My life is so full right now. Between being a full time working mom and running a household my brim is pouring over!! My blog had to take a side car to me just being productive with my daily tasks…..plus I needed some time to develop material! LOL
We are heading into the busy season and we are noticing the demographic of our new clients is changing. We have had a flood of young and excited new home owners getting their dream stones and sparing no expense! And we have also gained more mature clients who are re-doing their kitchens and picking super high end materials!! This is so exciting!! This means the “sparkle” is coming back!! HELLO GENERAL PUBLIC!!!! NATURAL STONE IS A LUXURY ITEM!!!! Hopefully the days of “quick and cheap” (this is when someone comes in the shop with only 40% of info we need to give pricing and they demand it cheap and quick) are coming to an end. America is the breeding ground for free enterprise so there will always be a niche for someone and always a target market. Joe and I feel like we are heading towards the turning point in the stone business. There is excitement and creativity flowing. The new colors being quarried are super vibrant and offering new color palettes.
As we head into TAX SEASON it seems like the tax refunds are being used to enrich lives with upgrading in the most used areas of “ones” home…. either kitchen or the bathroom!
Just a moment to vent about how these big corporate BIG BOX stores just drown this market with nonsense!! When it comes to your natural stone purchase or even a solid surface – visit your little guy..the mom and pop fabricator…or just a direct fabricator!! Do not listen to an employee with minimal training in this area! I know they are just doing there job and after a while they just do as they are told or trained to say BUT it smears the market for natural stone!! It’s all sales tactics to sway the consumer in favor of what they are promoting. In most cases the general public purchase everything from nails to cabinets from these places and they look at it as one stop shopping. I get it! I am a busy mom, business owner, etc. You have to make sure the facts are correct. I am venting at this point because too many defensive patrons arrive at our location spewing what they have been told about how “porous” natural stone is… how it “stains” .. too high maintenance.. When the fact of the matter is natural stone is one of earths wonders and it is actually an amazing concept to think that somewhere in Brazil there are mountains being quarried for granite and it is shipped and fabricated and installed into your residence! Simply amazing. Humbling actually!
Carry on with your day peeps… needed to get that out in the universe. #missionaccomplished
This is just too cool not to share!! We recently finished up a penthouse apartment in Rittenhouse at the Barclay building. It’s public knowledge between the realtor and Colossus that the stone sold the place. The unit wasn’t even finished yet and a potential buyer walked in and became the owner!!! The kitchen sold it!! 1.7 mILLLLLLLLLion for the unit and the Super White Quartzite 9 piece island was the show stopper!! It was our creative concept to fabricate and install this long island being that we had to overcome height and length restrictions with the Barclays elevators. We brought 5 pieces of 3cm Super White and 4 pieces of 3cm Absolute Black to the unit and the magic began. It took all day but the outcome is so amazing!! I would love to get into the unit now to see the kitchen complete but the owner has moved in and wants to keep it all to himself!! I hope he’s not upset that I just unearthed his big secret!! DISCLAIMER TO THE LADIES…If your out and about at ROUGE or PARC and you meet a handsome guys in his 30’s and he’s bragging about his 9 pieces of what not back at his place…..Its his island top!! LOL Enjoy the pics!! It’s Fabrication Friday peeps!!
Just a girly girl in a male dominated industry trying to get my point across…