20 Tile-Related Reasons For Giving Thanks

20 Tile-Related Reasons For Giving Thanks

We love Thanksgiving! It's such a wonderful opportunity to reflect on all the reasons for giving thanks with particular attention on tile and stone.

In 2014, we came up with 17 Tile Reasons for Giving Thanks. In 2015, we had 20 tile-related reasons for giving thanks and in 2016, we added to those.

We've done the same for 2017 as there continues to be so much to be thankful for.

20+ Tile-Related Reasons For Giving Thanks in 2015, 2016 and 2017

In thinking over 2017 and what we are most grateful for, we identified the following reasons for giving thanks:

1. Fifteen Years in Business Serving Customers in Fort Myers, Sarasota and Tampa

Tile Outlets celebrated our fifteenth anniversary in business, surviving with you storms, hurricanes and economic ups-and-downs.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as we share with you our passion for tile, stone, mosaics and more and how to be the place where "Dreams become reality... for a whole lot less!"

Fifteen Years in Business Serving Customers in Fort Myers, Sarasota and Tampa

2. Thankful for Talented Tile Installation Professionals Who Shop Tile Outlets for Tile and Stone Products

We meet many wonderful tile installation professionals who participate in the TIle Outlets Pro Services program. We appreciate that they and their customers shop Tile Outlets of America.

You can learn more about them in these articles published in 2017:

>> How and Why Tile Outlets Appreciates Tile Contractors!

>> Tile Contractors Experience Daytona 500 with Tile Outlets of America

>> Wood Plank Tiles: The Hottest Floors in the Market

By the way, for guidance on finding an installer to work with, here's How To Select a Tile Installation Contractor?

Making Big Use of the Dedicated Checkout for Pro Services in Fort Myers

3. Finding Tile and Stone Trends to Share With You

We love sharing with you what we discover about tile and stone trends from around the world, as well as from around our neighborhoods. We appreciate your interest in discovering what's new.

For example,

>> Tile Builder Trends from Design & Construction Week 2017

>> Five Strong Tile Trends Cevisama 2017

>> Creating a Feature Wall with Tile: Inspiration from the Parade of Homes

>> Creating Style and Personality with Mosaics: Inspiration from the 2017 Parade of Homes

Trends from 2016

>> What's New in Tile: Pamesa at Cevisama 2016

>> Feel and See Ceramic Tile Textures from Cevisama 2016

>> Tile Inspiration from the Fort Myers Parade of Homes 2016

>> 7 Best Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Trends for Bathrooms

Finding Tile and Stone Trends to Share With You

 

4. The Tile Outlets of America Van

How cool is it to have a Tile Outlets branded van? It is getting around and going places. You may have seen it in Sarasota. You may also see it in Fort Myers and Tampa, too.

During Coverings 2017 in Orlando, friends took pictures of themselves in front of the van and sent them to us.

During Coverings 2017 in Orlando, friends took pictures in themselves in front of the van and sent them to us. Here is Jose Domenech with Sea Carriers. During Coverings 2017 in Orlando, friends took pictures of themselves in front of the van and sent them to us. Here is Jose Domenech with Sea Carriers.

5. Kitchen and Bath Cabinets in Tampa and Fort Myers, and Vanities in Sarasota

The reception for cabinetry in Fort Myers and Tampa keeps on growing! When you visit those stores, you'll see many displays accessorized with tile to inspire you. You'll also find vanities in the Sarasota store.

Here are details on new cabinetry and vanities available, as well as perspective on current trends:

>> What's New in Kitchen and Bath Cabinets from KBIS 2017

>> Furniture Inspired Vanities Available at Tile Outlets of America

>>Find James Martin Bathroom Vanity Furniture at Tile Outlets of America

Kitchen and Bath Cabinets in Tampa, Sarasota and Fort Myers

Past stories:

>> Be Cabinetry-Inspired With Kendra Weaver, Cabinet Designer at Tile Outlets in Fort Myers

>> 7 Trends in Kitchen and Bath Cabinets and Knobs, Too!

