With over 35 years of experience, The Comfort Center
creates an atmosphere of year round comfort in your home.
In the fall of 1980, at the height of the energy crisis, Gary Power decided to start his own business. With a small loan at 22% interest, he opened “The Fireplace Shoppe”. He rented a 200 sq ft. building where he and his wife, Dianna, sold wood stoves. Dianna ran the store while Gary worked at an automobile plant in KC.
In the spring of the next year, needing something to sell in the summer months, they installed an above ground swimming pool with deck and slide, the first outdoor pool display in St. Joseph. Thus the Fireplace Shoppe became The Comfort Center, “Keeping you comfortable all year long,” became their slogan.
The Comfort Center started with 200 sq. ft. to 3,000 sq. ft. at their first location on Pear St. Keeping up with the latest trends, in 1986 the Comfort Center added their first in ground pool display, again being the first. They created an outdoor water park of four pools and a gazebo where their customers can browse and feel for their own backyard look.
The Comfort Center was the first to offer free computerized water analysis for their customers. They are dedicated to staying on top of the constantly changing pool and spa business and offering their customers only the finest products on the market today.
After 27 years on Pear Street, The Comfort Center moved to a 5,000 sq. ft. on the North Belt Hwy.
The Comfort Center’s new location has the largest retail showroom in the Northwest MO. With over 10 models of Hot Springs Spas on display, 6 gas burning fireplace units, and one piece fiberglass pool on display with an automatic cover, customers can see units of what they may want in their own home.
The Comfort Center has employed the same employees for decades, including pool installers, service, and management. The family owned business has been loyal to their customers with a team of experts since 1981.