North Carolina’s Top Rated Local® Self Storage Centers Award Winner: Keep It Stored

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Keep It Stored is a 2019 award winner for self storage centers in North Carolina!

When you need a safe place to store your stuff in Concord, there’s no better self storage center to turn to than Keep It Stored.

Keep It Stored has received dozens of reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a tremendous Rating Score™ of 97.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 self storage centers in all of North Carolina!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“This place is amazing! I would highly suggest Keep it Stored to anyone looking for a top-notch, friendly, always helpful storage facility. I moved from out of state and was referred to Keep it Stored. I was able to reserve my unit over the phone, and when I arrived, the process to get everything into my unit was seamless. Thank you!” – Jackie C.

Not Your Average Self Storage Center

We wanted to learn a little more about this stand-out business and its fantastic online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with Kurt Locatis, the owner of Keep It Stored.

The first question we had for Kurt was what sets Keep It Stored apart from their competition in North Carolina. Here’s his response:

“We actually know our customers. We focus on quality; [we’re] more personable. [We’re] locally driven. We’re always available. We really focus on maintaining the image that we’ve established. ..We take it seriously. There’s a lot more to think about [when it comes to finding a self storage center]; it’s not just renting a place. Every situation is different, and we respect that.”

Kurt went on to tell us that their Store It Right is safe, secure and clean.

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Keep It Stored and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Kurt had to say:

“[Our mission is to] help people make some space and keep it stored, and to provide a place where quality matters.”

Building Success Through Following Through

Kurt attributes Keep It Stored’s strong online reputation to their commitment to always following through and doing what they say they will, as well as to the fact that they actually remember the customer and they aren’t just a number to them.

Not only has this commitment led to online reviews, but it’s also led to word of mouth and repeat customers, which according to Kurt, are Keep It Stored’s main sources of growth:

“As long as you’re providing what you’re saying you’re providing, you’re going to consistently maintain good word of mouth and referral business and repeat customers.”

There are so many business owners looking to build the kind of online reputation Keep It Stored has. Here’s Kurt’s expert advice for them:

“Don’t forget the basics. If any business owner doesn’t remember that, they probably shouldn’t be in business. Don’t forget what really matters. Don’t get too top heavy; don’t over obligate yourself, because that’s when you forget what really matters.”


Congratulations to the team at Keep It Stored for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Kurt, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Keep It Stored in Concord. Visit their website today!

Colorado’s Top Rated Local® Self Storage Centers Award Winner: STOR-N-LOCK Self Storage

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that STOR-N-LOCK Self Storage is an award winner for self storage centers in 2018.

If you are looking for a self storage center that will protect your belongings while offering you incredible customer service, look no further than this award-winning company!

STOR-N-LOCK Self Storage of Aurora has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.69 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 95.88 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 10 self storage centers in Colorado!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“This place has a great staff! They have worked with me a few times when I was down on my luck. They really value their customers, and I appreciate that! You don’t find customer service like this these days; it’s rare. The facility is nice and clean as well.” – M.G.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that STOR-N-LOCK Self Storage is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Self Storage Centers

We were excited to learn all about how STOR-N-LOCK Self Storage has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the Location Manager, Araceli Iglesias.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes STOR-N-LOCK Self Storage stand apart from their local competitors. We learned that customer service is truly valued at this storage facility.

“We honor our customers. We pay attention to them, and pay attention to what they need and what makes them happy. It’s about us being there for them, and giving them what they need. ‘We see you’ is our policy, and we mean that.”

Araceli went on to tell us about the rising need for safe and reliable self-storage. She told us about Colorado’s changing housing market, and the fact that the extenuating circumstances of people moving, being put out of their home, or needing to find a more affordable option should not affect the safety and wellbeing of their belongings. Araceli says:

“We aren’t just providing storage for our customers anymore; we are providing somewhere for them to keep their belongings safe. We’re here to protect what belongs to them.”

