Waterfront: May 2010

A Blast From The Past

AQUA editors climb into Hot Tub Time Machine

Waterfront 0510For the past few months, a lot of buzz around the office has been dedicated to Hot Tub Time Machine, a movie that hit theaters in March that follows a group of four guys as they are whisked back to 1986 by a hot tub. Not only did we decide to step away from our computer screens to check out the movie, but we thought it'd be fun to take our readers on a journey back in time, too. We dug up the 1986 AQUA archives " back when the magazine was known as Spa & Sauna " and had ourselves a few good laughs.

Coincidentally, the May '86 issue featured a retailer survey. Spa sales were on the rise and brown marble was the shell color of choice. And, according to the survey, the average selling price for a hot tub in '85 was $3,195. Competition was fierce back in the day, especially out West, where, on average, retailers were likely to have four to five competitors within a 5-mile radius.

So, for nostalgia's sake, check out a few pages of Spa & Sauna circa 1986, and just for kicks, we thought we'd print a few of our own '80s throwbacks.

Page 1 of 47
Next Page
Content Library
Dig through our best stories from the magazine, all sorted by category for easy surfing.
Read More
Content Library
Buyer's Guide
Find manufacturers and suppliers in the most extensive searchable database in the industry.
Learn More
Buyer's Guide