At first, I thought this was going to be a complicated process that was going to take me a few months. I called up and found out all I needed to bring was a diagram of my kitchen. That's it! After I provided them with the diagram, they asked me to pick out a color that I liked. I found about 3 colors that looked interesting to me, and to my surprise they quoted me all three colors within about 15 minutes. The quotes were very professional looking and they even let me keep them. After price shopping some other places for about a week, I went back to artistic stone on a Saturday and decided to go with them. For me, price and service were the two things that brought me back. The people there were very nice with me, and informed me about a lot of granite information. They also managed to rule out a bunch of myths that I've been reading/hearing about granite. Be warned though, Saturday's are busy. I guess there are a lot of people like me who don't work on Saturday's. I wasn't thrilled about waiting 15 minutes for my sales rep to be available, but it gave me some time to pick my favorite color out of my original three picks. The finish product is fantastic. I entertain a lot, so making sure my kitchen looked great was a priority on my list. On a side note, I bought at the beginning of November and installed a few weeks later. I think they give lower quotes at the beginning of the month in order to get more customers. The sales rep I was working with hinted at that, but wouldn't confirm it when I asked him directly.
Pros: Save $$$, Nice People, Good Workmanship