Category Archives: Natural Stone Countertops

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!



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 computer use, specifically Microsoft Excel and Outlook programs, is highly recommended.  Developed written and verbal communication is also desired, as well as experience in sales and/or customer service.
This position is full time, with one Saturday per month.   Showroom hours are 8am to 5pm on weekdays and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.  Wage ranges from $15 to $20 per hour and is dependent on experience.

Visit our website to learn more about what we do or contact us if you are interested in learning more about our employment opportunities!






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 looks amazing with any pattern or finish you throw at it.

It does have its cons, however. Just like the hair from my white cat clings to my black sweaters, black granite can show dust, crumbs, and fingerprints. I put up with these little nuisances because of its durability. Black granite is rock solid (pardon the pun). It is an incredibly dense material, and a very hard material. It rarely needs to be sealed when compared to lighter granites, and is very scratch and chip resistant.

There is always a chance that black granite will betray you into looking a little slovenly if a visitor were to show up unannounced, but it also has a classy side that makes any space look like a million dollars.

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 home.

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, Exquisite Stone now uses a state-of-the-art templating machine to gather all the information that is needed to build the countertops.  This computer enables the template technician to quickly and accurately collect all the relevant data for the project, including not only the locations and dimensions of each cabinet but also sink and cooktop centerlines, subtle inconsistencies in elevation and many other details that can be easily missed.  This step towards a more digital process has allowed Exquisite Stone to become faster, more efficient and more accurate with the way that countertops are made.  While conversion to digital production has its challenges, every day it makes our jobs easier, our work better, and our customers happier.

There are still a few #2 pencils and graph pads floating around the shop, but not many!

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, Silestone and Hanstone also have some good options in a more economical price range. These quartz alternatives that strive to replicate the classic White Carrara look are gaining in popularity, and make creating turn of the century look easier and more user friendly.

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.

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 the warranty, this peace of mind is a nice reassurance that your countertop investment is being protected. Please visit Exquisite Stone for more details.

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.

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.