Jo Kiourtzidis is the founder of Cast Stone Studio. She opened the studio 27 years ago with her husband and partner, Basil, the couple design and produce high-quality garden art including fountains, benches, religious statues, animal statues, nautical themed items, bird baths, Asian themed items, planters and much more.
Have you always lived in Currituck or did you relocate here?
I grew up on the Outer Banks and Basil is originally from Greece. We opened in Currituck in 1991. We found a great old potato packing shed that was perfect for our business! We figured that people heading to the beach would be sure to see us.
When, how and why did you decide to start your own business?
I grew up here and love this area! When I married Basil we needed a way to make a living and to stay here. At that time, it was a much more seasonal area than it is now. So, we combined our skills and opened up shop.
What's the hardest part about owning and operating a business in Currituck County?
Getting people to stop was actually more challenging than expected. Everyone's in such a big hurry to get to the beach. I hear from my customers everyday, “I've been passing this place for years and always wanted to stop.”
What advice would you give to someone interested in starting a business in Currituck County?
Strive to be the best at what you do. And advertise!
What do you most want people (in Currituck County and beyond) to know about you and your business?
If you take the time to stop in, you’ll be amazed by the variety and craftsmanship we offer. We have everything from classic and classy to comical and cutesy. We add new items every year to keep things fresh and everything’s available in 10 finish options. We're just 5 miles north of the Wright Memorial Bridge. Make yourself stop once and you'll want to come back year after year!
This Currituck Small Business Spotlight first appeared in COAST OBX.
Cast Stone Studio is located at 8021 Caratoke Highway in Powell’s Point, NC.
You can learn more about them online at www.caststonestudio.com
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