MN Vikings Truck

The Cottage Grove Acorn Mini Storage provides home and business owners with a great variety of storage options, including temperature-controlled storage units.  One of the only facilities offering this feature in the Cottage Grove-Woodbury-Hastings area, this Acorn location ensures that its customers find the best solution for their particular storage needs.

Manager Jessica Krans, who just joined the Cottage Grove location from Acorn in Maplewood, stresses the value of choosing the right units for each client.  For example, Jessica knows that leather upholstery and fine furniture, electronics, photographs, and legal and tax documents are best preserved where temperature and humidity swings are kept to a minimum.  Outdoor furniture and many garden tools can be maintained in a unit without temperature control.  Jessica works individually with each new client to find both the size and type of unit that’s the perfect fit for year-round storage.

Cottage Grove also hosts contractors, electricians, and plumbers who use the facility as the hub of their business.  They keep their tools and supplies in storage units, and can arrange to have packages delivered for them right to the Acorn office for no extra charge.  Many also rent an easily accessible parking unit for their trucks and trailers.  Juggling projects and jobs that can demand around-the-clock work, these professionals appreciate the security and ease of accessing their units at any time, day or night, 365 days a year.

The Cottage Grove facility features open-garage, ground-level parking units for cars, boats, RVs, commercial trucks—including, in the past, a Minnesota Vikings tailgating truck. A converted ambulance, the Purple Pride masterpiece featured a purple and gold paint job adorned with Vikings logos and, of course, a keg tap on the side for easy pre-game pouring.

Jessica makes sure that her clients know about the added values available to Acorn customers.  New customers receive a free safe and secure lock, which is much more durable and heavy duty than any lock you can buy at your local hardware store.  Most new customers qualify for a free* moving truck they can reserve for use when they move into their space.  And the facility is constantly collecting extra pallets to have ready for any clients who need items elevated in their storage units.

Whether you run your own business or manage a busy household, give Jessica a call at 651-459-0016 to find out how the Cottage Grove Acorn Mini Storage location can help you solve your storage problems today.

*Ask the manager if you qualify for this special offer.

Photo of Purple Pride truck courtesy of BananaBuzzbomb


Northeast Minneapolis is known as one of the “hippest” neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. It is full of exuberant characters, nightlife and a variety of tasty cuisines. Yeng Yang, manager of the Northeast Acorn Mini Storage location, interacts with and sees it all first-hand.

The Northeast facility is conveniently located near one of the busiest intersections in the neighborhood – University and Lowry, just blocks away from 94. Yang finds many nearby Acorn customers live in the surrounding high-rise apartments and comment on how nice it is to see the Acorn Mini Storage facility and their specific unit from their balcony or window.

With a location nearby campus, this particular Acorn facility is frequently visited by University of Minnesota students. Yang says many underclassmen use small storage units to house beds, sofas and furniture during the summer making move-in day the following school year a breeze.

Finding a chic restaurant serving quality meals in Northeast Minneapolis isn’t a difficult chore. A variety of cuisines and flavors are represented throughout this eclectic neighborhood and one emerging way to experience the abundance of tastes is visiting a local food truck. Food trucks are popping up everywhere and the Northeast Minneapolis Acorn Mini Storage facility is where many nearby food trucks call home. Utilizing the car and boat storage units food truck owners have a place to stay in Yang’s Northeast facility.

But that’s not all – Yang says the Northeast Minneapolis Acorn facility is also home to another growing trend in the area Pedal Pubs. Pedal Pub owners love the 24/7 access they have to their storage unit as they operate until bar close and need a safe and secure location overnight.

Yang’s Acorn Mini Storage is full of units big and small and the helpful manager provides two moving tips to all of Acorn’s clients: 1) utilize the height of your storage space by stacking boxes and 2) place bigger items like drawers, beds and sofas at the front of your storage unit – while loading a moving truck it’s common practice to take the bigger items first before additional boxes or oddly shaped objects.

Give Yang a call at 612-788-6869 to learn more about the Northeast Minneapolis Acorn Mini Storage facility.

Pedal Pub Image courtesy of PunkToad

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Brian Obarski manages the Acorn Mini Storage facility in Shakopee, located directly off Highway 169. From business- to boat- to home-owners, customers at our Shakopee self-storage facility appreciate the easy and secure 24/7 gate access to their storage units and the convenience of this location.


Obarski’s site is home to commercial lawn care companies and independent contractors who store their equipment and supplies for quick and convenient access.  Typically loading up early in the morning, they use Acorn as their home base, returning as need throughout the day and storing everything safely and securely when the workday is done.


Boat owners also use this Acorn facility for both seasonal and year-round storage.  Saving their driveways for their cars, these customers instead keep their boats at Acorn, and pick them up on their way to the lake.  They can take full advantage of our warm Minnesota summer evenings on the water, returning their boats to storage long after the sun has set.


Many classic car owners utilize Shakopee’s 10 X 20 open-door garage units to store their prized motorized possessions. Dry, clean, well-lit, and roomy, these units provide owners with the perfect location to keep their fine automobiles in pristine condition.


