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Vol. 10 No. 3 - April 2010

Second Career Proves Fruitful for This Concrete Artisan

A blue and orange stained concrete floor that has been transformed by this concrete artisan.Don Pinger's second career began with a little dabbling in utilitarian concrete. That was seven years ago, when he was still working long hours in the restaurant he owned. He'd been reading about what people were doing with decorative concrete, and that intrigued him as well.

By David Searls
April 9, 2010
Create Unique Designs by Seeding Concrete Floors

Place decorative aggregate by hand instead of mixing it in, and beauty is just a stone's throw away.Place decorative aggregate by hand instead of mixing it in, and beauty is just a stone’s throw away.

By Sue Marquette Poremba
April 9, 2010
Dishing Up Decorative Concrete One Restaurant at a Time

A concrete bartop in a restaurant in San Diego serves its customers wellTo sample just a few of the flavors of decorative concrete that can be found in the newest restaurants, follow us to Modesto, Calif., San Diego, Calif., Covington, La., and St. Louis, Mo.

By Natasha Chilingerian
April 9, 2010
Adjusting Your Business and Mindset to the New Normal

Adjusting to the new normal of businessAdjusting the way you do business from this day forward is as important as accepting the fact that the "new normal" is very real. It has nothing to do with giving up. I have been lucky enough to be a decorative contractor for many years, and the new normal as I see it is as follows.

By Doug Carlton
April 9, 2010
New Ways to Sell Decorative Concrete

A sealed pool deck can be sold to a customer with a proper explanation of the process and outcome.As adults we learn to communicate using our words when we want and need something. The use of certain words can change the entire intention of what someone is trying to say. For those who sell and install decorative concrete, when was the last time you thought about how words influence your client's thought process regarding their decision to buy your products or services?

By Chris Sullivan
April 9, 2010
Bubbles, Balloons and Broken Glass: Concrete Ideas from Outside the Box

A floor in whole foods where a balloon of pigment was dropped on a floor to get the desired affect.Mike Miller explores examples of the concept of sensory concrete, which gives the material a voice. Sometimes the material is the concrete itself, and sometimes it's the material or the process influencing the concrete.

By Mike Miller
April 9, 2010
Good Customer Service Goes Far Beyond the Initial Sale

A service sign on a black backround.If you are truly committed to service, not just the initial sale, then you're not through when you're done.

By Peter Wagner, CSI
April 9, 2010
Testing and Measuring Tools for Concrete that Make the Grade

Bosch Measuring Tool - GLL2-80Measuring tools are designed to make your job easier. Here are a few on the market that might be just the right trick to complete your decorative project.

April 9, 2010
Transformed Museum Courtyard Using Forms and Concrete Stains

Attendees trowel the formed stems of this large aloe vera courtyard.Bob Harris of the Decorative Concrete Institute was asked about his experience training and working at the Children's Museum of Phoenix as part of the Concrete Decor Show & Decorative Concrete Spring Training.

April 9, 2010
First Honorees Named to Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame in 2010

The Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame announced its first group of honorees at the 2010 Concrete Decor Show & Spring Training, in Phoenix, Ariz.The Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame announced its first group of honorees at the 2010 Concrete Decor Show, in Phoenix, Ariz.

April 15, 2010
Cheng Concrete Circle of Distinction 2010 Award Winners Announced

Sink wins award from Cheng ConcreteFu-Tung Cheng announced the winners of Cheng Concrete’s 2010 Circle of Distinction Design Challenge, the longestrunning awards competition honoring design and craftsmanship in decorative concrete, at the Concrete Decor Show in Phoenix.

April 5, 2010
Show Trainers and Attendees Transform Phoenix Children's Museum

Shellie Rigsby of Acanthus Concrete Stain Designs designed and created the Sky Landing balcony stain project, working closely with Kemiko and the exhibits director of the museumWhen the 2010 Concrete Decor Show was over, it left something behind — beautiful and entertaining artwork at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. The koi pond mural and Sky Landing balcony are just a few of the exciting new features on which children are playing, thanks to artisans and exhibitors who donated time, materials and creativity.

By Sherry Boyd
April 10, 2010