From seedy warehouse to spa showcase
IT’S not always the case that a son and his father become closer through an entrepreneurial relationship. But Mike Sudoski Jr. and his father managed to do it and achieve remarkable results in the process. “When I was young, my grandfather took me to baseball and hockey games because my father was busy building his pool and spa company,” said Sudoski Jr. In 2003, he was invited to join the business his father worked hard to establish, Crown Spas and Pools in St. James. “We hit it off immediately,” recalled Sudoski Jr. “My dad taught me the business, but, at the same time, he allowed me to make my own decisions.” Today, the tight relationship between the two has led to the massive renovation of an 11,000-square-foot building at 760 Century St. The former overflow warehouse is being transformed into a long-held dream of Sudoski Jr. “For years, I’ve envisioned an indoor area large enough to house spas and pools, surrounded by hardscapes to give clients a realistic view of what a similar setup in their yards would look like,” Sudoski Jr. said, adding patio furniture and other outdoor amenities will also be displayed. To this end, he worked with Barkman to design and build displays that feature many of their stone pavers, as well as the outdoor fireplaces, kitchens, bars and countertops in the company’s Kitchen Grove and Stone Oasis series. The sales and information desk at the entrance is constructed of rough-face stones capped with a countertop with a flat black finish. On the opposite side of the aisle is a Barkman outdoor bar kit with a curved top that retails for $970 and can be assembled by DIYers or even those with no construction experience. A Barkman outdoor Kitchen Grove kit is set up a little further into the huge building. Though not all eight pieces of the collection are on display, the complete unit includes a barbecue grill, a side burner, a bar counter, a bar with fridge, a prep station, a pizza oven and end units. The centre of the indoor facility is graced by an Oasis series fireplace, retailing for $3,750, with a wood box. “Also on display is an Oasis waterfall — which includes stone, plumbing and pump — for $2,700,” said Sudoski Jr., adding the Barkman collection will likely be the largest indoor one of its kind in Winnipeg. Wayne Wiebe, Barkman’s regional sales manager, said he’s excited Sudoski Jr. has become a Barkman dealer and chosen Barkman patio slabs to cover part of the floor in the reno. “Even though they look like weathered wood, the slabs are concrete, with a realistic wood texture created from actual wood planks,” said Wiebe. Available in cedar brown or weathered grey, he said the planks will never fade, rot, warp or splinter like wood. Because the planks are a popular new product
Crown Spas and Pools custom builds several outdoor spas each year. Western red cedar gives a classy look to the exterior of this tub. Custom made spas feature
jets where customers want them, as well as powerful motors to create higher water pressure for hydro therapy.