Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
With the help of Inland Northwest Bank, a stone engraving company moves forward despite a rough economy.
Since its Inception, GardenStone Creations has unveiled an online store, expanded its product range and now, is ready to do business from a retail location the company built from the ground up. In an era where small businesses are failing due to a combination of poor consumer confidence and institutions unwilling to extend credit, the company has enjoyed improved business based on two factors: customer loyalty and the unwavering support of Inland Northwest Bank.
“It’s tough times for a lot of people, but we’ve been fortunate enough to be part of a great community,” said GardenStone Creations owner Kelly Tareski. “We have strong roots here in the Pacific Northwest. People care about us as a business and as people. I really have to hand it to Inland Northwest Bank for recognizing our potential and backing us up, even as other banks are leery of investing in small business.
“The Spokane Valley Insider has also helped us with a ‘buy local’ profile, and great people like our concrete contractor, Smiley’s Construction, have done tremendous things for us. Really, there are too many people to thank in a few short sentences.”
GardenStone Creations has kept a video diary of the store’s development on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/user/CascadingCreations. Visitors will be able to see examples of the company’s stone engraving, buy engraved garden stones and other decorations, and order custom work.
About GardenStone Creations
*Web Site: http://www.gardenstonecreations.com
Contact Details: GardenStone Creations
Zip Code: 99001
Telephone NO: (509)244-0900
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 10am-3pm - North County Chipping and Composting Event at Fire Station 49, Hwy 395 & Monroe Road. Kids, come and meet Smokey the Bear! Bring in your natural vegetation for free chipping/disposal.* Attend a seminar on composting and you can receive a free home compost bin (one per household-bring ID). You can also learn about protecting your home from wildfires and find out about the new outdoor burning rules.
*The following items will not be accepted for chipping: branches over 3" wide and 6" long, stumps, root balls, soil, lumber, or trash. Please bring a shovel or pitchfork to help us unload your debris.
Saturday, April 25, 11am-2pm--Arbor Day Fair at Finch Arboretum. Attend composting seminars and get a free recycled compost bin at the end (one per household-bring ID). There are also worm bins for the kids to check out. Other local organizations will have booths and there will be a tree planting. Call the recycling hotline at 625-6800 for more info.
Saturday, April 25, 10am-3pm--Master Gardener Open House at the County Extension Education Office on Havana--next to the fairgrounds. Education clinic open for questions with many free publications. Plant sale, yard and garden sale, and displays and demonstrations throughout the building. Special features include cooking demonstrations, a gardening activity room for the kids, and tickets for raffle prizes with a horticulture theme are available. Refreshments are provided. For more info, call 477-2181.
Sunday, April 26, 11am-3pm - Earth Day Celebration at Riverfront Park. There will be live music and educational booths at the event. Bring the kids to the EnviroKids' Club booths to participate in many hands-on activities.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Address or House Stone: An engraved stone is a classy replacement for wood or metal street numbers. Plus, you can add your own names, or the name you have for your house. Nothing’s quite as welcoming than actually saying, “Welcome to the Smiths’” right on your porch.
Date Stone: One great custom engraving stone is a date stone façade. You see date stones whenever you visit old buildings, and see the construction date carved into their cornerstones. If your home has a natural stone exterior, consider adding a date stone to a prominent place. It may not be the date of construction, but it’s when you came to live there, and that’s just as important. Add your name to leave your mark on the homestead. Naturally, you can’t exactly rearrange the stones in a
Garden Stone: Naturally, we’re going to recommend engraved garden stones. As you might guess from the name GardenStone Creations that’s kind of what we like! Seriously though, you can get a great effect out of adding an engraved stone to a cairn or other collection of rocks, especially if you can get a near-matching color. Add a wildlife theme or words you like, and they’ll merge seamlessly with the environment around them.
Gatepost: A gatepost is a great accent for a long driveway. It serves much the same function as an address stone. It stands at the foot of your driveway or path on a post – or if you feel like splurging, you can use a large stone on its own (that’s what we do for Cascading Creations). Add your address, family name or even just something you want to share with the world.
Mantel Decoration: This is a classic spot for a small stone engraving, like a wedding stone. The natural, one of a kind look goes well with classic wooden fireplace mantels, while the polished surface lets it fit in with smoother, modern designs.
Once you’ve made a choice, contact us. We’ll work to get exactly what you want on the stone, so that wherever you put it, it’ll be the perfect addition to your home!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Here we are, setting things up. Via Youtube (more about that in a sec).
Feast your Eyes on Our New Digs – via Youtube!
Cascading Creations and Garden Stone Creations now have a channel all about Washington landscaping and stone engraving – well, it’s all about us, at the very least. Right now we’re filming the construction of our big new facility, including our offices, stone engraving workshop and more. We’ve upgraded our presence beyond the traditional view of landscapers as “some guys in trucks” with our Spokane landscaping supplies yard – our enhanced office and work space takes that to the next level. Plus, we aren’t above having a little fun while we’re at it. See for yourself by watching the video!
As you can see later on in the video, even though it’s March, it’s still snowing – so it’s still time to call use for snow removal in the Spokane area. Remember that we’ve got instant on-site email, so even if we’re on the job, we can probably dig you out that day in no time!
Soon though, spring really will be here, and that will kick us into high gear as people put serious thought into getting landscaping and hardscaping jobs done for the season. Plus, the
Monday, March 9, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The Spokane Home&Yard; Show has come to an end for 2009 and We won an award for the most creative booth (ok I embellished a bit). It was a good weekend for both Cascading Creations and GardenStone Creations. We made lots of new friends and there are many people excited to see our new store when it opens in April.