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What started out as a hobby by Jim Kiko, owner of Kiko's Greenhouse in Dalton, has manifested itself into a flourishing business.
In 1980, Kiko began with a simple line of plants and accessories on the other side of the farm house that currently inhabits the business today. It was moved in 1986 to progress the space and inventory.
With products ranging from vegetables and bedding flowers to hanging baskets and lawn dcor, Kiko's Greenhouse covers a one hundred mile radius for constant customers, drawing in tourists during its busiest time of the season in May.
Walking into Kiko's Greenhouse, customers can expect to find an array of items for their lawn dcor including numerous statues, wind chimes, bird feeders and much more.
Kiko is currently partially retired. After considering full retirement, he enjoyed the job so much that he decided to keep working.
"I like what I do," Kiko said. "Everything in general really, it's a good job and I think I'll hang on to it."
As May is consistent for getting busy, the staff at Kiko's Greenhouse works diligently to get the store ready. An early spring season has paid off for most gardeners and farmers this year, and Kiko's is no different.
"We're trying to get things cleaned up and ready for the big rush," Kiko said. "It's a challenge everyday to do something different and make it better, which is what we're always trying for."
Kiko's Greenhouse is located at 15579 Lincoln Way West in Dalton. Regular business hours during the summer are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, 4-6 p.m.; times may vary depending on the weather. For more information call 330-832-8698.