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Top 8 Cities for Professional Women

As a business professional, your moves have a huge impact on your life. Where you live determines your available jobs, earning potential, and lifestyle.

Whether you prefer a beautiful range of seasons or perpetual sunshine and you are considering moving, find your place in one of the following top eight cities for professional women in the continental United States.

1. Austin, Texas

Austinites focus on diversity, eclecticism, and local business. In this progressive hotbed, you’ll find a host of occupational opportunities, as well as cultural, musical, and artistic events. Enjoy the atmosphere as you soak up the sun in this temperate southern city.

Full time female workers in Austin earn a median salary of $40,356. Women lead the educational, healthcare, sales, financial, and engineering sections.

2. Boston, Massachusettsboston

The little big city of Boston has the feeling of a cozy hamlet with the industry of a major urban area. Immerse yourself in the history and flavor of New England while pursuing your career goals.

Working full time, women earn a median salary of $42,562. Women dominate Boston’s healthcare, education, professional service, and technical service industries.

3. Boulder, Colorado

If you work hard during the week and want to play just as hard over the weekend, consider Boulder. The metro area represents a haven for liberal ideals and higher education. Outside the city, however, the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains in over 36,000 acres of recreational land. You’ll have plenty of opportunity for fun.

Here, full time working women earn a median income of $49,691. Boulder sets itself apart as one of the best places for female entrepreneurs.

4. Bridgeport, ConnecticutBrideport1 CT

Connecticut offers high living quality for its residents, including a myriad of educational opportunities. Specifically, Bridgeport features many parks, museums, and theaters.

Full time working women earn a median of $54,844 here. In Bridgeport, women lead the administrative, psychiatric, and educational sectors.

Minneapolis5. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Head north to Minneapolis to become part of its historical culture. Originally home to the Dakota Sioux tribe, the area’s notable population includes artists like Franz Marc and musicians like Prince.

Full time female workers in Minneapolis earn a median of $42,331. Women run nearly a third of the city’s businesses. And the city hosts a number of organizations, like Women Venture, designed to help female entrepreneurs optimize their businesses.

6. Napa, California

Known for its expansive vineyards and popular wine trail, Napa values culture and art. The area boasts more than 300 wineries, which provide many of the jobs (and enjoyment opportunities) in the region.

In Napa, women working full time earn $48,985-a full 94% of the median male salary. While wine represents Napa’s primary business, the city ranks high as one of the best places for small businesses and new careers.

San Fran7. San Francisco, California

San Fran’s diversity and stunning Victorian architecture attracts visitors and residents alike. Enjoy the various backgrounds, political perspectives, and methods of artistic expression in the Golden Gate City.

Here, women make a median income of $54,376 when working full time. Women also represent a significant portion of the workers in professional, scientific, and technical services. Professionals can also find opportunities in healthcare, sales, accounting, and auditing.

8. Seattle, Washington

Seattle represents a haven for education-more than 58% of residents have at least a bachelor’s degree. The city has one of the highest business-to-resident ratios in the U.S.-12.5 businesses for every 100 people.

Women here make a median salary of $51,158 when working full time. The city offers jobs in industries from fashion to computer programming.

As you prepare to move, consider these cities. The right location could get you off to the right start in your professional, personal, and recreational life.

Oregon Coast

This is Moving: Oregon is the Place to Be

What state are American’s moving to the most? No, it’s not Texas, North Carolina or California, but rather Oregon. According to American Moving & Storage (AMSA) 2014 report, 63 percent of inbound shipments were headed to the Beaver State. So, why is everyone moving to Oregon? Here are a few highlights of the state which may be why Oregonians love to live there.

Mountains, Ocean, Forests, Deserts – Oregon has them all!

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Oregon offers plenty of natural beauty ranging from Pacific ocean coastlines to dense forests to the desert on the Eastern part of the state. Oregon even has the “7 wonders of Oregon,” which include the snow capped mountains of Mt. Hood, the 363 miles of coastline that ranges from sandy beaches to rugged cliffs and forestry in between. There is also the Columbia River, Painted Hills, Smith Rock, Wallwas and Crater Lake.

With all the different types of scenery, Oregon has plenty of outdoor recreation, such as white water rafting, mountain biking, hiking and kayaking.  Despite all the outdoor activities, keep in mind it does rain A LOT in Oregon, but when the weather is nice people in Oregon take advantage by spending it outside.


