesville community. There are three Stop N Stor locations  in Hinesville that can help you in all your storage needs.

Connect Savannah-Best of Savannah 2013

Vote for Stop N Stor in the Best of Savannah poll
Vote today in the Best of Savannah Poll!

April is when spring is in full bloom in Savannah. It is also time for the Annual Connect Savannah Best of Savannah poll.  Connect Savannah  is a free weekly alternative magazine that focuses on news and issues, arts, entertainment, music, food and drink and film in the Savannah area. There are over 100,000 readers both in print and online to the magazine on a weekly basis. The annual Best of Savannah Poll is a popular event every year in Savannah. There are 331 categories in the entire poll, but the poll taker only needs to vote on 25 categories to make their votes valid. You must register to the site in order to take the poll.

The Annual Best of Savannah Poll has a wide range of categories that you can vote on including the following:

Arts and Culture-Best Museum, Cultural Event, Film Festival, Best local theater, Best Local Actress and Actor, etc.

City Life-Best historic home, best local celebrity, best neighborhoods-both upcoming and current, etc.

Politics & Public Affairs-Best local political figures, best local policeman and firemen, etc.

Media-Best local radio, TV and print, Best Local TV and radio personalities, etc.

Food-Best types of food from Italian to Seafood to veggie burger, best restaurants, best chefs, etc.

Nightlife-Best bars, clubs, happy hours, drink selections, etc.

Recreation, Health and Beauty-Best local sports teams, best hospital, best pharmacy, best doctor, best dentist, best hair salon, best fitness club, etc.

Shopping & Services-Best local clothes designer and shop, best 24 hour storage, best pet store, best place to use a military discount, best place to buy a car, best place to get a car repaired, etc.

The voting lasts until May 1, 2013. The winners are announced in an upcoming issue of Connect Savannah. There is also a very popular local awards ceremony and party for the release of the issue and to celebrate the winners. Last year’s voting for the “Best of” Poll nearly doubled the amount of votes from 2011! Let’s make this year’s vote even more! Every vote counts, so get out there and vote!

Stop N Stor  is listed for the first year in the “Best of” poll under the category of Best 24 Hour Storage facility in Savannah. Help show your support for Stop N Stor by taking the time to vote in this year’s poll! Thanks for your support!!

Stop N Stor’s Hinesville Locations Will Be Hosting a Storage Auction!

Stop N Stor will be hosting a storage auction for our Hinesville locations on Saturday, March 2nd. The proceedings start at 9am at the 245 W General Screven Way location.  After the select units have been auctioned off at this location, the auction will proceed to our 746 EG Miles Parkway (Highway 96) location and then to our 1018 West Oglethorpe Highway (Highway 84) location and end the auction at our 1049 Kacey Drive location.

The auction is an open bidding system conducted by our auctioneer. This means that the auction participants can get a brief look at the contents of the storage auction before the bidding starts. The auction is on the entire contents of the storage unit and payment for the unit is by cash only. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to get signed up for the auction. Stop N Stor management will be available for any questions that you might have during the auction.

Don’t forget to bring cash, gloves, a flashlight and a way to remove the items that you have just purchased from the storage unit. The contents of the storage unit have to be removed within 24-48 hours.

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page and Twitter Page for more information! See you at the auction!