37th Anniversary Sale in Progress

You’ve waited all year for it and now the wait is over. It’s our 37th Anniversary Sale with big-time savings all over the store. Pool chemical prices will be the lowest of the year and savings extend into hot tubs, patio and sunroom furniture sets, and pools themselves.

Many of you have already received our WORLD FAMOUS yellow sales flyer but if you haven’t received it, check your EPerx e-mail. Or just stop in and pick one up here.

Friday April 28—10-8
Saturday April 29—10-6
Sunday April 30—11-5

Come have some fun with us and maybe…just maybe you will walk out with one of our hourly door prizes. The Grand Prize is a $500 shopping spree here at the store. Get free hot dogs, brats and metts too, cooked up picnic style out front.

Please..come join us!

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A Mild Winter

I must say I enjoyed the winter that wasn’t this year. Admittedly I like snow, but I like the lower Duke bills more than the snow. I know the kids are bummed that there minimal to no snow days this year, but they like the ability to play outside better. The upsides of a mild winter greatly outweigh the downside, unless you suffer from spring allergies. For those of you that do, be prepared for a long spring season.

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Let’s face it everything gets older.

When my wife met me 20 years ago I was a handsome young man, and now I’m just a man. When you bought your car it was the hottest thing on the road, now you hope it makes it down the road. The moral of the story is that no material item lasts forever, no matter how well we take care of it. Spas are the same way, what was pretty as a shiny new penny 15 years ago, has now lost it’s luster. When it comes time to replace your spa there are questions you have to ask yourself: What did I like the best about my spa, and what did I hate? When you answer those questions for yourself you will likely be able to find your new spa via a less exhaustive search than the adventure to find your first spa.

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You’re Never Too Short for a Hot Tub!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a couple come in to look at hot tubs and one is a full foot taller than the other.  That can create some concerns for both parties.  Generally the taller party can find plenty of comfortable spots as long as the hot tub is larger enough to have a serviceable foot well.  For our shorter patrons the challenge can be far greater.  There are usually cool down seats that sit higher, but those are traditionally the least therapeutic of spots in your hot tub.  So how do we make a hot tub work for the 5’ 2” and shorter crowd?  While it is always a delicate item to mention, there are boosters that make just about any sit functional for our vertically challenged friends.  Our “Water Brick” is a thick booster seat that is filled with something heavy like marbles or stones to weigh it down.  Not to worry, there is plenty of cushion to keep it comfortable.  Torso height is usually the biggest concern for hot tub users that aren’t as tall, and simply raising them up a few inches can make a world of difference.  So, if you’ve always thought they didn’t make a seat that could work for you, remember there is a solution to let virtually everyone experience the hydrotherapy we all deserve…even those that might not be tall enough to ride the latest roller coaster.

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Use Your Time Wisely…

I always had positive remarks from my teachers as a kid with the exception of the category above.  I usually received an “N” for Needs to Improve.  They would say I was “visiting with my neighbors too much” or any number of things that were keeping me from finishing the task at hand or getting a head start on something else.  Due to no fault of their own, I’ve noticed many of our customers miss opportunities to get things done when they would like because they are unaware of the challenges with scheduling in our industry.  Often times assumptions are made that projects can happen sooner or special orders will arrive quicker than what can actually happen.  We send out mailers to many of our customers to encourage them to get on the books early for different maintenance items so no one is forced to do without or wait longer down the road.

Ultimately, what I’m trying to tell our esteemed readers is DON’T WAIT.  There is nothing wrong with getting that replacement liner ordered earlier or safety cover repair done before the leaves start to fall.  The sooner you act, the sooner you can expect results.  If you want a pool, or furniture, or hot tub you owe it to yourself to at least get the ball rolling.  That doesn’t mean you have to decide today, but at least you can get the creative juices flowing and have a better understanding of the time it will take to get what you want and need.  Often times in this industry the early bird is already two months behind.  Don’t let that happen to you.   You don’t want to compromise quality because you didn’t begin planning as early as it seemed necessary.  Besides, we’re here all year so you might as well come say hello.

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Welcome to the Family!!!

Every new beginning can be frightening, or motivational, or thought provoking.  I’m not sure that any of those really qualify here, BUT we are very pleased to introduce a new hot tub to our already extensive Mira lineup.  As always, Mira and Eastgate have worked together to make sure that we have the right offerings for as many customers as possible.  Our new M800DL fills a void that we’ve had for a double lounge hot tub.  We had the chance to fire one up when it first arrived and it does not disappoint.  Both lounge seats offer extensive jetting in all the necessary places, and they are contoured to make sure you stay right where you want to…in your seat enjoying the best hydrotherapy you can get.  If you’ve ever had the opportunity to talk with any of us here about what is most important in a great hot tub, you’ll be pleased to know that this checks all the boxes.  The M800DL provides exceptional water movement, jet placement, comfort, filtration, and durability.  Come check it out when you have a chance.

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Spring Is Here!

Spring is here. Must be here right? The season ending football game is over, pitchers and catchers are getting ready to report to spring training, and I even saw the beginnings of daffodils poking up through the ground. Even though meteorological spring doesn’t begin until March 1st, and the Vernal Equinox is not until March 21st, spring is basically upon us. This is the time to remember the nagging little things that were driving you to the brink of insanity last fall, like that little drip coming out of the backwash line when the filter was running. Remembering these small things now, and making the fix prior to the season just makes life that much easier when you are up and running.

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Pool Table Felt…Cloth

Okay–I have always called it ‘felt’ and have been corrected many times. What I called
‘felt’ is more accurately ‘cloth’. Whatever it is called, if you are considering
putting new on your pool table (or is that ‘billiard table’?), we carry a nice selection
for people that have an 8′ table or smaller. Winter is a good time to change it out so
stop and see us and we can tell you how to do the work.

