Hidden in the midst of the expanding Pearl District, Visions Tile and Stone has become a gem among residential and commercial building and remodeling gurus. A wholesaler and retailer of various stones and tiles from across the world, Visions is a family-owned business started by a husband and wife team, Dennis and Lorrie Pine, who have a long history in the industry. Dennis has 36 years of industry experience, and Lorrie brings 33+ years in the accounting and financial industries background, 25 of which were in the tile and stone business. Moving from California back to Lorrie’s hometown here, they started Visions out of their garage in May of 2009 but quickly expanded to a bricks and mortar location, literally from word of mouth referrals. Visions popularity is truly based on client satisfaction and recommendation.
After significant research, Lorrie and Dennis decided on locating their business in the Pearl District, due to its convenient midtown location and gateway to downtown. The location was also chosen based on its sense of community and its presence of locally-owned and family businesses. They quickly began designing their showroom, and by January 2010 opened the doors.
“We wanted to be a unique source for our clients and to show our clients something they haven’t seen but may now want,” says Dennis. And they have succeeded. Their showroom has an abundant selection of tiles and stones, from ceramics and porcelains to slate, granite, limestone, travertine and glass and metal tiles, as well as unique handmade ceramic and stone lines. A steady flow of new products arrives monthly, if not weekly, to keep the selections current.
Though tile and stone is their specialty, the main focus is always on their clients. “Our business philosophy is the golden rule. We want to treat our clients the way we would like to be treated,” says Lorrie. After walking through the doors, you will be met with a welcoming greeting. Dennis and Lorrie have a laid-back demeanor, creating a casual and friendly atmosphere. Whether you are a weekend do-it-yourselfer, just browsing, or are a well-known architect, builder or designer, everyone is welcome. The Pines want each and every person that walks through their doors to leave having had a happy experience.
Speaking with Dennis and Lorrie, you can hear the pride in what they do. They are excited about where the tile and stone industry is headed and have a true knack for creating an amazing client relationship. They were extremely excited as they discussed a couple of new product lines they will be introducing over the next few months. Dennis has worked with these lines or has followed them closely for almost two decades. He emphasizes their need to really know a product and develop a strong relationship with the vendor before committing to a line; and, this is only a small example of doing exactly that.
“We love making people happy with what we do.”