If you’ve seen the show “Portlandia,” you know Portland is weird – in a good way. The

progressive city is considered one of the nicest places to live in the U.S. If you are not into owning a car, Portland is a great city for public transportation options, which include commuter rails, buses, light rail, streetcar lines, and bike and pedestrian paths.

Portland is home to a rising culinary scene thanks to nationally-renowned chefs and the fresh home-grown Oregon food. If you want a quick bite, there are 400 food carts and mobile eateries located throughout the city. Wash your food down with a craft beer from one of the 58+ breweries located in the throughout the city.

Portland isn’t just a great city for humans, but it is also a great place for your dog. Portland has been ranked one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country with 33 dog parks, plenty of dog friendly restaurants and even its own social network for dogs.

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If you like shopping, the no sales tax in Oregon will come in handy. Oregon is one of five  states in the U.S. that doesn’t have sales tax (Delaware, New Hampshire, Alaska and Montana are the others). However, other taxes, such as property taxes, are higher than other states. Keep this in mind if you are looking to buy a home.

Green is a way of life

Oregonians know what a great place the state is, so they plan on keeping it that way by being one of the greenest states in the United States. Oregon tops lists in recycling, energy-efficiency rates and producing renewable energy. With that said, Oregon has the lowest carbon footprint and Portland is the greenest city in the country.

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Moving to Oregon

Do you want to follow the people moving to Oregon? We can help you get there. Bekins Van Lines has nine agents throughout the state.

Cross Town Movers, Inc. (5 locations)

455 Turner Rd. SE, Salem OR 97317
Phone: 503-581-6683

1400 Bertelsen Rd. Eugene, OR 97402
Phone: 541-683-5211

502. N. Fir Street, Medford, OR 97501
Phone: 541-779-1036

61395 Ward Rd., Bend, OR 97702
Phone: 541-779-1036

PO Box 637, Corvallis, OR 97339
Phone: 541-752-0646

Flegel Moving & Storage
3503 Old Hwy 99 S, Roseburg, OR 97471
Phone: 541-673-4436

ITS Global Relocation Services

6713 SW Bonita Road Suite 250, Tigard, OR 97224
Phone: 800-800-2321

Southern Oregon Transfer & Storage Co.
1825 NW Washington Blvd., Grants Pass, OR 97526
Phone: 541-476-4439

Do you live in Oregon? Tell us why you moved there and what you love about it by commenting below.

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Is your move tax deductible?

When moving to start a new career or when relocated for your current job, federal tax law allows you to deduct your expenses with a qualifying move.  In order to claim your move as a deduction, all expenses will need to be reported on an IRS Form 3903 to be included with your personal tax return after you have made sure your move satisfies all requirements.

The three requirements are as follows:

  • Time & Distance
    • The move must be close to the start day of your new job
    • Your new home must be closer to your job than your previous home
  • Distance
    • Your new home must be 50 miles farther from your previous job location
  • Time Test
    • If you are a full time employee you must have worked at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months after you have arrived at your new home.

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For example:

Kourtney and her husband are moving because she was recently transferred from Downtown Cincinnati to the Glendale office in California. Currently, Kourtney travels 10 miles one way to her office. According to the IRS in order to qualify for the moving expense tax deduction, she will need to move closer to her new office and her new home must be 50 miles farther from her previous office.

Kourtney was transferred from Cincinnati on December 31, 2012 and she started her new job on January 15, 2013. As of February 2014 Kourtney completed the minimum requirement of 39 weeks of employment during her first 12 months in her new home. In April 2014 she filed form 3903 when completing her taxes. She was in fact eligible for the tax deduction and was able to write off much of her moving expense.

Working with Bekins proved much easier than determining her eligibility for the moving expense tax deduction associated with her long distance move. Her move was managed by a Bekins professional coordinator who assisted with planning, packing, loading options, and delivery.

customer-service-billboardOn the day of her move, the local Bekins agent arrived promptly at 8:00am with extra moving boxes in hand. The friendly movers assisted with last minute details and immediately started loading. Kourtney was concerned with the possible damage to carpet and hardwood floors, however the moving professionals laid runners and special padding to protect the home’s condition. As items and boxes were being loaded, the driver of the Bekins Truck took inventory of everything including its’ physical condition. Kourtney signed the Bill of Lading (shipping contract) which confirmed the level of service requested and delivery date and time.

