In 2009, Jim and Sheila Whedbee decided to take a leap of faith.
The business Jim worked for was closing, but he wanted to make use of his years of experience in the pool and spa industry, Sheila said.
So they decided to open their own business, Jim’s Pool & Spa in Martinez.
“That was a big jump, opening a store, because you don’t ever know how well it will do,” she said.
However, business boomed and they decided to open their second store in North Augusta in March.
“We believed business would be just as good here because we had such a big customer base that came from this area,” she said. “So, we opened a store here so it would be more convenient for them.”
The North Augusta location is operated by Sheila and her son, John Howard. Between the Whedbees and Howard, they have more than 45 years of experience combined.
Jim’s Pool & Spa offers a variety of services including liner replacements for in-ground and above-ground pools, servicing pools and spas, building above-ground pools, selling products to maintain a pool or spa, and free water testing.
The busy season usually starts around late February and continues through August, but they keep a good workload throughout the year, the Whedbees said.
“A lot of people do keep their pools and spas up and running all year, so we work year-round,” she said.“We enjoy providing a service that people want and in a convenient place for them because our number one thing is customer relations.”