Let’s talk about something exciting today. Hmmm… now what could that be? Brexit? Trump vs. Hilary? Flying with a stunt pilot in an airplane that runs out of gas? Mercy, no! The raw material used by Archiped to make its hand cast garden statuary and how it differs from cheapo gray concrete is probably the most fascinating topic that you will find on the Internet today. Oh yes, it’s true. Cast stone is enthralling!
Oftentimes, an abundance of talent and vision alone don’t determine a business owner’s success. Many times, it’s sheer tenacity that takes natural ability to great heights. Take, for example, Archiped Classics Inc., the producer of fine cast stone urns, jardinières, pedestals, and garden ornaments for interior and exterior use, headquartered in Dallas.
Richard Stanzel, co-owner of Archiped Classics, began his concrete-based craft nearly 22 years ago with his wife, Shelley. After a promising first 10 years, Stanzel tried using a cement product in the late 1990s that provided some major challenges to their successful business.
Not all urns and pots and planters come ready to plant. Anyone could logically think that one could buy a planter, take it home, pour in some dirt, stick in a plant and get ready to hear the oohhs and ahhhs of friends.
Unless you are buying from Archiped, it’s not that easy. Archiped’s cast stone urns and planters all come with drainage holes so that your flowers won’t drown. They don’t have to be emptied in the winter or covered to prevent cracking. You don’t have to add gravel. In fact, you don’t have to do anything. With Archiped cast stone products, you plant it and leave it.™
I’d like for you to know that I do practice correct grammar in my compositions for thank you notes and legitimate articles, even though it’s much more fun to go with a stream of consciousness flow, write in the vernacular, forget that commas exist, put too many…….. and —– where they don’t belong and have v –e – r – y long run on sentences so long that the reader forgets what the sentence is about anyway.
This means that I throw in the kind of words that may not jive with the high-end garden urns and pedestals that we produce and sprinkle some high falutin’ words throughout my blog to catch my readers off-guard.
However, it does create an interesting juxtaposition between the elegant outdoor art that we hand cast and the casual, conversational tone of the blog. At least, I think it’s an interesting juxtaposition. I don’t know if an English professor would agree.
People always ask me what it’s like to work with my husband. Well, it’s interesting. We have some feisty fights. Oops! I mean arguments. Double oops! I mean genteel discussions.
No, they’re not about using the Luxor Urn in an ad, because we both like it. It’s more like trying to agree whether the Luxor Urn—or one of our other unique urns or pedestals—has been featured in our print ads too often.
I, of course, could look through my advertising file, but that would mean that I would actually have to find it in the hard copy netherworld of my personal filing system.
“It’s a Hunk a’ Hunk of Burning Love” is a song made famous by …whom? Let me give you a hint: he’s the swinging singer with the swiveling hips who shocked the nation when he appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. Stumped? Well if so, I have a sneaking suspicion that you are under fifty.
Those of us who are, ummm, shall we say mature, know immediately that Elvis Presley made the “Hunk a Hunk of Burning Love” song famous.
Side note: My brother is an Elvis fanatic and when he went to Graceland, he stayed in the Hunk a Hunk of Burning Love room at the hotel across the street. According to the hotel’s website, the Burning Love Suite features a rich, romantic decor (lots of red). It is inspired by Elvis’ 1972 hit record Burning Love and his status as a romantic idol.
I have a sneaking suspicion that our handmade designer urns wouldn’t be the best addition to the Graceland décor or to the Heartbreak Hotel across the street.
I’m thinking about a vacation. Yes, that is V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N. Summer is coming up and hmmmm, I wonder where I’d like to go?
If you are like me—and you probably aren’t—I dream of going to see some of Archiped’s most impressive fine cast stone installations. The problem is not only are they all over the world, the ones I HAVE to visit just happen to be the most expensive. Expensive, as in rooms that can cost thousands per night. Yes, I wrote THOUSANDS. Just call your favorite Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, Waldorf, and Rosewood hotels and resorts, just a few of the places our urns and statuary are, and find out.
You can check out some of my favorite urn and pedestal combos at our installations in Vegas on the cheap, however. Start out at the Venetian and Palazzo to see ten of our Napoleonic Benches, one of my favorite designs from the Jacques Lamy Collection, with some of our other cast stone urns, planters and pedestals scattered throughout.