>> The Top Myths About RTA Cabinets

>> 10 Kitchen Cabinet Accessories Worth Considering For Your Home

>> Explore Kitchen Cabinets in Tampa: The Lusso Aspen Oak Display

Kitchen and Bath Cabinets in Tampa and Fort Myers

6. Finding new tile and stone products to share with you!

We are endlessly inspired by beautiful tile and stone. Here are the latest updates that Kate Spencer shared in her 'Kate's Corner' series:

>> Brick Floor Tile Collection Creates A Timeless Craftsman Look

>> New Tile Arrivals in Porcelain, Ceramic, Mosaic and More

>> How Wall and Floor Medallions Can Transform a Space

>> Decorative Graphic Tile Designs in Porcelain from Tile Outlets of America

>> Proud About Large Format Rectified Porcelain Tile from Elizabeth!

Our introductions from 2016:

>> Glass, Stone and Metal Decorative Mosaics

>> Stone Subway Tile Wall Series Expands Subway Tile Selection

>> Cement Tile: Perfect for Fort Myers, Sarasota and Tampa Homes

>> The Ultimate Guide to Mosaics

>> Ready For Patchwork Tile In Your Home?

>> New Porcelain and Ceramic Tile Arrivals: Venice, Clast, Deck, Linho, Sienna and Decape Series

>> Five New Wood Looking Tile Planks To Transform Your Home!

>> Porcelain Tile Patterns and Shell Stone Marble for Outdoor Patio Looks

>> Kronos USA Porcelain Pavers: Perfect for Your Outdoor Spaces!

Finding new tile and stone products to share with you!

 

7. Connecting with the Community

We can't imagine anything to be more thankful for than opportunities to connect with the community, especially in 2017 when Southwest Florida saw such devastating storms.

>> Getting Your Home Back to 'Normal' After Hurricane Irma

We're also very grateful to the Southwest Florida community for voting Tile Outlets of America The Best of Southwest Florida for Tile and Cabinetry!

 

 

>> Tampa District 1 Police Memorial Garden for Officer Marrero Features Handmade Tile

>> Partnering With Habitat For Humanity In Fort Myers With Tile

>> Lakes Park in Fort Myers Remodels "The Nest" with Tile

>> How to Create a Contemporary Urban Look with Porcelain and Ceramic Tile

>> Finley’s Irish Pub Remodels with Wood Plank Tile and Stone-Inspired Tile

>> Brick Porcelain Tile and Mosaics Add 30s Vibe to Clearwater, Florida Vape Pub, Craft Parlor

Tampa District 1 Police Memorial Garden for Officer Marrero Features Handmade Tile Tampa District 1 Police Memorial Garden for Officer Marrero Features Handmade Tile in 2016

8. Participating in Business Organizations in Fort Myers, Sarasota and Tampa

Participating in local business organizations represents another aspect of connecting with the community. It allows us to get to know our fellow businesses in the community.

We participated and exhibited once again at the BIA Manatee County Trade Appreciation Night & Trade Show in September. We were well represented at the Sarasota Parade of Homes, too:

>> Tile Selections Create Coastal Living Feel in Parade of Homes House: Tile Outlets' Donna Kern

And, don't forget the Sarasota Slam!

>> Gary Tuhro Shares Highlights from the MS-BIA Sarasota Slam

Gary Tuhro Shares Highlights from the MS-BIA Sarasota Slam Gary Tuhro Shares Highlights from the MS-BIA Sarasota Slam

 

9. Expanding Tile-Related Product Knowledge

This continues as an area of focus in 2017, as you can see from the articles below. If there's a topic missing, please let us know so we can address it.

Special thanks to the many professionals who helped us put this information together.

