Monday, December 6, 2010

Holiday Events

It's time for our annual holiday events. Here is what we have going on.

December 11 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Free Photos with Santa
December 4 - 24: Santa's Secret Wrapping Room

December 11 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: 3rd Annual Tree Lighting
December 4 - 24: Santa's Secret Wrapping Room

Foster City
December 18 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Free Photos with Santa
December 4 - 24: Santa's Secret Wrapping Room

For more information on any of these events, visit our website

Friday, December 3, 2010

Santa's Secret Wrapping Room

5A is ready to start our Annual Holiday Traditions and one of them is Santa's Secret Wrapping Room. This a place where you can go and wrap your gifts away from the people to whom you are giving these gifts. These wrapping rooms have all the materials you need!

Every 5A has a wrapping room and they open this Saturday, December 4th. It will be available all the way until December 24.You can access this great feature during the listed Office Hours of your local 5A.

For more information:

Moraga - (925) 631-7000 or
Foster City - (650) 341-2964 or
Lahaina - (808) 669-5200 or

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Foster City Holiday Events

5A’s 3rd annual Holiday Celebration will start early this year, with “Santa’s Secret Wrapping Room”, free and open to the public December 4th through Dec. 24th. This decorated storage unit is set up with table, chairs, large rolls of wrapping paper, tape, ribbon – everything needed to get presents wrapped. This is especially handy if you’re trying to wrap presents away from the recipient of a surprise!

5A’s Foster City Managers, Marisa Boldt and Roxie Porter want the entire community to know the holiday celebration is open to everyone. The main events will happen Saturday, December 18th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. when they and their staff host their 3rd Annual “photos with Santa”, with holiday photo frame and Santa for the children, hot cocoa and cookies and ornament making - - all free and everyone’s invited!

In addition Foster City’s 5A site will host its regular E-waste collection event both Saturday, Dec. 18th, and Sunday Dec. 19th, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm both days. This is also free to the public and they can receive donations of computers, monitors, televisions and all other electronic equipment. Please no appliances.

They will also accept donations of gently used coats to help keep those less fortunate warm for the winter.

Come visit 5A Foster City and get ready for the Holiday Season. It’s been a tough economy and the holiday celebration at 5A is their way of saying “thank you” to the entire community for the business that has been provided this last year. Managers, Marisa & Roxie state “This is our way of letting everyone know we’re grateful and to celebrate Christmas with our community in a meaningful, exciting and fun way.”

For more information you’re welcome to call 5A at 650-341-2964, or visit their website at

Contact: Marisa Boldt or Roxie Porter, 5A Rent-A-Space
(650) 341-2964

Friday, October 1, 2010


Most homes have enough room in them to live spaciously and comfortably, but it’s the amount of clutter we accumulate that makes it frustrating to live there.

With the raising cost of land, building a house has never been so expensive, so the hallmark of today’s residential developer is downsizing. They’re downsizing land parcels, rooms, and there’s a lack of closet space. Homes used to be large, had attacks and basements, so storage of extra possessions wasn’t a problem.

Utilizing space more efficiently can be a challenge.

Having an off-site storage unit can help you save all your important things , and even the “clutter” that a family accumulates. It is basically a room at a storage facility comprised of cubic feet. There you can keep and visit your stored possessions, taking out what you need when you need it, and putting it back for safekeeping when your are done.

-Jenny Boyd

Thursday, August 26, 2010

We're Green!

AAAAA Rent-A-Space in California is a Electronic Waste Recycling Drop Spot!! Drop off your old monitors, computers, printers, and other old electronics on the First Saturday of every months in Moraga or the last Saturday of every month in Foster City!

Friday, August 6, 2010

A Unique, Silent Business Partner

There are hundreds of reasons why companies and business people have “silent” business partners: For brain power, support or financial assistance, but here is one you may not have thought of; a storage unit at your nearest AAAAA Rent-A-Space. A typical “self” storage, or mini, has a variety of uses, and a wide range of sizes - from a closet size, to something with the capacity of a triple wide garage. Most have 8’ to 10’ ceilings; so think in terms of cubic feet when you calculate how much storage space you’ll need.