On January 10th, Kourtney met with the Bekins movers who transferred her belongings 2,173 miles. After Kourtney paid for her moving expenses, the movers began moving each item. Kourtney checked off each item and its’ condition off of the inventory list and started moving into her new home.

As you can see, through Kourtney’s experience, she met the qualifications for the moving tax deductions and had a stress-free experience by choosing Bekins for her long distance move.

East-West Coast

What You Should Know About Moving from the East Coast to the West Coast

You didn’t know it before you relocated, but moving from the East Coast to the West Coast can compare to moving to another country. You assumed that everything would work the same way-after all, you moved from an American city to another. How different could it really be?

The United States stretches across an entire continent, so it contains myriad attitudes and cultures. In fact, you can think of each state as its own miniature country. Each has a different set of laws and traditions, and the farther you travel from your home state, the more different the culture can become.

So, if you recently moved from coast to coast, you probably experienced some culture shock. But don’t worry. Below, we’ve given you tips so you can better understand the new area and feel more at home.

1. Job Prospects

1395308240_silicon-valley-sign-lg-300x148If you list the biggest and most successful companies you can think of, your list probably includes companies like:

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • eBay
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Twitter
  • Yahoo
  • YouTube

These companies all have a reputation for innovation and creativity (in addition to vast riches). They also have something else in common: they all come from the West Coast. You can also find thousands of other established or start-up companies.

Since the West Coast houses so many large, successful companies, residents have access to tons of jobs. This allows them (as a whole) to feel more relaxed and secure. Many people still have to deal with unemployment, but they almost always have good occupational prospects.

2. Cost of Living

This doesn’t apply to every area on the West Coast, but overall, major cities on the West Coast tend to have a lower cost of living than comparable cities on the East Coast. This takes a little stress off of West Coast residents, and it gives them more purchasing power for luxury items.

However, your move doesn’t guarantee that you’ll suddenly feel richer. Compare the cost of living in your old area and your new one. On average, West Coasters get more bang for their buck.

3. Mild Weather

If you lived in the Northeast, you probably feel anger, annoyance, or fear when you hear the

term “polar vortex.” Luckily, now that you’ve moved to the opposite coast, you don’t have to worry about it. Sure, the West Coast has its share of unpleasant weather patterns, but you won’t have to worry about drastic ones like polar vortexes or hurricanes.

That being said, you may have to adjust to the climate depending on where you move. If you relocate from Florida to Oregon, you’ll have the opportunity to experience stunning, but frigid, snow storms. But if you move from Maine to California, you’ll have to get used to the yearlong heat.

4. Vacation Destinations

Have you ever dreamed of traveling to Asia or Hawaii? The West Coast gives you easy access. You’ll sit through a 4.5 hour flight if you want to visit Hawaii, which features all kinds of activities from surfing to volcano exploration. And if you want to see Tokyo or Shanghai, you’ll experience a shorter flight as well. After all, you only have to fly across an ocean. You don’t have to fly across a continent as well.

You’ll also have access to a wide variety of domestic vacation destinations if you live on the West Coast. Your new home puts you in close proximity to the following:

  • Death Valley National Park

    Mount Saint Helens National Monument

    Mount Saint Helens National Monument

  • Disneyland (which has its own, unique charm that is utterly different from Disneyworld)
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Hollywood
  • Mount Saint Helens National Monument
  • Olympic National Park
  • The Golden Gate Bridge
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Yosemite National Park

5. Extreme Sport Opportunities

Because the West Coast boasts everything from towering, snow-capped mountains to scorching deserts, you can participate in any kind of extreme sport you want, including:

  • Base jumping
  • BMX biking
  • Kite surfing
  • Motocross
  • Paragliding
  • Rock climbing
  • Skiing/snowboarding
  • White water rafting

If you feel like you’ve moved to another country, don’t worry. Use these tips to get started and you’ll feel right at home soon.

If you would like the move from the East Coast to the West Coast, Bekins can help – Find a local agent.

Family Scared

Frightening Moves in Halloween Movies

It’s Halloween and one of the favorite pastimes of the season is to watch scary movies. When it comes to horror movies, the moving industry is quite busy as most Halloween movies begin with a family moving into a new house and later to find out it is haunted. We have compiled some of our favorite moving Halloween movies. In the case you are are looking to move to one of these areas, we have Bekins agents located there to help you!