Building Success By Listening To Their Customers

STOR-N-LOCK Self Storage of Aurora has managed to build an incredible reputation over the years, so we were excited to know more about some of the ways they have marketed themselves. In addition to being known for their incredible customer service, Araceli told us that she seeks out learning and networking opportunities by going to her competitors, apartment complexes, and real estate offices in order to have a greater understanding of what’s happening in the community and what kinds of services people are looking for. It’s no surprise that word-of-mouth referrals have been their greatest source for new business.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as STOR-N-LOCK Self Storage has managed to. We asked if Araceli could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“I stand very strongly in that you need to see your customer. Listen to your customer. Value them, and let them know, ‘Hey, I’m here.’ Treat them with respect, as somebody who needs something, and you can provide that to them… A business is really all about how you treat the customer. If you treat them like a king or a queen, people will want to do business with you.”


Congratulations to STOR-N-LOCK Self Storage for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Araceli for taking the time to speak with us!

South Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Self Storage Centers Award Winner: American Self Storage

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that American Self Storage is a 2019 award winner!

“These guys are the best! I’ve had my unit with them for a few months now, and I have been so pleased with the personalized service and professionalism. They are very organized in terms of receipts and charges, and I receive my receipt via email at the beginning of every month. They’ve even offered to place my boxes that I shipped to the building in my unit.” -Britanny F.

That’s just one of the many phenomenal reviews American Self Storage has received, giving them a 92.00 Rating Score™ and a 5.00 average star rating, and making them one of the top five self-storage centers in the entire state of South Dakota!

Not Your Average Self Storage Company

Gerald Teunissen, the owner and manager of American Self Storage, took some time to speak with us about his business’ excellent online reputation.

Of course, the very first thing we wanted to know was what it is that elevates American Self Storage so high above their competition. Gerald told us that it is all about the high level of service they offer, saying, “The owner is at your disposal. Customer service is our number one priority.”

Gerald and his team take immense pride in providing safe and secure storage solutions. He told us, “We are a small, family-owned company, and we let our users use our locks so they don’t have to buy one. We even scoop snow out of the way for customers so they can get into their units. Customer service is key.”

Building Success Through Word Of Mouth

Because of the incredibly high level of service the American Self Storage team provides, they are able to get most of their business through word of mouth.

The following are Gerald’s words of wisdom for other businesses that are working on their online reputation:

“Keep your customers as your number one priority.”


Congratulations to the team at American Self Storage for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Gerald, for taking the time to speak with us!

Mississippi’s Top Rated Local® Self Storage Centers Award Winner: Secure Storage

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Secure Storage is an award winner for self storage centers in 2019.

If you are looking for a self storage center in Olive Branch, look no further than this award-winning company!

Secure Storage has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.80 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 95.99 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top three self storage centers in Mississippi!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“As a new customer to Secure Storage, I was treated with kindness and respect. The facility is new and well-lit, which is very important. The pricing was very affordable and beat the prices of other storage facilities that I had called. This location is close to my home and easy to use. I am glad that I found and chose to use Secure Storage in Olive Branch.” – M.S.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Secure Storage is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Self Storage Center

Secure Storage has been in business for three years is proud to offer drive-up units as well as indoor, climate-controlled units. We were excited to learn all about how Secure Storage has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the Manager, Robin Bradshaw.

In talking with Robin, it was clear that Secure Storage cares about their customers. In everything they do, they are working towards offering their customers the best experience they can.

We were excited to learn what it is that makes Secure Storage stand apart from their local competitors. Robin shared that it comes down to personal care. At Secure Storage, they try to work with everyone on a personal level. Robin said:

“If they have time to ask questions, then we have the time to answer them.”

This personal approach certainly helps Secure Storage to stand out in the world of self-storage. Robin told us that their involvement with their customers helps them to work towards their company’s mission, which he describes as:

“[As a part of our mission] we want to offer leadership, integrity, communication, teamwork, excellence, and dedication.”

Building Success Through Referrals

Secure Storage has certainly made an impressive reputation for themselves online. In addition to the referrals, they get from the positive reviews, they market their business through a local campaign and they get their name out there by being present in the community. They also offer a referral program!

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Secure Storage has managed to. We asked if Robin could share any expert advice to these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Be there for your customers. Your customers are your boss. They determine whether or not to spend their money with you.”

Robin ended our chat with this lovely sentiment:

“We love our customers and our community, and we look forward to serving them for years to come.”