>> Consider a Mockup for your Tile Installation Project

>> 9 Top Questions About Trowels

>> Aquatica Pool Tile: Q&A With Tom Cosky

>> The Truth About Buying Travertine Tile

About thinset, mortar and grout:

>> What You Need to Know About Thinset or Mortar

>> Frequently Asked Questions About Grout

>> Why You Need Grout When You Install Tile and Stone

>> How To Install Tile Correctly and Get Proper Mortar Coverage

About product expectations:

>> How PEI Helps You Select Ceramic or Porcelain Tile for Your Remodel

>> How to Deal with Shade Variation in Porcelain and Ceramic Tile?

>> How Inkjet Technology Has Transformed Ceramic and Porcelain Tile

>> What is Rectified Tile and Why Does It Matter for Your Tile Installation?

On lippage:

>> Managing Lippage: Why Offsets Matter When Installing Tile

>> Create a Lippage-free Tile Installation with the Tuscan Leveling System

We have to ask you, How Solid Is Your Porcelain vs. Ceramic Tile Knowledge? Let us know how you do on the quiz.

Expanding Tile-Related Product Knowledge

 

10. Hosting Tile-Related Product Knowledge Sessions

We love educating all those interested about tile, and love that many of our suppliers feel similarly. Thanks to them, we held product knowledge sessions in all three Tile Outlets stores on these topics:

>> Merkrete Duracolor Grout and Integra Thinset Adhesive and Grout

>> An Introduction to Tile Warpage and the Role of Mortar

>> How to Cut Glass Tile and Wood Plank Tile: Cortag Demonstration

>> Build a Waterproof Shower Enclosure with Schluter Products

 

Hosting Tile-Related Product Knowledge Sessions

 

Past sessions included:

>> Learn How to Use the Tuscan Leveling System When Installing Tile

>> How to Manage Moisture in Tile Showers: Schluter Training Session

>> Perspective on Tile Installation Underlayment from NAC Products Expert, Steve Price

>> Merkrete Sales Representative Gary Powell Discusses Tile Installation Systems

>> How To Set Large Format Wall and Floor Tile: Merkrete Demonstration

>> TileWare Products Shower Accessories: No Rust, Permanently Attached, Beautiful!

11. Sharing Tile Trends on Suncoast View and Tampa Bay Morning Blend

2017 marks Kate Spencer's debut as the official Tile Outlets of America spokesperson. She's a natural in front of the camera and she's amazingly creative when it comes to putting tile to unusual uses - as you can see in the photo below.

In addition to appearing on Tampa Bay Morning Blend...

>> Tampa Bay Morning Blend Features Tile Trends

>> So Many Tile Design Options at Tile Outlets of America! Tampa Bay Morning Blend

Kate has now become a regular on the Suncoast View where she shares tile trends, up-close perspective on tile products and lots of images of products in action to inspire you:

>> Talking Decorative Patterned Tile on Suncoast View

>> Outdoor Tile Expands Your Indoor Style on Suncoast View

>> Kate Spencer Talks Wood Plank Tile on Suncoast View

>> Learn About Pebble Mosaics on Suncoast View

>> Discover Stone Look Porcelain Tile on Suncoast View

To highlight what a small world it is, during one Suncoast View visit, Kate met up with David Jones from 107.9 WSRZ who enthusiastically supported remodeling the iHeartRadio lobby with tile!

12.  Sharing the Tile Outlets Experience

There's no better way to learn what shopping at Tile Outlets of America is like than by listening to Kate:

>> What To Expect When You Shop Tile Outlets of America

If you want to learn more about shopping online, read this article:

>> What to Expect When You Buy Tile Online from Tile Outlets of America

For another perspective, you can read about Lulu from 106.5 CTQ and how tile transformed her home! Lulu continues to visit when we have sales events.

You can learn more about Lulu's tile remodel transformation.

Lulu visits Tile Outlets in Sarasota Lulu with Donna Kern in 2015

 

13. Having Throwback Thursday Excuses

Or, if you prefer to experience Tile Outlets of America by going back in time, you can #TBT style from Lyle & Kyle!

