Perched high above the commotion of Boston, Four Seasons One Dalton is as close to heaven as one can be, while still in possession of a pulse.
Shades of white Danby marble, pinned deep inside the belly of the earth, pulsate magnetic charm. That is, until man gambles it all to extract these gems that spark fate to furbish institutions, embellish homes, enhance landscapes and memorialize with stoic elegance.
I almost didn’t notice him, the man leaning against the wall like a piece of abstract art, alone in the hallway, his eyes were closed, deep in meditation. He was older, draped in a black sweat suit and sports cap. He seemed mysteriously out of place. I wondered who he was as I offered him some water. I almost thought I should alert security. Could he be an industry big shot? That thought never crossed my mind. Was this the beginning of a life changing moment for me that just lurked in the shadows? No way, not a chance.
CUMAR Marble and Granite, located in Everett, Massachusetts, offers an inventory of stones unlike any other in the area. With over 20,000 slabs under one roof, their selection is both exquisite and rare, sourced from countries all over the world. Their marbles, granites, soapstones, quartzites, onyx, limestones, travertines and slates come in a wide variety of colors, textures and prices, and their exclusive Linea Couture offers extraordinarily unique, one-of-a-kind semi-precious stones.
Last April, my boss and stone mentor Ivo Cubi, owner of Cumar Marble and Granite, sent me to Italy where I fell in love with a white, gray, black and “greenery” colored stone called “White Beauty.” It whispered my favorite mentoring question: What do you see that I can become?
People often ask, “What’s your favorite stone?” My answer is easy: one I haven’t seen before!