Some of the customers at Stor-a-Way Self Storage in Otis Orchards first reserved units when Ron Woods developed the property in the 1990s. From traditional storage to RV and boat parking to commercial units, many of the faces that pass through the security gates each day are familiar ones.
As is the team that runs the operation. The core has seen little turnover over the years, starting with owner Randy Lentes, who purchased the business in 1998. Resident managers Kimberlee and Bob Soule have run the business since 2015, replacing managers George and Diane Hattell, who operated the facility from 2003 to 2015 before George’s death.
In George’s honor, Stor-a-Way started holding “George Sales” each year, Fridays and Saturdays set aside for storage unit owners and members of the community to sell stuff with the hopes of cleaning out or downsizing units to make way for others. Kimberlee Soule said the office will promote four George Sales in 2020, to be held in June and July.
“We created the George Sales to help those who have lost someone or need to downsize,” she said.
Another event not too far around the corner will be 25th anniversary celebrations in 2022, and Soule is already thinking about the block party she plans to throw. She said that while the property is consistently upgraded year after year, its heritage as part of the local community remains vitally important.
“The storage property has seen many changes to the area, and we have welcomed the growth,” she said. “We continue to be local and shop local. Our neighborhood continues to grow. With our 25th anniversary in the near future, it will be a chance to deliver a big thank you to our local residents and community.”
NOTE: A version of this article first appeared in the 2020 Liberty Lake Yearbook.