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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Brighton, CO

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Brighton, CO offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

 Rent Storage Containers Brighton, CO

SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are refurbished grade or better
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Brighton, CO, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Brighton, CO

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent Brighton, CO

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Brighton, CO

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Brighton, CO, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Brighton, CO

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Brighton, CO, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Brighton, CO. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN Brighton, CO?

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Latest News in Brighton, CO

Backyard amusement park: US Navy pilot builds roller coaster for 3-year-old son

BRIGHTON, Colo. -- If you're handy and have a little one, we have an idea for your next DIY project.A family in Colorado is turning a playset into an amusement park, KMGH reported.For a 3-year-old, having a swing set is pretty cool, but how about your own roller coaster?"It's a redneck roller coaster," said Scott Brazelton, the father. "That's the...

BRIGHTON, Colo. -- If you're handy and have a little one, we have an idea for your next DIY project.

A family in Colorado is turning a playset into an amusement park, KMGH reported.

For a 3-year-old, having a swing set is pretty cool, but how about your own roller coaster?

"It's a redneck roller coaster," said Scott Brazelton, the father. "That's the way I describe it."

At their home in Brighton, the Brazeltons have an amusement park ride in their backyard. It looks pretty expensive, but Scott actually made it and found some ways to cut costs.

"This is the body... make from some planters... this is from a brewing barrel," Scott said.

His son, West, doesn't seem to notice.

Scott has been flying planes in the Navy for 17 years, and is currently a pilot for Southwest. That explains the colors, which is what West actually chose instead of a rocket design. He likes his dad. And to get the engineering right, Scott asked a friend and former aerospace engineer for Boeing, who had also built one, for help. There's obviously a lot of math involved.

"So just kind of some Excel spreadsheets and some nerdy design stuff, calculating bank angles and how fast it's gonna go and how high you need the hill to be to make the car go around the whole track," Scott said.

It's only calculated for toddlers, and specifically, for his two sons, whom he wanted to make up for lost time with, by assembling this coaster. That can happen when you're sent all over the world.

"No matter what you're gone for how long you're gone, at least in the military, it always comes with some feelings of, you know, a little bit of guilt. But also, hey, I want to make it up to him when I get back," Scott said.

Now, Scott is a reservist, so he's home a lot more, giving him plenty of time to push his son down this ride, over and over and over again. West can hardly contain his excitement.

"I like to have it go fast!" he said.

Here's where you can find Detroit Wing Co. in Livingston County

A pair of brothers from Howell have jumped on board a rapidly expanding chain of Michigan-based chicken wing restaurants with a new location in Brighton, and a second planned to open in a few weeks.Ricky and Ronny Hurd opened their first Detroit Wing Co. franchise location at 8593 W. Grand River Ave. in Brighton last week. Their Howell location will open in May at 118 W. Highland Road/M-59 in the Crossroads Town Center shopping center.The restaurant chain has grown to 18 locations since 2015, including six new lo...

A pair of brothers from Howell have jumped on board a rapidly expanding chain of Michigan-based chicken wing restaurants with a new location in Brighton, and a second planned to open in a few weeks.

Ricky and Ronny Hurd opened their first Detroit Wing Co. franchise location at 8593 W. Grand River Ave. in Brighton last week. Their Howell location will open in May at 118 W. Highland Road/M-59 in the Crossroads Town Center shopping center.

The restaurant chain has grown to 18 locations since 2015, including six new locations this year. More than 20 additional restaurants are in the works in Michigan, Ohio and Florida, including eight expected to open before the end of the year.

"I'd like to open more, as well," Ricky Hurd said, in between taking customers' carryout orders.

"I'd like to get this one going and get Howell opened. Then, I think I would like to do 10 in the next few years," he said.

Hurd, 32, said the restaurant chain is expanding so quickly that opening up a few new locations a year "is completely doable."

The sibling are getting into the restaurant industry for the first time; they both previously worked in insurance. Ricky Hurd also has a background in retail and ran several Pets Supplies Plus locations.

"It's the quality of the food," Ronny Hurd, 29, said about why they chose to franchise with Detroit Wing Co. "There's no additives or preservatives. And there is a lot of meat on the bone here."

The menu centers on two things: chicken and sauces. They offer 20 sauce options, including dry rubs and wet sauces.

Ronny Hurd said his favorite sauces are honey barbecue and buffalo customer favorites include garlic parmesan and "firecracker" sauce.

They offer classic and boneless chicken wings, chicken and plant-based tenders, as well as some other meals, sides and 1-pound, homemade New York-style cheesecake with either vanilla bean or Oreo cookies.

"The mac and cheese is really good and popular. It's creamy with panko (bread crumbs)," Ronny Hurd said.

The Brighton location is open seven days a week for carryout only. They also offer delivery, through online ordering service DoorDash, and take large catering orders.

Ricky Hurd said one of the reasons he wanted to become a franchisee with Detroit Wing Co. is there seems to be growing demand for it.

"The model worked (during the pandemic) with carryout. This model didn't start after the pandemic started. They've been doing it since 2015," he said.

Detroit Wing Co. founder Gus Malliaras told Livingston Daily the restaurant's focus on carryout helped his company weather the pandemic.

