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December 25, 2014

Holiday Rocks

Just in time for the holidays, the stone I purchased in Italy this September is beginning to trickle in. Our staff waits in curious anticipation, as the first bundles of slabs emerge from the shipping container.  Most of the time we play it safe, importing only proven, marketable colors. This container however, is what I call “candy store” material. New, exclusive and exciting stones purchased for discerning clientele wanting something different and unique.

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Unfortunate, but not surprising, this container was held up at the port due to a union strike, with the shipping company tacking on a “congestion charge” as a result.  This is common with the importing side of our business. If it’s not a strike, then it’s snail fumigation, random DEA inspections or a myriad of other charges imposed by the Port Authority, all with the accompanying monetary levies tacked on whether you like it or not. Not exactly Holiday Cheer.  

But our friends in Carrara have the last laugh, for hiding between the bundles of the beautiful stone, lurks a surprise inclusion of wine, and a large bottle of artisan olive oil, making us forget those annoying charges and ushering in the season of giving, Italiano style.

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As we unbundle the stone, we’re left with the usual towering pile of wood, which will be repurposed into shipping crates, for the finished countertops we’re sending downtown to the new hotel project. In previous years, we’ve donated the wood to a gentleman who created children’s beds for families needing a little help during the holidays. This is the true spirit of the season, not all this Black Friday nonsense which is really getting out of hand.

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As we approach 2015 and our 24th year in business, the entire Mario & Son team, from our family to yours, wishes you Buon Natale e un Felice Anno Nuovo, and we thank you wholeheartedly for your continued support year after year.  

 And if you can’t figure out what to buy that special someone on your shopping list, may I suggest a thousand pound slab of Black Mirror Quartzite under the tree this year.

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