By Lindsay Andarakis
Joe Musnicki, the owner of Ocean Spray Hot Tubs & Saunas of Westhampton Beach and Melville, has been sprucing up backyards for quite some time now. This summer marks the companies 35th year as one of the leading hot tub and sauna showroom and service company on Long Island.
After seeing a need for a pool service and repair company in the early 1980’s, Mr. Musnicki founded Ocean Spray in 1981 with one truck and a limited budget. That meager beginning has grown into a company with over 7,000 customers and 30 employees. His company sells Hot Springs Spas and Finnleo Saunas.
When Mr. Misnicki first started out, the company was hand building and installing hot tubs piece by piece. It has come a long way since then. Ocean Spray Hot Tubs & Saunas recently finished a promotional event that included rollback prices to what hot tubs were selling for in 1981.
“For about 80 percent of the clients, they’ve never had a hot tub in their backyard or on their property,” he said. “They’re not sure if they’re gonna use it, they’re not sure if they’re going to go outside during the fall and winter time when its cold and use the hot tub, they’re not sure how much maintenance it may require, what the power consumption would be; they have a lot of questions along those lines and we fill in a lot of answers and they feel comfortable that this is a great addition to their home not only for themselves but for family and friends, for socializing, relaxation, stress relief, and its just a great go to place.”
Ocean Spray’s Anniversary Event is scheduled for August 11 with a tented party on the lawn of the outdoor showroom at the Westhampton Beach location and customers, village merchants, the Westhampton Beach Chamber of Commerce are invited to join Mr. Musnicki and his team for food and festivities to thank those who helped make his business such a success.
“Every town on Long Island is represented, whether it’s Montauk, Port Washington, Oceanside, every single town. Almost every street here on Long Island has one of our hot tubs,” Mr. Musnicki said.
He attributed his success to being comfortable working in any part of his business from the showroom to the delivery trucks, and maintaining close relationships with his staff. He focuses his sales on listening to the customer and making the sale about them and addressing their concerns.
“It’s all about a lifestyle change, that’s what we’re selling. It’s about wellness and lifestyle change, and providing a go to place for relaxation and a stress free area, that’s really what a hot-tub is today,” he shared.
For more information on Ocean Spray Hot Tubs and Saunas, call (631) 288-6006 or visit oceanspraypoolsandspas.com.