Coming Soon…



With so many granite color’s available, PGC takes pride in offering a wide selection of granite slabs right at our St. Michael showroom. Here you can get one on one, personal guidance while selecting the slabs for your project. This is beneficial to the customer because they can make all the decisions at one stop. From layout, edging, color selection and finish, to obtaining care and maintenance information and getting answers to some frequently asked questions, our PGC Customer Service staff is here to help.

We are in the process of adding some exciting, new colors to our stock, including Wineberry, African Ivory, Delicatus, Shalimar Gold, Juparana Amber, and Black Storm. Check back soon to see samples of these colors and others online. In the meantime, check out our Top-10 colors and standard 1 of 40 colors. You’ll be glad you did.

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Angie

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Posted in Business, Company, Granite on August 30th, 2007 by Angie | | 11 Comments



People Can You Feel It?



It’s hard to believe that it has been seven years since I last visited the Minnesota State Fair. I guess owning a cabin has something to do with not visiting the fair more often, but yesterday we made our way back to Minnesota’s Great Get Together. Although the fair to many signifies the end of summer, yesterday to me, almost felt like the start of fall. I have never experienced wearing a pair of jeans and a jacket to the fair before, not to mention rain either, but I guess you never know what kind of weather you might be dealt.

Despite the sprinkles, warmer clothes and rain gear, we had a good time. We started our venture off looking at some award winning produce, including some giant pumpkins. Wow—I had no idea a pumpkin could grow to become 900 plus pounds. Chris’ favorite stops included looking at farm equipment and visiting the farm animals. He had fun doing some rooster calls, and actually getting 1 rooster to call back to him 3 times. It was some cheap entertainment for some other fair visitors.

We made a few more stops on our fair venture including, of course, taking in some fair food. Chris preferred the pronto pups, while I liked the corn dogs. I of course, being a chocoholic, wanted a chocolate chip cookie to take care of my chocolate fix. Some nice lady offered me 1 of hers, so I didn’t have to buy a whole bucket. Thank you again nice lady!

Finally we made our way to the Grandstand to take in The Allman Brothers Band concert. They began their show with one of my favorites, “Love Is In The Air.” As they were singing the verses, “People can you feel it, love is in the air,” I kept altering the verses in my mind to, “People can you feel it, fall is in the air.” After all, I was wearing a fall jacket, we sent our oldest daughter back to college over the weekend, our other daughter began her “Senior” year in high school today, and a cool breeze was blowing as the band was playing. My lyrics felt appropriate. Fall is in the air.

People can you feel it?

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Here are a few photos from our fair adventure:

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Posted in Uncategorized on August 29th, 2007 by Barb | | 6 Comments



The Name Game



The stone industry has grown immensely over the last 10 years, creating more demand for granite countertops, more competition, and more color choices. It has evolved and in general has a positive reputation among builders, remodelers, architects, designers, fabricators, etc. Most slab suppliers are very knowledgeable and well versed in the stones that they supply. There is however, a game which they all seem to play, “The Name Game.” Suppliers often buy stone from a quarry under a certain name, but they may end up changing it when it comes time to selling it to a fabricator. Quarriers also may sell blocks of stone to a variety of block buyers, who also change the name. To make matters worse, distributors, architects, designers and even some fabricators sometimes get in the game and change the names of certain stones.

You might be wondering, why is all this name changing going on? Well there are a number of reasons, but the main theme is someone is always trying to keep some “exclusivity” for their business to get the sale. This re-naming however, is confusing to the consumer and can also be a real headache for the fabricator who has to play stone detective. Over the years we have developed an AKA log, (Also Known As), to keep track of the various names we’ve come across for the same stone. Some colors have as many as 4 different names that they are sold under.

I don’t know about fabricators, but I’m tired of playing this game. I’d like to say, “I quit,” but that just isn’t an option if we want to compete. For now we need to stay in the game and continue being stone detectives and hope that the industry will eventually evolve to color standardization.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite, Industry News on August 28th, 2007 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Recipe: Almond Bars



Here’s a great recipe our neighbor at our cabin shared at the pig roast we had a few weeks ago.  Next to the pork, this was the big hit at the party.

Recipe: Almond Bars

First Layer:

2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter

Mix crust and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes in a 13 x 9″ pan. Pat sliced almonds over the baked crust.

Second Layer:

8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. almond extract

Beat ingredients until creamy. Pour over the crust and almonds. Bake for 15 minutes more. Cool and frost.

Frosting:

1/4 cup butter
1-1/2 Tbsp. milk
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. almond extract

Enjoy!

Thanks for reading!

Barb

 

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Posted in Cooking in your kitchen on August 24th, 2007 by Barb | | 0 Comments



2007 BATC Boat Ride—A Success!



Fun was had by all at the annual BATC paddle boat ride on the Mississippi River. Brad Lein, our PGC Sales Rep, attended the event, which was held on the evening of Tuesday, August 21st. Guests boarded at Harriet Island and were able to enjoy an evening of food and fun on the river. Also included onboard was a casino where guests could try their hand at a little gambling.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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



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