Congratulations to Secure Storage for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Robin for taking the time to speak with us!

Mississippi’s Top Rated Local® Self Storage Center Award Winner: Garden Self-Storage

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Garden Self Storage is a 2019 award winner for self storage centers in Mississippi!

When you need self storage in Laurel, you need Garden Self Storage.

Garden Self Storage has received dozens of reviews on multiple verified sites with an average rating of 95.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 self storage centers in all of Mississippi!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“We have had a unit at Garden Self-Storage for over 10 years. The staff is always friendly and professional, and the facility is well-kept and secure. I definitely feel comfortable leaving my belongings at this site.” – Fred N.

Not Your Average Self Storage Center

In order to learn a little more about this award-winning self storage center and its impressive online reputation, we took a few minutes to talk with Bobby, Property Manager at Garden Self Storage.

To kick off our conversation, we asked Bobby what sets Garden Self Storage apart from the many other self storage centers in Mississippi. Here’s her response:

“We have some of the best employees with the best customer service. We have a nice facility. We have on-site managers to help customers.”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Garden Self Storage and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Bobby had to say:

“We are here to serve our community. We try to focus on that, and we take pride in getting to know our tenants. We help them to the best of our ability.”

Building Success Through Customer Service

Bobby credits Garden Self Storage’s strong online reputation to their easy-to-navigate site, their longevity and their customer service:

“We have been here a long time and have great customer service. Our customers love us. We have good features here, too.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Garden Self Storage has grown largely through word of mouth.

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation that Garden Self Storage has. Here’s Bobby’s expert advice for those business owners:

“I have been doing this for a long time, and customer service is the number one issue. People do not want to deal with people who are rude. You need good employees to attract customers. Know your market, and know where your competitors are doing. We work with our competitors. We want to see each other succeed.”


Congratulations to the team at Garden Self Storage for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Bobby, for taking the time to speak with us!

For all of your self storage needs in Laurel, we highly recommend Garden Self Storage. Visit their website today!

North Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Self-Storage Center Award Winner: Riverwood Storage

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Riverwood Storage is not only the number one self-storage center in North Dakota, but one of the top 100 businesses in the state overall!

A 96.00 Rating Score™, a 5.00 average star rating on verified sites, and dozens of positive online reviews make Riverwood Storage a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner! Here’s one of the fabulous reviews that got them here:

“Riverwood Storage is a very nice, clean facility. We never worried about the safety of our items. If we ever need storage again, we will definitely be back! Thank you, Mark and Rod, for your courtesy and reasonable rates!” – Robert M.

Not Your Average Self-Storage Center

Rod Skytland and Mark Fleck, the co-owners of Riverwood Storage, took some time to speak with us about their business’ online success.

The very first thing we wanted to know was what it is that sets Riverwood Storage apart from other businesses in the area. When we asked Rod and Mark, they said it’s all about taking care of the clients. “We’re available 24/7 with a brand new facility that we take a lot of pride in. We spent $20,000 on security cameras for the clients’ safety,” they told us. “We work hard to keep our facility clean and in great shape. We love our centralized location.”

We also wanted to know what the Riverwood Storage story is. As it turns out, Mark and Rod started their business out of necessity. They wanted to start a storage facility to keep their own things and rented out the other spots. Rod asked Mark to be a partner and the rest is history.

Building Success By Asking For Reviews

According to the owners of Riverwood Storage, the key to their success is taking feedback. They told us, “We ask people to give us reviews to let us know how we are doing.”

Here’s Rod and Mark’s advice to other businesses that are working on their online reputation:

“These days people are looking for you online. Having a strong online presence will benefit any business.”


Congratulations to the team at Riverwood Storage for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Rod and Mark, for taking the time to speak with us!

North Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Self Storage Centers Award Winner: Verazity Storage

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Verazity Storage is an award winner for self storage centers in 2019.

If you are looking for a top-notch storage center, look no further than this amazing company!

