A&E Tile & Stone has been a member of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce since 1995.
Meet Elvis and Tina Leonarduzzi, owners of the family-run tiling business. A&E Tile & Stone started in 1986 as many businesses do – out of a basement. Elvis and his father, Armando were tile setters working for Spada Tile and following a layoff, decided to start their own business. "We knew one thing - tile". Their work with Spada had been mostly commercial installation and they continued with this in the beginning but they saw a need in the local market for residential product and installation. After about three years, they opened their first retail storefront on Wallbridge Cres. to accommodate the deliveries and inventory. Tina left her job at the bank and in 1994, A&E moved to their current location on College St.
A&E serves customers from Kingston, Cobourg, Whitby, Bancroft. "Contractors like to send people our way because their customers are always satisfied with the final product. We serve our customers with premium tile products and installation – though people can buy the product without installation."
Working with suppliers who have the best quality products ensures that their customers are always satisfied. Olympia Tile has been one of their suppliers since Day 1. They are known by tile suppliers across the country because of their great reputation and integrity. They spend a great deal of time educating their customers on the value of quality in the product and why it is important for both the look and lifetime of the job.
This family business is going into a third generation and looking forward to many more years in the industry that has been in their blood for 34 years. The Leonarduzzi's agree that their success is due in large to doing one thing, and doing it right! "We don't cut corners and we sleep well at night. When I meet a customer on the street, I want to see a smile. Satisfaction to my customers is my life!"
Tile setting is a creative art, and their installers have been with them from five to twenty years. They make an investment in their staff, knowing that it will take three to four years to begin to perfect the skill set needed. Tools are changed every year, and all cuts are made on site, ensuring costs are kept under control, which can be passed along to the customer.
A&E is happy to work individually with clients to create unique environments that reflect their personality and lifestyle.
Visit their showroom at 101 College St. W to see their wide selection of tile and stone for kitchens, bathrooms, foyers and fireplaces. Look for the blue roof.
Get a taste of what they carry online at aeceramictile.com.
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