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!"
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:
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.
Trends from 2016
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.
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:
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:
Our introductions from 2016:
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.
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!
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:
And, don't forget the 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.
About thinset, mortar and grout:
About product expectations:
We have to ask you, How Solid Is Your Porcelain vs. Ceramic Tile Knowledge? Let us know how you do on the quiz.
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:
Past sessions included:
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...
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:
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:
If you want to learn more about shopping online, read this article:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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,
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 to you, your family and your friends. Many thanks for your business and for taking the time to read the Tile & More Blog!