Verazity Storage has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across two different verified sites with an average rating of 4.83 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 93.27 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top three self storage centers in North Dakota!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“These guys are friendly and easy to get ahold of. They allow you to set up automatic payments and send the receipts via email so there are no hidden charges. When I called to end my rental, they waived the 30-day notification requirement. [I] highly recommend [this company]. [They are the] best rental folks I’ve dealt with so far.” – M.K.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Verazity Storage is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Self Storage Center

We were excited to learn more about how Verazity Storage has managed to create such an impressive reputation, so we took the time to chat with the owner/president/CEO, Jon Miller. The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that is different about Verazity that helps them to stand out from the competition. Here’s what he had to say:

“People have the ability to get ahold of us. A lot of my customers, once we build a relationship, I’ll ask them if it’s okay if I text them. I’ll text them from my personal cell phone number so they have that on hand and they can communicate with me anytime during the day or night. A lot of people would rather text than talk on the phone, which is why we have our online chat feature. No one’s even close to where we are on social media. We do a lot on Facebook — Facebook ads, giveaways, interacting with customers, communicating with the community and branding ourselves.”

After hearing about their Facebook presence, we wanted to know what Verazity does offline to help build their reputation.

“Marketing is huge. We’re a part of all the business development stuff. We’re part of a couple of organizations that we meet regularly. We are a part of the Fargo Chamber of Commerce; we’ve got a bunch of relationships there. We network with realtors around town, and that’s huge. I work with a bunch of realtors, and I actually just started a podcast where I bring in anybody in the Fargo Moorhead area who is in a business that we feel is at the top of their field…So I’m providing them value and then at the same time they’re getting to know our facilities and our name. We get a bunch of connections in town that way.”

Building Success and Giving Back

“We love to give back to the community. There are a couple of organizations in town that we certainly give back to, like the Lutheran mission to Ethiopia and Cares for Kids Radiothon; we’re a huge sponsor to that.”

We asked Jon what advice he might have for other businesses who are looking to build their reputation the way Verazity Storage has. Jon shared:

“It’s a daily process. A lot of businesses [ask], ‘Hey, how do you get an online presence on Facebook? How do Facebook ads work?’ It’s day by day; [you] just build your community slowly. There’s no secret where all of a sudden you get 3000 followers or people interacting with your posts. It’s just a day-to-day grind building an online presence and commenting on people’s posts. I try to stay away from selling. I don’t try to sell. My way is to try to provide value, provide feedback, and then if they ever do need storage, I’ll tell them, ‘Hey, we’re here for you,’ but I really try to stay away from selling. It’s more like, give, give, give, give, and every once in a while, I’ll ask.”


Congratulations to Verazity Storage for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Jon Miller for taking the time to speak with us! Check out their website, and don’t forget to listen to their podcast!

Kansas’ Top Rated Local® Self Storage Centers Award Winner: StorageMart of Overland Park

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that StorageMart of Overland Park is a 2019 award winner for self storage centers in Kansas!

For all of your storage needs in Overland Park, there’s no better option than StorageMart of Overland Park.

StorageMart has received almost 100 reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 4.90 stars, earning them a phenomenal Rating Score™ of 95.02 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 self storage centers in all of Kansas!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Excellent customer service by the manager I worked with. He made my experience effortless! The storage areas are very clean and neat. I would definitely recommend StorageMart.” – Dianne R.

Not Your Average Self Storage Centers

We took a few minutes to talk with Frank, manager at StorageMart, to learn a little more about the business and how they managed to build such a stellar online reputation.

The first question we had for Frank was what sets StorageMart apart from the many other self storage centers in Kansas. Frank points to the fact that they have the easiest rentals and the cleanest properties.

We also wanted to know what their mission is at StorageMart and how they work to make the world a better place. Frank shared with us that they partner with charitable organizations.

Building Success Through Customer Service and Word of Mouth

When asked what StorageMart’s secret is to such a strong online reputation, Frank credits his team’s commitment to customer service, to their social media presence and to the fact that they ask their customers for reviews.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, StorageMart has grown through word of mouth and repeat business.

There are so many business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Frank’s expert advice for those business owners:

“Make it clean and easy. [Provide] a smooth experience.”


Congratulations to the team at StorageMart for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Frank, for taking the time to speak with us!

For all of your self storage needs in Overland Park, we highly recommend StorageMart. Visit their website today!

