25 Jul

July 25th Update

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On May 12th Ohio allowed retail stores to open back up, though with mandates in place that were designed to protect both customers and employees alike. From the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Eastgate Pools has followed Ohio’s mandates as closely as possible. As...
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28 May

May 28th Update

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On May 12th Ohio allowed retail stores to open back up, though with mandates in place that were designed to protect both customers and employees alike. From the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Eastgate Pools has followed Ohio’s mandates as closely as possible. As...
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11 May

Eastgate Pools & May 12th

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As most of you are aware, on May 12th Ohio allows retail stores to open back up. While there will still be some limitations and some mandates that will need to be followed, May 12th will mark our next step going forward towards a...
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2 May

Another Big Step Forward!

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Another Big Step Forward! With Governor DeWine’s May 1st announcement of the new ‘Stay Safe Ohio’ order, we are pleased to announce that we are now permitted to schedule appointments for customers that wish to visit Eastgate Pools & Spas to shop for above-ground...
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29 Apr

Good News!

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Good News from Eastgate Pools & Spas! When the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, we temporarily closed the store to customer traffic, even though we were technically permitted to remain open in a limited capacity. We chose to protect our associates and customers the best...
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9 Apr

Our 40th Anniversary Sale

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With the Ohio stay-at-home order in effect until May 1st, we regret to announce that we will be unable to hold a full-blown, in-store version of our annual Anniversary Sale extravaganza. It was scheduled for April 24th, 25th, and 26th, and for everyone here...
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8 Apr

Crazy Times

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Right now, life seems like a bad horror movie. It doesn’t even seem possible how much life has changed in a 2-week or so period due to Covid-19. I feel like most if not all of us are just along for the wild ride....
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27 Mar

Crazy Times

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Right now, life seems like a bad horror movie. It doesn’t even seem possible how much life has changed in a 2-week or so period due to Covid-19. I feel like most if not all of us are just along for the wild ride....
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3 Mar

Cantilever Umbrellas

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Are you looking for something that can make you back yard bearable in the summer? From time to time we have customer coming in looking for an awning to protect them from the sun. While we don’t carry awnings, we have, what I think...
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3 Mar

Coming Attractions

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What many people don’t realize is just how early the buying cycle begins for the next casual furniture season. By July the next year’s casual furniture purchases are being made. As part of that buying process many outdoor furniture manufacturers head to the Merchandise...
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3 Mar

#CheckIt4Andretti?

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Yesterday I learned of the passing of my all-time favorite race car driver, John Andretti. John was only 56 years old. He passed away on January 30th after a 3-year or so battle with colon cancer. My understanding from the many stories written about...
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12 Feb

Cantilever Umbrellas

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Are you looking for something that can make you back yard bearable in the summer? From time to time we have customer coming in looking for an awning to protect them from the sun. While we don’t carry awnings, we have, what I think...
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7 Feb

Coming Attractions

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What many people don’t realize is just how early the buying cycle begins for the next casual furniture season. By July the next year’s casual furniture purchases are being made. As part of that buying process many outdoor furniture manufacturers head to the Merchandise...
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1 Feb

#CheckIt4Andretti?

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Yesterday I learned of the passing of my all-time favorite race car driver, John Andretti. John was only 56 years old. He passed away on January 30th after a 3-year or so battle with colon cancer. My understanding from the many stories written about...
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24 Jan

Coming Attractions

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While there are lots of great new collections and pieces heading to Eastgate’s casual furniture displays for the 2020 season, I am super excited about  our Gathercraft Alassio. One of the reasons that I am so high on the Alassio collection is that it...
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5 Jan

2020 – Happy New Year

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Hard to believe it is 2020. Seems like just a blink of an eye ago it was getting ready to change from 1999 to 2000. The worry about impending doom and gloom for computers. Y2K, I believe is what the term was. So long...
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28 Nov

Mira Recreation Series

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We have been carrying the Mira line of spas for about 10 years now. They have always been a popular sellers because of their tremendous value. Mira has widened their product lines extensively over the years and they have gotten better all time. Our...
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16 Nov

How Do You Recover From Your Hobbies?

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Recently for my 52nd birthday my wife bought me a propane forge. I have developed an interest in blacksmithing. After a short time trying my hand at my new hobby I realized I’m not as young as I used to be. After three or...
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7 Nov

Coming Attractions

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The weather is getting cooler and each day more and more pools are being closed. But that doesn’t mean that nothing much is going on around Eastgate Pools. After all, spring 2020 is closer than it seems and we have been prepping for it...
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1 Nov

Furniture Closeouts

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The weather is cooling down, but our patio sales are warming up. This time of year, one would think that the interest in patio furniture would start to slow, well this doesn’t seem to be the case. Customers are looking for quality furniture at...
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25 Oct

Are We Going For The Record?

