February 10, 2018

►     Anne-Marie is taking the summer off.  Even worse, she is not coming back.  I am so sad.  So we are advertising for another Office Manager.  Not a replacement – we will never replace Anne-Marie!  But if you know of someone who is really, really smart and can do even half of what Anne-Marie could do, send them in.

►     Melissa L. of Nashua, NH sent us some great feedback recently!  She had this to say, “My son had a school project that required A LOT of cardboard – your staff helped us by coming out to your cardboard dumpster and letting us get all we needed.  No other store would help.  He got an A+ on his project!”  When asked if any of our team members did an unusually good job she said, “Didn’t get their names – two young women that greeted me and my son near entrance/pool supplies”.

►     New advertising starts Sunday February 11: Look At The Big Picture.  Everything else remains the same as last week.

►     There were 12 One of These Awards for January; one (Ryan) for Customer Service.  Finalists were Anne-Marie, Ryan (twice), and Kristine.  Owner’s Choice and Drawing winner were both … Ryan!  Congratulations to all.

►     We are dropping the Take It Easy Program.  Please remove the calendar from the Above Ground sales area and stop telling people about it.  We will reprint your sales materials, coupons, etc. right away.  We’ll send out a letter to current members.  Please keep an eye out for places where it is mentioned, and remind me to fix them.

►     We are raising the coupon price of a pool start-up lesson to $70.

►     February 10: Happy February Birthday to Connie and Elaine.  Help us celebrate with FREE birthday cake in the coffee  shop, while it lasts.

February 14: Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 19: Presidents’ Day.  We are open our normal store hours.

March 1: New store hours begin:  Monday – Wednesday 10-6, Thursday and Friday 10-8, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5

March 11: Daylight Savings Time starts.  Don’t forget to spring forward an hour!

►     Laughter The Best Medicine:

Five-year-old: Just one more question before I go to bed.

Me: What?

Five-year-old:  What are the lines on your forehead for?

Me:

Five-year-old: Now they look angry.

At a recent wedding I attended, the groom and groomsmen stood at the altar in eager anticipation of the bride’s arrival.  My three-year-old niece, sitting next to me, was also filled with anticipation.  Pointing to the men, she shouted, “I wonder which one she’ll pick?”