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Loving Your Home Through the Pandemic and Beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world — and our relationship to our homes. As our living spaces do double and triple duty as work, school and entertainment spaces, it’s become more important than ever that they function well, look great and feel like, well, home. It’s proba...

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Posted April 15

International Women's Day

Celebrating #InternationalWomensDay, and Women's History Month, this March, by highlighting a very special member of our team. As VP of Operations and Co-Owner of Urban Quarry, Mireille Bellavance has spent a decade learning the ins and outs of the stone industry. “I have always been fortuna...

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Posted March 8

Showroom Update | January 2021

The Urban Quarry showroom is currently closed to the public. We are still operational and available by appointment only. To protect and promote the well-being of our customers and employees, given our limited capacity, we will be following the guidelines below. * Our showroom hours are Monday to F...

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Posted January 8

Urban Quarry 2020 Year in Review

2020, as unpredictable a year as they come but despite that, the Urban Quarry team has certainly accomplished a lot. The year started strong, and our vision, missions and goals for the year were executed … after a few pivots and bumps along the way. We want to take this opportunity to express ...

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Posted December 18

Management Team Announcements

French version below We are pleased to announce that as of today, Urban Quarry Founder and CEO, Laurent Bellavance, is officially taking his first step into retirement. Not entirely gone just yet, Laurent will help guide the management team through this next chapter of Urban Quarry’s growth ...

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Posted November 4

Mental Health Matters: Supporting Our Community in Times of Need

From health concerns to additional work related pressures, the COVID-19 situation has created a number of disruptions in our lives that have caused feelings of stress and anxiety. We are all navigating through these unchartered waters, but one thing for certain; whatever you might be feeling –...

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Posted October 6

Our Showroom Remains Open

The Urban Quarry showroom remains open under strict guidelines to comply with public health and workplace safety measures so that we can safely accommodate you and your clients. To protect and promote the well-being of our customers and employees, given our limited capacity, our showroom will be op...

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Posted September 22

Urban Quarry: We're Virtual!

As a company, we’re so proud of how our team has come together, as we continue to support our customers in new (more virtual) ways! 1. Our Sales team is working remotely offering virtual assistance and one-on-one appointments via email, Zoom, GoogleMeet and FaceTime. 2. Virtual slab viewings...

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Posted June 18

Online Resources with Cambria and Cosentino

In March, our world came to a halt as the world embarked on a global health crisis, shutting down many businesses and keeping everyone safely inside their homes. Business owners and employees were resilient finding new ways to communicate, and creative methods to keep business moving forward as much...

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Posted May 14

COVID-19 Update | April 8, 2020

Dear valued customers and partners, Under the leadership of the recent announcement from our provincial government, we are ready to reopen our operations with a limited staff as we were considered an “essential service” in our industry. Under these new restrictions, our mandate will be ...

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Posted April 8

Expanded Product Offerings Now Available

We’re listening. For over 30 years, Urban Quarry has been committed to exceeding customer expectations with quality products, expert craftsmanship and unmatched customer service in Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and Montreal. And now, in response to customer feedback, changing market demands ...

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Posted January 16

Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association Celebrates 36th Annual Housing Design Awards

On Saturday, October 19th, our team was proud to attend and sponsor the 36th Annual Housing Design Awards, presented by the Ottawa Home Builders' Association. Their committee put together a stunning evening honouring the best of Ottawa's housing design, architecture and kitchen/bathroom renovations....

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Posted October 30

Proud to Support Fore-Play for Charity Golf Tournament

Running five years strong, Urban Quarry was proud to once again support Fore-Play for Charity – Ottawa Women’s Networking Golf Tournament, which took place in September at The Marshes Golf Club. The day is organized and presented by TRUEdotDESIGN, and includes many of our design communit...

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Posted September 30

Urban Quarry appoints Bob Gould as new Director of Business Development

Ottawa-based granite, marble and Cambria Quartz surface company, Urban Quarry proudly announces the appointment of Bob Gould as the company’s Director of Business Development. He begins his new role at the company today. Tasked with managing the sales team, showroom and growing Urban Quarry t...

