Established Leitchfield flower shop Raye’s Flowers has recently come under new ownership.
Husband-and-wife team Alan and Judy Edwards took over the business on Monday, June 2, with the blessing of longtime owners and operators Raye and Wales Montgomery.
Because of the business’s rich history - it was founded 38 years ago - Alan and Judy Edwards chose to keep the name Raye’s Flowers.
“We’re still open,” Alan Edwards said. “We want to add to it and make it better…We want to be part of the community.”
Alan Edwards said Raye Montgomery had been considering retirement for some time, and when she learned the Edwards were looking to start a business in Leitchfield, she approached the couple about taking over Raye’s Flowers.
Alan and Judy Edwards, who have been a couple for 27 years, have taken on the business together, dividing the responsibilities among the two of them and longtime Raye’s Flowers employee Susie Meyers, who is staying on as a florist.
“Our goal is to do this together and do more for the community,” Alan Edwards said. “…The support has been overwhelming.”
The Edwards are currently looking to expand the business to include Judy Edwards’ passion for antiques and crafts.
Additionally, part of the planned expansion includes possible relocation.
“We ask the community to be patient [while we’re expanding],” Alan Edwards said.
The new owners of Raye’s Flowers are hoping to have their expansion and possible relocation completed by September to have a grand re-opening between that time and Christmas.
While Raye’s Flowers is currently in a transitional period, business has not slowed for the new owners, but Alan Edwards said that stress has been more reassuring than discouraging.
“It’s been a pleasing stress, knowing you take a bouquet to Grayson Manor, and the little old lady [who received it], it made her day,” Alan Edwards said.
Having the opportunity to play a role in cheering someone up when he or she is going through a difficult time makes the job worthwhile, he said.
Raye’s Flowers is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. To order a floral arrangement or for more information about Raye’s Flowers, call 270-259-5624.