Darrell Alderman started sweeping the floors at Almost Heaven when he was 16 years old. Thirty-four years later, Alderman -- who has served as general manager for 23 years -- said the business, now called Almost Heaven Saunas, is marketing internationally, at trade shows and online, including the sauna seen here available only on the Cabela's website. The synthetic deer antler door handle and baseboards are special for this model.
Alderman designed the Blue Ridge sauna exclusively for Costco's website. The Greenbrier Valley company is known for its barrel designed saunas but this square design offers multi-leveled benches and is for indoor use only.
Almost Heaven Saunas President Rick Mouw said the western Canadian red cedar saunas sell themselves because of their handcrafted, custom quality.
Every sauna made at the Renick-based company's warehouse is handcrafted. Jonathan Alderman, an Almost Heaven Saunas employee of five years, said he strives to produce quality, custom saunas.
Almost Heaven Saunas employees Gary Campbell (left) and Neil Feury custom build a Blue Ridge sauna last week at the Greenbrier Valley's warehouse.
In the late 1980s, Almost Heaven brought in $20 million in sales and had 102 employees. After going through bankruptcy and now with a new owner, the Renick-based manufacturer has eight full-time employees who are working "nonstop to keep up with the demand," General Manager Darrell Alderman said.
Gazette photo by Kenny Kemp.....7.95x5.8....Darryl of Almost Heaven Saunas of Renick, WV stands next to a Cabella's model that sells for $9,999.