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Soapstone’s Practical Charm Featured in Hudson Valley Restaurant

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As Brooklynites and NYC residents search for the best weekend trips to get out of the city, many fall in love with the rustic charm of New York’s Hudson Valley. Nestled into the hills of New York, Hudson is a chic little city with a warm and unique restaurant scene.

Wm. Farmer & Sons Exterior – Photography by Jason Linberg

One of the cornerstones of Hudson Valley tourism is Wm. Farmer & Sons, a bustling restaurant, barroom, and café. During the two year renovation of a historic 1830s building, M. Teixeira was given the opportunity to provide soapstone for the bar top, dining tables, espresso bar, and fireplace hearth. M Teixeira Soapstone fabricated the dining tables and bar tops and also performed the installation.

Custom Soapstone Bar Top – Photography by Jason Linberg

Restauranteurs are continuing to choose soapstone for its universal appeal and tough longevity.

Universal Style

Soapstone’s aesthetic fits seamlessly with any design style – whether contemporary modern or barnyard rustic, soapstone has the look to blend in and stand out among any design elements.

Custom Soapstone Dining Table – Photography by Jason Linberg

Utilitarian Purpose

Don’t let its classy look fool you – soapstone is impervious to liquid, stains and acids and can withstand excessive temperatures. This stone is also incredibly hard and will not crack or chip against normal wear and tear.

Custom Soapstone Dining Table – Photography by Jason Linberg

Commercial Soapstone

Are you looking to create an ambiance for your business that will last a lifetime? Contact us today for a free customized quote.

Soapstone Appearance at NYC’s Hottest New Steakhouse

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Recently, M Teixeira Soapstone was given the opportunity to help create a sizzling ambiance at Cote, New York’s “Most Exciting New Steakhouse.” Restaurateurs Simon Kim and David Shim wanted tabletops that would hold up to heavy use while maintaining an aesthetic of class. Soapstone is the perfect choice for their new eatery because it hits all the points required for a restaurant application.

M Teixeira Soapstone provided the soapstone, fabricated the dining tables and also performed the installation.

Photo: Melissa Hom

Soapstone Durability – Withstand the Elements of High Use Restaurant Areas

Soapstone is a nonporous material that is denser than both granite and limestone. It cannot be penetrated by liquids, harmed by excessive temperatures, or stained. Its neutral chemical composition also makes soapstone immune to corrosives, harsh chemicals, and acidic substances. Many people remember soapstone countertops in the science labs of their youth – if teenagers and Bunsen burners won’t harm this material, then it is certainly up to the task of hot plates and spilled martinis.

Photo: Melissa Hom

Trending Classic – Accentuate the Aesthetic

The appearance of soapstone is simply exquisite. While there are many varieties of veining and color available, many find that the color and texture of their soapstone blend seamlessly with any backdrop, style, or décor. The stone’s smooth-to-the-touch surface leaves an impression than any restaurant would want for their patrons.

Soapstone’s Low-Maintenance – Focus on What Matters

While happy customers make room for hungry guests, servers need to move quickly to ensure a positive dining experience. A restaurant’s wait staff has no time to worry about which cleaner is O.K. to use on their tabletops, and they certainly don’t have time to polish. Soapstone doesn’t need to be coddled – you can use any cleaner you like. Occasionally we recommend rubbing it with a bit of mineral oil if you enjoy the way it darkens, but it’s not required for the longevity of the stone.

Photo: Melissa Hom

Long-Lasting – Let the Good Times Roll

It’s not unheard of to find 19th century soapstone sinks and wood-burning stoves that are still performing like new. Each of the above qualities gives soapstone a longevity that can be difficult to find these days. This charming (yet tough) material is a lifetime investment that will host evenings out for years to come – maybe even for the great-grandchildren of tonight’s table of two.

Contact us for a free quote today on your commercial or restaurant application.

