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. Since 2015, we've simply been updating this article with all that we have to be thankful for in the current year. Here are our highlights from 2018. We hope they provide you with helpful inspiration for transforming your hope.
20+ Tile-Related Reasons For Giving Thanks in 2018
In thinking over 2018 and what we are most grateful for, we identified the following reasons for giving thanks:
1. Sixteen Years in Business Serving Customers in Fort Myers, Sarasota, and Tampa
Tile Outlets celebrated sixteen years in business this October, surviving with you storms, hurricanes, red tides, 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!"
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 2018:
>> Experiencing Florida's Daytona 500 with Trade Pro Winners
>> Blanco Stone and Tile Proudly Buys From Tile Outlets of America
By the way, for guidance on finding an installer to work with, here's How To Select a Tile Installation Contractor
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.
>> Tile and More at the NAHB International Builders Show
>> Exploring the International Surface Event 2018 with Kate and Warren
>> What's New in Tile? Terrazzo Looks at Cevisama 2018
>> How to Combine Tile Patterns and Styles for Unique Design Ideas
4. 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 - not to mention vanities in all three stores! 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:
>> Find James Martin Bathroom Vanity Furniture at Tile Outlets of America
>> What's New in Kitchen and Bath Cabinets from KBIS
>> Furniture Inspired Vanities Available at Tile Outlets of America
>> 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
5. 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:
>> Three Brick Look Tile Designs for Your Home
>> 7 Best Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Trends for Bathrooms
>> Consider Stacked Stone Ledger Panels For A Textural Wall Look
>> Panaria's Flow Series Porcelain Stoneware Tile with Microban
>> 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!
6. New Product Category: Luxury Vinyl Flooring!
Yes, it's true! We've introduced a new product category call Luxury Vinyl Flooring and we're very excited about it. It's beautiful, practical and easy to install. Learn more from these articles:
>> Shop Luxury Vinyl Flooring at Tile Outlets of America!
>> Discover Stone Polymer Composite Flooring aka SPC Flooring
7. Connecting with the Community
We can't imagine anything to be more thankful for than opportunities to connect with the community. In 2018, we decided to focus on man's best friend in Ready to Celebrate National Dog Day With Tile Outlets of America?
In 2017 we were humbled when Southwest Florida saw such devastating storms.
>> Getting Your Home Back to 'Normal' After Hurricane Irma
We're 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
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. 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
9. 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 in Orlando, friends took pictures of themselves in front of the van and sent them to us.
During Coverings in Orlando, friends took pictures of themselves in front of the van and sent them to us. Here is Jose Domenech with Sea Carriers.
10. Expanding Tile-Related Product Knowledge
This continues as an area of focus in 2018, 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.
>> What You Learn From a Schluter Innovation Workshop
About thinset, mortar, and grout:
>> Add Sparkle and Color to Your Grout With Litokol Starlike Crystal Glitter Grout
>> Grout and Thinset Mixing Best Practices
>> Imagine: Mortar with Less Dust from Merkrete
>> Use Grout Release Before Grouting Textured Tile for Easier Clean Up
>> 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?
About Travertine tile:
>> Travertine Tile Finishes: honed, tumbled, polished and chiseled edge
>> The Truth About Buying Travertine Tile
>> Managing Lippage: Why Offsets Matter When Installing Tile
>> Create a Lippage-free Tile Installation with the Tuscan Leveling System
Tile Product Knowledge
Do you know How Solid Is Your Porcelain vs. Ceramic Tile Knowledge? Let us know how you do on the quiz.
>> Consider a Mockup for your Tile Installation Project
>> 9 Top Questions About Trowels
>> Aquatica Pool Tile: Q&A With Tom Cosky
11. 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:
>> Grouting Glass Tile: An Interview With Jean Snell Of The Tile Doctor
>> How To Apply Crystal Glass Grout? Jean Snell from The Tile Doctor Demonstrates
Past sessions include:
>> 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
>> 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!
12. Sharing Tile Trends on Suncoast View
Kate Spencer is a regular on Suncoast View. As the official Tile Outlets of America spokesperson - and one and only product maven - she's a natural in front of the camera and amazingly creative when it comes to putting tile to unusual uses - as you can see in the photo below.
Here are the programs Kate participated in during 2018 on Suncoast View where she shares tile trends, up-close perspective on tile products and lots of images of products in action to inspire you:
>> Three Backsplash Trends on Suncoast View
>> Try Preformed Tile-Ready Shower Niches and Benches on Suncoast View
>> 4 Ways to Create Incredible Accent Walls With Tile on Suncoast View
>> Create Space-Defining Rug Designs with 6 Tile Products on Suncoast View
>> Give Your Pool a Facelift With Tile and Mosaics on Suncoast View
>> Learn About the Range of Wood Plank Tile Sizes on Suncoast View
>> Finding Tile for a Bathroom Remodel with a Masculine Look
>> Explore the Wonders of Mosaic Shapes with Kate on Suncoast View
>> How to Design with Brick Porcelain Tile on Suncoast View
>> Designing With White Tile on Suncoast View
>> 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
13. 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
Be sure to download 15 Tile Installation Patterns for Your Tile Design Project
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:
>> Meet Brooks Loy, Employee-Owner of Tile Outlets of America
>> Meet Luis Campos, Employee-Owner of Tile Outlets of America
>> Meet Susanne Boykin, Employee-Owner of Tile Outlets of America
>> Meet Mark Scott, Fort Myers General Manager for Tile Outlets of America
>> Meet Mike Alcala, Tampa General Manager
>> Maria Font, Kitchen and Bath Designer, Tile Outlets in Tampa
>> 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.
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
>> 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. 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!)
17. Renovating with Tile Inspiration Stories
We love every opportunity to share tile inspiration with you. Here are four stories:
>> 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
18. 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,
>> Kate's Sale Picks for the January Sale Event
>> 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
19. Tile Outlets Appeared on Flip Wars and HGTV!
No kidding! You'll love these articles:
>> Partnering With Flip Wars: Buying Blind
>> Flipping Houses? Remodel with Tile From Tile Outlets of America ;)
>> Meet John Gettle and Lana Tufo, the Gettle Team on FlipWars: Buying Blind
>> Renovating a Florida Beachfront Property? Shop Tile Outlets of America
20. 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 to you, your family and your friends. Many thanks for your business and for taking the time to read the Tile & More Blog!