Our Story


My name is Donna Martin Whitaker and I own Toyon Smart Storage.  As a Moke Hill Elementary Gopher, then as a Calaveras High Redskin I have ties to Calaveras County including many friends and family who reside here.  If you are local, you may have known my father, Doug the barber.  He first operated from the log cabin in Moke Hill at the crossroads of Hwy 26 and 12 and later in San Andreas.  If you didn’t know my dad, you must know my mom, Nadine who worked for Calaveras County Assessor most of her career and is now a card-playing, square dancing socialite.  As far as myself, as my children are becoming more independent, I find my interests are rock collecting, gardening, hiking, repurposing and upcycling old items, and spending time with my dogs and my Mom.

After completing college in the big city of Sacramento, I worked for corporate companies on Capitol Mall the majority of my career.  Since my father’s passing a few years back, I have been yearning to return to Calaveras County, to rekindle close relationships I once had and enjoy this wonderful close-knit community.  Establishing my own business was the logical approach to reestablish these connections.

Toyon Smart Storage has been designed to offer a variety of storage needs to my community.  Perhaps your family has outgrown their living space, perhaps you enjoy taking your shiny boat out to the lakes but have no place at home to keep it out of the harsh weather, or perhaps you are simply in transition to or out of the area.  Whatever your storage needs might be, Smart Storage has a unit to accommodate your needs.  We have specifically selected our Valley Springs, Toyon location as the prime location to serve storage needs of the Mokelumne Hill, San Andreas and Valley Springs communities.  We are also a stone’s throw away from Hogan Lake’s Fiddleneck boat launch, making your day on the lake hassle-free.

Toyon Smart Storage’s mission is to provide safe and convenient storage needs to local residents and recreational visitors of the Gold County region. We have extra wide and large units as well as smaller units for short- or long-term storage.  We also offer outdoor storage within our fenced yard. We have top notch video surveillance, fencing, site lighting and automatic no-contact gate control.  Please give us a call 209-340-9664 or email us at manager@toyonsmartstorage.com and learn more about how Toyon Smart Storage can accommodate your storage needs.