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Let me start by saying that I am a Bengal’s fan, and have been my entire life.  After the whole “New Dey” emphasis during the pre-season, this regular season is turning into the same sad old Sundays. So let’s see if we can make...
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24 Oct

The Teabag Pool Cover

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We discuss with customers the importance of removing the excess water from the pool cover, but I think we need to make people mindful of removing excess leaves as well. As leaves break down they begin to release tannic acid, the same acid that...
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20 Oct

This Date in Reds History: October 20th

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Im sure some Reds fans know exactly what happened on October 20th of 1990.  But others may not know what happened on this important day in Reds history.  Lets just start with Jose Rijo was on the pitching mound for the second time in...
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19 Oct

Cool Weather Companion

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Mother Nature sure likes to play mind games sometimes! Just a week or so ago it is 90+ in October and the air conditioners are running full blast. A cold front moves thru and presto, there are frost warnings. I would say only in...
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14 Oct

The Nature Show Continues

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A while back, I wrote about a family of hawks who have lived in my neighborhood the past two years (or maybe longer) and what a thrill it has been to watch them raise a family both years. Their nature show continues. The past...
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25 Sep

Exposing The Jet Myth

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Back in 2004 when I began my career here at Eastgate Pools we carried a brand of spas that focused on performance and durability, not showroom pizazz.  For cost reasons that manufacturer is no longer part of our product offering, but one of their...
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6 Sep

Giving Tough News

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In most cases, installing a swimming pool is making a family’s dreams come true. And that is a fun part of being in this business. What isn’t so fun is going out to install the pool only to find out that the yard cannot...
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27 Aug

Spas Are Not Miniature Pools

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Pool water. Spa water. Pretty much the same thing, right? Wrong! Spa water is a lot different than pool water and there are several reasons why. Number one is the water temperature. A pool generally will be kept somewhere from the mid-70’s to mid-80’s...
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16 Aug

Pool Kings

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Eastgate Pools has built its reputation on building beautiful back yard pools at an affordable price. There is a show on HGTV called Pool Kings and they specialize in extremely high end projects. While Eastgate Pools does not specialize in building custom waterfalls, rock...
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13 Aug

Swim And A Show

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Recently my wife and I were lazily floating in the pool on our water noodles when we were treated to a nature show in the treetops of our backyard. For the past two years, there has been a pair of hawks nesting in a...
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8 Aug

Simpler Days

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On these hot summer days it makes me think back to my childhood when summer days were so simple. We didn’t worry about air-conditioning, or the price of gas. We cranked up homemade ice cream by hand on the back porch, and spent days...
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5 Aug

Who Dey!!

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As many know from some of my previous blogs and those that I work with, I am a huge Cincinnati Bengals fan and a season ticket holder.  I have taken my soon to be two year old son to more than a dozen bengals...
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1 Aug

Coaching The Young

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This past year I had the pleasure of coaching an AAU league basketball team with my best friend Sam, and his dad Rick. We had an 8th grade team that finished with 12 wins out of 40 total games, and if you ask me...
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31 Jul

Sled dogs: Siberian Huskies

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Intelligent, strong willed, stubborn Who love dogs? My Husky is my best friend, the best companion a girl could ask for, and her name is Khaleesi. (Where are my Game of Thrones fans at?!) She’s definitely a queen, always getting what she wants. She’s...
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28 Jul

The Problem With Social Media

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When you see the included photo, do you see three, that’s three rocks? Neither do I which is good. Means my yearly eye appointments are keeping my vision acceptable or it means I learned to count at some point. Or both! The reality is...
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23 Jul

Time Goes Fast

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But you never really realize how fast until there are milestones that are surpassed, or you have a moment of quiet reflection. It seems that we are so busy in the track meet that is our daily lives that we do not have the...
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18 Jul

Yes, It is important.

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So, your pool water is perfectly clear. Is it really necessary to check the water balance and adjust it as needed? After all, the water looks great, how can there be anything wrong with it? YES, it is necessary!!!! And clear isn’t the end...
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13 Jul

Help! My Pool Is Green!

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It happens. No one means for it to happen, but it does. You go on vacation and the pool sitter doesn’t “sit” the pool. Life just happens and you have a million other things vying for your attention. The weather became cool and wet,...
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10 Jul

Welcome To The Family!

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Asher Ryley Owen Stith. We’ve added our newest blessing to our family April 9, 2019! The little guy was too impatient, just like his mommy, and decided to arrive three weeks early! Weighing a whopping 7 pounds 8 ounces and 21 inches long! So...
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3 Jul

Homegrown Tomatoes

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The end is near. It is almost time to forget about those nearly tasteless imposters that I am forced to put up with during way too many months of the year. Yes folks, it is almost time for homegrown tomatoes. And I am pumped....
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27 Jun

Rain, Rain!

