Archive for Thursday, May 26, 2005

Store’s business swimming

May 26, 2005

With temperatures rapidly approaching the century mark, Ronda Jackson is becoming one of the more popular folks in Lansing.

As the owner of Oasis Pools & Spas, 105 W Gilman Rd., she is the person locals turn to when they want to cool down.

"This is always the busiest time of year," Jackson said. "Memorial Day kicks off the summer and people want to get their pools ready."

Jackson used to work out of Leavenworth, but two years ago she made the move to a bigger store in Lansing.

Switching locations was nothing new to her. She labeled herself an "Army brat" and said she moved 14 times before graduating from high school.

She said she decided to settle in the Lansing area because her husband, Donnie Jackson, was from here and already established.

Name: Ronda Jackson

Address: 105 W Gilman Rd.

Occupation: Owner of Oasis Pools

Family: husband, Donnie Jackson; sons D.J. and Derrick

How long have you lived in Lansing and what brought you here? I actually live three houses outside the Lansing city limits. We moved the business here two years ago. We had been in Leavenworth since March of 1984, but the building was all filled up so we came to the bigger store we are at now.

What do you like most about Lansing? We like having the larger facility with everything on site. It was also nice of Lansing to let us build an above-ground pool in front of the store.

What do you do to relax? Get in the hot tub

What would surprise people about you? I don't have a clue. Probably that I'm normally very quiet. I talk a lot at work, but when I meet someone for the first time it is hard to chat it up.

What's the best advice you ever received? To treat people the way you want to be treated

What organizations or clubs do you belong to? Local Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Lenexa Chamber of Commerce, ASPS, a national pool and spa organization, and the Better Business Bureau

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