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Amityville Horror (1970 and 2005)Based on a true story, The newly married Lutz family with their three children movie into their beautiful new house in Amityville, N.Y., only to discover the house already has demonic inhabitants after a Rob DeFeo, Jr. murdered his family in the house.

Maffucci Storage Corp. is actually located right in Amityville, N.Y., so if you want to move to there, call them today!


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Hocus Pocus (1993) – 300 years have passed since the Sanderson sisters were executed for practicing dark witchcraft. Returning to life thanks to a combination of a spell spoken before their demise and the accidental actions of Max, who moved from Los Angeles, Calif. to Salem, Mass., the sisters have but one night to secure their continuing existence.

Bekins Local Agents Near Salem, Mass.:

1. Tobin & Sons Moving and Storage, Inc.

2. Liberty Movers

Pet Sematary

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Pet Sematary (1989) – The Creed family moved from Chicago, Ill. to a countryside home in Maine. Their house is perfect, except for two things: the semi-trailers that roar past on the narrow road, and the mysterious cemetary in the woods behind the house. The Creed’s neighbors are reluctant to talk about the cemetary, and for good reason too.

Agents near Chicago, Ill.

1. Boyer-Rosene Moving & Storage

2. Century Moving, Inc.

3. Boerman Moving & Storage, Inc.

The Conjuring

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The Conjuring (2013) In 1971, the Perron Family moves to Harrisville, Rhode Island into a farm house and soon strange things start happening around it. Mother, Carolyn contacts the noted paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to examine the house. What the Warrens discover is a satanic spirit that is now targeting the Perron family wherever they go. To stop this evil, the Warrens have to call upon all their skills and spiritual strength to defeat this evil spirit before it destroys everyone involved.

Agents near Harrisville, R.I.:

1. Liberty Movers

2. Tobin & Sons Moving and Storage, Inc.

3. John C. Murphy Moving & Storage, Inc.

Coraline (2009) – When Coraline moves from Pontiac, Michigan to an old house in Ashland,

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Oregon, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. She sneaks into the passage and discovers a parallel world where everybody has buttons for their eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. When the people of the other world get her to stay, she ends up trapped and it’s not what it seems.

Agents near Pontiac, Mich.:

1. Midwest Moving & Storage

Agents near Ashland, Ore.:

1. Southern Oregon Transfer & Storage

2. Flegel Moving & Storage


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Dark Mirror (2007) The housewife and photographer Deborah Martin is strangely attracted to a house in Los Angeles, Calif. and convinces her husband Jim to buy it. They move from Seattle with their son Ian. Deborah takes a photo of a mirror in the bathroom and she soon discovers that her neighbor is snooping on her family and a stranger is stalking her. She researches the house history and finds that it belonged to a painter who might have killed his wife.

Agents Near Seattle, Wash.:

1. Bekins Northwest

2. Merchants Moving & Storage

Agents Near Los Angeles, Calif:

1. Bekins Moving Solutions, Inc.

2. Antelope Valley Van & Storage


Want to binge on some Halloween moving movies this weekend? Here is a list of even more:

Paranormal Activity
Flowers in the Attic
The Attic
House at the End of the Street
Haunting in Connecticut
Haunting in Salem
Lost Boys
The Grudge
Seven Days to Live
Dark Water
American Horror Story Season 1 (TV Show)

 Can you think of anymore? Comment Below!

Sources: IMDB and Wikipedia

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Moving Lola

Today is National Dog Day – my favorite day! I wanted to share my experience about moving with my dog, Lola, and how to prepare for moving pets on interstate moves.

When my fiancée Pat was offered a relocation from Charlotte, N.C. to Indianapolis, Ind., the first thing we thought about was how our dog Lola would deal with the move?

Around three and a half years ago Lola was found as a stray and we decided to give her a home. She suffers from separation anxiety and we knew a move like this would be difficult for her.

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Lola, Pat and I after a hike in Charlotte, N.C.

