Kellogg Memorials, 1014 W. Dominick St., has been named the Business of the Week by Rome Area Chamber of Commerce.
Like many small businesses, Kellogg Memorials has seen its share of struggles over the years, but owners Ron and Jody Hunt say they are blessed to have the support of their community.
“As a family-run local business, we have sponsored and donated to many local organizations over the years — everything from little leagues and church groups to food pantries and veterans,” said Jody Hunt. “And it’s great to know that in the face of a pandemic and all that is going on in the world, that our community has our back too. We’re very thankful.”
Kellogg Memorials originated in Mexico, N.Y. in 1899 as a full production cemetery monument business.
The Hunts took over the Mexico location in 2004 and then added the 1014 W. Dominick St. Rome store in June 2008.
There they design and create monuments, markers, benches, cremation and pet memorials, as well as doing granite signage and veterans/civic projects.
Additionally, they offer lettering and engraving services at local cemeteries. Currently they are planning the design for a 72-niche columbarium for Evergreen Cemetery in Lee, which should be installed later this fall.
While memorialization has changed over the years, especially with growing cremation rates, there is still a need for a permanent, physical symbol of remembrance that a loved one has lived.
“I believe that a monument can, and should, tell the story of someone’s life,” Hunt said.
“That could be a more traditional headstone on a cemetery lot, or it might be an engraved boulder at their hunting camp. We understand the importance of remembering and can create a memorial to suit your needs,” Hunt added.
Kellogg Memorials is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its 1014 W. Dominick St. location.
The company can also be found online at kelloggmemorials.com.