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.

Just Arrived in Virginia! Stormy Black, Belvedere Soapstone & Church Hill Soapstone

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We just received a new shipment of Belvedere Soapstone slabs in our Washington Metro Virginia location.  Come visit our showroom and soapstone slab yard to get the best selection.

 

Stormy Black Soapstone

 

Stormy Black Soapstone

 

Church Hill Soapstone

 

Church Hill Soapstone

 

Belvedere Soapstone

 

Belvedere Soapstone Closeup

Stormy Black Soapstone is a very tradition soapstone. Once treated with mineral oil the stone darkens and the beautiful veining shines through. Check out Roger Teixeira’s video describing this beautiful stone.

Belvedere Soapstone is very unique and if often chosen for contemporary applications.

Church Hill Soapstone is a classic traditional soapstone that comes from the Alberene Quarry in Virginia. View owner Roger Teixeira’s video describing this classic stone.

Just Arrived in Denver! Super White Quartzite and Belvedere Soapstone

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We just received a new shipment of Belvedere Soapstone slabs in our Denver Colorado location. Come visit our showroom and soapstone slab yard to get the best selection.

 

Belvedere Soapstone

 

Belvedere Soapstone

 

Belvedere Soapstone

 

Super White Quartzite

 

Belvedere Soapstone is very unique and if often chosen for contemporary applications.

Super White Quartzite has that classic look of Marble, but is more durable and easier to maintain.

Just Arrived in New Jersey! Stormy Black Soapstone and Belvedere Soapstone

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We just received a new shipment of Stormy Black Soapstone and Belvedere Soapstone slabs. Come visit our showroom and soapstone slab yard to get the best selection.

Stormy Black Soapstone

 

Belvedere Soapstone

Stormy Black Soapstone is a very tradition soapstone. Once treated with mineral oil the stone darkens and the beautiful veining shines through. Check out Roger Teixeira’s video describing this beautiful stone.

Belvedere Soapstone is very unique and if often chosen for contemporary applications.

Save Big Without Sacrificing – DIY Soapstone Kitchen Kit

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Soapstone – The Perfect Kitchen Counter Material

The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, but many homeowners hesitate to update their kitchen due to excessive cost. A good renovation costs thousands of dollars, making it difficult to bite the bullet and spruce up your home. At M. Teixeira Soapstone, we’re proud to offer a smart solution to this problem: Our Kitchen-to-Go Soapstone Counter Kit. While soapstone is famously impervious to stains, chemicals, acids, and general wear-and-tear, it is also soft enough that the average handy homeowner has all the tools needed to fabricate a stunning soapstone countertop.

 
 
 
 
 

Soapstone is an ideal material for the kitchen because it does not require sealing, it will not stain, and it has heat-resistant qualities. Most people are surprised to learn it is more dense than marble, slate, limestone, and even granite. Withstanding the test of time, soapstone is still widely used in chemistry lab countertops and acid rooms. It’s remarkable durability is perfect for a high-trafficked and well-used kitchen that will stay beautiful for years to come.

Fabricated With Ease by Handy Homeowners

With more than half the cost of natural stone counters going towards labor, it’s an easy decision for DIY-ers to incorporate beautiful stone countertops at a fraction of the price. Instead of needing specialized stoneworking tools, all you need is a circular saw, a jigsaw, a drill/driver, a grinder, and a sander.

Recently, homeowners Matt and Laura reached out to report their success with our DIY kit and soapstone sink. When emailing to let us know how much they love their soapstone kitchen, they wanted us to share this message:

“I have never worked with stone countertops before and I want your customers to know how easy soapstone is to work with. I was very nervous to take on this project, but it was not technically difficult and the end result exceeded my expectations.”

Interested but unsure if you have what it takes to DIY your kitchen? For homeowners who doubt their ability to complete this project, we offer a no-cost “practice piece” for you to test your skills before committing to the full project.

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Our DIY kit has 4 options so you can choose just how involved you would like to be in the fabrication of your countertops: Complete DIY, Cut-to-Size, Cut-to-Size and Finished Edge, and Full Pre-Fabricated.

M. Teixeira Soapstone is eager to help you save on building the kitchen of your dreams. Matt and Laura wrote, “We are really happy to have found M. Teixeira Soapstone and greatly appreciate your assistance with filling our order, holding the material for us, and the care your warehouse guys took while loading and securing the stone in our vehicle the day we picked it up.”

We’re passionate about this resilient and attractive natural stone. Get started on the renovation you’ve always dreamed of and order your sample package today!

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.

Italian Classic White Marble Arrives at Our New Jersey Stone Warehouse

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We continue to see the popular trend of combining two natural stone countertop materials in kitchens. One of the most popular countertop combinations is soapstone and marble. For example, Soapstone countertops and a white marble island. The combination is timeless and classic.

So popular, that we just imported a unique selection of white marble slabs and quartzite. M Teixeira Soapstone owner and founder Roger Teixeira, personally selected each and every slab, while in Italy, in order to exceed our customers’ expectations. We have now in stock, White Carrara, Statuary Marble, Statuarietto and Super White Quartzite. These beautiful slabs are not going to last. Come to our New Jersey stone warehouse and select your your slabs today.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Take Grilling to the Next Level with a Soapstone Fire Pit Barbecue Grill

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fullsizerenderThis innovative outdoor beauty is sure to be a conversation piece and the stunning heart of your outdoor space. Everyone will enjoy the grilling process with our new Soapstone Barbecue grill. Precision-cut soapstone top and Corten steel base make this grill weather-resistant and durable enough to be kept outdoors year-round. The solid soapstone slab is 1 ⅛” thick and sits atop a fire bowl made of weathering steel. You can even choose between a soapstone or steel base to create your ideal look.

Available for purchase exclusively from our online store.

Make a Statement with Soapstone Outdoor Furniture

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chaiseAs all decorators know, furniture is just as much about aesthetics as it is practicality. Our contemporary soapstone outdoor furniture items are one-of- a-kind and passionately designed by renowned Brazilian architects Souza and Zanini. Hand carved from gorgeous solid soapstone slabs, these contemporary classics will enhance your outdoor living space for generations to come.

Available for purchase exclusively from our online store.

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!

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