A glass countertop? Sounds Counter Intuitive.

In April, the glass countertops company I founded through Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op)Counter Intuitivepassed a major milestone - our first installation!

Chris with Monika Chelchowski, one of the designers of the display, at the London Home and Garden Show.

Kitchen interior design firm Verbeek Kitchens purchased a glass countertop for a design by Monika Chelchowski and Sandra Champ. The glass is a centrepiece for a display that will soon be in Verbeek Kitchens' 3,500 sq. ft. showroom in London, Ontario.

Verbeek Kitchens decided to use the glass display in the London Home and Garden Show that ran from April 11th to 13th, 2014. A crowd of 20,000 homeowners attended the event. The glass was a big hit at the show - people were constantly coming up to it and feeling it. It was amazing to see the response!

Why glass countertops?

Glass countertopHomeowners entertain in their kitchens, and are spending money on high-end upgrades. As the price of granite continues to drop, people are looking for a new luxury and exclusive surface, and that's where Counter Intuitive comes in. Interior designers have pictured glass as an accent piece, such as the surface of a bar-top or island. It is certainly a conversation piece!

Glass is actually an ideal surface for a countertop – it is non-porous, meaning it is stain-resistant, odour-resistant, and anti-bacterial, and at 1.5” thick it is very strong. Glass can also be attractively backlit with LED lights, unlike any other countertop surface.

Mentoring

I have been fortunate to have several great mentors through my E Co-op terms. Michelle Berelowitz, an MBET alumna and the former E Co-op Coordinator who helped grow E Co-op into what it is now, brought in a number of excellent guest speakers that taught many of the fundamentals of starting a business. She also helped me a lot with creating my business plan.

One of the speakers I met is Steve Lightstone, who suggested I get some 'front-line' sales experience. I ended up working part-time commission sales at Future Shop with two of the company’s top salespeople, and this has been one of the best experiences I have had to date.

About Chris

Chris Sharp

Chris Sharp is finishing his fourth year in the University of Waterloo's Mechanical Engineering program.

Chris has completed two E Co-op terms and the Foundations of Venture Creation (BET 300) course for his startup Counter Intuitive. He was a finalist in the Queen's Entrepreneur's Competition, placed second in the Waterloo Nicol Competition, and is a recipient of the Engineer of the Future Trust.

About Counter Intuitive

Counter Intuitive Glass Countertops

Counter Intuitive provides luxurious glass countertops that can be ordered through Verbeek Kitchens in London, Ontario. For more information, visit Counter Intuitive's website.

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