 

14. Giving Thanks for Wonderful Tile Outlets of America Employee-Owners

All of us at Tile Outlets care intensely about your experience when you shop Tile Outlets of America. Even more so since becoming employee owned in September 2016. Here are interviews with our team:

>> Introducing Dennis Vera, Fort Myers Assistant Store Manager

>> What Being Proudly Employee-Owned Means At Tile Outlets of America

>> What Employee-Owner Sam Scardina Says About Tile Outlets of America

>> What Employee-Owner Frank Reese Says About Tile Outlets of America

>> What Employee-Owner Stephanie Blanco Says About Tile Outlets of America

>> What Employee-Owner Bianca Mangan-Murphy Says About Tile Outlets of America

>> Trade Pro Customer Relations Specialist Keke Santiago Serves Needs of Tile Installation Professionals

Be on the lookout for these pins when you next visit the stores in Fort Myers, Sarasota and Tampa.

 Giving Thanks for Wonderful Tile Outlets of America People and Employee-Owners

In 2015 and 2016, we introduced you to:

>> Focus on Customer Service at Tile Outlets of America: Meet Bianca and Anna in Fort Myers, Florida

>> Rickey Williams, Assistant Manager, Tile Outlets in Tampa

>> Jeremy Sisson, Assistant Store Manager, Tile Outlets Fort Myers

>> Bob Stangs, Assistant Store Manager, Tile Outlets in Sarasota

>> Josh Morrison, Assistant Store Manager in Tile Outlets Fort Myers

>> Greg DiDio, Assistant Store Manager, Tile Outlets in Fort Myers

>> Gary Tuhro Focuses on Tile Installation Professionals in Sarasota

15. Receiving Feedback

We appreciate the kind of feedback that customers like you share about Why Shop Tile Outlets of America? We learn from your comments and value that you took the time to share perspective with us.

>> Read what customers say.

16. New In-store Tile and Stone Signage

We hope you continue to find the product signage that highlights New Arrivals and what's rectified helpful.

We also indicate when there are related products available.

17. Sharing Tile Installation Patterns

We love helping you discover installation patterns!

We hope you find the one you need from 38 More Tile Installation Patterns For Porcelain, Ceramic and Stone. (If not, let us know ASAP!)

18. Renovating with Tile Inspiration Stories

We love every opportunity to share tile inspiration with you. Here are four stories from 2017:

>> Tile Installation Expert Joey Freeman, Distinctive Tile & Marble, Shares Before/After Images

>> From Builder-Standard Bathroom to Spectacular Walk-in Shower

>> How to Customize Your Shower with Niches, Benches and Even a Soap Dish

>> How to Create a Tile Rug in Your Home

Renovating with Tile Inspiration Stories

19. Sharing Great Deals with Customers

At Tile Outlets of America, we are all about making "dreams become reality... for a whole lot less!" In addition to keeping track of tile trends, offering first-quality and in-stock products in our stores and sharing inspiration with you, it's also important to provide customers with even greater reasons every so often to shop our stores. For example,

>> Fall in Love With Tile During the Tile Outlets Spring Sale!

>> Discover Amazing Tile Finds during the Tile Outlets Inventory Clearance Sale

>> Find the Tile of Your Dreams During the Tile Outlets Anniversary Sale Event

20. Giving Thanks for Other Special Experiences

Some experiences happen less frequently and we don't want to forget about them when we look back. More specifically,

>> Having the opportunity in 2015 to welcome friends like Dick Hogan who last visited us in 2002. Here is the article he wrote in the Fort Myers News-Press about the visit: Tile Outlets on solid ground despite industry changes.

>>  We love what Alena Capra, Interior Designer, says about tile and design.

>> We really enjoyed hosting an ASID event about Universal Design and Designing With Tile.

21. Welcoming New Subscribers to the Tile Outlets of America Newsletter

If you haven't already, we invite you to go ahead and subscribe to the newsletter. You'll receive regular updates with product inspiration and communications about upcoming sales events.

 

Happy Thanksgiving from Tile Outlets of America!

Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and your friends. Many thanks for your business and for taking the time to read the Tile & More Blog!

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