BarTrop takes root in Clintonville

What started as a hobby at his home in Franklinton has turned into a full-fledged business for Andrés Cárdenas.

Cárdenas will open BarTrop, a store specializing in exotic tropical plants, in late August at 3017 Indianola Ave. in Clintonville.

He already has an active online business, but decided that after growing plants in his friends’ patios and garages, he would have more space and control over growing conditions.

Cardenas is already in the space, setting up a 1,000-square-foot greenhouse in the basement and growing 3,000 to 5,000 plants and packing up goods downstairs.

“It’s kind of a microgreenhouse,” he said.

BarTrop is primarily an online business, but Cardenas plans to invite customers into the store.

However, he only hopes to use 150 square feet of the space above and sublease the remaining 1,250 square feet to a tenant, which means they would have to share the front door.

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