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In designing its flagship jewelry store within an historic building in Greensboro, NC, Carlyle & Co. called upon retail architecture specialist Moda4 Design of Dayton, OH. In the end result, the high-end jeweler - which represents Rolex and other upscale brands - was outfitted with a facility that not only befits its upscale product line, but is also functional for hosting community events, including a full-service custom granite kitchen/bar area.
“The new concept for their jewelry store is to have a lot of fundraising events, so they put in a full working kitchen,” explained Len Malavé of Granite & Marble by Malavé of Greensboro, which supplied, fabricated and installed the stone used on the project.
For visitors to Carlyle & Co.’s Greensboro location, the use of Emerald Pearl begins at the main entrance, where the company name has been sandblasted onto the granite. It was also used for custom inlays atop the display cabinets and to clad the columns surrounding the main display case.
Apart from the retail area, large slabs of Emerald Pearl granite were used to create the full-scale kitchen and bar area, which will be used for a range of community functions. This kitchen area includes a full stove and cooktop as well as a full bartop with seating area and a stone countertop - all of which was done in Emerald Pearl and is complemented by custom woodwork.
The general contractor for the project was David A. Nice Builders, Inc. of Williamsburg, VA, while the fixture manufacturer was Designer Showcases, Inc. of Brunswick, OH. According to Malavé, the installation of the stone was completed in two days. “The slab for the entrance was very challenging, but it really came out beautifully,” Malavé said. “The whole store is beautiful. The owners have said that this is their best store.”