Paint the Wall Crazy
Self Storage is boring, and I had no intention of running a self storage business, much less putting one into the Counts Brothers Building. However, I had 4500 storefrontless square feet that I desperately needed to lease out in order to pay the bills. I didn't want to split it up into residential lofts, but the question remained "What kind of business do you not want to SEE?" My friend and real estate agent Jerry suggested self storage, which I immediately turned down. But when I started asking neighbors what kinds of services they needed, it turned out that everyone with whom I talked had a storage unit and they all had to drive to get there, and would love to be able to walk to their unit. So I went with Self Storage, but tried to come up with ways to make it more fun. We painted the walls white, in order to create a canvas. Space 111 art studio is a block down the street and Rachael, Margot, and Suzanne came over to make art on the walls. Some examples are below (thanks to Sarah Miller for the pictures). There's also a bonus picture of somebody's hand on my glowing countertops.
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