(Photo by Maria Scandale)
Rows of amazing granite and quartz slabs face buyers as they phase into Progressive Dimensions’ Counter tops & Cabinets layout showroom at 935 North Key St. in Manahawkin.
Styles and shades in the natural granite and made quartz are completely ready to stand out in a household kitchen area, tub, bar or even a spectacular hearth encompass.
One particular granite specimen is an intricate mix of blacks with beiges and browns that would spotlight any of the cabinetry whose samples can be matched to it ideal there in the showroom. For a seaside house, the best piece may be the off-white quartz flecked with solar-sparkled blue, or a sample reminiscent of wave-washed sand.
Customer can do the job with designers to build their aspiration look. Skilled professionals digitally evaluate at the client’s house to get a template, or sample, for the countertop. Then the shopper can see on the slab specifically exactly where the stone’s designs will spot on the completed product immediately after it is digitally minimize.
The retail outlet also sells cabinetry, sinks, components and flooring to finish the project, if essential.
The Progressive Dimensions company is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and the owners are very pleased of the associations they’ve developed within the communities by means of tough perform and philanthropy.
The Manahawkin showroom joined the first Toms River manufacturing web site just two many years back.
This spring is a time of continued enlargement of the thriving organization as Progressive is fired up to announce a third spot opening in Egg Harbor Township. The Egg Harbor Township showroom will showcase shows certain to inspire, such as an outside kitchen layout. There, consumers will have the chance to order countertops specifically from the facility.
Progressive Proportions delivers template, fabrication and set up companies to its clients. The firm thrives on its great standing for exceptional shopper services.
“We are constantly doing work on our purchaser provider and consider feed-back critically,” proprietor Ed Cassidy stated. “We’ve created our business on optimistic word of mouth.”
This yr continues to be active in the Manahawkin showroom, which serves Prolonged Seaside Island, Southern Ocean County and past at a time when each renovations and new residence gross sales are at a top.
Also, the past year’s pandemic has resulted in family members paying far more time in their household, prompting renovations.
“People are keeping residence,” stated Lisette Cassidy, husband or wife with her spouse in the enterprise, “and they didn’t recognize how considerably they hated their kitchen ahead of COVID.”
“We are normally updating our stock to reflect coloration trends,” included Ed Cassidy. White and gray are among the the currently trending colours. The luxury model Cambria is well represented among the quartz.
Lisette pointed out among the the alternatives in the showroom, “you can get a statement piece, but you can also get a little something that is subtle however classy.”
New in countertops are finishes that include interest to the currently attractive stone.
“Usually a granite arrives polished,” reported Lisette, “but we have a machine that makes the granite honed, which is matte brushed, which is textured or iced, which is textured and higher glow.”
The iced finish could also be explained as a glistening, frosted glimpse, as samples can be found in Manahawkin.
Ed goes to a lot of trade demonstrates and noticed the finishing procedure a though back again. “I said I actually want to do this for my buyers. Not only do no two granites seem alike, but when you have it honed, it’s really custom made to you and to what you want to set in your layout.”
Granite arrives to Manahawkin from all about the entire world. “Italy,” Ed commenced listing, and “Brazil and India are the most typical. The quartz countertop businesses offer a manufactured product or service that has 93 p.c organic quartz stone, with acrylic and other embellishment components. Quartz comes from Spain and Israel, and Cambria is produced listed here in the U.S., and there are solutions from Asian international locations.”
The moment the counter tops just take on their part in the home, they are a new get the job done of magnificence. Progressive Dimensions personnel deliver consumers property with every little thing they have to have to know for ease of treatment.
“Granite is a pure stone that arrives from the earth, so you can set incredibly hot pots ideal on major of granite,” Ed said. “You have to seal granite at the time a yr, but it’s as straightforward as cleansing a window.
“The quartz slabs are a gentleman-built product, which you do not have to seal. With granite you can set the pots suitable on major of the stone, but with quartz, you really do not want to do that. Spills – with your granite it receives sealed, and if granite does get stained, it is repairable quartz is a lot more resilient (pertaining to spills) in that it is nonporous.”
The corporation has grown from its start out in 1997 as a Formica shop in Barnegat. “Then it was me just undertaking Formica countertops it was just a a single-guy band,” Ed stated. “Little by minimal I grew the business.
“Lisette does the promoting she used to stand at ShopRite and hand out business playing cards when we initially started … in the 1990s there was no web. And we utilised to do a lot of perform for contractors.
“The calendar year 2000 is when I hired my father. My father was a fuel assistance station attendant. That was 1 of my serious large achievements that I was in a position to do that,” Ed recalled of his now-deceased father, whose identify was also Ed. “My father was a quite superior salesman.”
It was a perform on words and phrases when Lisette declared her spouse “always was chopping-edge” in the countertop enterprise, to which he replied, “I constantly experienced a good deal of enthusiasm for it.” Now they’ve turn out to be a digital store – the chopping is completed digitally, and so are the finishes. Electronic procedures be certain a great minimize and healthy.
Progressive Dimensions is arranged into departments, every with specialties.
“We have a assistance section, which handles all the phone calls if you have a issue,” Lisette outlined. “We have an install office and a template section.”
“Customer services, that’s what we’re all about,” Ed summed up. “Employees are our greatest asset, obtaining the correct crew. We’re celebrating 25 many years in January, and we’re constantly recruiting we’re constantly searching for top help this is not accomplished by yourself. I have a several fellas who have been with us for virtually 20 several years.”
Lisette included that term-of-mouth has been important to Progressive’s expansion. The corporation has a referral plan whereby customers who refer a new client are thanked with a $25 Amazon reward card.
Philanthropy is crucial to the company owners. “We do a lot of perform with regional charities.”
1 is John Bon Jovi’s JBJ Soul Kitchen area in Toms River one more is Children’s Specialised Healthcare facility, and the Progressive Proportions Scholarship Initiative awards two students each yr who are going to college or university to study company.
To learn much more about Progressive Proportions Counter tops, see ProgressiveDimensions.com or link on Facebook and Instagram. The Manahawkin retail store telephone selection is 609-622-4001.
— Maria Scandale