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Kiko's Greenhouse

By Kate Minnich Writer & Designer Published: August 1, 2016 12:00 PM
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What began as a hobby for Jim Kiko has grown into a flourishing greenhouse business with a unique niche. Visitors of Kiko's Greenhouse will immediately enjoy a medley of statues and figurines while taking in wonderful scent of various flowers. Conveniently located just east of Dalton, Kiko's Greenhouse is one of the best choices for garden plants as well as decorative items.

Kiko started his greenhouse business out of his home, after retiring from a military career as a mechanic. Selling his plants first to neighbors, Kiko developed a green thumb through trial and error and was met with success. As his popularity grew, Kiko's Greenhouse moved to a larger location, which allowed for the expansion of items offered by the business.

The plants and flowers at Kiko's Greenhouse range from beautifully arranged hanging baskets to zucchini plants. Even though the blooming season is coming to a close, the flower options remain plentiful at Kiko's due to consistent watering and care. Planting at least four crops of cucumbers and zucchini a year, Kiko's offers healthy plants to their customers. Depending on the time of year, the number of vegetable plants may vary with some petering out as winter enters the scene, but other plants, such as the tomato plant are generally available until January.

Since his humble beginnings, Kiko has explored other options within the greenhouse business. When asked by a customer to obtain chick jars, or little clay pots with holes to grow specialized plants, Jim Kiko began a search that turned up the chick jars and a world of lawn and garden sculptures. Everything from angels to gargoyles were available in various sizes, Kiko decided to give the new item line a chance.

Now Kiko makes several trips to sculpture suppliers in order to maintain the greenhouse's selection. Creating a semi-circle around the greenhouse, row upon row of sculptures are grouped by theme providing customers with the ability to find exactly what they are looking for.

Everything from the whimsical gnomes and gargoyles to the graceful angels and figurines are available for the choosing. A recent favorite has been the Bigfoot statues in the classic looking over the shoulder pose. Available in multiple sizes, the statue can be placed in a garden or among the trees in a yard. The angels and certain figurines are generally purchased to be placed at the grave site of a loved one. Among the figurines are firefighters, police and military meant to honor loved ones and celebrate their service.

The statues originally come in the cool gray color of concrete, but Jim Kiko offers a painting service for any statue. Brightly colored statues pop out among the gray, offering an example of what the statues can become upon request. Completed by Kiko himself, each painted statue is airbrushed with a latex paint and sealer with the aim of preserving the color as long as possible. One of the popular painted sculptures is currently a dog and should a customer decide they want a painted sculpture, they are able to dictate color patterns to a degree. If the customer brings in a photo, Kiko will follow the design as closely as possible.

Crafted from concrete and kept outside, the sculptures will become damaged over the course of time. Kiko offers repair work to the statues, whenever possible. A missing ear or tail can easily be reattached and painted making the piece look like new and last at least a couple more seasons.

Aside from the statues, Kiko's Greenhouse also maintains a selection of benches and memory stones. The benches are crafted in various styles, including some with a curve to the seat and others with vines creeping up the sides. Personalization options are available, which allow the name, birth and death date of loved ones to be engraved upon the seat of the bench. Several memory stones with pre-engraved phrases are available to mark a grave site of a pet or another significant location.

In the event that a customer is unable to find a particular statue, they are welcome to consult a catalog Kiko keeps within the greenhouse. If the statue can be found in the book, he will try to pick it up on the next trip to his suppliers.

Located at the corner of route 172 west and Deerfield at 15579 Lincoln Way W. in Dalton Ohio, Kiko's Greenhouse has the largest selection of lawn and garden decorative items in our area. Anyone looking for lawn and garden ornaments or grave site markers, can visit Kiko's Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call 330-832-8698.

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