With over 40 fireplace units on display, Alex Brick & Stone is the largest fireplace and brick and stone showroom in central Minnesota. The showroom is designed to help customers visualize the possibilities when including a fireplace in their new home or remodeling project. The same holds true for the outdoor patio display of pavers and natural stone walks and retaining walls. If you’re looking for inspiration, a visit to the Alex Brick and Stone Showroom is a must.
Along with beautiful displays, you will find a friendly, experienced staff that knows the latest trends in the fireplace industry. And they share that knowledge to help customers choose the perfect fireplace, brick and stone or landscaping materials for their home. Alex Brick and Stone built their business working with quality suppliers and they back those products with reliable service. Certified fireplace installation is available, so your project can move smoothly from concept to completion.
Quality products, competitive prices, knowledge staff and an emphasis on good communications are why customers have relied on Alex Brick and Stone since 1998.
Our History – A Passion for Building with Brick and Stone
Neil Jensen, the manager of Alex Brick and Stone, represents the family’s third generation in the brick and stone business. His grandfather owned a masonry and construction company, and was the superintendent of the Douglas Hospital construction project in the 1980s. His father, Wayne, joined the firm and worked there for several years becoming the owner. When a job injury sidelined Wayne, he stayed within the industry selling brick and stone to dealers, followed by a stint at a local fireplace company where he ultimately became the firm’s co-manager.
When that store was sold and shut down, area contractors approached Wayne. They wanted a dependable local source for brick and stone, and he knew the business. So in 1998, Wayne Jensen and his spouse opened Alex Brick and Stone, and the Jensen family was back in the brick and stone business. They not only sold brick, stone and other masonry supplies, the store included wood and gas fireplaces and stoves.
Neil worked at the store in the summer, handling deliveries and whatever else was needed. In 2002 after graduating from college and working as a land surveyor for a year in the Twin Cities, he returned to Alexandria and joined the family business. By 2005 the business had outgrown its original facility and in 2006 they built a new showroom, complete with 40 functioning fireplaces and on site brick and stone yard.
Neil Jensen commented, “It was always my grandfather’s dream that our family would have our own brick store and in 1998 it happened! I think he would be happy to see that my parents made it a reality.”