Before our relocation, I made an appointment with Lola’s veterinarian. I spoke with her about the challenges that we may face when we moved. She suggested she may act out and although it could be frustrating we shouldn’t punish her because she is just confused. She recommended that we keep a close eye on her during the moving process and in our new home so she wouldn’t run away. We made sure all of Lola’s vaccinations were up-to-date and acquired a current veterinarian record to give to our new vet in Indianapolis as well as any boarding/grooming places that require vet records.

I also checked the US State and Territory Animal Import Regulations Web site to verify what to do when moving across state lines. I notified Charlotte Animal Care and Control that we were moving and gave them our new address. I updated the address for Lola’s microchip and identification tags, as well, in the event she does run away.

When we were packing all of our stuff, Lola noticed things were changing and this caused her to act increasingly anxious, which we were prepared for. We tried to do our best to make her feel comfortable and increased her daily exercise. This helped tire her out and not act out as much.

When we were loading our household goods onto the moving truck, we arranged for Lola to go to our neighbor’s house during this time so she would not be in the way. This is recommended for any household that has pet during a move.

For the ride to IndianLola 1apolis, it was a challenge to figure out what was needed for me and Pat, but also for Lola. We brought her bed, a few toys, bags, a water dish, water and food. With every stop, we made sure she was properly hydrated and well-fed. She slept most of the 10-hour drive. We stayed in a hotel on the way and used Pet’s Welcome Web site to determine which places permitted pets.

After 10 hours and a hotel stop we finally made it to our new home in Indianapolis. We allowed Lola to sniff around the house and acclimate herself to the new surroundings. Although we have a fenced-in yard, I still kept a close eye on her to make sure she wouldn’t escape. Lola is a notorious escape artist and fences don’t always do the trick.  When the movers came with our stuff, I kept Lola out of the way by keeping her on a leash outside.

Lola getting comfortable in our new home in Indianapolis

Lola getting comfortable in our new home in Indianapolis

It took a few weeks of adjustment. She went through a bit of a mourning period (she missed outrneighbor and her dog) and didn’t eat. I was worried and consulted with my vet. She explained that this is normal for dogs that experience a drastic change and she would eventually eat when she got hungry, which she did. I made sure that Lola had plenty of exercise by walking her frequently on the Monon Trail, a 13-mile trail in Indianapolis.

We also met our neighbors and let her play with their dog. By talking to our neighbors, we learned about the best places to take Lola, including parks, vets and boarding. We also used Angie’s List and Yelp to help find the best pet places around town.

We are all settled in Indianapolis now. Hopefully Lola’s moving experience can help you prepare for moving with your pet!

Tell us your story about moving with your pet!

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Throwback Thursday: Bekins in Southern California

Since 1891, Bekins Van Lines has been a leader of innovation in the household-goods moving industry. Throughout Bekins rich history, the specialization in storage became a primary service, especially in Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. For a special throwback Thursday, here is an article from the LA Times in 1989. Looking back how Bekins changed the storage business as well as the South California landscape.

Bekins: A Storehouse of History
LA Times
March 01, 1989
Leon Whiteson

They rise like medieval castle keeps above busy Southern California intersections. Their steep blank sides, relieved by rows of small windows, give no clue to the activities behind their fortress-like walls. Only the skyline signs reading Bekins Storage reveal the mundane purpose of these muscular architectural landmarks.

The era of the grand Bekins castles is past, along with the grandeur of the service that moved America when the entire country seemed to be shifting West. But as the company’s late president intended, Bekins’ powerful buildings stand as permanent landmarks on our changing urban landscape.

According to contemporaries, Milo Bekins believed that “moving is the American way.” He also believed that customers entrusting their personal possessions to Bekins needed the sense of reassurance offered by solidly built warehouses located on prominent sites. In a young and rapidly expanding city such as Los Angeles, where so many buildings seemed flimsy and transitory, he decided that his structures for temporary storage would appear unshakably permanent.

Bekins built its first reinforced concrete warehouses in the 1920s and ’30s. A prime example of its architectural style is the 55-year-old building at 929 S. Brand Blvd. in Glendale, a solid oblong box that towers seven stories high.

Bekins Santa MonicaAt street level, the arches of a recessed arcade mark a regular rhythm between the slender vertical columns that rise to the roof and end in finials resembling little dunce caps. Between the main columns are small pilasters that form frilly edges to the concrete cliff at top and bottom. Tiny windows make the building appear even bulkier, increasing its presence on the street.

