After reading about all these great tiles and materials for countertops and other surfaces, I just had to go visit some of the stores.
Stones Unlimited: They carry the full collection of Oceanside Glasstile. Very nice and helpful people. Great selection tiles and other types of surfaces. (Mira Mesa) I love the Oceanside Glasstile look!
The Five Elements: Previously I had listed them as Paperstone dealers, but they do not carry Paperstone any longer. They carry Syndecrete instead. This was my first opportunity to look at the Syndecrete. My favorite was the creme with abalone inlay. Could just picture that on the floor, countertops, the shower! She did inform me that Syndecrete had been sold, and they had great expectations for the future. Much of this type of product is all hand done, so delivery times can be longer. (Mira Mesa)
Then went to Datile in Clairemont to see the Urbanslab. Was very disappointed because they hadn’t recieved their samples yet. I was especially excited, because I love the Terrazzo look, but the delivery charges can add $100’s into the cost. So please call first before you go. If you go to Datile speak with Greg Hudson, as he is the most familiar with the product.
From the Ground Up: They carry, FireClay, Oceanside Glasstile, BioGlass products as well as another company call Trend Group USA . Sabrina was very knowledgeable about the products and was very upfront about delivery, quality and recommendations. The Ground Up does not have a website, it’s at 7462 Girard Ave, La Jolla, 92037 858.551.9902
Once again, call before you go. This is the 3rd store I have been in that does not carry Paperstone, yet Paperstone has them listed on their website.