By Nick Nahas
Sergio Plazza of Classic Stone Gallery prides himself on being able to offer quality craftsmanship at a great price for granite, quartz, and marble because he cuts out the middle man. The family-owned business supplies, designs and installs kitchen and bathroom countertops and backsplashes with high quality stone. They do both commercial and residential work.
The Plazza family has worked in this industry for over 40 years with its roots in Sicily, Italy back in the 70s. Tampa became their destination of choice after they saw a business opportunity with the lack of competition in the area. About 10 years ago, Sergio and his dad, Steve, along with several other family members, formed their own company, which is now known as Classic Stone Gallery. “We do really good, custom, handmade work at a very affordable price,” Plazza said.
Located on Adamo Drive between Orient Rd. and 50th St., Classic Stone Gallery can also do tile work in the bathroom, on the floor or wall, and can provide the tile as well. According to Plazza, they can virtually do any stone work. Their main specialty is countertop fabrication, but they can get the whole job done when it comes to a kitchen or bathroom remodel involving stone.
Plazza said his company has one of the biggest fabrication shops in Tampa. They order their stone from overseas and cut in bulk so they can pass the savings on to the customer. In addition, they cut by the square-foot, so that the customer doesn’t have to buy full flats. Foregoing a fancy showroom can also help them keep costs low.
Customers can visit their website at ClassicStoneGallery.com. The website is very interactive and user-friendly. Potential customers can view the inventory on the site, including sorting by color, level and type of granite they are looking for. They also have photos of their projects, which include kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces and staircases in addition to outdoor projects. The company’s contact information is available and they do free quotes as well.
Plazza is happy with the way the company is going and hopes for continued prosperity. “We want to stay gainfully employed, and we just hope for success in general,” Plazza said.