The Stone Source name began as a true representation of our mission, providing stone tile and slab installation in the Chattanooga area. Frank started his tile installation business in 1992. He came from the construction industry, working for his stepfather, primarily building homes, but also landing the occasional commercial project.
Frank gained experience in the business, he saw customers traveling to larger cities to buy the tile and granite that wasn’t available in this area. He recognized the opportunity and made the decision to open Stone Source as a retail store. His primary mission was to help people find the higher-end, hard to find items in Chattanooga. With just a few lines of tile and granite fabrication, Stone Source quickly gained the reputation as the place to shop for the “out of the ordinary”. The philosophy was quality oriented with a personal connection to each customer and project.
In the beginning, Frank partnered with the only established granite fabricator of the time. In 2003, Frank bought out his partner and his wife Anna stepped into the showroom. Anna had been a real estate broker for about 7 years and had developed a discerning eye for appealing home design. Within a short time, they were able to attract exclusive lines such as Walker Zanger and Sonoma Tilemakers and push the limits of their showroom.
In 2004, Frank was doing a job for friends Blackwell and Dana Smith. They were renovating their home and Blackwell was disappointed with the lack of selection in plumbing products in this area. After the project was over, the Bakers and the Smiths decided to start a joint venture by adding plumbing fixtures to their well established tile and countertop business. It was a great fit because Dana had been an interior designer for over 15 years and Blackwell was an experienced contractor, with knowledge of building practices and the plumbing industry. Once again, the showroom expanded and Stone Source was able to push the limits, offering their customers the latest innovations in the plumbing industry.
We remain true to our heritage and are constantly looking for the unique items that will dazzle the senses and help create a beautiful and functional living space.