La Boutique Piscines & Spas opened its doors in Vaudreuil-Dorion in March of 2012, offering a wide range of services for both inground and aboveground swimming

John Symon

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pools, for spas, for saunas, for BBQs, etc. Despite La Boutique on Cité-des-Jeunes Boulevard being a new store, its owners bring together some 25 years of experience in the field. "We have interactive displays in our showroom, meaning that customers can hop into pools to try them out," explains co-owner, Chad Piteau. "This way, first-time customers will really know what they're getting into!We suggest that customers bring their bathing suits; there are change rooms available here." La Boutique also offers extensive help with designing pools and provides expertise on how to best maintain pools through all four seasons. "We are an independent store with a local feel and a single location, but we are partnered with SIMA Group-the largest group of independent retailers in Canada for pools, spas and garden products-to benefit from their buying power," adds Piteau. "We also have the best warranties in industry." In-ground pools can incorporate waterfall sounds, mood lighting and complete customized landscaping.An online catalog features some 28 different pool configurations. Pool water analysis services are offered at all times while seminars are being offered at La Boutique-throughOctober 28-on how to best close pools (in- ground and aboveground) for the winter. Above-ground pool dimensions for a 52-inch high pool start at 12foot diameters, going up to 33-foot diameters; some oval designs are also possible. Above-ground pools are available in both steel and hybrid (steel and resin) construction. Brands carried include Camilia by Vogue and

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Photos: courtesy of La Boutique Piscines & Spas From left : Joel Lalande, Stéphanie Caza, Yannick Chevalier, Shane Weeks, Danny Tremblay, Jacques Chevrier, Carolyne Roy-Piteau, Chad Piteau, and Murray Hanna

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Showroom built with first-time customers in mind

Venture by Backyard Leisure Pools. "Regarding our spas, we feature also Beachcomber Hot Tubs, regarded as the world's most innovative, most comfortable, and most energy-efficient hot tub," mentions Piteau. Promotional literature sometimes uses the terms"spas,""hot tubs," and "Jacuzzis" interchangeably. La Boutique also offers what it calls"plug & play" spas, featuring Dreammaker, Durasport, and Softtub products. Sauna kits are available for installation in as little as nine square feet of house space, requiring only a 20 amp, 120volt electrical outlet. Larger units with seating for two to four people are also available. The most popular model is an Infrared Hemlock Sauna with mood lights and AM- FM-CD-MP3 capability. This 74-inch high unit fits into 10.5 square feet of floor space and requires a 1300 watt electrical outlet. Promotional literature describes the unit as,"real space-saver that can transform any room into a spa retreat." In addition, La Boutique sells a dozen different types of garden shelters and sheds. Accessories sold here include: pool cleaners; pool heaters; salt water generators; lighting; automation; UV Systems; steps (ladders);security devices; spa covers; pumps; filters; and pool toys.Some of the brand names featured at La Boutique include Bio- Guard ® (pool and spa care) and Hayward Canada (pumps and heat pumps).The store also sells Weber BBQs. Piteau indicates that La Boutique employs up to 20 people in full season, including contracted workers. Store hours are 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday; 9 am to 5 pm Saturday; and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. The store location is a few minutes west of Sainte Anne de Bellevue (exit 35 from Highway 40).

La Boutique Piscines & Spas 21, Cité-des-Jeunes Blvd, Vaudreuil-Dorion 450.424.2992 laboutique piscinesetspas.com Comment on this article at: www.westendtimes.ca

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