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‘Wow’ is the Word at Albuquerque’s Granite Passion

Dustin Dunkin poses for a photo in front of an ancient hand carved wall of granite in Mahabalipuram, India.
Nora Hickey, July 2017
“Wow! — That’s a word we hear many times each week,” says Sharon Dunkin, who, along with her daughter Nicole and son Dustin, own Granite Passion.

With Granite Passion’s enthusiastic attitude towards granite, it’s no wonder the family owned and operated business brings out excited exclamations. Upon entering the company’s extensive showroom in the Sawmill District you are inundated with hundreds of exotic granite slabs on display, from subtle grains in neutral tones to shimmering crystals floating on top of striking patterns.

Granite Passion, which has earned an A-plus rating with the Better Business Bureau, was founded in 2010. The staff boasts of more than 70 years of combined experience in the granite industry. The company specializes in the import, fabrication and installation of granite countertops for the kitchen and bathroom as well as window sills, barbecues, coffee tables and more.

Sharon and Dustin travel to India at least once a year to find rare granite for their New Mexico customers. The granite they directly import is unique and beautiful, truly an example of nature’s art. In fact, some of the granite that they import is so rare you won’t be able to find it at other companies across the U.S., notes Sharon. “We think it’s important to make the trip,” she says. “No two pieces of granite are the same and photos sent by email do not do it justice.”

“I will be making the trip in the next few months to find new colors,” adds Dustin.

Granite Passion sells granite countertops ranging in sizes that are 16 to 51 inches in height and 108 inches in length, and all granite has finished profiles and is 3 centimeters thick. “We carry these sizes to save on waste,” says Dustin. “Most granite jobs done in unfinished slab can have 30 percent waste. When our granite is used, it’s more like 10 percent waste, which accounts for huge savings.

“We also sell half and partial pieces of granite,” he continues. “Some other companies will charge for a full slab no matter what the size of the job. We don’t discriminate against sizes of jobs.”

Sharon calls granite countertops the gold standard in kitchen décor and says they can add value to any home. “They are the easiest surfaces to care for because you can put a hot pan on it and it won’t burn. You can also cut directly on granite and it won’t scratch,” she says. Despite its name, Granite Passion doesn’t work exclusively with granite. “We can work with marble, quartz, quartzite, and other materials,” says Nicole. “If we don’t have what you want, we will do out best to find it for you.”

Nicole remembers a recent time when a client wanted a specific piece of granite that was in Texas. “We drove down to Texas to pick up the slab for the client so we could get her bathroom just right,” she recalls.

Granite Passion goes the distance for customers in more ways than one. Dustin manages measurements and price quotes, and says he tries to keep costs as low as possible. “Natural granite is often less expensive than oil-based synthetics such as quartz, Silestone and Corian,” he says. “We can usually give a rough estimate in the showroom, and then once I come and measure, our job is to figure out the best use of material in hopes of cutting the cost down from the rough estimate. Also, all measuring and in-home estimates are free no matter the location of the project.”

Customers can count on exceptional service from the crew at Granite Passion. “We operate differently from most other companies,” says Nicole. “We aim to complete jobs in one day, arriving at eight o’clock in the morning with the new granite. We remove the customer’s existing countertops, template and cut the new granite and then install it, whether it is a home, office, restaurant or other business. The customer usually has their project completed by six o’clock in the evening on the same day. Other companies can take days and, in some cases, weeks to finish a job.”

Granite Passion has had the same installers since they opened their business. “We think our installers are the best in New Mexico,” says Sharon. “It’s clear that they take pride in their work.”

Customers have often commented on the service and materials provided by Granite Passion. “Excellent work and great customer service from beginning to end. Dustin and Nicole were so helpful, and Ronald and his crew were superb,” writes R.B.S. “Very professional, arrived early, courteous, nice, listened and acted upon my requests. Great work,” writes T.R.

The experienced crew services homes and businesses throughout New Mexico as well as surrounding states like Colorado and Texas. Whether you know exactly what you want, or need more guidance, the team at Granite Passion can help. “We love to educate our customers on how the process is done, whether it’s for the bathroom, windowsills, an artistic piece or outside fixtures,” says Nicole.

“Granite has been around before life itself, and it will outlast all of us,” says Sharon. “It’s a natural material made of very hard igneous rock that is second only in hardness and strength to diamonds.”

The Granite Passion website at www.granitepassion.net has photos of a variety of granite. For example, there you will see coral white, a granite with bold rivers of rose, gray and white quartz; and Inca gold, a warm ivory colored granite with a blue/gray base studded with cranberry garnets. “These and others are unique to the New Mexico market,” says Sharon.

Granite Passion, located at 1309 12th St. NW, offers a huge selection of finished granite in its 15,000-square-foot showroom, with new shipments arriving every month. The company offers free, in-home estimates Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 242-1007 or visit www.granitepassion.net.


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