5 Yadkin Valley Wineries to Visit this Summer

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Summertime is the season of beach trips, amusement parks, and exploring new areas. For the wine lover, it is also a time to explore new vineyards. North Carolina is home to over 200 wineries and vineyards, making it one of the country’s leading largest wine producers. One of the most concentrated areas of wineries in the Tarheel State is the Yadkin Valley Wine Region. Tucked away in the Piedmont of North Carolina, the Yadkin Valley region is situated nicely between the mountains, the Triad of Winston-Salem, High Point, and Greensboro, and just north of Lake Norman. The Yadkin Valley wine region is home to close to 50 wineries and vineyards. Below are 5 of those 50 to visit this summer. Whether you are a local to North Carolina or visiting for a summer respite, these wineries will surely not disappoint. 1) Childress Vineyards – Lexington Childress Vineyards is the product of legendary NASCAR owner Richard Childress. Since 2004, the winery has grown to over 70 acres and offers 30 wine varieties. Childress has been named by Wine Enthusiast as one of the Top 25 Tasting Rooms in America and the bistro on site has been named of the Top 100 Scenic Restaurants in America by OpenTable. Childress Vineyards is a must for the NASCAR fan-turn wine aficionado and a North Carolina wine staple. It is in Lexington, just north of Charlotte and a short drive south from Winston-Salem and Greensboro. 2) Medaloni Cellars – Lewisville Medaloni Cellars is one of those small, local wineries wine lovers will enjoy! The 22-acre winery is located 10 minutes west of Winston-Salem and offers an intimate wine tasting room, a venue for weddings, and even cabins couples can book for the weekend. Weekends at Medaloni include live music and local food trucks that make for a casual yet intimate ambiance. Try any of their 13 wine varieties while relaxing in a wooden Adirondack chair while taking in the Yadkin Valley scenery. 3) Divine Llama Vineyards and Farm – East ...



July 26th, 2021


Self-Storage Tips For College Students

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During the last weeks of April and the early weeks of May every year, college students are studying and taking final exams. Their minds battle between cramming the last bit of molecular biology information and images of beaches, traveling, and internships. One of the least thought-about topics for a college student during this is how he or she will be packing up the dorm room or apartment and store it away for the summer. For parents and students alike, Bee Safe offers 7 helpful tips to store dorm rooms and apartments efficiently in a self-storage unit for the summer. 1. Get the Right Size Unit You do not want to rent a unit that is too small and cannot fit your items – or rent one too big and paying for unneeded space. The following guide is a helpful tool for the right size unit: Dorm Room – 5×5 unit Apartment Room Only – 5×10 – 5×15 Apartment/House – 10×10 2. Find A Buddy Rent a bigger unit and share the unit with a friend or the roommates you will have in the Fall. It will be cost efficient and easier to move everyone from 1 unit when you return at the end of summer. 3. Clean Dishes, Appliances, and Linens Moving day can creep up a college student. Even if you wake up on moving day having not had packed at all, make sure to clean any dirty dishes, de-frost and wipe dry any mini fridges, and wash any bed sheets you will be storing. Mold can begin growing on dirty appliances and linens and dirty dishes can attract all kids of bugs and rodents. The last thing you need when you move into a new dorm or apartment is to have throw out everything you had stored. 4. Use Different Box sizes for Different Items Use smaller boxes for heavier items, like the books you did not sell back or your Instapot. Use larger boxes for any pillows, blankets, and lampshades. Separate items and label the boxes so it ...



April 27th, 2021


Holiday Decor Storing Tips

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The Fall and Winter months bring pumpkin spice, flannel, family-friendly movies, and parades. They also bring about the most decorated holidays. As you are changing your house from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas and back again, here are a few tips on how to store all your decorations. Use Plenty of Boxes and Totes – and Label Them! Use boxes and totes of all sizes to store lights, costumes, exterior and interior decorations. If you lean more toward the plastic totes, many stores such as Walmart and Target have color coded totes for each season. Store Halloween decorations in orange and black totes and Christmas in red and green. Most important is to label each box and tote…and be specific. You do not want to unpack the blue Christmas lights during Halloween set up! Pack Breakables and Ornaments Separately There can be multiple breakable decorations used during these holidays: snow globes, ornaments, a porcelain pumpkin. It is recommended to store these breakables individually. Originally intended for glasses, a dish pack box is the perfect box to store individual breakables because the box has separators within. These boxes are sold at every Bee Safe Storage location. Wrap Large and Tall Decorations and Trees To save on storage space and boxes, instead of taking down your artificial tree every year, try wrapping the tree in plastic wrap and stand a rolling cart for easy transport. Plastic wrap can be bought from every Bee Safe Storage location. Take Inventory Every Season When taking decorations down, take inventory of what you have. How many plastic Halloween candy buckets? Do you need more white lights to complete the Clark Griswold look next Christmas? Throw out any light strands that do not work and any broken decorations. If you have not used the plush turkey your great aunt sent you 5 Thanksgivings ago, donate it. Find a Safe and Secure Storage Area Finally, find a safe, open, and secure storage area. Garages, attics, and backyard sheds fill up too quickly with other items during the year ...



