Plumbing & Sanikan
What: sixtieth anniversary birthday party
When: nine a.M.-three p.M. Friday, April 12
Where: 425 S. Third Ave., Sequim
To have fun its 60th 12 months in commercial enterprise, Bill’s Plumbing & Sanikan is hosting a party for the public from 9 a.M.-three p.M. Friday, April 12, at 425 S. Third Ave., Sequim.
To thank its many loyal customers and welcome new ones, there might be a barbeque lunch with dessert from eleven a.M.-1 p.M. Throughout the day there will be seller demonstrations, a surplus sale and door prizes.
Judy Kimler, daughter of the authentic “Bill” in Bill’s Plumbing, co-owns the commercial enterprise with her mom and his widow Ann Kimler. Bill, in the beginning from Pennsylvania, served in the Navy as a pipefitter and as a young couple they settled in Sequim, Ann’s homeland. Their small plumbing business became set up in 1959 on Cedar Street, transferring to Bell Street in 1962 and eventually to the South Third Avenue belongings, a former railroad backyard, inside the Seventies.
For a few years the commercial enterprise covered usual plumbing jobs, plumbing restore, septic system preservation and nicely drilling. Eventually it have become completely a retail issue, selling expert-grade plumbing furniture and taps in its showroom.
“Our professional-grade furnishings are exceptional from the ones at large box stores,” Judy counseled.
“At the Bell Street store we commenced having portable toilets,” stated supervisor Karen Lewis, who’s labored for Bill’s Plumbing for 30 years.
“The Sanikan leases have grown highly. We started out with 20 metallic ones and now we’ve got over seven hundred (plastic). We have a group of 4 carrier technicians and foreman Joe Coon makes the whole lot pass easily — inside the proper course. Our motto is “Giving you an area to move in view that 1959.’”
They actually have a two-seater in a trailer that could be a should-have for outside weddings.
Bill died in 1995 and some idea the enterprise could die with him however Judy and Ann, with the assist of devoted personnel, have endured its achievement. Also supporting customers inside the showroom is Nancy Coon, another longtime employee.
“How has the enterprise modified? The city has grown but we’re still the most effective mom and pa plumbing enterprise in Sequim regardless of the boom. Dad’s favorite part turned into working with humans to assist them fix things,” Judy stated.
“The products have modified lots — people are searching out getting old in region furnishings, toilets have all long past to tall bathrooms and water conservation has genuinely changed the enterprise — everything is low-glide,” she said.
Fixtures are going excessive-tech, too. Likely next 12 months, Lewis stated, owners with current furniture can be able to supply toilet and shower characteristic commands to Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant.
“And Alexa will apprehend my voice versus my husband’s voice,” Lewis stated.
Fixtures encompass bathrooms, sinks, showers, bathtubs and water warmers, general or on-demand, electric powered or propane. Faucets can be plain or elegant in severa finishes for the kitchen, toilet, bathe and laundry.
“We do sell American Standard walk-in tubs due to the fact they’re very famous, specially for aging in vicinity toilets,” Judy said, noting that there are numerous extras inclusive of the number of jets and lighting fixtures.
The keep additionally sells bidet toilet seats, again as an growing older in location advantage to assist people live impartial of their each day method, Lewis stated.
Even with their large stock, there’s one factor that customers gained’t find at the cabinets — and it may be priceless.
“In all of the years we’ve been here, we still offer small-metropolis customer support,” Judy said, “and we concentrate on recommendation on the phone. People call us on the way to approach a trouble they have earlier than they call in someone and we tell them what to do first. We all pitch in and wear a variety of hats.”
“One thing humans truely pressure is that they come to us because of our expertise — they trust us,” Lewis said. “We ask them what they have now, what they do or don’t like, what their desires are. We sincerely try to get what they need because there are such a lot of choices.”
“We take time and have the know-how to help clients from the smallest to the largest assignment and we love what we do,” Judy stated.