The Comfort Center was established in the fall of 1980, at the height of the energy crisis, when Gary Power decided to start his own business. With a small loan at 22 percent interest, he opened Silent Flame Stoves, selling wood stoves with his wife, Dianna, in a 200-square-foot rented space. Dianna would run the store while Gary worked full-time at an automobile plant in Kansas City.
The following Spring, knowing that they needed something to sell in the summer months, Gary and Dianna installed an above ground swimming pool with a deck and slide, which was the first outdoor pool display in St. Joseph. Silent Flame Stoves then became The Comfort Center, and “Keeping You Comfortable All Year Long” became their business slogan.
What started in a small space soon turned into a 3,000 square-foot building at their first location on Pear St. Setting a higher standard, an inground pool display was added in 1986, which was a first in the area. The display was expanded into a water park, with four pools and a gazebo where customers could browse and really discover what they wanted to include in their own backyard. The Comfort Center was the first to offer free computerized water analysis for their customers.
Our Commitment to You
After 27 years on Pear St., The Comfort Center moved to a beautiful 5,000 sq. ft. building at 1804 N Belt Hwy in St. Joseph. The Comfort Center’s new location proudly has the largest retail showroom in the Northwest Missouri with 8 gas burning units on display and over 12 models of Hot Springs Spas.
Since opening, The Comfort Center has remained dedicated to staying on top of the constantly changing pool and spa trends, offering our customers only the finest pool, spa and hearth products on the market today by the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable team. We have employed the same employees for years, including pool installers, service, and management, keeping our family-owned business loyal to our customers with a strong team of experts for more than 35 years.
No matter what you’re looking for to enhance your backyard, be sure to stop by and visit us today. We have everything you need to Build your Backyard Dreams.