October 30th, 2020


Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar Opens Two New Facilities in August

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GREENSBORO, NC (September 1, 2020) – Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar, a subsidiary of The Carroll Companies, a leading real estate development firm, has officially opened two new facilities in the last two months. These new luxury self-storage facilities are in Charlotte, NC and Winston-Salem, NC. These two facilities are the first locations in each city for Bee Safe Storage.  Bee Safe Self Storage and Wine Cellar now operates twenty-one (21) locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.The new upscale facility in Charlotte, located at 2010 Rocky River Road, will serve the University of North Carolina at Charlotte area while the facility in Winston-Salem, located at 110 S. Broad Street, is just behind Truist Stadium, the home to the Winston-Salem Dash.  Each location also includes a state of the art wine cellar, a staple of Bee Safe Storage, that is equipped with a unique generator backup cooling system that helps to try ensure wine always stays at a precise temperature and humidity. Additionally, the knowledgeable and friendly staff can accept wine deliveries. About Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar Bee Safe Storage, a subsidiary of The Carroll Companies, is a premier self-storage facility leader with twenty-one (21) locations across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. For more information about Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar, please visit www.beesafe.com or follow the company on Facebook and Linkedin. About The Carroll Companies The Carroll companies, with its subsidiaries, is a premier developer of luxury multifamily properties, visionary mixed-use lifestyle centers, and superior storage solutions. Founded and headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, The Carroll Companies specializes in land development, construction, ownership, management, and publication with an estimated value of over $2.5 billion. The Carroll Companies was founded by Roy Carroll II in 1983 with a commitment to surpassing industry expectations by providing innovative, cost-effective developments and services. For more information, please visit www.thecarrollcompanies.com or www.beesafe.com. ...



September 1st, 2020


Essentials to Starting A Wine Collection

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Wine collecting has become a popular hobby in the last several years. Statistics from Live-Ex show investment type wines, bottles that are listed at $25 and above, have aged better than most equity and fixed-income indexes. Some wine collectors get into the hobby purely for investment purposes while others love wine and want to hold onto bottles they pick up at various wineries. Why should you have a wine collection? If you call yourself a vino enthusiast, love to frequent local wineries and wine bars, turning your interest into a hobby may be perfect for you. If you want to begin your vino collection, here are a few steps to begin with. Begin Your Collection with What You Like. Wine collecting sounds like it could get confusing fast. However, there is no need to jump into the wines and blends that you have no idea what they are or even how to pronounce the names. If you’re a Cabernet Sauvignon fan, start off your collection with various Cabs from different wineries and different vintages. If you enjoy a fruitier wine, get a collection started with Zinfandels, Pinot Grigio, and other fruity wines. You want your wine collection to reflect you, so you do you! Set a Budget – You Don’t Have to Break the Bank! Set a monthly or annual budget as you begin to collect your wines. You may want to start off with bottles coming only from your favorite wineries, or a local region even. Investment or collection- type wines are considered bottles that are $25 and up, which are easily found in local wine shops. There is no need to dive deep and purchase a $1,000 bottle on your first buy. Set a budget and ease into it. Keep Track of Your Collection. It is good practice to document your wines; where you purchased a bottle, when, from whom, and what was the price. It is also good practice to have your collection appraised annually by a certified wine appraiser, someone who can ...



July 29th, 2020


The 5 Essential Must-Haves for Your Move This Summer

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Summer is upon us and millions of Americans will be packing up houses and apartments and making a move. Whether you are downsizing, purchasing your first house, moving out on your own for the first time, or you finally found your dream home, there are a few things to make sure you have to make your move the easiest and less stressful as possible. We have listed the 5 must-have essentials for your move. If it is your 1st move or your 100th move, check to make sure you have these. Moving Help Packing your room or house can be a daunting task in of itself. It is even more work to make a move on your own. For big moves, hiring a moving company to load and drive a truck for you may be necessary. For smaller and more local moves, grabbing a few family members and friends to assist is a smart way of making the move less stressful. Pick up cold drinks and a pizza for your help, they will greatly appreciate it! Are you renting a unit from a Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar location? Our customers can rent our 12-ft moving trucks for free with a new move in. Take advantage of the moving help that is around you. Boxes Before the moving help arrives, it is essential to have packed what you are moving. Although many people use plastic storage totes today to move, boxes are the best choice if you plan on unpacking most of what you have once you get to your new residence. Boxes are easier to carry on their own and are easier to load onto a hand truck. Finished unpacking? You can easily break down and recycle boxes instead of filling your brand-new attic or storage unit with empty plastic totes. Every Bee Safe Storage location sells various sizes of boxes. Moving Blankets and Padding It is typical to find knicks in furniture or a cracked frame or two while moving. To avoid dents, ...



