Sunset Spas will host a grand opening celebration Saturday 11/12/2016

FARMINGTON — A new family-owned hot tub business has opened its doors and will have a grand opening celebration Saturday.

Sunset Spas at 712 E. 20th St. is located in the building that previously housed Happy Time Spas. The new business is the latest venture for Lynn and Andy Howell and their two children.

The couple owns two other Farmington companies, Howell Bonding Agency and Four States Monitoring Inc. While they did not plan to branch out into the spa business, after Andy Howell drove by the empty building and learned it was available, the couple decide to try something new. His wife added that her husband’s parent owned a sports supply shop at the location when he was a child.

“He thought we could really do something with the building, and this was also an opportunity to own a completely different business,” Lynn Howell said.

The store features the Artesian Spas line of hot tubs, which is known for its quieter models, Lynn Howell said. Special lighting, Bluetooth audio and waterfalls are among the features available on certain models.

Also on display are smaller plug-in spas for apartments or smaller yards. The store can also refurbish and sell older models and plans to order different colors and models, like swim spas, if that’s what customers want.

“We’ll even come pick up your old spa for free, and you can use it for credit on a new purchase,” Lynn Howell said.

While the store focuses on selling hot tubs and parts, it also displays a small selection of electric heating stoves and can order other types of stoves, such as wood-burning and pellet stove models.

Lynn Howell said a main motivation for opening the new business was to teach the couple’s two children, Lexi and Zack, how to start a business from scratch and what ownership entails.

 “It was kind of exciting,” said Lexi Howell, about her reaction when her parents shared the news that they were buying a spa business. “It was unexpected, but I was really happy about it.”

Saturday’s grand opening will feature refreshments and music by Sheldon Pickering. The first 10 customers to purchase a spa will receive free accessories and treatment chemicals for one year.

Lynn Howell said the store offers financing plans, so she hopes customers who are considering whether or not they could afford to purchase a spa will take a look on Saturday.

“It’s been fun to meet the people who have been stopping in — they’re excited we’re here,” she said.

Leigh Black Irvin is the business editor for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4621.

If you go

What: Sunset Spas grand opening

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: 712 E. 20th St. in Farmington

Information: Go to the Sunset Spas Facebook page at