"There are a few different elements," Malliaras said. "COVID really was, and I hate to say it, great for us. The silver lining, we're carryout focused and always have been. When all the other restaurants were shut down, our volumes went through the roof."

He said both new and existing franchisees are expanding to new locations.

"Half are existing owners opening new stores," he said. "For us that’s the biggest indicator."

He said he did not know how much the company would grow after he opened his first location.

"When we started, we didn’t have these expansion plans. it just kind of took off," he said.

Before founding Detroit Wing Co., Malliaras owned Zack's Hotdogs, a Coney Island restaurant in Warren, which closed in 2015. He said he grew up spending time at his grandparents' restaurant, New Hella’s, in the Greektown area of Detroit. His great-grandparents founded that restaurant in 1901.

"(Zack's Hotdogs) had wings on the menu, but like with any Coney Island there were 100 things on the menu. Everything was made from scratch and made to order. It was hard to do that with 100 items, so I started thinking of ways to simplify it."

He said that is how he decided on chicken wings and sauces.

"We're really all about the sauces," he said.

He said he is gearing up for a new 50,000-square-foot commissary kitchen in Madison Heights where sauce will be made. They currently operate a small 500-square-foot commissary in Eastpointe.

"Before, every location was making sauce at the store level, and that was a lot of work for the operator," he said. "We want to simplify, and also for consistency. I didn't want to have 20 versions. I also wanted to still use natural ingredients."

In addition to the new locations Livingston County, more locations in Michigan are coming online soon. The restaurant will also add its first locations outside of the state.

Malliaras said a second location will open in Ann Arbor. The city's first location opened a few weeks ago. One or two more locations will open in Grand Rapids, which currently has one, and others are coming to Commerce Township, White Lake, Novi, East Lansing and Lansing.

"In Lorain, Ohio, it is in the planner review phase," Malliaras said. "In Florida, we just signed our first lease in Tampa and we're starting the construction process."

Contact Livingston Daily reporter Jennifer Timar at jtimar@livingstondaily.com.

Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah cuts ribbon at his new NYC coffee shop with Mayor Adams

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah – Dennis Coles – celebrated the opening of Killah Koffee Shop in West Brighton along with community members and elected officials on Monday.After more than a year of exclusively selling their artisanal ground coffee online, co-owners Coles, Ross Filler and Shawn Wigs decided to plant roots opening the company’s flagship store on Staten Island.Coles received a Proclamation from Mayor Eric Adams and a citation from Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Isl...

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah – Dennis Coles – celebrated the opening of Killah Koffee Shop in West Brighton along with community members and elected officials on Monday.

After more than a year of exclusively selling their artisanal ground coffee online, co-owners Coles, Ross Filler and Shawn Wigs decided to plant roots opening the company’s flagship store on Staten Island.

Coles received a Proclamation from Mayor Eric Adams and a citation from Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island/South Brooklyn) thanking the Wu-Tang member for his contribution to music and congratulating Killah Koffee Shop’s grand opening.

Adams commended Coles for giving back to his community, describing him as “an institution and an inspiration.”

“There’s so many people coming out here seeing a performer, a young person who grew up here who lived in public housing and went to public school, and now is able to have a business out here; just coming back to the community. That’s what it’s all about. So we just want to say, ‘thank you.’ ‘Thank you for reinvesting,’” the mayor said.

A representative from City Councilwoman Kamillah Hanks’ (D-North Shore) office also presented a citation to Coles.

Gary Perone, executive vice president and general manager of Staten Island Entertainment, which owns the Staten Island Ferryhawks also attended the ribbon cutting. He gifted Coles a Ferryhawks hat and jersey and announced that the naming of Shaolin Alley at the ballpark in honor of Wu-Tang Clan.

Coles thanked everyone, saying that he felt “grateful and humbled.”

“I love each and every one of y’all for coming. ... God bless,” he said.

When asked about the significance for Staten Island, Wigs said, “It means more culture and more flavor and more attention for Staten Island because that’s exactly what Wu-Tang and Ghostface and everybody’s been bringing.”

HOW TO GET KILLAH KOFFEE BEANS

Co-owner Filler said the shop is not officially open to the public yet, but to “stay tuned.” In the meantime, the company’s four flavors – Vanilla, Supreme Dark Roast, Marvelous Medium Roast and Marble Cake – can be purchased on the company’s website.

Will marijuana businesses be allowed in Brighton? Upcoming meeting could provide answers

BRIGHTON — City officials are set to discuss whether to continue blocking marijuana businesses inside the city or to change the current ordinance.During the upcoming council meeting Wednesday, officials also could simply continue talking about the issue without making a decision.A special meeting of the Brighton City Council, which is open to the public, will take place at 6:30 p.m. May 11 at the Brighton Community Center, 555 Brighton St., to discuss the potential for allowing marijuana businesses in the c...

BRIGHTON — City officials are set to discuss whether to continue blocking marijuana businesses inside the city or to change the current ordinance.

During the upcoming council meeting Wednesday, officials also could simply continue talking about the issue without making a decision.

