Artists in Stone, Found at Peninsula Stone & Tile

Posted: Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Alexis Calder paid her way through college working with stone and today the Delta Airlines flight attendant has brought her skills and artistry to her new business on K-Beach Road known as Peninsula Stone & Tile, where she actually imports granite, marble, limestone and other natural stones from quarries around the world. "One of my first trips as a flight attendant brought me to Alaska and I decided that this is where I wanted to live. It took me a while but I got here and now am able to bring stone to our local community from overseas, China, Brazil, Turkey, and India. We searched the globe for unique material to bring to the Peninsula and all of Alaska that has never been available here before. My motivation was because in the early years these materials just weren't available here and when you did find real stone it was so high priced if was unaffordable, so my goal was to truly import stone, unique material of high quality that you won't find anywhere else and yet keep the prices very reasonable so that people can afford having it in their homes and businesses. We carry a large inventory that we import in containers that carry 60,000 pounds of material at a time. We have in stock 70,000 square feet of grade A material at the present time and people are rather shocked when they find out that they can have natural real stone for the same price or even less than artificial replicas," said Calder.

Peninsula Stone & Tile also has a fulltime stone artist who creates everything from headstones to original wall hangings and handmade carvings and etchings. "I've only been in Alaska for two years but I worked for a granite company in Minnesota for over 27 years. Alexis is a wonderful designer and passes on to me what the customer wants engraved or created. We do two types of stone engraving here I do diamond etching on polished stone which is hand drawn with a diamond stylist and we also do sandblast carving which can be done on any stone that we sell here," explained Don Soderstrom. "Whatever the customer can think of or imagine we can create, Don is a real stone artist and I hope folks will stop in just to see some examples of what he can do," added Alexis.

Peninsula Stone & Tile also has a full time professional fabricator on staff that does slabs and countertop installations and four professional in house tile setters in addition to their design team. "As a flight attendant I've had the opportunity to travel the world and personally find these materials. I love designing and working with people and helping them make their dreams come true," said Alexis.

You can also find a wide variety of other indoor and outdoor man made materials at Peninsula Stone & Tile, "We carry a full line of porcelain and ceramic stones and tile that are custom made to mimic natural stone and come from Spain, Italy, and China. So with a stock of over 70,000 square feet of material we can make what you want when you want it," added Alexis. Peninsula Stone & Tile is located across from College Heights Baptist Church on Kalifornsky Beach Rd. off of the Frontage Rd. Regular hours daily from 9:00am - 5:00pm or call for more information at 260-8453.

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