our story


Mike and Brenda Smith with their youngest son, Tanner.

Mike and Brenda Smith with their youngest son, Tanner.

In 1994, Mike and Brenda Smith decided they wanted to work for themselves. With a long family heritage in the Hot Tub industry, they wanted to open up shop in an area where both their business and family could grow into a part of the community. After touring dozens of cities, they decided on Columbia, Missouri.

In the Spring of 1995, River Mist Spas was born. They opened in a space at the Crossroads Shopping Center, with a dedication to product quality and customer service–and Columbia noticed. Four short years after opening their doors, Mike and Brenda relocated River Mist Spas to their present-day, 7,000 square foot showroom and warehouse at 1400 Vandiver Drive.

In 2002, Rivermist Spas became the Exclusive Authorized Retailer of Sundance Spas® in Columbia. Known worldwide as the gold-standard for hot tubs, River Mist Spas brought the world’s finest hot tubs to the community.

Soon after, the company also became the Exclusive Authorized Retailer of The Big Green Egg®, The Ultimate Cooking Experience. Mike and Brenda now had the ability to provide their customers with a unique product that truly changes lives. In addiction, they began competing in BBQ Competitions with their Big Green Eggs, with the team name “The Eggstreme Team”.

Last year, their company rebranded as Rivermist Spas & Backyard Life, to better represent the lifestyle that the store offers. From hot tubs and grills to accessories and lessons,  Rivermist Spas & Backyard Life provides what backyarders need. With brands like Sundance Spas®, Caldera Spas®, Finnleo Saunas®, and The Big Green Egg®, Rivermist has been Columbia’s backyard headquarters for years, and is always committed to bringing the best products and the best service to members of the Rivermist family.