June 1st, 2020


Moving to Greensboro? 10 Things to Know

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Nestled in the Piedmont of North Carolina, Greensboro is a bustling and growing city. Here are some interesting facts to know if you are planning on relocating to the “Gate City.” 1- Greensboro is Steeped in Civil Rights History. On February 1st, 1960, four African American students sat down at the lunch counter at Woolworth’s department store in downtown Greensboro and did not leave until the store closed that evening. The students kept coming back and the sit-in grew. Eventually the sit-in inspired at much larger sit-in campaign nationwide as the Civil Rights Movement began to grow. Today, Woolworth’s is the site of the International Civil Rights Museum. 2 – Greensboro is Big on Sports. Greensboro is home to the NBA G-League team the Swarm, minor league baseball team the Grasshoppers, and the headquarters of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Greensboro Coliseum consistently hosts ACC championship events and NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournament games. The Greensboro Aquatic Center has hosted national championships and Olympic qualifiers. 3 – Revolutionary War History is in Greensboro. The Battle of Guilford Courthouse took place on March 15th, 1781 when Nathaniel Greene and the Americans triumphed over Cornwallis and the British. The defeat led the British to Yorktown where Cornwallis eventually surrendered to George Washington. Today, Guilford Courthouse is a National Military Park with miles of walking trails. 4 – Mountains or the Beach? Greensboro does both! Greensboro is situated in the Piedmont of North Carolina and is in the half-way point of the state where there are mountains and beaches equally distant from the city. So it is perfectly acceptable to invest in a snowboard and a surfboard. 5 – Greensboro aka “Jeansboro.” Greensboro is the home of Wrangler and Lee Jeans, which gives the city the nickname “Jeansboro.” Throughout downtown, visitors can see several jean sculptures and artwork. A denim suit is perfectly acceptable here, if it says Wrangler. 6 – Greensboro’s Cuisine is Award-Winning. Greensboro offers countless delicious restaurants and cuisine from all over the world. The city’s own Hops Burger Bar ...



May 21st, 2020


Tips to Bee Safe While Moving During a Pandemic

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Packing and moving has always been a stressful process. Trying to move during the COVID-19 pandemic when much of the country is still on lock down? That is problematic to say the least. If you have to pack up and move during the pandemic, we have a few tips that may help you and your things stay safe and clean. Make sure moving is allowed in your area, building, and town. Moving and storage has been deemed an essential business during the pandemic but always check the local guidelines and any HOA or apartment guidelines. If you are moving to a different state, check into the state’s guidelines regarding any self-quarantine and what phase of reopening the state may currently be in. Carefully choose your movers. If you are hiring a moving company, ask them what their process is to keep your items clean during the move. If you are moving on your own, do not involve more people than necessary and remember to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people during the move. Use new boxes. Typically when someone moves, he or she can find used boxes at liquor stores, grocery stores, and even Craigslist. Others will use plastic bins bought at Walmart, Target, or Home Depot. In the age of the COVID pandemic however, it is better to purchase brand new boxes you can pack yourself and then discard after unpacking. You can purchase new boxes, tape, and other moving supplies at any of the 19 Bee Safe locations. Wipe Down Your moving boxes and furniture post-move in. After you have moved in, take the necessary steps to wipe down your boxes and furniture, especially if you have had outside help with your move. Have patience. It may take longer than normal for your realtor, landlord, or property manager to be on-site to deliver the keys to you. The internet technician may be backed up with customers or may not be working as many hours he typically would be. This pandemic calls for patience, especially when moving. Use self-storage. Do ...



May 15th, 2020


Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar Opens Newest Facility in Greensboro

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Upscale storage facility adds drive-through to list of amenities at new Martinsville Rd. location GREENSBORO, NC (April 22, 2020) – Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar, a subsidiary of The Carroll Companies, a leading luxury real estate development firm, has officially opened its fifth Greensboro location. The new facility is located at 3005 Martinsville Rd at the corner of Lawndale Ave. The four other Greensboro locations are at 4435 Jessup Grove Rd., 1016 Battleground Ave., 704 Sunshine Way, and 5803 W. Gate City Blvd.The 96,000 square foot luxury self-storage facility boasts 28 wine storage units, over 470 climate-controlled storage units ranging from 5’x5 to 10’x30’, and 45 outdoor units. The upscale facility introduces a new drive-through concept for Bee Safe Storage. The coded-entry drive-through loading area emphasizes the company’s belief in safety and convenience with customers able to load and unload in a dry, conditioned area. The luxury wine cellar is equipped with a unique generator backup cooling system to ensure wine always stays at a precise temperature and humidity. Additionally, the knowledgeable and friendly staff can accept wine deliveries. About Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar Bee Safe Storage, a subsidiary of The Carroll Companies, is a premier self-storage facility leader with eighteen (18) locations across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. For more information about Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar, please visit www.beesafe.com or follow the company on Facebook. About The Carroll Companies The Carroll companies, with its subsidiaries, is a premier developer of luxury multifamily properties, visionary mixed-use lifestyle centers, and superior storage solutions. Founded and headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, The Carroll Companies specializes in land development, construction, ownership, management, and publication with an estimated value of over $2.5 billion. The Carroll Companies was founded by Roy Carroll II in 1983 with a commitment to surpassing industry expectations by providing innovative, cost-effective developments and services. For more information, please visit www.thecarrollcompanies.com. ...



May 8th, 2020