Welcome to Atlantic Granite & Marble
Located at 450 Lee Road (Corner of Lee & Emerson) in Rochester New York, We are your one stop shop for all your natural and engineered stone needs.
A TIME HONORED SKILL BLOSSOMS IN THE FLOWER CITY, AS MORE SEEK THE GRACE OF MARBLE AND GRANITE
If you've ever noticed the elegant designs in natural stone that lend class to some of Rochester's newer luxury buildings,then you've seen the work of a fast growing little company founded upon a skilled craft dating back to Biblical times.
Atlantic Granite and Marble, Inc., at 450 Lee Road in the Northwest quadrant of Rochester, is the area's only fabrication shop that imports granite and marble from around the world, and cuts and polishes it to order, making furniture, counter tops, table and desk tops, floors, stairways, walls, fireplaces and anything else someone might want in marble or granite. (Recently, the company also has begun to sell two lines of high quality, ceramic tiles.)
Though in business only since 1987, the company's work can be seen in dozens of the city's most splendid commercial buildings. Here are but a few examples:
The high-gloss beauty of Clinton Square building's lobby, composed of four kinds of marble: Breccia Nouvelle, a French stone that's brown with a reddish tint; Rojo Alicante, from Spain, a warm terracotta color; Negro Marquina, a black marble from Spain; and Perlato Sicilia, a soft beige, Italian marble.
The brilliant expanse of sand-colored, Italian travertine marble on the stairways and adjacent walls of the Eastman School of Music's Sibley Library.
The Hyatt Hotel's generous swathes of marble and granite (Black Absoluto granite, Alpenina cream marble, and terracotta-colored Rojo Alicante marble) seen in the lobby and stairways, as well as on bartops in luxury suites.
The expanses of two marbles. Brown Emperador and Crema Marfil, in the lobby of Union Place.
The lobby and stairway of Eastman Kodak's building at 325 State Street, in Rojo Alicante, Perlato Sicilia and Negro Margquina.
In addition, Atlantic's craftsmen built the marble pulpit on the altar at St. Mary's Church in Batavia, the baptismal font in the chapel of St. John Fisher College, the green marble planters in the lobby of Marine Midland Plaza, and the gleaming granite countertops that capture the look of an Italian Espresso bar in Ciao's, restaurant on Jefferson Road near Marketplace Mall.
Homeowners, too, are looking for a touch of class
Like so many trends, the predilection for kitchen, bar, and bath countertops in natural stone first took hold on the East and West coasts. Luminous granite adorned kitchen counters in the Boston, New York, San Francisco or LA homes seen in upscale magazines like Architectural Digest. Homeowners in the Greater Rochester area talked to decorators about doing something like it, but most found that the cost of having such work done in a remote city, and then shipped to Rochester, prohibitive.
Rochester area interior designers like Arthur Vitoch, Edwin Bien, and Annette Basinger confirm that local homeowners' interest in and appreciation for natural stone has grown in recent years. "You see it more and more often. One person does a kitchen counter in granite, and their friends begin thinking about it," says Edwin Bien of Edwin Bien Design. "People are simply more aware of the some of the properties of marble and granite that man made products can't touch, like richness in color, durability, beauty, and elegance.
Now that decorators and homeowners have discovered that an Old World-style marble shop has taken root on Rochester's Northwest side, they are drifting into the showroom to admire the dozens upon dozens of samples of marble and granite on display, and to let their imaginations roam, as they imagine how striking the kitchen could look with a gleaming countertop of polished granite in a rich, chocolatey brown flecked with pearl grey, or how bold a marble coffee table in the living room might look done in the cappuccino-colored Spanish marble called Light Emperador, or done in the dramatic Nero Bianco, a midnight-black marble full of crackly veins of white. Some of these dreamers leave the showroom with nothing more than a bargain $2 marble trivet to show for their trip. A growing number, however, are asking Atlantic Granite and Marble to help make those daydreams come true.
A marble shop grows in Rochester
At the head of this little colony is Salvatore "Sam" Scarlata, who came to Rochester more than 40 years ago from a small town near Palermo, Sicily, where he grew up in the construction business and learned to work in stone in his father's shop. He earned his living installing ceramic and marble tiles until he and partner Sergio Esteban formed Atlantic Granite and Marble in 1987, establishing a marble shop to service Western New York.
To meet demand from architects and contractors, Scarlata began building up a large enough inventory so the company could complete jobs promptly, without waiting for a trans-Atlantic shipment from the Mediterranean or South America. Now, Atlantic stocks treasures from marble and granite quarries all over the world. Some kinds, as well, come right from the U.S.
Their warehouse holds more than 80 colors of marble, from snowy Carrara to glossy black Nero Bianco, and more than 200 colors of granite, from iridescent cloudy pinks and blues to bittersweet chocolate browns. Atlantic, in fact, has one of the most extensive inventories in the Northeast. In addition to what Atlantic keeps in stock, the showroom displays samples of dozens of other varieties of marble and granite which can be imported to order in a short period of time.
About three-quarters of the marble and granite comes from Mediterranean region -- specifically, Italy, Spain, or Greece. The rest comes from the U.S., Canada, South America, China, or India.
Scarlata also knew that Atlantic would need the right kind of equipment, and he knew that the best was manufactured in Italy. So Atlantic imported machines from Italy's top manufacturer, Antonino Mantello: One machine (which Scarlata nicknames "Bread and Butter" for its vital role in generating Atlantic's revenue) handles the cutting, drilling, and edging for large pieces. Another machine handles cutting for small pieces. There are three different machines that handle polishing.
Atlantic began to grow: Since 1991, its sales have doubled, and are now approaching $1 million a year. The company built a new addition two years ago and is planning another addition this year to introduce its new lines of ceramic tile. Scarlata had to train young stone cutters to keep up with demand. Today, four young men working in Atlantic's shop have learned this venerable craft.
"Working with stone isn't something you learn overnight," Scarlata says. Cutting, polishing, and finishing this stone of celebrated beauty is a skill born of patient apprenticeship. Like learning to make a great wine, or playing an instrument, handling marble is something that takes experience, knowledge, and judgement: "No two pieces of marble are exactly alike, Scarlata explains. "To get the most from every slab of stone, you must learn how to bring out its best qualities."