Jo Kiourtzidis is the owner 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.
Q: Have you always lived in Currituck or did you relocate here?
A: 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.
Q: Do you remember the moment that you decided to start your own business?
A: I grew up on the Outer Banks 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.
Q: What’s the hardest part about owning and operating a business in Currituck County?
A: 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 every day, “I’ve been passing this place for years and always wanted to stop.”
Q: What advice would you give to someone interested in starting a business in Currituck County?
A: Strive to be the best at what you do — and advertise.
Q: What do you most want people (in Currituck County and beyond) to know about you and your business?
A: 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 five miles north of the Wright Memorial Bridge. Make yourself stop once, and you’ll want to come back year after year.
Currituck Small Business Spotlight is presented by Currituck County Economic Development.