The Showcase Magazine - Salutes


www.pelicanshops.com


By Sue Baldani


Now that the warm weather is here, head on over to Pelican Shops to find all that you’ll need for outdoor entertainment. Everything is in stock and available for immediate delivery.

Andrew Spilatro, who manages the Whitehouse Station, NJ location, said the family-owned business has always been about fun. Founded as a ski shop 60 years ago by his father Angelo, it has expanded over the years to include merchandise for all seasons. His brother Steven now owns the store.

Many of their salespeople are like part of the family, having worked beside them for years; some for over 40 years. They can guide you in finding exactly what’s right for you and your family.

“You can walk in the door any day, at any time, and get a knowledgeable salesperson to take care of your needs and answer all your questions,” said Andrew.

For example, hot tubs are big sellers, but many people don’t know much about them. Their salespeople can help figure out the size you need and explain how to take care of them. Today, instead of using chemicals to sanitize, several of their hot tubs use salt or minerals, the latter being all the rage the last two years. Also, their Cal Spa brands lead the way as the most energy efficient hot tubs in the world.

There are also many options when it comes to hot tubs, such as fiber optic lighting, waterfalls, and different types of massages. Some people come in with health issues such as rheumatoid arthritis and are looking not only to relax, but to also get the hydrotherapeutic benefit to ease their pain.

Another hot item these days are swim spas. Since in-ground swimming pools are costly, need a lot of maintenance, and can only be used about three months out of the year in New Jersey, these spas can be a great alternative. Swim spas are like giant hot tubs; they can be used for swimming, but also have jets and seats just like hot tubs. Another great advantage is that they can be used all year long.

Pelican works with contractors who can set up your hot tubs, swim spas and pools. They can take care of everything for you, and because they have everything in stock, turnaround time is fast. Also, if something needs to be fixed, it can be done quickly.

For additional fun in the sun, they also carry a large assortment of patio sets, above-ground pools and grills. Kayaks, paddle boards, and loads of pool toys are on display as well. Customers will be greeted at the door and pointed in the right direction so they can easily find what they need.

“We don't waste your time. We want to get you right back to your family since that's what we're all about - family fun,” said Andrew.

Besides the Whitehouse Station location, they also have stores in East Brunswick, NJ and Morris Plains, NJ, as well as one in Quakertown, PA.