By Starrla Cray
HOWARD LAKE, MN For anyone looking to upgrade their home or business with a new concrete driveway, patio, garage floor, or other concrete project, there’s a unique new option in Howard Lake.
The business is called Unique Concrete, and it’s owned by Howard Lake resident Cory Parson.
“I will travel anywhere in the Cities and suburbs and local Howard Lake areas,” Parson noted, adding that he’s also open to jobs in the Grand Rapids area, since that’s where he grew up.
Parson, 35, has been in the construction trades since he was 17 years old. In that time, he’s worked with everything from roofing to framing to heating/air conditioning.
Parson learned about concrete from a good friend who had retired from the business. In 2011, he started his own concrete business in Grand Rapids. Due to family circumstances, Parson moved to Montrose a few years later, and began working for a concrete company in the Twin Cities.
In April, he purchased a house in Howard Lake and opened Unique Concrete. Parson said business has been great so far, and he’s been getting a lot of jobs through word of mouth.
Some customers have expressed their satisfaction on the “Unique Concrete” Facebook page. One person in Delano, for instance, wrote “Love the new patio and can hardly wait to use it. Great job!” Another customer wrote, “Thanks Cory! Our driveway looks amazing, you did an awesome job! Wish we would have done it years ago. Enjoyed meeting and working with you. A++++ job!”
Unique Concrete does all kinds of concrete jobs for residential, commercial, and agricultural properties. A few examples include basements, stoops, footings, acid etching, pressure washing, and sealing. Parson especially enjoys work involving stamped concrete (also known as textured or imprinted concrete). This technique involves imprinting patterns into fresh concrete to create the look of stone, brick, tile, or wood. Stamped concrete can give a property a high-end appearance, at a lower cost than other materials.
Parson prides himself on craftsmanship and integrity, and said it is rewarding to see his work at other people’s properties.
“I see it as helping others,” he commented. “I like giving people something that they want.”
Parson enjoys working with customers and his employees. He brings three to four experienced concrete workers with him to job sites, and personally oversees everything to ensure high-quality results.
Another part of Parson’s business is snow removal. He is able to remove snow from parking lots of schools, medical facilities, apartment complexes, and other large areas, and he also does snow removal for single-family homes.
Unique Concrete can be reached at 612-231-9612 or UniqueConcreteMN@gmail.com. For more information, check out the “Unique Concrete” Facebook page.