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It May Be Winter But…

It is not too early to think ahead to the upcoming pool season. If your in-ground pool’s liner is looking ragged and is at the end of it’s life, think about stopping in this month and picking a new one out.
We can get it ordered, made, and in-stock for when the weather breaks. An early spring install
means not having to do it in the middle of the summer when you’d rather be swimming instead
of looking at a drained pool that is awaiting a new liner.

Stop in and see the two dozen designs that we have available.

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As 2016 Winds Down, Some food For Thought…

Age old questions abound, such as “Why do we park in a driveway and drive on a parkway?” But why are cobwebs called cobwebs? They look nothing like a cob. And why does sour cream have an expiration date? For 2017, I’d like to have these things answered. –Max

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For Whatever You Celebrate, We Wish You The Best!

Personally, I’ve never gotten upset when someone wishes me ‘Happy Holidays’. I don’t understand why some people get all riled up when someone communicates this sentiment. But I also don’t know why anyone would get upset when someone say ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah’. Folks, if someone wants to send me tidings of comfort and joy, then rock on! So from all of us here at Eastgate Pools & Spas, enjoy this time of year when we celebrate…life! Merry Christholidaymasukah to you.

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The Perfect Blog

One of my esteemed colleagues informed me today that he had written the world’s most perfect blog. Upon reading it I have decided that it is not the world’s most perfect blog as he didn’t mention anything at all about mama, or trains, or trucks, or prison, or getting drunk. It was at that time that he informed me that he was not writing the perfect country and western song, but instead the perfect blog. I guess they are not the same thing. Who knew?

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A Shameless Sales Pitch

Okay…I talked our outdoor furniture manager into buying something and now I need you to buy it so I don’t end up with egg or my face. It is a clip-on umbrella and personally, I think it is a great idea.

Skip ahead to summer. It’s hot and the sun is beating down on you. You grab a book and plot down in your chaise, right beside the pool. But the sun is too bright and you really can’t read or even relax. Oh for a little temporary shade!

Thus, the beauty of the clip-on umbrella. It attaches to the back of the chaise and in seconds, presto…instant shade! How can you exist without one or two of these.

Did I mention that they are just $9.99 (shameless sales pitch), and that they would make a great little present for the pool owner that has everything except a clip-on umbrella for instant shade? It might be the greatest present that person will ever get and it costs far less than a new car. There’s no down side to this present.

Okay. That’s all. Except for the fact that we have several designer colors to choose from.

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It’s not too early to look ahead to the 2017 baseball season

Okay…I know it’s football season but let’s talk a little Reds baseball for a change.

The Reds are still in rebuild mode. They do not have as many players with contracts expiring soon, nor do they have a lot of “dead money” left on the books (Homer Bailey and Brandon Phillips are a different story).

My Off Season Predictions:

-There’s nothing the Reds can do but hope that Homer Bailey returns to form and maybe hurls another no-hitter.

-Sign Neftali Feliz to at least a 2 year contract This move could help the bullpen, as the bullpen was horrible last year.

-If they could trade Phillips and get something decent in return. Not a trade involving Aaron Hill, which was proposed by the Diamondbacks last year, but maybe a prospect or two in return and the other team takes BP’s full salary as he will become free agent after this season. In my opinion, trading BP is more about shedding payroll. I still think he can be productive player (.291/11Hr), but you are able to get Jose Peraza more playing time or even Dilson Herrera (picked up in the Bruce trade).

-Trade Zach Cozart to the Mariners or the Padres for a prospect. The Reds may even have to give up another player from the farm system to pick up a top 30 prospect from one of these teams, from the Mariners top 30 try and pry Alex Jackson, OF, Luiz Gohara, LHP (this was the player rumored in the trade talks before the deadline), Richie Schaffer, INF, or Tyler Marlette, C. From the Padres top 30 look at, Logan Allen, P, Nick Torres, OF, Austin Allen, C, or Austin Smith, P. This is a long shot to get a top 30 prospect, but if you throw in a player from single or double A, I think they can get a decent prospect.

-If they trade Phillips and or Cozart, I think a good value move would be to sign Gordon Beckham, INF, this is a cheap depth move.

-Sign pitcher Jarrod Parker. Yes, he has had three surgeries on his throwing arm but try to buy low with a potential upside, none the less another starter in triple A.

-Sign Peter Bourgous, as last years 4th outfielder Tyler Holt is a free agent. Yes, Jesse Winker is on the brink of cracking the majors, but will his power show up?  I think you sign another outfielder in case the Reds feel that it is best to put Winker in Triple A to start the season.

-Another depth move is, sign Hank Conger or Steve Clevenger in case Devin can’t come back right away.

None of these moves will take the Reds to the World Series but I think it allows some players to continue to develop in the minors before being thrown in the ring of fire. (As, well as getting younger, cheaper, and hopefully more competitive for the years to come.)

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Information and mis-information

Sometimes we have customers come in with “information” from another pool and spa store that leaves us scratching our heads. For those of you who have owned your pool for an extended period of time you know that the information that you were just given could not make less sense. I’ve heard in the past that the copper in a customer’s water was being leached out from the liner, which obviously is impossible because there is no copper in a liner. Another was that the best way to kill algae is with muriatic acid, now granted you can kill algae in this fashion by lowering the pH so far that nothing can live in the water, but for the sake of your equipment I would not advise it. My point is this, if the advice seems out of the realm of normalcy then get a second opinion. You wouldn’t have your hand amputated under doctor’s orders for a hangnail without getting a second opinion, so if it sounds off or extreme just get a second opinion.

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