People agree that upgrading the kitchen and bath areas of your home is one of the best investments your home could receive, both for your pleasure and your home’s value.  Granite is fast becoming the material of choice for these improvements; there is simply no match for its uniqueness and natural beauty. Enduring and elegant natural stone is available in a wide variety of colors to match virtually any decor. If you find the variations and character of granite is not for you, then you might consider the more consistent and particulater look of an engineered quartz surface. Quartz is also available in an array of colors and offers benefits similar to granite. Any shape imaginable can be produced from either material for beautiful kitchen countertops, fireplace surrounds, bathroom tub decks and vanities. West Central Granite and Marble Works opened in the spring of 1997. “Being at the same location for more than 12 years, you know where you can go to be rest assured that your granite or marble project will be completed in a professional and timely fashion,” said owner Keith Rose. With seven employees, West Central Granite and Marble does all of the fabrication and installation of granite, quartz and marble counter tops, tub decks and fireplace surrounds. Depending on the size of your kitchen, granite counter tops with a basic edge detail can start at about $39 per sq. ft. The 7,000-sq.-ft. showroom is located at 12222 N. Hazen Ave. in Thonotosassa, just five minutes from the I-75 and I-4 exchange within 30 minutes of most of Hillsborough County. West Central Granite and Marble Works is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Thursday and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday by appointment. Rose said he would like residents to know: “They will be treated personally like they are doing business with a small shop but their project will be completed with the ability of the largest. “ “West Central Granite and Marble Works’ philosophy is that quality and concern will always be in demand,” he concluded. For more information, please call 982-9504 or visit

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Jennifer is the Assistant Editor at the Osprey Observer, having climbed the corporate ladder from intern in 2007. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. She lives in Channing Park with her husband, Eric, and their two dogs.