The benefits of using a storage unit for business begin to unfold when you ponder how you can make your business work space more efficient for your work force. Most businesses are now more cost conscious, and utilizing people and space wisely is a key issue in overhead savings. If you need to hire another sales person, technician, researcher or secretary, but don’t have the room for them, review the space you do have and note any extra, unused business equipment. This includes file cabinets that are filled with “dead” files only held for tax purposes, furniture not in use; in short, anything that doesn’t get used on a regular basis. These things can all be stored to make the room you need for that extra, important person, and to make your floor space do more work for you..... plus the cubic feet in a storage unit is much cheaper than office space anywhere in the Bay Area.

Retailers can use storage units for inventory control, taking advantage of quantity discounts or seasonal purchases, and storing articles until they are needed on the show-room floor. Storage is useful to organize inventory as well. Items for different seasons or sale dates can be placed in separate units for quick, efficient retrieval, plus minimize shrinkage because employees or delivery personnel have access only to the unit you give them a key for.

Your show floor can look fresh, professional and uncluttered when you display only what you need and store all the rest, and better customer service can be a planned part of your business when you can fill an order on short notice because you have back up inventory or parts in a nearby storage unit. Holiday decorations and theme displays can be ordered in advance and stored until you’re ready to use them.

Small businesses that usually work out of their garages can really benefit by using storage units because they can warehouse all their parts, tools and equipment and use their garage again to park their vehicles. Distributorships get the best use from a storage company that has multiple locations so they can service towns around the Bay.

Certainly, if you’ve decided to remodel your business, rather than relocate, storage can play a big part
in making the job easier. You can store all your business furniture or equipment and materials until the remodel is finished, and you’re ready for business again. Or rotate items into and out of storage as the remodel progresses, and until you’re back to normal.

A number of storage facilities grant discounts on multiple unit rentals to businesses, some will accept deliveries for you, and with your written permission, place the goods into your unit and call you upon arrival. Several have fork lifts on their premises to unload trucks. Most will bill you and accept major credit cards, giving you a computer print out of all your business transactions with them for your tax purposes. All these ideas can make an off-site, self-storage unit a major benefit to any company, and in essence, gives you the assistance of a “Silent” partner for your business.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Foster City Chamber Mixer

AAAAA Rent-A-Space Foster City was honored to host a Chamber of Commerce Mixer on July 22. Among all the mingling between the members, 5A was able to give away a picnic basket full of all the need gear for a great picnic! Take a look at some of the pictures on our Facebook Page!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Your Local 5A Always has something going on!!

5A Lahaina will be collection food donations through the end of July. Feel free to bring in your donations! Visit for more information on what to donate

Our two sites in California are collecting any Electronic Waste and will be recycling them, for FREE!! Moraga will collect on the first Saturday of every month and Foster City will collect any E-Waste from July 24-29 and August 25-30! 

Friday, July 16, 2010

Library benefit draws more than 200 supporters

KAANAPALI — The Lahaina community, in its usual way, stepped up big time last week Thursday, when more than 200 guests attended a spectacular fund-raiser for Lahaina Public Library at the Royal Lahaina Resort.

“This was one of the better events of its kind I have been to in Lahaina,” said Rotarian Dr. George “Doc” Lavenson.

The highlight of the fund-raiser, organized by the Rotary Club of Lahaina, was a last minute appearance by musicians from California’s Citrus College. The group has played free concerts for two weeks each summer at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa for the last ten years. 

The band was recruited by Dr. Norman Estin just days before the event.

Late staying guests danced to lively music after sipping wine provided by Better Brands, enjoying pupus by Royal Lahaina chefs and bidding on art, hotel stays and restaurant certificates donated by artists and the visitor industry. 

Lahaina Rotary Community Service Chair Liz May designed and provided posters and organized a silent auction. The club has a goal of a $3,000 donation for the library. 

“We simply can’t say enough about the support provided by everyone who attended, donated and put the event together,” Librarian Madeleine Buchanan said Friday. 

