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Featured Remnant: Brown Fantasy

Posted by Exquisite Stone on March 31, 2017

Check out this new remnant of Brown Fantasy marble, now available for your next project.  Visit our website for more color options!    

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Now Hiring!

Posted by Exquisite Stone on March 30, 2017

Now Hiring a Sales and Countertop Selection Specialist! Exquisite Stone is seeking an individual to fill the position of Countertop Selection Specialist.  This candidate will work directly with clients in the showroom to finalize countertop colors, provide estimates and schedule projects.  An interest in interior design is beneficial, as well as experience working with people in a retail-type setting. Job responsibilities include making and receiving phone calls, assisting customers in the showroom, providing estimates for countertop projects, scheduling countertop measure and install appointments, creating invoices and paperwork for each confirmed project, and performing follow-up contact on potential projects. Experience with […]

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Black Granite – sleek and sophisticated, or pain in the bum?

Posted by Exquisite Stone on June 5, 2014

We hear both sides: some folks love black granite, and some loathe it. Of course there are pros and cons to the color of every surface. Black cars show salt in the winter, white cars show dirt in the summer. A black shirt shows lint and is a target for bleach spills in the laundry room, while a white shirt attracts orange soda and spaghetti sauce. I personally love black granite. Sleek and sophisticated, it looks fantastic with everything, and leaves the plan for décor wide open. Orange walls, purple walls, beige walls, why not! Black coordinates with it all, and […]

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What’s Your Finish?

Posted by Exquisite Stone on June 5, 2014

Traditionally, granite is generally expected to have a glossy, smooth finish.  While the majority of what we see in natural stone countertops fits this description, there is a yearly increase in the popularity of granite with alternative finishes.  Satin, Leather, honed and brushed finishes are becoming more and more available, and add an interesting dimension to a granite installation. Our preferred granite vendors often have a variety of materials in stock with these custom finishes.  A custom finish can also be applied to any material that is polished. Visit Exquisite Stone today to see what finish is right for your […]

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Benefits of digital templating

Posted by Exquisite Stone on June 5, 2014

We are living in a world that appears to become more entwined with technology by the minute.  This reliance on phones and tablets seems to make life both easier and more complicated as we move away from phone books, the #2 pencil, and even desktop computers. In working towards incorporating more digital technology into the countertop production process, Exquisite Stone has set aside the glue gun and graph paper, and is now using a digital templating machine for every project. Instead of manually building a pattern of the countertops or creating a drawing using a tape measure and a notepad, […]

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The look of…St Paul

Posted by Exquisite Stone on June 1, 2014

Maintaining “the look” is very important to any remodeling project. Many projects in the St Paul, MN, neighborhood are attempting to revamp the original look of these older homes. Many have existing combinations of white subway tile, white cabinets, and white marble countertops. White Carrara marble is the traditional material that is found in many of these older homes, but the sensitive nature of this marble makes it impractical for some families. Quartz alternatives are a great option where marble may fall short. Caesarstone has a great “carrara-look” color that is a very realistic duplication of the classic marble. Quantra, […]

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The Quartz Corner – Modern Flair, Low Care!

Posted by Exquisite Stone on May 30, 2014

Even though granite is still our most popular seller, sometimes it is just not the right “flavor” for every project. With its busy patterns, unpredictable coloring and veining, and natural variation, granite can steal the show from other featured areas in the home. Quartz is the perfect option when a space calls for solid colors, quieter patterns, and cleaner lines than natural stone can offer. Particularly in modern or more simple design schemes, quartz is able to offer more control over color and pattern, allowing other features to shine. Visit our favorite brands.

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Dupont Warranty

Posted by Exquisite Stone on May 15, 2014

The last few years have seen improvements in the way that natural stones are being quarried, processed, and prepared for installation into the home. Dupont is now offering an extended warranty program for their StoneTech Bulletproof sealer. This warranty guarantees protection against food-related stains for 15 years. During this period if issues or concerns arise with the seal on the material, DuPont will offer repair or replacement services through their warranty guarantor. Exquisite Stone is an approved dealer for this warranty, and offers it for $175 with any kitchen installation. At less than $20 per year for the life of […]

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Outdoor Kitchens

Posted by Exquisite Stone on May 5, 2014

As spring approaches, many of us begin to make plans for our yards and patios. Creating an outdoor kitchen space is one of the latest crazes in yard design. The durability of granite is the perfect pairing for an outdoor application. Whether the space is a full kitchen, a simple surround for a grill, or a table top, a granite surface will add a flair of sophistication and functionality. Visit Exquisite Stone for your outdoor kitchen countertop needs.

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The Quartz Corner – Quartz as a Marble Alternative

Posted by Exquisite Stone on April 25, 2014

Marble is one of the most classic looks in countertops. Unfortunately it leaves much to be desired when it comes to durability and maintenance. Quartz countertops are an alternative option that offer the looks of marble and the easy care properties of a manmade material. Now marbles like Crema Marfil, White Carrara and Emperador have manmade alternatives that overcome the undesirable aspects that make marble installations difficult to justify. Particularly in kitchens, these quartz options relieve a lot of the stress that accompanies caring for marble in a high traffic cooking area.

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