What Are They Thinking?



I was flipping through today’s issue of USA Today and came across the article, “Colleges offer choice of major—and headstone,” by Craig Wilson, and was perplexed. Apparently there are now some colleges out there that are making cemeteries part of their campuses, including Notre Dame, Duke and the University of Virginia. The catch is that the students get to pay the school twice, once for attending classes, and the second for a cemetery plot.

I know it is a free country, but a cemetery on a college campus? This just doesn’t seem right and then they charge an arm and a leg for a “so called” prestigious plot. If this is the new movement, maybe we need to expand our products from granite countertops to include granite headstones and market them to college campuses.

.…Well maybe not!

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Barb

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Posted in Granite on May 30th, 2007 by Barb | | 2 Comments



Differentiate Yourself!



While there will always be design and color trends in the building and remodeling industry, the biggest trend today seems to be to distinguish your design from others. According to the article, “Kitchen & Bath Trends,” published in the May 2007 Qualified Remodeler magazine, “the old adage of keeping up with the Joneses is hardly the case, as homeowners are seeking ways to do exactly the opposite—differentiate themselves from the Joneses.” Homeowners are looking for ways to personalize their space with distinct design and character.qualified Remodeler

Granite countertops fit right in with this movement. Each piece of granite has its own set of unique characteristics, and because it is a natural product, no two pieces are exactly the same. So why not explore your possibilties with granite? There are well over 400 colors to choose from, each unique to compliment your individuality.

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Barb

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Posted in Granite, Industry News on May 29th, 2007 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Learning Links 05/25/07



Many consumers are interested in the latest kitchen trends when they build, or remodel their home, especially when it comes to granite countertops. While the internet provides a great way to explore and find information, as a consumer, you have to keep in mind that information is posted from around the country, and around the world for that matter. Color trends, pricing, etc. can vary greatly from one location to the next. It is best to use the internet to gather background information, but make sure to check with PGC, or local fabricator for accurate pricing, color information, and availability.

Following are some informative links:

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Barb

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Posted in Granite, Learning Links on May 25th, 2007 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Nature’s Beauty



Selecting the perfect granite for your granite countertops can be a time consuming and tedious process. Granite offers unique characteristics and variations that are often looked at as “nature’s art”. One of the most beautiful aspects of selecting natural stone for your countertops is the natural variation and uniqueness of each piece. At Paramount Granite Company, we take great care in educating the customer on all of the various aspects of selecting stone, including care and maintenance, color selection, and stone variation.

We always strongly recommend that customers view their material before their final selection is made, for the simple fact that it is a natural product and does have flow, color, and pattern variations. Often time’s, small samples of granite do not do a larger remnant, or slab justice. We include a disclaimer on every proposal sent out stating, “Granite, marble, slate, limestone, and other stones are all products of nature. Paramount Granite Company cannot be held responsible for variations in the stone. If the customer is concerned about such variations, we suggest that they view the slabs at Paramount Granite Company before the fabrication process begins.

Some materials offer such variance that, you may want a specific area of the slab used for the island, or bar top. In such instances, we can consult with the customer to accommodate their requests to the best of our ability. Our goal is to provide a final product that you are excited to show off and use, as it will be something that you will be using for many years to come. So just remember, nature’s beauty is out our control, but your input and hand’s on method of stone selection can make all the difference in the world!

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Angie 

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Posted in Granite on May 24th, 2007 by Angie | | 0 Comments



Totino Grace Golf Outing A Success



Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the annual Totino Grace High School Eagles Golf Shoot at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, MN. As a fundraiser for the school, PGC sponsored a hole. Joel, our sales representative, and I manned the hole and greeted the golfers with a smile and of course a complimentary PGC can cooler. We also provided a little fun and entertainment with a hula hoop game, where the golfers had the opportunity to win a prize for getting their golf ball in the hoop.

Fun was had by all and we managed to display some literature on our granite countertops and laser etching service, despite the wind.

Following are a few photo’s from the event:

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Barb

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Posted in Company, Granite on May 23rd, 2007 by Barb | | 0 Comments



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