Soapstone Remnants Add Eclectic Style to Pizza Moto’s Historic Brooklyn Building

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Brooklyn's Pizza Moto

Brooklyn’s Pizza Moto

After eight years of serving Brooklyn’s best pizza from wood-fired mobile ovens, Pizza Moto found its home in an unassuming building that is rich in history. The restaurant was built and remodeled to create a unique Brooklyn aesthetic and features the timeless durability of soapstone. The bar countertop was handcrafted from M Teixeira Soapstone’s remnants to blend seamlessly with the restaurant’s eclectic style. Using reclaimed remnants is a sustainable and earth-friendly choice. Soapstone is the perfect material for the countertop bar because it does not stain and cannot be damaged by hot pots, citrus, wine, acidic liquids, or chemicals.

While it’s certainly a highlight, the charisma of Pizza Moto goes far beyond the bar. The building was originally erected by an Irish immigrant baker in the mid-1800s and later followed by a Prussian cigar maker, an Italian pasta and sub purveyor, and an American coal-fired pizza baker. The history became even richer when co-owners Dave Sclarlow and Anna Viertel discovered a coal oven hidden behind the wall. Sclarow restored the masonry and converted the oven to burn wood instead of coal, and the team went on to build their restaurant around this delightful piece of New York’s history.

The updated turn-of-the-century wood-burner allows Pizza Moto to quickly produce consistent and evenly charred Neapolitan-style pies with a delicate white interior. The restaurant features inventive choices such as the “clam pie,” which has sliced potatoes, smoky bacon, and clams cooked in cream and white wine. The New York Times gave Pizza Moto a glowing review: “the pies coming out of the old bakery are already among the top tier of New York brick oven pizzas.”

 
 
 
 

The design, masonry, welding, plumbing, and finishing carpentry were done entirely by the Pizza Moto team. The restaurant’s bar is particularly appealing – the stools were welded from discarded desks found at a nearby school.

We’re thrilled to see our soapstone used by creative and talented people like Dave and Anna – we know its lasting durability and chic charm will be the backdrop for great times at one of Brooklyn’s hidden gems.

Our New Soapstone Kitchen Visualizer – Explore Endless Possibilities

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Envision Your Dream Kitchen

The kitchen is the focal point and heart of any home, where functionality and aesthetics come together to embody your personal taste and style. Release your inner designer with our easy-to-use Kitchen Visualizer. Whether you have a small or large kitchen, designing a new kitchen can be overwhelming, but this new tool will help you take the guesswork out of the design process and your new kitchen plan.

From Inspiration to Reality

When you first make the choice to upgrade or remodel your kitchen, you probably begin your search for inspiration. You bookmark blog posts and kitchen galleries or save magazine clippings of kitchen pictures. Perhaps you have a friend or relative who recently remodeled their kitchen and you find yourself imagining it in your home. At a certain point throughout this process, you have ideas of your favorite kitchen design ideas, and then you hit an inspiration roadblock. You like the wall color in one image, the counters in another…

Bring Your Kitchen Design Elements Together

M. Teixeira’s new Kitchen Visualizer is here to help! Bring your favorite design elements together in one easy place. With a few clicks, our easy online tool lets you build your dream custom kitchen with soapstone countertops and backsplash. Don’t give in to the roadblock, use our interactive guide to help you visualize the kitchen of your dreams!

Soapstone Kitchen VisualizerEasy to Use Features

This great new web tool allows you to quickly and easily choose your favorite kitchen design elements in one place. Our visualizer also allows you to print, email, or save your designs.

Choose from a variety of applications, such as:

  • Countertop
  • Backsplash
  • Appliance finish
  • Flooring
  • Cabinet style
  • Cabinet color
  • Wall color

See For Yourself

Our Kitchen Visualizer is right at your fingertips to help you create the kitchen of your dreams – get started today!

M. Teixeira Soapstone Announces New Washington DC Metro Location

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M. Teixeira Soapstone just opened its newest location in Sterling, VA, serving the Washington DC Metro area, Virginia and Maryland. Our new showroom offers the broadest selection of soapstone slabs in the area. Most of the slabs in stock at this branch are US-sourced from the Alberene Soapstone Quarries, located within 150 miles of our location, along with a selection of imported soapstone. Soapstone sourced in the US is highly desired and we are happy to support local quarries, American jobs, and American soapstone!

We are offering full custom fabrication and installation in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. We also offer our popular Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Soapstone Program, which is a great way to save money and get quality soapstone. Our installation guide provides details on how to cut and install your own DIY soapstone countertops.