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Posted August 1

Staff BBQ Celebration

2019 has been an exciting year for us, and this summer (the last month really) has been no exception. On July 22nd, we celebrated our Urban Quarry family with our annual staff BBQ to show gratitude for all the incredible work everyone has done so far this year. It was a lovely day for the staff to g...

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Posted July 23

Cambria Hits Newsstands with Mid-Century Modern Style

California interior designer, Michelle Boudreau features Cambria stone throughout her mid-century modern home renovation.   The appetite for mid-century modern-influenced design is showing no signs of dissipating. Its clean, classic, understated lines, and quality materials create the perfect...

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Posted May 28

Plant Manager for Urban Quarry within the construction industry

TITLE: Plant Manager for Urban Quarry within the construction industry   REPORTS TO: Director of Operations   SUMMARY: The plant manager will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and employees on the plant floor while increasing production and revenue by providing lead...

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Posted May 23

Urban Quarry Visits the KBIS Conference in Las Vegas

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is North America's largest trade show dedicated to all aspects of kitchen and bath design. With a showroom floor filled with the freshest designs from over 600 brands, it is a one-stop shop providing visitors with the ultimate destination to network, exchange ...

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Posted April 26

Urban Quarry Collabs with Cuisines Verdun for the Jérôme Ferrer Kitchen

Urban Quarry was proud to work on a very special project for Cuisines Verdun, a kitchen and bathroom supplier with showrooms in and around the Montreal area. The project was completed for a large marketing and promotional campaign in collaboration with top reputable chef, Jérôme Ferrer. ...

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Posted February 26

Get to Know Me! Peter Hibbert, Account Manager

To say Peter Hibbert is well-versed in the Urban Quarry business would be an understatement. As one of our longest-standing employees, Peter knows the Urban Quarry product line like no other. In fact, he knows it so well, he has taken on a teacher role in recent years. Peter started with us 22 yea...

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Posted January 26

Get to Know Me! Chris Bjornestad, Account Manager

Pre-2014, Urban Quarry Account Manager, Chris Bjornestad, was working overseas in international development, but once back in Ottawa, he wanted to give the private sector a try. Chris joined Urban Quarry in May of 2014 in the scheduling department assisting with customer service but his previous ski...

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Posted December 27

224 Crestview: RND Construction and Urban Quarry Team Up on a Masterpiece

When RND Construction President, Roy Nandram, wanted to do something that had never been done before in Ottawa, he teamed up with the best of the best to help achieve that goal. Roy and his team designed and built a home with the highest energy-efficiency ratings in the city, but this home wa...

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Posted November 27

The Buildings Show – November 28th to 30th

The Buildings Show provides an unforgettable experience as North America's largest event for construction/architecture/designer/renovation products, services, and professional networking. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, this event takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and wi...

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Posted November 13

Doing our part for the environment comes naturally

It only seems fitting (or should we say, natural) that Urban Quarry would care about the environment. We are in the business of natural stone (quartz, marble and granite) and we want to do our part to ensure our planet thrives – today and in the future. As well, many of our clients care deepl...

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Posted October 2

Uncovering Cambria’s Latest Designs

Rugged. Sumptuous. Captivating. These are all words that can be used to describe the new quartz collections from Cambria. And as always, their exceptional beauty is matched by their immense durability. Try not to be mesmerized. CROWNDALE™ Crowndale is a peacefully alluring meld of warm c...

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Posted October 1

Get to Know Me! Shawn McGuigan, Account Manager – Montreal

Welcome to the team, Shawn! He’s an Urban Quarry Account Manager based out of Montreal, but even though we don’t see him in the Ottawa office every day, he’s still a huge part of our growing team. With a Mechanical Engineering Technician diploma, Shawn is trained and experience...

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Posted July 19

Get to Know Me! Shanna Hebert, Urban Quarry Account Manager

On the road visiting showrooms, or out on the town with clients – you may recognize Urban Quarry Account Manager, Shanna Hebert from photos on our social media or perhaps through her new volunteer based role as Communications Officer on the NKBA committee. She’s smart, talented, passiona...

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Posted July 3

Not just countertops … welcome to Cambria SURFACES!

