By Sara Cronk
“Family-oriented” and “quality work” is how Tina Huikko of Dassel would describe her family’s business, Huikko’s Custom Tile and Flooring, which recently opened a location at 550 Parker Ave. W. in Dassel.
Tina and Tyler Huikko of Dassel have owned the Litchfield Huikko’s Custom Tile and Flooring (previously Litchfield Flooring) for 11 years. Prior to that, Tyler had been working as an installer for a couple of different flooring companies in Dassel and Cokato.
Tina recalled, “[Tyler] was in Litchfield and realized there’s really no flooring store there and came home one day and said, ‘Hey, want to open a flooring store?’ So I said ‘sure.’”
They opened their store on Main Street in Litchfield in 2005. At the time, Tina was running a daycare at her house in Dassel.
In 2007, they moved their Litchfield location to W. 2nd Street. Tina officially started working at Litchfield Flooring in October 2014. However, the commute to Litchfield was long, and the Huikkos started discussing opening a business closer to home.
“[We were] looking for a building. The Schmidty’s building had been sitting empty for quite some time, and I said that was really the only place I’d like to be,” Tina stated. “The Tuesday of that same week, Tyler was driving home from work and saw a ‘for sale’ sign in the window. He called the number when he got home, and we had a purchase agreement by Friday.”
After months of preparing for and setting up their new location, the Huikkos opened their Dassel store in June 2016.
Huikko’s Custom Tile and Flooring is truly a family business. Tyler and Tina’s son, Brok, also works as an installer, and his wife, Tori (Marschall) Huikko works in the Litchfield office.
Tyler is trained through the Schluter system, which is a series of workshops that teach the different ways to install tile, and knows his way around all types of tile.
“Tyler makes tile look like art,” Tina said.
Brok is planning on training through Schluter workshops, as well.
In addition to flooring, Huikko’s installs showers and backsplashes.
For Tina, the best part is the customers. “We have [so much fun] getting to know people and helping them create something beautiful for their home . . . I really enjoy seeing a happy customer when the project is completed,” she said.
Tina plans to go back to college to study interior design.
Huikko’s Custom Tile and Flooring is open in Dassel Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m. Appointments for other times are also available. Call (320) 275-1990 to set up an appointment or get more information.
They are also available at their Litchfield location Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They can be reached at (320) 593-1648.