Kent Florist Makes Valentine’s Day Special

KENT, Ohio — For Dick Richards, owner of Richards Flower Shop in Kent, arranging flowers is more than just a job.

What do you want to know

  • Richards Flower Shop opened in Kent in 1921
  • It has been a family business for three generations
  • The future of Richards Flower Shop is uncertain

“I see it a lot as art,” Richards said. “As far as a flower arrangement is concerned, it’s a bit like a painting.”

His grandfather, Richard Richards, opened the shop in 1921.

“He passed away when my dad was 15,” Dick Richards said. “So my father was forced to leave school at 15 and help his mother, my grandmother, run the business.”

It has been a family business for three generations.

“My goal was to keep it running until its 100th birthday,” he said. “That was one of my main goals.”

For more than a century, the Richards family has brought joy to their community through flowers.

“I’m proud of what I do, I love it,” he said. “I make a lot of people happy.”

He recently had to prepare for his busiest weekend of the year, Valentine’s Day.

“Together with Kent State University, I think it excels our [business] a little more,” Richards said with a laugh. “Because half of our population is young people and they think they’re still in love.”

He said he gets a lot of last-minute shoppers on Feb. 14, but after decades in the business, he’s always ready for even today’s purchases.

This year, Richards is enjoying every moment of the busy time, as it could be one of her last Valentines in the flower business.

He plans to retire soon and the future of Richards Flower Shop is uncertain.

“It would be nice to find someone [who] I would love to take it back,” he said. “I would like it to continue, I would even help them.

Even though it’s the end of the road for the store, Richards said he’s proud of everything he’s done.

“I’ve achieved pretty much everything I wanted to do in life,” he said.

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