This week, Laura and Joelle are joined by Frank Uhler of Honore Storage. Honore Storage offers secure self-storage in Chicago and is equipped with everything you need to keep your belongings safe. The amenities include newly renovated units, online bill pay, secure facilities, a loading dock, and more. Reserve your storage unit online or over the phone today or visit them at 5147 N Clark.
“We have a great staff that works in the (Honore Storage) office, who really pride themselves on working well with people. We have individuals who come in, just to talk to the staff in the office and pretend they have to access their unit. That’s how friendly our staff is.” -Frank Uhler
Here are some references from Episode 77 that you may want to check out:
- Frank originally started out as an accountant, then moved to real estate, which led to apartment rentals with Honore Properties, and thus storage facilities. Frank has since moved on from Honore Properties, but still manages other spaces, like new apartment buildings in addition to Honore Storage. He originally looked at the Honore Storage facility with intent to turn it into an apartment building because of its prime location at Clark and Foster. Realizing there is a large demand for storage space in Andersonville, he opened Honore Storage which serves Andersonville and its dense community that can really benefit from access to more storage.
- Honore Storage used to be Windy City Storage, and some of the changes he made when modernizing the space include: new, climate-controlled storage units, new lighting, a fresh coat of paint, and making sure it’s wheel-chair accessible with an elevator, and building out a friendly front office space. Honore Storage also has a mail and PO box room, which is a complementary offering and makes package delivery easier and more secure for those who live in apartment buildings. Other extra services in addition to storage are a range of moving supplies like boxes, tape, bubble wrap. Business hours are Monday through Friday 9:30am-6:30pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm, and Frank is looking into extending hours in the future.
- We can personally attest to how useful Honore Storage is, as the Andersonville Chamber utilizes a 10’ x 20’ storage space. Honore Storage has many sizes available, from as small as 5’x5’x4’, up to 250 square feet (the 10’x20’ – which is 2-3 bedroom house for reference) and every size between. If you aren’t sure what size space you might need, Frank’s website has a tool to help you determine the right size. Also, Honore Storage is very convenient, offering an easy-load-in dock in the back. Best of all, unlike other storage spaces often located off the beaten path, it’s location is easy to access and in the heart of Andersonville. Frank has discovered that the majority of his customers comes from within a 1 mile radius!
- If you’re curious about what Honore looks like, they were a featured advertorial in the 2018-2019 Andersonville Neighborhood Guide, captured by Anjali Pinto. You’ll be able to see the new storage units and a couple of their great employees. Honore prides itself in their friendly and helpful staff, also featured in the guide.
- Along the lines of “Storage Wars” the tv show, we’re curious to know if Frank has any interesting storage stories. Frank admits that it’s never a good feeling or easy when someone stops paying their storage fee or abandons their stuff. At his location, he has had 1 auction so far. But, no one showed up! So next time, he’ll be sure to let us know and we’ll spread the word through the Andersonville Weekly.
- Honore Storage is participating in Andersonville Arts Week + Fest, which is next week September 19 through 22. Honore is featuring the artwork of Chris Wiliford, whose medium is collage/upcycled materials. Come check out the art, meet their amazingly friendly staff, and take a tour of Honore while you’re there. Also, believe it or not, the holidays are just around the corner. Make sure to stop by Honore for Andersonville’s Halloween trick or treat, which is Saturday, October 26!
- If Frank could trade businesses with anyone in Andersonville for a day, it would be Hopleaf Bar, which is just across the street from Honore Storage. As he sits in the front office space of Honore, it’s easy to daydream about walking over and trying their great selection of beer. And, Frank notices that Hopleaf is always crowded – someone any business owner can appreciate.
Thank you to Frank for joining us today and thank you for listening to Always Andersonville: The Podcast. For more information about Honore Storage please visit www.honorestorage.com. Show notes on today’s episode can be found at andersonville.org.
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