Please go to our new link for Bella Tile.Bella Tile is a small shop with a good selection and often helpful service, which offers a fine alternative to the high-end tile shops near Union Square. Bella Tile has almost anything you could want: 100 different brands of tiles in mosaic, glass, and stone and a good selection of hand painted tiles from Mexico and Spain. They will help you sift through the many possibilities, but it does help to know what you want first. Bringing in photographs or clippings from magazines really helps.
Problems? Bella Tile seems to have off days when you can't get good help and their showroom is much smaller than the high end places. It helps here if you not a flake, but have a clear idea of what you want. Another thing to watch out for - some tile can take a LONG TIME to arrive (@ 4-8 weeks) since tile comes from factories that move slowly and you don't just FedEx this type of heavy shipping.
(Re-Edited from 2004-08-19)