Anniversary Sale Live Blog #3

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Anniversary Sale Live Blog #2



Toby, our Kamado Joe Representative, standing by his Classic Joe and Big Joe as they cook up delectables.

Smoked Chili Con Queso

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We have been topping our Metts with this delicious Chili Con Queso. Extremely gratifying!


Anniversary Sale Live Blog

This is what is going on right now at our Annual Anniversary Sale. Not even a little rain can stop us from grilling for all of our amazing customers.



Anniversary Sale is in Full Swing!

Here’s a couple of photos to show you our setup today. We have our Kamado Joe Rep, Toby, grilling on two Kamado’s and, as we do every year, we have our weenie wagon grilling up hot dogs, brats and metts. So, come on down to rake in the savings and have some delicious barbecue on us.

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Our Storefront

Ever notice the curvature that graces the front of our store?  The brief history of this building is that it used to be an 84 Lumber, and the curved area outlined an open-air overhang.  We did an addition twenty years ago and enclosed that overhang area.  The old wall used to be where the row of four pillars are that separate the billiard from hot tub departments and the front counter from the furniture areas.   And the entrance to the store was right in the middle where the Boca Patio Furniture is currently located.  If you came to Eastgate Pools before the addition, you would find a series of above ground swimming pools under the front overhang.  In fact, the front desk areas and big sections of the billiard departments were underwater at one time because these pools were filled.

Perhaps you even shopped at the old 84 Lumber before we were here and remember our original store about a half-mile away.  It was next to the Midas right off 32.  Tiny!  My have times changed.

Anniversary Sale!

Balloons are getting blown, the weenie wagon is getting assembled and the sales are starting to add up as we prepare for our annual Anniversary sale. 33 years in a row we have brought out the big sales to start up your pool season and we invite you down for the 34th installment coming April 25th, 26th & 27th. We will have door prizes and, as always, we will have food but this year we have an added twist.

This year we will have the one and only G-Willie at the store doing cooking demonstrations on Saturday the 26th. He will be serving up his award winning competition ribs as well as samples of all his sauces. We brought in his sauces because they recently won 1st prize at the Scovie awards and we simply could not stop eating the sauce as it is delicious. Come on in and grab some grub next weekend or grab yourself a jar of his delicious sauce.

Please make us a stop on your route next weekend while you are out shopping and come celebrate 34 years of excellence. We are happy to give you some delicious barbecue and have a ton of great deals for you to take advantage of and who knows, maybe you’ll win a shopping spree.

Don’t You Forget About Me

“Don’t you forget about me”, the theme song from, without question, my favorite Brat Pack movie. A movie that I personally love to quote, “The Breakfast Club”. I know that you are wondering what my infatuation with Molly Ringwald is and what a pool store and John Hughes have in common, right? In this scenario just the theme song, and a reminder of the things not to forget when it comes time to replace your above ground pool liner. When you replace your liner it is always time to replace the gaskets for the skimmer and return, even if you did replace them just a year ago. Once you compress a gasket, getting it to re-seal correctly can turn into more of a hassle than the $10 or so that the gaskets will cost you. Depending on age, you may actually consider replacing the entire skimmer and return. If you are starting to see any spider cracking or surface checking of the plastic skimmer body, replacement is certainly recommended. You may also need to pick up a pack or 2 of coping strips, as these are plastic they can become brittle with age and crack as you try to remove or re-install them. Pick up some parts, and maybe save yourself some headaches by “not forgetting” to replace the necessary.

Test Drive

I’ve never bought a car that I haven’t test driven, and I would never buy furniture that I’ve never sat in. There are some things that I can buy from a picture online or order out of a catalog, but when these items are for comfort how could you reasonably buy these without a “test drive”? Outdoor furniture has gone through a huge transformation just in the time that I have been here. When I started, the term balcony height wasn’t even in existence,  and now this may be the most rapidly growing segment in the casual furniture market. It is the perfect blend for couples like my wife and I.  I like the height of a bar set. However, my wife who is short legged, is not comfortable because her legs dangle. Balcony height is the perfect bridge between bar and dining height, allowing you to stare at the deck rail but not need a step ladder in order to get into and a parachute to get out of the chair. I welcome you to stop in and look at the various heights available and find the type that is right for you.

We Bid Farewell to Battelle’s Grocery

Businesses open and close everyday in our community, but losing an icon
is tough. Battelle’s Grocery and Catering has been part of the Mt.
Carmel community for 37 years, and part of my life that entire time.
From the time of being a small child going into the store with my
parents and seeking out Josh, who was in back watching cartoons, and
hanging out there while my parents got lunch meat and talked to Fred and
Linda about whatever was on their minds at the time. This corner grocery
and deli was a fixture in the community as was Fred’s means of selfless giving to
local youth sports teams by way of sponsorships. This was a store that
when you walked in for the first time you walked in as a customer but by
the time you walked out you were a friend. It is stores like this that
every community needs, and for those who did not live in the Mt. Carmel
area, wishes they had. It is with great sadness that I write this
because after 37 years and countless sandwiches I will no longer be able
to walk up to the deli counter and ask for a sandwich that was made by a

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