Spring and summer months are the busiest for the Shakopee location. Obarski provides storage units to many customers during the season who are in the middle of a transition.  Some have just sold their homes and need storage space while a new house is being built.  College students fill smaller Acorn units with their furniture and things—rather than loading up their parent’s basements.  Often an Acorn unit accommodates the treasures of elderly grandparents, while families help them move into retirement or care facilities.


Whatever your situation or need, Obarski encourages you to visit the facility, meet the manager, and see first-hand the size of the unit you are considering.  You might be surprised how much space you really need!   “When [customers] see a unit they reserved online, it’s oftentimes too small,” he says.   Obarski is well-versed in what can and what can’t fit in certain size units, and will help you choose perfect unit for your storage needs. Give him a call at the Shakopee Acorn Mini Storage facility (952-496-2322), and find the solution to your storage needs.


Image by Ally Aubry



Greg Weik, manager of Acorn’s Inver Grove Heights location, considers his store a “one-stop shop” for his customers.  Having stored everything from household furnishings to fishing boats to classic cars, Greg’s passion is to provide the right storage solution for each individual customer.

Greg’s facility houses many long-term tenants for whom the IGH facility has become their second garage, basement, or attic. One of the most talked-about items he’s had is a classic fire truck owned by a retired firefighter and used in community events and parades.  Stored in a large garage unit, this beautiful piece of vintage Americana earned many an admiring look from its fellow Acorn customers.

In addition to the classic fire truck, Weik has nearly 200 spaces for cars or boats in his ground level garage. Every spring, his customers return to hook up their fishing or speed boats for their annual treks to cabins up north, or slide behind the wheels of treasured classic cars for leisurely evening drives through the St. Croix River Valley.  And even in the dead of winter, some of those customers come by to take a peek at their prized possession and check the tires.

Of course even if you don’t have a classic car or fancy boat, Greg provides ample, secure storage for your home or business needs.  Several apartment buildings surround the Inver Grove Heights location, and many of the residents use the Acorn store for extra storage space.   Homeowners use mini storage when faced with too much stuff, or when getting ready to ‘stage’ their home for sale.  To help customers in transition, Greg almost always has at least one U-Haul truck available to rent (and offers it free for new customers moving into his Acorn facility*), and facilitates all kinds of requests for both in-town and one-way trips.

Greg offers two pieces of advice for his customers who are getting ready to use storage:

•    Gather up sturdy, uniform containers or boxes along with quality packing supplies to make packing, storing, and unpacking most efficient and less physically strenuous.  You can find these at his IGH store.
•    Set up your storage unit with pallets and shelving to elevate household items off the floor and to keep boxes orderly and accessible.  Greg will make pallets for you, and offers shelving for rent onsite.

Give Greg a call at 651-457-6981 to learn more about Acorn’s Inver Grove Heights facility and available spaces.  You’ll find him happy to help you make storage a smooth experience.
*For information on using a free truck, see Acorn’s website or call the store for details.


Many customers come to Acorn Mini Storage when they find they just have too much stuff filling their homes, garages, and basements.  Constantly encountering messy spaces at home can have a big, negative impact on our thoughts, feelings, and general mood.  Women tend to feel the most desperate about clutter—while men can walk through a room without even noticing the stuff surrounding them, a study performed by UCLA found that women’s stress levels rose significantly when simply staring at a cluttered room.  Additionally, the UCLA study dubbed our garages the “new junk drawers” of our homes–full of our stuff, not our cars.
We would like to share our four favorite tips for tackling the clutter around us.  We hope that, as you put these into practice, you’ll begin to reclaim the serenity of living in a comfortable and clutter-free home.
1. Focus.  Choose a specific place to start, and complete just one space at a time.  For example, rearrange the plastic containers filling your cabinets, save just the ones you use, and recycle the rest.  Focusing on just one project at a time allows you to reach a definite end point—and enables you to appreciate the results every time you open the drawer!
2. Schedule.  Set aside just 15 minutes each evening to tackle one specific project. Doing one small project each day adds up, and helps maintain your momentum as your efforts emerge bit by bit.  When you are ready to tackle a bigger project, such as a pantry or closet, break the task into parts and set aside a few hours each weekend until the project is completed.
3. Organize.  Clearing clutter doesn’t always mean donating or throwing stuff away.  If you have items that you want to keep for sentimental reasons or for future use, pack and clearly label the container specifying the individual items inside.  Be sure to store containers in an environment where they will remain clean and free of moisture, bugs, and critters.  (You will find clean, well-lit, temperature-controlled storage units at your local Acorn Mini Storage.  We also rent portable shelving to keep your boxes organized and easy to reach.)
4. Recruit.  Not sure what to do with your grandmother’s knick-knacks or your great uncle’s collection of stainless steel oddities?  Call your siblings, friends, relatives—enlist them in a group project to sort, distribute, discard, and store the family treasures.
Visit your local Twin Cities Acorn Mini Storage and find your way to a clutter-free and refreshing outlook on life today.