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I am not one of those people that has my nose in my phone or computer screen all day, though I certainly know the type well, and I admit to still getting most of my news the old fashioned way, so maybe I will...
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15 May

The Learning Never Stops

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I’ve been in the pool business for 15 years now and in the outdoor leisure industry for even longer than that.  As with anything, offerings and information are constantly evolving, and new improvements continue to make pool and spa ownership even easier.  What I...
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9 May

Crab Shells For Clarity?

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One of the most common concerns with pool and spa water is the clarity of the water.  Nothing is less inviting than cloudy water.  What is even more frustrating is trying to address that cloudiness and it can crop up at the most inopportune...
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2 May

What’s New Big Green Egg Part 3!

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In the last part of “Whats New” we will take a look at the new Egg Genius.  The EGG Genius effortlessly controls the temperature of your EGG through your smartphone, tablet or computer. Remotely manage and monitor cooking temperatures for worry-free cooking and monitor...
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1 May

What’s New Big Green Egg Part 2!

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In the second of three “Whats New” we will take a look at the Eggspander Kit. Unleash your culinary creativity with the ultimate expansion system for the Big Green Egg! The NEW Big Green Egg EGGspander System facilitates an extensive variety of cooking setups...
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30 Apr

What’s New Big Green Egg Part 1!

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This is the First of a three part “Whats New” series.  The first new product that we just got in, is Big Green Egg’s new Modular Nest System.  Build your outdoor kitchen one step at a time with the NEW Big Green Egg Modular...
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20 Apr

Draft Time

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In my eyes the biggest needs for the Bengals would be: Linebacker, Offensive Line, and tight end. With the upcoming NFL draft in April, I have gone back since the draft in 2000 to see what positions and players have been selected with the...
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18 Apr

Benefits of Dogs Swimming

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For dogs who love to swim, playing in the water has many benefits. Swimming is an all-around healthy activity for your dog. It provides everything from exercise to stimulation, and a needed release for all that energy dogs have. Exercise and PlaytimeThe most obvious...
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5 Apr

Who likes meat loaf?

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I like meat loaf, sometimes. My family went recently to a local restaurant that served meat loaf as one of their menu options. I was skeptical but I ordered it anyway because I know multiple people that had ordered the meat loaf and said...
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28 Mar

Cincinnati Red Stockings

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The United States consisted of 37 states. Ulysses S Grant was sworn in as President. The Golden Spike was driven into the ground in Promontory, Utah to create the first trans-continental railroad. Jesse James committed his first confirmed bank robbery. The Cincinnati Red Stockings...
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20 Mar

35th Anniversary

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For those of you out there that loved that certain prehistoric family from Bedrock, the Flintstones, you may recall my all-time favorite episode. Its Fred and Wilma’s anniversary and Fred decides to buy Wilma a piano. As is usual, Fred gets Barney involved and...
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15 Mar

Could This Be The Year?

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Every year it seems multiple times per year hope springs eternal that this year will be the year. Whether it is the Reds, the Bengals, the Bearcats or the Musketeers, we have that undying hope that this is the year that one of them...
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7 Mar

Pothole Season

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No one is ever excited to think of this ongoing menace of the roads, but if you think about it it is a good sign. The freeze and thaw cycles that open these kidney rattling asphalt craters are a sign that spring is just...
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25 Feb

Mother Nature

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The calendar still says winter and Mother Nature seems to be playing along with this script, but anyone that has been around Cincinnati any time at all knows that with a seeming flip of the switch spring can be here. Need I remind anyone...
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25 Jan

Friends

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What makes a friend? Are they just like you? Or do opposites attract? This question came up the other night when my wife and I were playing cards with friends of ours. It was brought up that one of my best friends was so...
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15 Jan

Some Fun Facts About Pools

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Some Fun Facts About Pools -Swimming became and Olympic event in 1896 -The oldest concrete pool was built in 1915 -The first filtration system was introduced in 1910 -Residential swimming pools became popular after World War II -The US National Swimming Pool Institute was...
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28 Dec

Evolution of Heaters

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I personally have been in the pool and spa industry for around 25 years. A lot has stayed the same and a lot has changed. One thing that has changed a lot is the style of heaters one sees sold in the Cincinnati market....
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23 Dec

Is It Time?

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In May of 2017 I lost a very dear friend, my favorite dog of all time, Sunny. Sunny was a yellow lab that my family adopted when he was maybe a year or so old. Now Sunny wasn’t the world’s smartest dog, though he...
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20 Dec

Interesting Times

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This past September I attended buying group meetings and the casual furniture show in Chicago. The topic that was repeatedly brought up in meetings and while visiting manufacturer’s showrooms was the tariffs that were implemented the past few months and more which are potentially...
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15 Dec

Spa Time

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Over the past few weeks I have noticed a big increase in the amount of spa chemicals being sold. I think most people use their spas all yearlong, but I know from personal experience that the number of times I use my spa each...
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11 Dec

Why not buy a spa?

