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!
Joe and I strive for nothing but smooth sailing and happy customers!! I always try and open another level of communication with current technology. If you have an iPhone I can text right from my iPad or iMac. It is super easy and sometimes when our clients are in class or meetings it is just easier to look at the phone and text back. Do I like talking on the phone with clients—-OF COURSE!! 60 texts = a 10 minute conversation. I can sum certain things up in a matter of minutes opposed to feeling like someone is being neglected because I didn’t see their text! It’s a double edge sword…just like everything in life. I do feel that in this day in age, society in general, is all about convenience. So we just go with the flow and bend with the times and use our technology at our fingertips.
This fountain actually has a crazy story attached to it. Joe and I met in October of 2004 and it was love at first site…..BUT the summer of 2004 I was actually walking down Passyunk Ave enroute to some adventure and I saw Joe and the guys working on the fountain. Joe’s cousin was actually contracting Colossus Granite to fabricate the fountain ledges and wrap. I worked with Joe’s cousin at the time and Joe’s Uncle was my landlord. When Joe’s cousin yelled “Hey Kat! What’s up?” I remember seeing Joey and waving hi. Who would have thought that on that day I would be waving to my future husband, father of our children and future business partner…. Who would think that the company that was installing the essential pieces to the long awaited East Passyunk Fountain would be mine one day… Life is crazy. Just don’t sweat the small stuff…embrace what’s infront of you and own any actions you take.
The stone in this application is simply 3cm Absolute Black. It has been installed for 10 years through all the elements and look how it has held up!! Amazing! Granite is durable people!! It’s the surface that just keeps giving back!
We have a client that WE LOVE!!!!!….she got a brand new amazing kitchen update with Nettuno Bordeaux but was just unhappy about her sink situation. She chose the U105 under mount rectangle sink but after it was all installed she felt like it was A. just not big enough and B. maybe too cold of a look..she wanted more warmth with this rich lush creamy quartz granite. This is not a usual circumstance. Usually you get granite to have the under mount sink application since in reality most have had FORMICA and a drop in was a must. I gave this client all of her options and she chose the bisque colored BLANCO SILGRANIT Drop- in model 440212. Let me tell you!! It actually looks amazing!! Creates some dimension while giving her what she wanted…SPACE!! Being an Italian woman she has needs with the kitchen sink to be a certain depth and width. She got it wight he BLANCO and just couldn’t be happier!! Yay! Score for us and score for her!!
This gal is fierce, confident and her sense of style and ability to pull her “vision” off is AMAZEEEEEE!! This journey all started with a phone call and an email sent out June 9th 2014. Their builder, who we have done work with for over a decade, was commissioned to re-build their house after a major flood. This project took place a block from the beach and boy oh boy is it quite the property. A nice amount of rooms and a fresh clean start. Shari was on a mission with her biggest groupie behind her…her lovely hubs Matt. Matt’s disposition is very mild yet funny and just gives this firecracker what she wants trusting her vision is to be executed thoroughly. Let’s be honest here…this is isn’t her first dance at the rodeo. They have a gorgeous home in Northern NJ that has her touch, a house in FL that she designed and decorated, and keep in mind before the flood damage in the shore home she had a heavy hand in re-creating her “vibe” there as well. Now with the shore project about 80% done that means that Colossus has completed the mission of taking her selections and ideas and making them a reality.
I have met ALOT of women over the years in this biz and Shari is one of a kind!! Her passion for getting her way is infectious. It sounds bratty but if you saw her delivery it’s stern and confident and she will not waiver. Matt smiles and looks for other opinions but let’s be honest…..she knows what she talking about. With some digging I have come to find out she is a cusper cross over!! She is a Capricorn/Aquarius which in layman’s terms means “creative- control freak”. BINGO!!! It was a match made in heaven. I knew we would get along in this lengthy costly project!!
The pics I posted DO NOT do this property any justice!! The chapter has closed for the project and it is bitter sweet for Joe and I. We are elated to see the final product and how happy the client is…but also will be missing the erratic emails, texts and phone calls of switches and second guessing. The one thing I can say solid is that when Shari had a second thought and changed her mind—the outcome exceeded what we all thought!!
We are so grateful to meet really cool people while doing what we love. Shari (& Matt) …..your officially my #wcw – (woman crush wednesday)
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!!
This is really an amazing transformation!! We sat back and looked at these pics and we just can not believe how much time and energy and FINANCES it took to make this building OURS!! It is still a work in progress but it is coming along nicely! We are actually picking paint colors now to re-vamp the showroom but I thought it would be cool to show how far we have come in 6 years…..2190 days!
Trent Cole stopped in today to get his bathroom all suited up. Such a nice guy!! Humble and really really down to earth. He was just trying his best to pick the most ideal color to make his fiancé happy! Really really sweet guy! GO EAGLES!
Just a girly girl in a male dominated industry trying to get my point across…