From left, Karen and Mike LaPensee feature sinks,
faucets and more in their Holmes Beach showroom.
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
By Louise Bolger
sun staff writer
LaPensee Plumbing in Holmes Beach is a genuine family affair.
Not only does it provide an extensive menu of plumbing services,
it does it as a family and has been for twenty years.
Au. 1 was LaPensee Plumbings 20th anniversary, and Karen
and Mike LaPensee are enjoying the fruits of their labor.
Theyve built their successful business from the ground
up, and are now able to offer plumbing services and repairs
as well as remodeling of kitchens and baths.
Their showroom on Gulf Drive, opened approximately 17 years
ago, has an extensive display of sinks, faucets, shower fixtures,
and vanities, which is a rarity in Manatee County. They can
order just about any major manufacturers brand you may
want and install it or sell it to you for installation. They
also sell and install water filtration systems and garbage
Karen is the office manager, and her years of working out
problems with customers and helping them make selections has
given her a great eye for design. Mike works in the field
pricing jobs, supervising his staff and making sure the jobs
run smoothly. Their twenty employees include their son, Greg,
who works full time for the company, and Shawn, their college
age daughter, who works part time when available.
LaPensees have a fleet of fourteen trucks, provide 24 hour
emergency service, and per their web-site, (www.lapenseeplumbing.com),
offer senior discounts. Their web-site also has a virtual
tour of their well stocked showroom. Their focus is primarily
on Anna Maria, Longboat Key and northwest Bradenton, providing
plumbing contractor services for existing residential properties
and new construction.
Karen and Mike live on Anna Maria and are active in local
charities. Karen is one of the organizers of the annual Anna
Maria Tour of Homes. LaPensee Plumbing is also a member of
the Anna Maria Island and the Longboat Key chambers of commerce.
Like so many other business owners on Anna Maria, Mike came
to the Island from out of state (Michigan), and built a successful
business and an equally successful family who can take pride
in their unique blending of family and business. If Karen
and Mike have anything to say about it, LaPensee Plumbing
will be around for many generations to come.