Yet another landmark warehouse, an eight-story castle built in 1929, is located at the corner of Pico and Crenshaw boulevards. A ground-floor arcade houses a row of shops, including Bekins’ furniture sales division, and arches are two stories high, allowing light to filter into second-floor offices.

In its heyday the Bekins Co. owned more than 100 storage buildings in 14 states. In an attempt to streamline its operations in the face of stiff competition, Bekins began selling off its real estate in the early 1980s. By 1983, when purchased by Minstar Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn., Bekins’ stock of warehouses had been reduced to 55.

Founded in 1891

Bekins Van Lines was founded in 1891 in Sioux City, Iowa, by two young Dutch immigrant brothers, Martin and John Bekins. Martin moved west four years later, first to Omaha, Neb., and then Los Angeles. In 1895 the brothers organized the first transcontinental move from Sioux City to Los Angeles, and opened an office here in an old van at the corner of 2nd and Main streets.

bekins-storageOne year later, Martin Bekins owned six horse-drawn vans and a one-story brick storage building at 360 S. Alameda St. A five-story reinforced concrete building was later built on the site and still stands alongside the original warehouse.

The Bekinses were innovators in the moving and storage business. The first company in the West to specialize in household goods, Bekins later pioneered the concept of containerized storage. In 1903, Martin Bekins introduced the “side-winder” gasoline-powered moving truck to Los Angeles.

Martin’s son, Milo, took over as Bekins chairman in 1927, and built the company into the largest operation of its kind in the world. In the 1950s, 1,000 Bekins vans rolled across the country, serving a restless post-World War II population moving from the cities to the suburbs, and from one suburb to another.

A Simple Formula

The pre-World War II Bekins buildings were designed by structural engineers rather than architects. The vaguely Italianate style of decoration, featuring mini-pilasters and curly roof lines, was culled from the contemporary architectural pattern books popular among designers at the time. An example of the style can be seen at the 511 S. Fair Oaks Ave. warehouse in Pasadena.

Bekins buildings had a simple structural and design formula. Columns were spaced in 26-foot bays under 12-foot ceilings. At the rear were one or two high doors for loading and unloading goods. Ground floor frontages were glassed-in for small shops or offices. Big metal signs displaying the company name dominated the skyline.

LABekinsSMBThe warehouses have stored an extraordinary range of personal items over the decades, from cases of monocles to the Pentagon Papers. The latter, a top-secret study of U.S. military involvement in Indochina, was stored in the Bekins Beverly Hills warehouse at 215 S. Canon Drive, in “several metal handcases, a footlocker, 18 book volumes, a large cardboard carton and a large carton file,” according to an affidavit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice.

In the 1940s and ’50s, the style of the Bekins buildings changed. In keeping with the undecorated modernist fashion then coming into vogue, the warehouses became plainer and squatter.

Typically Featureless

The 1943 four-story concrete warehouse at 35 W. Huntington Drive in Arcadia, a similar design at 2101 E. Carson Street in Long Beach, and the 1953 five-story building at 1425 Holt Blvd. in Pomona are examples of the slab-sided, featureless and almost windowless blocks typical of this period.

The company also bought warehouses built by other storage companies. The 11-story Hollywood Storage Co. building at 1025 N. Highland Ave. was the tallest structure in Hollywood when erected in 1925. It was purchased by Bekins in 1939. And in 1943, a nine-story structure at 3625 S. Grand Ave., built in 1924 by the Birch-Smith Storage Co., was added to Bekins real estate inventory.

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Happiness is in Richmond, Virginia

Want to move to the happiest place in the country? Looks like you are headed to Richmond, Virginia!

According to the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research, Richmond, Va. was ranked as the “most contented area in the country” and contented equals happiness. What makes Richmond the most contented place in the country?

Fellow Richmonder, Teresa Bonifas, explained why she thought they were ranked as the most contented place in the country. “The best thing about Richmond is there is always something to do at any given time. The southern charm and history of Richmond along with the many festivals, restaurants, outdoor activities and central location will make anyone fall in love with this city.” Bonifas continued, “Richmond is a place where people say please and thank you and give an appreciative wave when driving while also coming together to support the city’s many programs.”