Our Grand Opening Sale features a special discount on our most popular variety, Church Hill Soapstone. We are also offering a free soapstone backsplash (up to 4”) on every countertop installation in the state of Virginia (with a minimum of 30 square feet). Both of these great deals on soapstone expire on July 31st, so visit us soon to start planning the remodel of your dreams!


M. Teixeira Soapstone IV, Washington, DC
23585 Overland Dr. Unit 100
Sterling, VA 20166

703-665-2185

M. Teixeira Featured on Remodelista

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Remodelista is considered the number one home interiors website. Created for design enthusiasts and homeowners, this site is followed intently by influential figures in interior design, architects, bloggers, and more. M. Teixera is proud to announce that we have been featured in an article about the use of soapstone in countertop application. Our “richly-veined” soapstone slabs and soapstone counter and apron sink were pictured in this informative piece by Remodelista.

The article touts soapstone as an elegant and practical countertop material. While there was skepticism about the almost maintenance-free nature of soapstone, research and a few “test drives” proved that soapstone is a tough and aesthetically pleasing countertop surface.

There were three qualities that Remodelista explained sets soapstone apart from other natural stones: soapstone doesn’t stain, it can withstand acidic materials, and it is highly heat resistant. These attributes of soapstone make it a perfect choice for countertops, but you don’t have to take our word for it! Read the full article here.

 

 

M Teixeira Soapstone to Exhibit at Coverings 2014 Trade Show

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From April 29th to May 2nd, M Teixeira Soapstone will be exhibiting at Coverings 2014, a tile and stone trade show held in Las Vegas, NV. Coverings, in it’s’ 25th year, is designed to provide tile and stone businesses with information about the latest products/trends, improving employee performance, networking opportunities and sustainable products. Founder and President Roger Teixeira will be available at Booth #L2108 to answer any questions about M Teixeira Soapstone’s countertops, sinks and tile.

Learn more at www.coverings.com

M. Teixeira Soapstone Headquarters Moves to New Northern New Jersey Location

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Thanks to the support of our clients and our excellent track record, we have been expanding and once again outgrown our current facilities. We are happy to inform you that we have partially completed the move to our new location, where we will be able to better display our products and continue to improve our efficiency and overall customer experience.

We have consolidated our state of the art fabrication facility and slab warehouse with a brand new office/ showroom space, where clients can see items on display, pick their slabs and watch their soapstone being fabricated by our craftsman.

Please excuse our appearance while we continue to remodel this new location.

547 South Broad St.
Glen Rock, NJ 07452

While our offices and fabrication capabilities are uninterrupted, some clients may experience a slight delay in receiving samples and other items from our online store, or may have their installation pushed back a day or two. All should be back to normal by April 1st, 2014. Thanks for your understanding.

The Most Affordable Wood-burning Soapstone Stove: The Cove 2

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M. Teixeira Soapstone, the nation’s soapstone distributor offering the widest variety, is pleased to introduce its newest wood-burning stove, the Cove 2.

With the prices of gas and oil constantly rising, wood-burning stoves are becoming more popular than ever as an efficient heating method.


With Soapstone

Without Soapstone

M. Teixeira Soapstone has expanded its product line to include the Cove 2, a cast iron and soapstone wood-burning stove. This contemporary wood-burning stove burns up to 8 hours, heats up to 1,500 square feet, and is available with or without soapstone.

As the cold weather approaches consumers are looking to cut heating costs wherever possible. This season, enjoy the radiant warmth, practicality, and stunning beauty of an M. Teixeira Soapstone wood-burning stove.

The Cove 2 is available with soapstone for $3,900, and without soapstone (just cast iron) for $2,900.

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Soapstone Threshold Shelf

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A soapstone threshold is just the right size for a bathroom shelf. Simply install the shelf with two brackets and you have a convenient and unique space to store all your necessities.

M. Teixeira Soapstone now carries a variety of Soapstone Thresholds. Our Soapstone Thresholds are made out of natural soapstone with each one being totally unique. They come 36’ long and in widths of four, five and six inches. With the proper saw blade they can be shortened to the desired length. Our Soapstone Thresholds can be purchased online.

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