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  • Desert Oasis - Customspas in California's Coachella Valley

    by Barrett Kilmer March 2008

     Southern California's Coachella Valley is a heavily irrigated area in the northern part of the Colorado Desert, bounded on the west by the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains and on the east by the Little San Bernardinos. It's home to nine small-but-growing communities, all with populations of less than 100,000, and to Teserra, a custom pool and spa builder in the...

  • Custom spas in California's Coachella Valley

    by Barrett Kilmer March 2008

     Southern California's Coachella Valley is a heavily irrigated area in the northern part of the Colorado Desert, bounded on the west by the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains and on the east by the Little San Bernardinos. It's home to nine small-but-growing communities, all with populations of less than 100,000, and to Teserra, a custom pool and spa builder in the...

  • Waterfront: March 2008

    by AQUA Editors March 2008

    Rebuilding In Baghdad

    U.S. Military helps open horse stables and pool at the Baghdad Zoo

    Like so many things in the Middle East, the Baghdad Zoo has been hit hard by the war. But since relationships between park officials and military support teams began in early 2007, more exhibits have been opened to the public. The 15th Brigade Support Battalion soldiers and park officials

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  • Chemical Reactions

    by Amy Lillard September 2007

    GREEN ISN'T JUST A COLOR anymore. Green means products and services that are sustainable and safe for the environment and people. In the last few years, consumers have become more aware of the importance of green products, green buildings and even green investments. It's increasingly common for consumers to demand green products and services. New companies are springing up...

  • Waterfront: August 2007 - Aquatic Dutch Oven

    by AQUA Editors August 2007

    Aquatic Dutch Oven 

    This funky tub (thankfully) supplies the heat without the fragrance.

    Is that the bottom half of an orange pig, or a hot tub. Well, neither, if you insist a hot tub has jets. The handmade polyester Portable Wood Burning Hot Tub from Hammacher Schlemmer is made in the Netherlands, can fit four adults comfortably, and...

  • Covering Your Assets

    by Karen Erstad August 2007

    Much like the tires on your vehicle, portable spa covers need to be replaced every so often. They're just not going to last forever. Whether it's simply wear and tear over time or a curious young Labrador retriever that kills a cover, this situation presents dealers with an opportunity since somewhere in the process of purchasing a new cover, most clients will be stopping...

  • Your Hot Tub Here

    by The AQUA Staff July 2007

    There's no question that the backyard-living boom is fully underway. Whether purchased from high-end, to-the-trade-only vendors (Scalamandre has a line of Sunbrella upholstery), or from a budget-priced, big-box merchandiser, everything the homeowner needs to outfit an outdoor living space is now readily available. And the furniture, grills, water...

  • Inside Out - Industry leaders weigh in on the state of hot tub equipment

    by Becky Strauss May 2007

    When the latest hot tub comes out, it's easy to focus on the cosmetic details, to admire the skirt and the sparkly new jets. But as your mom always said, it's what's on the inside that counts, and the spa equipment is no exception. AQUA hasn't checked in with the equipment industry for a few years regarding what's going on inside the spa, and so we decided to see what's...

  • United We Stand

    by Becky Strauss April 2007

    LARRY GILES Chairman of the strategic planning committee, member of the HTC and president of Vita Spas

    STEVE GORLIN Chairman of the HTC and owner of Gorlin Pools & Spas in Lakehurst, N.J.

    LAUREN STACK APSP Liaison to the HTC and director of marketing promotion for APSP

    It's no secret that 2006 was a difficult year for hot tub manufacturers and...

  • A Step in the Right Direction

    by Becky Strauss March 2007

    If you spend all day around hot tubs, and it's a safe bet that many readers of this article do, you've probably noticed a preponderance of up-market steps and surrounds for the spas you sell. The days of the lonely hot tub on the deck are over; today's customers seem to want all the bells and whistles. Many manufacturers are working hard to provide dealers a whole backyard...