Here are some other facts from

  • Richmond has hot summers and generally mild winters.
  • In September 2007, Richmond was ranked the third-best city for business by MarketWatch.
  • The Richmond Region has more than 18,000 hotel rooms and 900 restaurants with prices to fit every budget. They also have a growing food truck and craft brewery scene.
  • Richmond is located along the James River, which offers bike trails, hiking and nature trails, various water sports and scenic overlooks.
  • Several colleges and universities call Richmond home, including Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and University of Richmond.
  • Richmond has a long, rich history, including being the capital of the confederacy in the Civil War. Richmond offers several Civil War attractions throughout the area.
  • There are six Fortune 500 companies that are headquartered in the Richmond Region, which is among the top 15 cities in the nation with the most Fortune 500 company headquarters.
  • The Region hosts a variety of sporting events throughout the year, including two NASCAR races and Dominion Riverrock, and is home to minor league sports teams Richmond Flying Squirrels (baseball) and Richmond Kickers (soccer).
  • There are more than 80 attractions in the Richmond Region. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Henricus Historical Park, the James River, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Kings Dominion and numerous Civil War sites are just a small sampling of all the Region has to offer.
  • named Richmond as “America’s healthiest city and one of the best cities for families” in 2010.
  • Trail Runner ranked Richmond as one of the nation’s “Top Seven Cities for Trail Runners” in 2009.
  • MovieMaker named Richmond one of the nation’s “Top 10 Cities for Filmmakers” in 2011.
  • ranked Richmond as one of the nation’s “100 Best Bang-For-The-Buck Cities” in 2009.

Richomonders have a lot to be proud of and have no problem showing it. “Richmonders love showing their pride whether it is displaying a RVA sticker on their car, flying a U of R flag on their house, or walking down the street in VCU apparel,” Bonifas said.

Below is the top ten list of the “Most Contented Area in the Country. ”For more about the Happiest and Unhappiest places in the country,visit
1.    Richmond-Petersburg, Va.
2.    Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, Va.
3.    Washington, D.C.
4.    Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
5.    Atlanta, Ga.
6.    Houston, Texas
7.    Jacksonville, Fla.
8.    Nashville, Tenn.
9.    West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Fla.
10.    Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, N.J.



Need a Vacation? Visit These Top Vacation Spots in the Country

Want to get away after a big move across the country or just need a vacation? You are not alone! About 89 percent of people in the United States are planning a summer trip this year, according to a survey by TripAdvisor and these are the top destinations around United States.

Key West, Fla. – The Southernmost city in the continental U.S. is a 120-mile long island chain connected to mainland Florida by US 1. Obviously the main attraction is the beach, but there is a lot to do and see, such as the John Pennkamp Park (the nation’s first underwater park), Duval Street, Theater of the Sea, the Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Park, just to name a few.

San Diego, Calif. – San Diego is known for their extensive beaches, mild climate year-round and natural deep water harbor. Things to do include Balboa Park, Belmont amusement park, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and SeaWorld San Diego. San Diego hosted 32 million visitors in 2012. Between Coronado, the Ansa-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains, there is plenty to do whether it’s relaxing by the beach or spending a day hiking and exploring.

San FranSan Francisco, Calif. – The City by the Bay is known for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic culture, architecture and, of course, the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and Alcatraz Island. Every neighborhood in San Francisco has its own personality, but the most popular is the Marina District that has perfect views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, cheese sampling at the Ferry building and Delores Park across from Ocean Beach. Fisherman’s Wharf is San Francisco’s most popular attraction where you can visit Pier 39 and see sea lions lounge on the rocks all day.

Virginia Beach, Va. – The city is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the longest pleasure beach in the world. Virginia Beach is a resort city with miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels, motels and restaurants along its oceanfront. It is also home to several state parks, several long-protected beach areas, three military bases, a number of large corporations and two universities. The Virginia Beach boardwalk is three miles lined with hotels and restaurants with lanes for walkers, bicycles, roller blades, and surreys.

Orlando, Fla. – What else can you say about the city that has Disney World – aka the “Most Magical Place on Earth”? Orlando is one of the leading tourism destinations in the world, boasting 59 million visitors a year. The resort is 42,000 acres, with 24 resort hotels, four theme parks, two water parks and four golf courses. Other non-Disney parks in Orlando include SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort.

