Another reason their business is building is because Uncle Richard and Annie really try to do right by their customers. They are extremely compassionate. They are big on going the extra mile to help you get the furniture that you want.
“I like nice things and I like new things. Many of our customers have never had brand new furniture of their own. Why should they have to buy used furniture or rent it at extreme mark ups when we can help them to own the same stuff that may be better quality at a cheaper price,” said Annie.
She feels that there is a sense of pride that goes along with being able to own new furniture and that they would like to help anyone that wants it.
“I don’t sell furniture just to make a dollar. I want to help folks have nice things at a price they can afford. Let the black dollar stay in the black community for a while. If we work together, we can all have a little something,” said Uncle Richard.
Uncle Richard’s offers several financing options and all major credit cards are accepted. They have two in-house plans: a very lenient layaway with just 10 percent down, and a credit plan with no credit check or minimum credit score that can be started with just $40 down.
“I have single moms coming in all the time trying to run a household with maybe three or four kids. My heart goes out to people like that. I’ll do my best to set them up with maybe bunk beds for the kids with terms they can live with,” said Uncle Richard. “We’re willing to entertain all sorts of creative financing,” Annie chimed in.
As you look around the store, all merchandise is elegantly accessorized with tasteful accent pieces. A heavy ceramic tray sits purposefully on top of a coffee table; a colorful ceramic vase brings out the colors detailed on a marble topped bistro set. Varying mirror sizes, African art and other paintings adorn the walls. All of it is for sale.
Uncle Richard and Annie personally select all items that will be sold in the store. Some of it is the usual fare, but Uncle Richard credits Annie with having a keen eye for some items that are different.
If you’re a wine enthusiast, for example, you will appreciate the dining room table that has a geometrically shaped wine rack as its base. Uncle Richard’s has a large array of items to choose from, and if they’re not on display, they will happily allow you to go through myriads of catalogues until you find that perfect piece. Custom ordering is no problem.
The store also sells appliances, but only used ones. The reason for this is “brand new appliances are very overpriced, but there is a huge appliance demand among our customers. We offer them at a fair price and will even supply a 30-day warranty,” explained Annie.
Uncle Richard’s is open five days a week from 10 - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Most days when you drop by the store, you’ll be greeted by Annie or their friend Chester. Chester is an apprentice who helps Annie in the store in the daytime and helps Uncle Richard deliver furniture in the evenings.
Furniture is delivered when Uncle Richard gets off from his day job with Pinellas County where he’s been employed for almost 25 years. Currently, he is an ITS Field Construction Engineer who reviews and approves plans for traffic light installation all over the county.
A former navy man, Vincent has always been very ambitious. Over the years in addition to his county job, he has always moonlighted. He owned a residential and commercial lawn service for 15 years, bought and sold real estate and now the furniture business.
Annie is a licensed aesthetician and used to teach the subject for a local college. She brings her eye for beauty to the store in the form of purses, jewelry and beautiful clothes. So even if you have a house full of furniture, stop by to see how you can fill your closet.
Uncle Richard said as long as he and Annie can continue to fill a much needed niche, they will stick with it. They enjoy it and they feel that they are making a difference in the community. The people in the neighborhood respect him and look out for them because he always has a warm smile or an encouraging word.
“We are not here to get rich or to get over on anyone but to help provide a community service. If you come into the store with serious intent, we’re going to do our best to work out terms that will work for you and for us.”
Before you drive 10-50 miles out of your neighborhood looking for furniture and appliances, give Uncle Richard’s a try. Chances are 923 Martin Luther King Jr. St. S. will be the only stop you’ll have to make.
For more information and to take a peek at the store, check out their website at www.unclerichardsfurniture.com or call them at
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