Your countertop is usually one of the first things you decide on when designing your kitchen and bathrooms, right? The design, the style, the finishing details all make a difference when it comes to the overall look and feel of your room. BUT, don’t stop there. Cambria is an excellent surface ...

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Posted May 23

A Legend is Born

Exciting, thrilling, with smiles from ear to ear. It feels just like Christmas morning around the Urban Quarry showroom because the five latest designs from Cambria have just been revealed, and they are spectacular! Inspired by the majestic landscapes of Wales, every Cambria design is a masterp...

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Posted May 2

What’s Trending in 2018 Kitchen Countertops

Your countertop is like the front lawn of your kitchen. It sets the stage with first impressions, it takes a beating, and it needs to be cared for. And for all these reasons, we salute the countertop with our 2018 trend predictions. WHITE VS. WHITE All-white kitchens may be out, but white-toned qu...

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Posted February 22

Caring for Your Quartz Countertops

We get so many questions from customers on how best to care for their Cambria quartz countertops. With the holidays in full swing, your kitchen is most likely in full use! So we thought we’d let you in on all the quartz maintenance secrets in this blog, so you can focus your attention on what ...

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Posted December 15

See for Yourself with Cambria Augmented Reality

Too many design styles? Colour doesn’t seem right? When you can’t decide, sometimes you just need to see it for yourself. Well, your wish is our command! Cambria has recently launched a new Augmented Reality (AR) app for you to see their designs on your own countertops, islands and more....

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Posted December 15

Cambria Represented in Ottawa’s Newest Restaurant, Stofa

Ottawa’s hottest new restaurant, Stofa, has left our taste buds salivating! The opening of this new dining establishment on Wellington Street West, featuring a contemporary Canadian style menu, has been so highly anticipated that it’s already been featured in articles for both Ottawa Mag...

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Posted October 19

Urban Quarry Staff Blog: Behind the Scenes

What makes for successful leadership? The most important thing for any good leader is to understand the importance of their staff. When you work in a team environment, the employees “behind the scenes” play a very important role in the overall success of a business. Day in and day out, t...

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Posted September 25

Urban Quarry Employee Spotlight: Monique Bellavance

How do you say a thank you big enough to a woman who has made such a significant impact in our lives, both professionally and personally? With love, respect and gratitude, we want to shine a spotlight on someone who is truly valued and appreciated by all of us at Urban Quarry – thank you Moniq...

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Posted July 27

Urban Quarry Welcomes Account Manager Tracey Pratt Read more about Urban Quarry Welcomes Account Manager Tracey Pratt

As a family-owned and operated company for 30 years, when you work for the Urban Quarry team, you truly are an extension of our family. In January, we welcomed a new member to our Account Management team: Tracey Pratt. We are so thrilled to have Tracey on board, bringing a wealth of experience and e...

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Posted February 27

Cambria Launches Two New Designs Read more about Cambria Launches Two New Designs

More big news from Cambria! In December 2016, Cambria released two more stunning designs: Canongate™ and Kentmere™ both providing unlimited versatility with two subtly textured, neutral hues – adding additional diverse design palettes to the selections within the Desert Collection&...

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Posted January 16

Holiday Decorating – In The Kitchen Read more about Holiday Decorating – In The Kitchen

The holidays are here! When decorating our homes for the season, we always put up a tree in the living room, hang stockings under the fireplace, twinkle lights around the windows, but we sometimes forget to trim the kitchen – an untouched area when it comes to holiday decorations. The kitchen ...

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Posted December 3

The Urban Quarry Before and After Room Makeover Challenge Read more about The Urban Quarry Before and After Room Makeover Challenge

There comes a time when our well-loved and well-lived in spaces need a well-deserved makeover. Not every space requires a full overhaul, and sometimes simple changes can transform an ordinary room into a super stylish space. But then there are those room transformations that really make you say, WOW...

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Posted November 16

Start Planning with Adjectives Read more about Start Planning with Adjectives

Before you even start to put pen to paper with the planning of your new kitchen or bathroom, sit down in the space with a nice glass of wine, a cocktail, or even a cup of coffee and turn on your creative brain. Jot down adjectives to describe the feelings that you want to achieve in the room. Modern...

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Posted October 27

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