Ocean CityOcean City, Md. – Ocean city stretches along 10 miles of beach from the inlet to the Delaware State line. It offers a three-mile classic wooden boardwalk lines with hotels, food, games and shopping. Ocean City is visited mostly by people living in the Mid-Atlantic region, which hosts 8 million visitors annually.



Destin, Fla. – Who wouldn’t want to go to a place that has beautiful, clear green water and beaches with the whitest, softest sand in the world? Destin is located on Florida’s Emerald Coast and sees 4.5 million visitors each year. One of the most popular activities in Destin is chartering fishing vessels. You can visit the two-year old Destin boardwalk that has water attractions, restaurants, zip lining and amusement rides.

New York, N.Y. – Home to more than 8 million people and the most populated city in the United States, the Big Apple hosts around 55 million visitors annually. The many districts and landmarks will keep you busy the entire time, with the most popular being Times Square, Broadway Theater District, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and list goes on. No wonder why they call it “the city that never sleeps.”

Las Vegas, Nev. – Leave the kids at home and head to the Entertainment Capital of the World, which hosts the best casinos, shopping, fine dining and nightlife in the country. Stay and walk on the Las Vegas strip, which is 4.2 miles long and has 15 of the world’s largest hotels on it. The most popular, free attractions are the fountains at the Bellagio, the volcano at the Mirage and Festival Fountain at Caesar’s Palace. If you have any money left over after visiting the numerous casinos, go see one of the many shows Las Vegas has to offer.

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – The Grand Strand stretches 60 miles of the South Carolina coast, making Myrtle Beach a vacation destination for 14 million visitors in the spring, summer and fall months. With 87 golf courses in the area, Myrtle Beach is a golfer’s paradise. There is plenty to do, such as visiting Broadway by the Beach, Carolina Opry, Barefoot Landing, Legends in concert as well as countless restaurants and bars.

What other places are great vacation destinations for you and your family?



References:,,, Chamber of Commerce Sites for each city


Landing a Job in Your New City

Moving is a daunting task, but moving without a job can be completely overwhelming. Whether you are trying to find a job before you move or once you are settled in your new home, here are a few tips on how to land a job in your new area.


Research the city that you are relocating to and learn about the industries that are located in that particular area. Pinpoint three-to-five companies that might interest you and think about what you, with your skill set, can bring to that organization.

You might want to research the geography of the city in relation to where these companies are located. Consider your commute to and from work as it might affect your decision on what neighborhood fits best.

Learn as much as you can about the culture of the city because these can be some great talking points in interviews.


When moving, planning is essential to alleviate stress. The same goes for finding a job, too.

Start by vamping up your resume and cover letter. A cover letter not only allows you to sell yourself, but can be a useful tool to explain your move and work availability. When possible consider using a local address on your resume since many larger human resources departments may filter out-of-town candidates from the pool. This will help you get past initial screenings.

Always be honest about your intentions to move. In your cover letter and in-person, make sure you are confident in your story as to why you are moving and when. It is essential to show hiring managers that you are not only committed to the move, but to the company and, most importantly, can remain composed under stressful circumstances.

Set a time frame and have a plan for your move when the time comes. There are many questions as to how much it will cost to move, who will relocate you, and how to pack your household goods. This will be much easier if thought out before moving day arrives. Here are some helpful tips when considering your relocation.


In recent study, 80 percent of jobs were found through networking as it can set you apart from a vast candidate pool. Be sure to connect with people in the area to let them know your intentions on moving. In addition, let family and friends know about you’re moving because they might have a link to someone in the area as well.

Consider reaching out to local recruiters or employment agencies. Their job is to find the best possible candidate for an open position at a company. Do a local search and explain your intentions with the move.

Try visiting the area before you move to meet up with these connections. If possible, plan your trip around local job fairs or networking events that can help build your network.

If you cannot visit before the move, the Internet will become your best friend. There are many career resources and job sites, such as LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster and CareerBuilder, which will help you find job openings. You also can search local newspaper and government Web sites. Change your location on your social media profiles, including Facebook and Twitter, to begin networking with companies and people in your new area. Join local industry groups on LinkedIn as they may post job openings and give advice for job seekers like you.


Finding a job takes persistence. You might not get call backs or interviews right away, which can be very frustrating, but don’t give up! The perfect job for you will come along; you just need to put in some work finding it!


Have you landed a job in a new city? What advice would you give to someone who is planning on doing so?