Charleston Style and Design

FALL 2015

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252 CS D food slicing and oven heat. As a wholesaler, AGM Imports sells the stone to your fabricator, the person who will install it in your house. But you can visit AGM to choose what you want. The selection is all frst quality, vast, and so diverse that "there's something here for all walks of life," according to customer service representative Emily Griffn. As evidence, Antunes recalls locating Amazonite, an emerald- color feldspar found in Brazil that is embedded with turquoise. "This particular quarry was only able to produce two blocks for slabs this year. But we have developed such great rela- tionships with the quarries, we were given the opportunity to purchase before other suppliers. If you purchase this exotic stone from AGM you will not see it anywhere else … except on the walls in Tiffany's," says Antunes. Stone is most often used in countertops, but the AGM showroom demonstrates how many other uses it has. People have bought it for backsplashes, chair rails, vanities, freplace surrounds, baseboards, wall or foor tiles and more. It is used to great effect in restaurants, hotels, offces and basically any indoor area. One customer hung on their wall a half-ton sheet of Copenhagen granite—65 square feet of inch-and-a-quarter-thick material—as a piece of art. Don't try this at home, at least not without reinforced walls! There's no up-selling at AGM, just right-selling. Griffn and her colleagues try to match customers with the product that best meets their needs in terms of material, color, fnish and price. AGM staff serve more as interior design consultants than as salespeople. Once you have the stone you want, it's up to your fabricator to shape it into a fabulous new work of art—wher- ever they put it. 2 Barry Waldman is principal at Write Stuff Communications, a PR and marketing frm for non-profts and small businesses. Reach him at AGM IMPORTS 4250 Scott St. North Charleston, SC 29405 843-747-0088

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