At Village Home Stores we are proud to seek out and offer as many American-made products as possible to our customers. A perk of making this decision comes with the access to visit these brands and see who is behind the name. Over the past year, our design staff has been invited a handful of times to visit Cambria® Quartz. Last week we documented our trip to visit Cambria® so you can see for yourself why we are excited about offering this brand to you.If you have been considering your countertop options you certainly know by now that there are countless brands of quartz options available for your home. One of the things we have learned in the Kitchen and Bath industry since we opened our doors in 1984 is that people buy from people. Our customers choose us not because of what we carry, but the service they have come to expect from our store. So in that same spirit, allow us to share with you why we are proud to offer Cambria® to our customers.
The staff is enthusiastic and passionate at every level:
We witnessed this from the gallery to the office and all the way through the fabrication process. Everyone involved in the product truly believes it is the best available. We were allowed to toured the factory and watch the manufacturing of the slabs. Not only were the facilities impeccable clean, the employees were genuinely happy. At one point we were up above the running line and we could look down at the process but also across the room to a training room. Staff (who were not aware we could see them) were engaged in the training, laughing and seemed to be enjoying whatever it was they were learning about. Everyone at work we met greeted us with a smile.
Cambria® Quartz truly are thought leaders in this industry:
A portion of the manufacturing process was not a part of our factory tour. This is completely understandable as Cambria® has always been on the very pulse of what is new and exciting the their industry. From on-trend colors and finishes (yay! matte finish), to pattern applications that could fool even mother nature herself. We always look forward to seeing what new launches they have available once they are ready.
A hands-on approach means a Limited Lifetime Guarantee for our customers:
Product is tested and inspected the entire process. This begins even when materials arrive. While we walked through one of the labs a delivery truck of quartz had arrived and quartz crystals and dust were being prepared for a rigorous amount of tests. These tests are completed before product was even accepted and the driver could leave. The entire innovative process from the craftsmen and women at Cambria® allows them to proudly offer a Lifetime Limited Warranty to our customers. Touring the manufacturing and fabrication facilities were truly a highlight of our trip. We also visited the Cambria® Gallery on 7th in downtown Minneapolis, MN.
The gallery includes a large showroom space featuring full slabs of the current Cambria® designs as well as installed product displays. It was a dream to walk the aisles of full-scale designs and see some of the newest options available in person.
A stage at the center of the gallery is used for trade events as well as concerts aired locally to the community. We recognized a lot of names on the walls of musicians who have paid a visit including Aledo-native Margo Price!
Of course Cambria® was so kind to us throughout our trip showing us the very best Minneapolis has to offer in food and activities. Because…. well, SUMMER, we wrapped up our trip with a networking event at a Minnesota Twins game at Target Field. The Cambria® Design Center at Target Field was the perfect setting to chat with all of the other visiting Kitchen and Bath designers, fabricators, and installers also in town to visit with us. Did you just have had an “a-ha moment” when we mentioned baseball and Cambria® together? You may have noticed over the past few years ads for Cambria® Quartz behind home plate during many MLB games.
An American-made product + the “great American pastime” = a home run indeed! Of course because Cambria® is durable, maintenance free, and 100% nonporous it has many commercial applications as well. The same color quartz you may select for your bathroom vanity may be installed in a Harley showroom, a dental office, or perhaps the clubhouse of a sporting team facility.
Unfortunately the Twins lost to the Tigers 3 – 6 but we still had such a great time. On a positive note, we were able to stay after the game and watch fireworks! A pretty fantastic Friday evening if you ask us! Cambria® is everywhere. Of course the Design Center at Target Field was no exception.
So why in the world did we also tour a dairy farm?!
Believe it or not, Cambria® began there! In 1936 Stan Davis began an apprenticeship at a butter creamery. By 1943 Stan purchased a creamery and until the year 2000 the Davis family was focused solely on the Dairy business. In 2000 family entered the quartz business after being presented with the opportunity to buy quartz processing equipment. With the success an innovation they put into their dairies, Cambria® Quartz has now evolved into becoming the brand we know and love today.
Touring the Dairy farm and seeing the entire cycle of the process really reflected some of the parts we saw when touring the quartz facilities. Happy and enthusiastic employees and an innovative process. Read more about this journey from this dairy farm to where Cambria® is now here on their website. Cambria® is passionate about getting involved in the community and in addition to their own Camp Cambria program and Team Cambria youth sports teams, they are also involved in the Veterans Fund and Big Brothers Big Sisters to name a few others.
Learn more about these programs here on their website. Cambria® is also passionate about acquiring materials in a sustainable way and putting sustainable processes in place during manufacturing and fabrication. For example, 100% of the water used in manufacturing is recycled back into the process. They also provide wonderful tools to our designers AND customers. Be sure to check out the following if you are interested in investing in Cambria® Quartz for your home:
If you are ready to start the conversation about Cambria® Quartz for your project we are too! Our award-winning showroom includes lots of installed product as well as all up to date samples of designs to select from. Contact our team today by completing this contact form online or calling (309) 944-1344.