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Why should you buy a spa? The bigger question is why shouldn’t you? With winter coming on it’s the best time of year to relax in a hot soothing body of water. You deserve the rest and relaxation that a spa can provide. We...
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14 Nov

2019 Season

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With winter fast approaching, we have already started getting ready for the 2019 season!! Most of our ordering for the 2019 season is already done. We placed orders in September and October 2018. That may seem crazy to order that early, but this allows...
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6 Nov

How Time Flies

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As this pool season winds down it strikes me how quickly this season has gone by. It seems like just a few weeks ago I was cursing the rain, wondering how I was gong to get the backlog of above ground pools installed in...
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30 Oct

Halloween

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With Halloween approaching and being a mother, the main question I ask my children is “what do you want to be for Halloween?” My two older children are easy peasy. My four year old on the other hand is a little more difficult. She’s...
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28 May

Memorial Day is here

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And with it time for picnics, and family get togethers. This tradition dates back to the post Civil War era when at the end of May families would get together and clean the grave sites and surroundings of those sites of loved ones who...
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11 May

Time Flies

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We have always heard this and seen it to a certain point, but it doesn’t seem to effect us until we think back. It was just a couple years ago when I did this or that, until I look at the pictures and realize...
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2 May

Suction Side Cleaner Stop Working?

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Suction side automatic pool cleaners, Kreepy Krauly, Zap Vac, Dirt Demon just to name a few, do a really nice job keeping inground pools and above ground pools clean. However, we occasionally receive customer inquiries about a cleaner that just isn’t moving. Since a...
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25 Apr

Liner Rehangs

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When it comes time to have your liner replaced I think it is fair to say that the main goal is to have your pool looking like new again…or as close to it as possible.  There are a lot of factors that you want...
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11 Apr

Sensation Pools

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Our industry has a gap in product between the above-ground and the in-ground pool markets, the Sensation Pool fills that void with your choice of a round or oval pool, there are many sizes available. We are able to install the Sensation pool Above-ground,...
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6 Apr

Ideas for spring

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As the weather warms and things return to green it seems every year we are looking spruce up our outdoor living space. From the standard items of mulching and leaf clean up, to figuring out what to plant in what locations. Once you have...
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2 Apr

The Winter Months

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It seems like on a weekly basis one of my friends is asking me if we are busy around the store. With the cold and the snow, they figure that there must not be anything to do. And while things are certainly quieter than...
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30 Mar

Big Green Easter Egg

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When your children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews or just your friends are all out hunting for eggs in the yard you could be grilling on the Big Green Egg. I remember in years past I would just sit back and watch a lot of...
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29 Mar

What is Opening Day without the Parade

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I remember not so long ago when the Cincinnati Reds were given the honor to kick off the season every year. You also always knew that before the game kicked off that same day there was a parade that wound it’s way through Findlay...
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28 Mar

Mesh cover? Open your pool early.

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The advantage to opening a pool earlier, rather than later is that it is much easier to grow algae in a warmer pool. As the temperature increases outside and the water temperature starts warming, algae is starting to thrive. If it is left untreated,...
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27 Mar

March 29th is opening day.

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The Reds pitch off against the Washington Nationals to start the 2018 season here in Cincinnati. And I can not wait until the MLB season starts, means the spring is here and the summer is on its way. But what will the Reds 2018...
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23 Mar

Value VS. Cost

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I think this is something that we have forgotten in the grand scheme of life, that there is a difference between the two. If I need a tool that I plan on using once or twice for a specific project then I will buy...
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20 Mar

Come on Spring!

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2017. The first year for owning an inground pool and the first year for owning a pool period in quite a while. What a great year it was! From having friends and family over for impromptu grill outs and swim parties to having a...
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19 Mar

I miss you buddy!

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I just finished reading the book Craig & Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other, by Craig Grossi. I must admit, I am a sucker for books with a dog as one of the main characters. When the main...
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20 Feb

Another Newbie!!!

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Every year we try to freshen things up on the showroom floor.  We want to keep some of the most popular looks and introduce some items that offer something new and unique.  Over the last several years we’ve had no shortage of options for...
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5 Feb

Allow Me to Introduce….

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Emaline Rose Weaver!  Our family has grown to four with the birth of this tiny little girl on December 27th (Just in the nick of time for taxes).  At 5 lbs. 14 oz. and 19 inches long she was even smaller than her big...
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5 Feb

No Time Like the Present!!

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This year, perhaps more than any other year I can recall, I found customers were just a little late to get some of the items they really needed and wanted.  Once again we sold out of Inground pool installation dates relatively early.  When that...
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