Energize Employees With Vibrant Surroundings

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Stale and drab or vibrant and buzzing? How to lift the working vibe:
Go wild. Parklike describes the office at DuneCraft, seller of educational science and nature products. "My inspiration was to make our work environment be like a botanical garden," said CEO Grant Cleveland.
Plants and koi fish-stocked ponds, rather than fabric-covered partitions, surround the company's workers. "They bring in their friends and family to show it off," Cleveland told IBD.

Get closer. The problem with the traditional corporate cubicle?
"When you box people off too much, they get lonely," Cleveland said. He also did not want the chaos that results from eliminating partitions altogether. DuneCraft's flora separates workers gently.
"This is a nice intermediate," he said. "You want it to be open, but not too open."

Plant-loving CEO creates office space with tropical palms and ponds

March 13, 2014 by Julie Washington, The Plain Dealer

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Grant Cleveland is a man with a deep-seated love of plants. He founded a company, DuneCraft, Inc., to foster the love of growing things among kids. When his company needed more space, he found a Warrensville Heights industrial building that he could turn into a miniature botanical gardens, where every desk is steps away from palm trees and ponds creating oases of serenity.

There are no cubicles. Potted rubber plants, ficus trees and other ornamental plants create space dividers between desks, and surround three six-foot-deep ponds where fish flit amid water plants and around tinkling fountains.

“You spend more time at the office than anywhere else,” Cleveland explained. “If you’ve gotta work in a cubicle, that kinda sucks.”

I rubbed my fingers against the leaves of a jasmine plant and sniffed the delicate scent. “Imagine if the whole office was filled with that smell,” he said.


Grant Cleveland likes the town that a distant relative founded: My Cleveland

February 21, 2014 by Grant Segall, The Plain Dealer

Grant Cleveland sells kits with tiny plants but stocked the vivid new headquarters of DuneCraft with big ones.

Lynn Ischay, The Plain Deale

Grant Cleveland's business, DuneCraft, seems to be sprouting as fast as the plants and seeds in its popular kits. He just bought and vividly remodeled a 170,000 square-foot headquarters in Warrensville Heights.

Did you change your name just to get into my column?

No. I'm descended from Grover Cleveland. We're very distant relations with the city's founder, Moses Cleaveland. When I travel and people ask my name and I answer, they go 'No, sir, your name, not your city.'

Local Artists Abstract Symbolism Exhibit at Fairmount Center

May 2, 2013 By Ann Wishart

Grant Cleveland’s large paintings create a colorful show for the newly painted walls of the Fairmount Center in Russell Township.

About 60 art devotees from Russell and surrounding communities attended the opening of Cleveland’s display Saturday to admire the bold acrylic artwork and visit with the artist and center staff.

Visitors could be seen admiring the paintings, which Cleveland said fall into a category he describes as “abstract symbolism” and reading the descriptions posted beside each item.

Dunecraft’s Grant Cleveland Opens New Art Show


Grant Cleveland, CEO of DuneCraft, who had his first art opening at theDick Kleinman Fine Art Gallery, is having another opening at Fairmount Center for the Arts. The opening will be on April 27, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with an Artist’s Dialogue at 7:00 p.m.

Dick Kleinman, a massive proponent of Cleveland’s paintings, coined him the father of abstract symbolism, in which a story is told through symbols in the abstract form, colors take on meanings, patterns signify something, and it is possible to learn the language to some degree. Cleveland has just released an e-book, which features his paintings and the stories behind each one. The published version is now for sale and will be at the opening at Fairmount Center for the Arts.

Cleveland’s style is recognizable from the color, broad strokes, compelling subjects, and unique style and energy. Cleveland is an artist and serial entrepreneur. His current business enterprise is DuneCraft, which was started 11 years ago. DuneCraft creates themed terrariums, sprouting kits, and science novelties.

Choose original artwork to make your rental space unique

March 31, 2013 by Jill Sell, The Plain Dealer

Passion by Grant Cleveland

One of the most satisfying ways to set your rental space apart is to use original art in your decor. Not only will you own one-of-a-kind pieces, but some may become wise financial investments. The number one rule, of course, is to select what you like.

Renters who favor abstract art may consider the textured acrylic paintings of Chagrin Falls resident Grant Cleveland. Cleveland is president of the Fairmount Center for the Arts’ board of trustees and DuneCraft, a manufacturer of science-based toys. Cleveland began painting 12 years ago. He set his artistic pursuit aside for a few years and has now embraced it once again.

"You want to look for something that is unique," said Cleveland. "An artist may be inspired by another artist and almost copy that person’s style. And that’s interesting. But I think if you are looking for something that will change the art world, look for something that is new."

Grant Cleveland takes the helm as board president at Fairmount Center for the Arts in Russell

January 22, 2013 by Joan Rusek, Sun News

RUSSELL -- Grant Cleveland, of Chagrin Falls, recently was named the new board president of Fairmount Center for the Arts.

He faces immense challenges to help the organization recover from its fiscal cliff. The 42-year-old center nearly had to close midway through the fall session because it ran out of money.

Although donors, artists and performers stepped in to meet temporary operating expenditures, the not-for-profit performing and fine arts center continues to need funding and increased enrollment in classes to stabilize its operation.

Cleveland has been connected to Fairmount for nine years through his daughter, Eleanor, who began dance classes there at age 2. She is now part of the Fairmount Dance Theatre program.

“Aside from the skills she has gained as a dancer, Fairmount has given Eleanor self-confidence and a place to meet other children and families who share her love of the arts,” Cleveland said.

DuneCraft CEO’s Paintings on Display at The Dick Kleinman Fine Art Gallery


Grant Cleveland, CEO of DuneCraft, is having his paintings shown at the Dick Kleinman Fine Art Gallery in Woodmere, Ohio. Cleveland is an artist and entrepreneur. His current business enterprise is DuneCraft, which was started 10 years ago. DuneCraft creates themed terrariums, sprouting kits, and science novelties. DuneCraft’s creations can be found at Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics, CVS, Amazon, Fat Brain Toys, Urban Outfitters, and more.