A special meeting of the Brighton City Council, which is open to the public, will take place at 6:30 p.m. May 11 at the Brighton Community Center, 555 Brighton St., to discuss the potential for allowing marijuana businesses in the city.

Marijuana businesses of any kind are not currently allowed in the city, which opted out under Michigan's recreational marijuana law.

In October, Brighton City Council passed a resolution instructing the city's planning commission to begin an ordinance review process and identify possible locations for marijuana businesses.

The council stipulated that marijuana businesses would not be allowed in or around the downtown business district, including Main Street.

At the time, officials discussed whether the city should get ahead of special interest groups that could petition to place the question on the ballot and force their hand.

The planning commission reported back in December, but the council did not take action. The commission declined to create a draft ordinance, as city council had requested, and instead submitted items for consideration for how marijuana business could be regulated in the city.

Some city officials and the Brighton school board have opposed allowing marijuana businesses.

City councilmember Susan Gardner shared her concerns in April about how marijuana use impacts young people during public comment at a meeting of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners.

Gardner shared information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about how marijuana use can harm developing brains and lead to marijuana use disorder.

"Please consider, coming out of this pandemic, do we need anything more to distract and hook our youth, going the wrong way?" she said.

Walled Lake marijuana business owner Jerry Millen recently sold the former Rolison PRO Hardware building in downtown Brighton to a new owner after city officials made it clear they were not interested in allowing marijuana stores on Main Street or in the downtown district.

Millen said he is still interested in eventually opening a store somewhere in the city, even if it's not downtown.

"We're rallying the pro-marijuana people," to attend the May 11 council meeting, he said. "I'm inviting people who this impacts directly, who have benefitted, especially when it comes to the medical side."

He said he expects other cannabis business owners, politicians, medical marijuana patients and local business owners to attend and show support for a regulated, legal marijuana industry in the city.

He said if the city does not take action, it's likely special interest groups could begin a ballot initiative that would let voters decide.

"If they don't, one of these big wigs will do a ballot initiative. Don't be naïve, they are coming. They will be willing to spend $100,000 to get it on the ballot and take it out of the city's control," Millen said. "You need to get ahead of that and pass an ordinance, or someone is going to shove it down their throats."

In November, the Brighton Area Schools Board of Education passed a resolution expressing opposition to allowing commercial marijuana businesses in the city and other communities in the school district.

"[T]he Board of Education for the Brighton Area Schools requests that the elected leaders of the City of Brighton, Brighton Township, Genoa Township, Green Oak Township and Hamburg Township help protect our students from the negative consequences of marijuana use by prohibiting marijuana businesses in their jurisdictions," the board said in a non-binding resolution.

The resolution also claims permitting marijuana businesses, "results in increased youth access and sends youth a message that marijuana is a safe drug."

Contact Livingston Daily reporter Jennifer Timar at jtimar@livingstondaily.com

Kaagman seals PSV switch from Brighton and Liverpool confirm five departures following WSL promotion

INESSA KAAGMAN has left Brighton for a return to the Dutch top tier signing a two-year deal with PSV Eindhoven.The midfielder's move comes two days after Aileen Whelan announced her Albion departure after a five-year spell with the club.Kaagman, 26, joined Brighton from Everton in July 2020 three years after Whelan’s move to the side from the Toffees.And the player was part of the Netherlands squad that reached the final of the 2019 Women’s World Cup where they were beaten 2-0 by the United S...

INESSA KAAGMAN has left Brighton for a return to the Dutch top tier signing a two-year deal with PSV Eindhoven.

The midfielder's move comes two days after Aileen Whelan announced her Albion departure after a five-year spell with the club.

Kaagman, 26, joined Brighton from Everton in July 2020 three years after Whelan’s move to the side from the Toffees.

And the player was part of the Netherlands squad that reached the final of the 2019 Women’s World Cup where they were beaten 2-0 by the United States.

Kaagman netted 12 goals in 43 appearances for Brighton who finished seventh in the WSL this term, one place lower than their highest ever finish last season.

Albion boss Hope Powell, 55, said: “Inessa had been a big part of what we’ve achieved in the last two seasons.

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"We’re going to miss her around the club because not only is she a great professional but she’s always positive around the squad.

“She wasn’t able to see friends and family for a long time during the pandemic and I know she is looking forward to being back at home.

“I’d like to wish Inessa all the best for the next stage of her career. She knows she will always be a welcome visitor to our club in future.”

Elsewhere Liverpool confirmed the exit of a quintet of Reds players a little over a month on from their promotion to the WSL.

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Meikayla Moore, 25, ex-Chelsea midfielder Jade Bailey, 26, and former Spurs defender Rianna Dean, 23, will leave when their contracts run out this summer.

Defender Charlotte Wardlaw, 19, has returned to the Blues having spent this season on loan at the Reds netting once in 17 appearances.

And Academy graduate Evie Smith who was a part of Matt Beard’s first-team squad this term also departs.

Reds manager Beard, 44, said: “I would like to thank all these players for their important contributions during their time with the club.

“It is the nature of the game that people move on, but we have created special memories this season as a squad that will stay with us.

"All of these players have been a part of that.”

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