Washington’s Top Rated Local® Self Storage Center Award Winner: Lyons Self Storage

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Lyons Self Storage is the number one self storage center in Washington for 2018!

Tons of positive online reviews have earned Lyons Self Storage a 97.35 Rating Score™, a 4.94 average star rating on verified review sites, and a 2018 Top rated Local award! Here’s just one of the fabulous reviews they’ve received:

“Well, I have dealt with storage places before and seen some shady things done. We looked at a couple of storage places before we decided on Lyons Self Storage. For us, it was a no-brainer; the complex was clean, great lighting and a storage manager named Heather. She is awesome! Heather took care of any problems that we had. She always has a smile on her face and really looks after us renters. We totally recommend Lyons Storage and Heather, thank you for all you have done!” -Michael P.

Not Your Average Self Storage Company

We spoke with Heather Sullivan, the manager of Lyons Self Storage, about the business’ outstanding online reputation.

First, we asked Heather how she and the Lyons Self Storage team set themselves apart from other self storage centers in Washington. “Well, the easiest answer is probably that our rates are the best in the area, and we offer great security,” she said. “We take things one tenant at a time, meeting each individual tenant’s needs. We find out where they’re at, we work really hard on not up-selling people. We also work really hard on finding ways to help people save money so that they are not locked in a contract that gets out of control for them.”

Building Success By Focusing on Client Satisfaction

Of course, we also wanted to know the Lyons Self Storage secret to success. According to Heather, it’s all about the customer and treating them well. She said, “[It’s] customer service. We try to make clients as happy as possible and follow what our clients are looking for.”

Here’s Heather’s advice to other businesses that are looking to grow, maintain, or improve their online reputation:

“Give people something that’s worth their time to share, because there are no kickbacks for sharing your experience. It just has to be worth it to them to share that experience. People’s time is valuable and we don’t want to waste it.”


Congratulations to the team at Lyons Self Storage for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Heather, for taking the time to speak with us!

New Jersey’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Roy’s Barber Shop

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce Roy’s Barber Shop is a 2019 award winner for barber shops in New Jersey!

When you need a great haircut in Hamilton Township, there’s no better option than Roy’s Barber Shop.

Roy’s Barber Shop has received dozens of reviews on multiple review sites with an average rating of 4.83 stars, earning them a stupendous Rating Score™ of 92.29 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 barber shops in New Jersey.

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I was a customer when Roy ran the shop. He was a great guy, as are his sons. They are professional and friendly. They make you feel at home. I’ve never got a haircut or a beard trim I didn’t like, because they listen first, then cut. [This is] not an assembly-line corporate shop. Go.” – MIchael K.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We took a few minutes to talk with Jeff Stull, a partner at Roy’s Barber Shop, to learn a little more about the business and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation.

The first thing we wanted to know was what sets Roy’s Barber Shop apart from the many other barber shops in New Jersey. Here’s what Jeff had to say:

“I think we spend a good amount of time with our customers prior to the haircut to make sure they get exactly what they are looking for.”

We also asked Jeff what their mission is at Roy’s Barber Shop and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s his response:

“We do a lot of volunteer work. When the older customers have a hard time getting here for a haircut, we go out to them to make their lives a little bit easier. We do this a lot for our WWII veterans as well. We like to take care of our vets.”

Building Success by Being There for Their Clients

Jeff credits Roy’s Barber Shop’s strong online reputation to their commitment to being there for their clients when they say they will:

“Being here in the shop is so important. If you say that you are going to be here for 10 hours, be here for 10 hours. I think it’s important for the public to see you here all the time.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Roy’s Barber Shop has grown largely through word of mouth:

“We get business primarily through word of mouth because of how we take care of our customers. We don’t really do anything for advertising, nor do we feel that we really need to…”

There are so many business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Jeff’s expert advice for those business owners:

“Have patience with success. Nothing good happens overnight. There was actually a barbershop that opened up about nine months ago right in our neighborhood. After a week in business, they took a week off already. They were not patient and did not succeed.”


Congratulations to the team at Roy’s Barber Shop for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Jeff, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Roy’s Barber Shop in Hamilton Township.