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  • Two’s Company

    Alice Cunningham, co-owner of Olympic Hot Tub Co. in Seattle, recently sold a triangular two-person hot tub to an older couple who were downsizing from a deeper spa that used a lot more water

  • The Burning Question

    The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act has been the law of the land for a while now

  • The Price Isn’t Right

    A hot tub is not just a hot tub when it comes to deciding what it should cost consumers

  • Exporting Expertise

    For Jon Temple, it began nearly 20 years ago with an opportunity.

  • Made in China

    Arlene Stachel, co-owner of Mt. Lake Pool & Patio in Doylestown, Pa., regularly purchases large containers of outdoor furniture from China

  • Inspired Campaigns

    In late 2009, Kathy Milbrandt held a sales event marking the 40th anniversary of Apollo Pools & Spas in Reading, Pa

  • Tis the Season

    Promotions can be particularly useful in the off-season, when pool and spa owners may need a little prodding to visit their local retailer

  • Pressing Matters

    Have swimming pools lost their luster?

  • Open Flame

    “Retail Raves” asks one retailer to specify a product that’s making a difference in his or her business. All professionals featured in this column are selected at random.

  • From Locals to Logos

    The mom-and-pop style suits the situation of some stores, while the branded style is better adapted to other business models. Here are a few points along that line.