“This represented amazing support from so many people.”

Guests included Expeditions’ Steve Knight, frequent library user and new chairman of the Maui Chamber of Commerce; auto entrepreneur and West Maui resident Jim Falk; and Tess and Bob Cartwright of Whalers Realty.

Newly installed Lahaina Rotary Club President Carmen Karady said it is too early to tally proceeds but pledged that the club will hold a similar event next year to continue its support.

The outpouring of support at the fund-raiser represents a classic case of how the community can come together when presented with a good idea backed by support from volunteers and Lahaina business people, organizers said.  

Rotarians Karady, May, Don Lehman and others first forged an agreement with Royal Lahaina Sales and Marketing Manager Liz Bell to hold a benefit wine tasting in conjunction with the opening of a new wine store, Royal Trading Company, at the resort. The hotel offered its oceanfront setting, pupus, a large array of decorated tables, ticket collection and special parking arrangements.

The library became a priority after a speaking engagement at Lahaina Rotary Sunrise, a sister club, with an appearance by Maui Friends of the Library on the plight of county libraries in these difficult economic times. 

Hearing about the speech, Lahaina’s Sara Foley asked to join the Friends’ board, because it lacked a board member from the West Side.

New Rotary President Karady, hearing about library needs months later, immediately saw this as a worthy community service project, and within days had planning underway. 

Within another 30 days, the entire event was together with the help of many fellow Rotarians and the first wine  sipped last week.  

“We will definitely do this again next year,” Karady said.

One singer from the Citrus College group, not an authorized spokesperson, said, “We’d love to come back.”

Click Here to see some pictures of the event!!  

Above was an exerpt from the Lahaina News.
Norm, Bezane. "Library benefit draws more than 200 supporters". Lahaina News. July 15, 2010 .

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Storage Can Help Your Car Retain Its Value!

Surveys across the nation show that a lot of people don't park their car in their garage, mainly because their garage has become the "catch-all" for sports equipment, discarded furniture, appliances or anything else they're saving, but don't have room for in their house. Some homeowners are "Mr. (or Ms.) Fixit" and the garage is full of tools, table saws and odds and ends of building materials. Storing in your garage seems ok, until you find out that you could increase the trade-in value of your car by up to 10% if it were adequately protected from the elements during the time you own it.

Auto dealers know which cars have been well cared for when they inspect them
as trade-ins. The paint and rubber haven't deteriorated and the upholstery and dash haven't faded. There's also the psychological factor that if you take visible care of the car, you also make sure you get the oil changed regularly, and do all the routine maintenance. These little things count up while the dealer is making allowances on your car's trade-in value for you, because he's thinking about book value minus the reconditioning costs he has to pay to get it ready for resale… and means net profit to him.

Using a storage unit, instead of your garage, is the perfect solution because its an accessible place to keep the stuff you want to save. Let's face it, cleaning out the garage may not be anyone's favorite sport, but if you make a simple calculation, that five years from now, if your car is worth an estimated $15,000 at trade-in time, and you have maintained it's value by an added 10%...that's worth additional $1,500 to you, and who can afford to throw away $1,500?

Storage is useful for a number of other value-saving ideas at home. Once you get to thinking of the various ways you can make life simpler, more spacious and comfortable with less stuff under foot, you can get
creative and invent your own ideas on how best to put storage to use.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Foster City Art and Wine Festival

The Foster City Art & Wine Festival was a huge success this year. Everyone was very excited about the San Francisco Giants tailgate giveaway. Our lucky winner was Celeste Mullen. It was wonderful to see such a large community turnout. This is a great family community event. The weather was beautiful all weekend. We so enjoyed all the people that stopped by with their dogs so their dogs could enjoy a bone. Enjoy these pictures!
Click Here to see more pictures, and while you're on our Facebook, become a fan!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

2010 Moraga Community Faire

Our 5A sponsored car show was a success!! It was great to see all these amazing cars and everyone had loads of fun! Enjoy these pictures! More pictures can be seen on our Facebook Page (click here)