Ray and Dan Wilson, co-owners of EZ Access Storage in East Wenatchee, are already in the holiday spirit.
The brothers were sitting around last week wondering how they could thank the local community for its support of their 24-year-old business, when it dawned on them: “Hey, we own a storage company. Maybe we can do something with storage. Hmmm.”
So beginning Wednesday, EZ Access will host a free Santa’s Closet, a space for anyone to store holiday gifts out-of-sight from prying eyes and facile fingers. This’ll be especially helpful for families with curious kids who know all the Christmas-gift hiding places around the house, says Ray. The service will run through Dec. 24.
On top of that, EZ Access has plans to become a donation collection point for those in need in the Wenatchee Valley. From Wednesday to Dec. 24, the storage company will accept unwrapped gifts during regular business hours for pre-Christmas distribution to a local charity or nonprofit group.
And, while giving is certainly good for the soul, Ray and Dan are tossing in an extra bonus for anyone who donates a gift. Folks who donate will be eligible to receive 30 days of storage free of charge (a $35 to $239 value) at the East Wenatchee location.
“The free storage and gift collection are our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the community that we love,” says Ray. “It’s all in hopes that we can make someone else’s holiday season a little more special as a result.”
Details: EZ Access Storage, 7 Riverside Place. Phone: 886-3216. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Have you heard …?
• Your upstairs bonus room is ugly as sin. So what can you do to spruce it up that’s cheap and easy? Flooring retailer Inside Design Carpet One Floor & Home in Wenatchee has begun offering a bunch of online podcasts (produced by the Carpet One national co-op) with design tips and advice to make your home more comfortable and beautiful. “We’re excited to provide this resource to customers that gives them credible design advice from veterans of the style industry,” said Joel McDonald, owner of Inside Design. Check out videos at youtube.com/carpetonefh, or call Inside Design at 662-9500.
• Listen up. This is about taxes, but you should pay attention, anyway. The Wenatchee office of the state Department of Revenue will host a free tax workshop for new and small business owners from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Douglas County Fire District office, 377 Eastmont Ave., East Wenatchee. Topics will include excise taxes, deductions, incentives, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements. (Wake up! You know this is important.) Participants will also receive a free workbook and reference guide to DOR rules and regs. Space is limited, so pre-register at 663-9741 or visit dor.wa.gov.
• Hey, business owners, let’s say an ice storm arrives, knocks out the power to your store or office, freezes and splits open the pipes, floods everything and — on top of all that — gives you a nasty case of the flu. There’s a webinar for that. The U.S. Small Business Administration will hold a free winter preparedness webinar from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday. It’ll talk about winter threats, making a plan to deal with ’em and how to apply for low-interest disaster recovery loans from the SBA. Register for the webinar at www1.gotomeeting.com/register/844932816.
This weekly column is compiled from “Everyday Business,” a blog by World reporter Mike Irwin. You can reach him at 665-1179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.