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McCarthy’s closing after 34 years

The McCarthy's Floral building on Worthington's Oxford Street is currently for sale. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — After 34 years of business in Worthington, McCarthy’s Floral will close its doors on April 20 as owners Kelly and Tammy McCarthy prepare to move to Arizona.

Kelly’s parents opened the original McCarthy’s Floral in Adrian in 1964. When his parents retired, Kelly’s brother and sister-in-law took over that business until they retired and closed up shop a few years ago.

The Worthington store opened in 1985. Kelly’s parents opened it so Kelly could run it himself. Originally, McCarthy’s was in the building that BTU Heating and Cooling now occupies.

The current building was built in 1986. Tammy has been co-operating the store with Kelly since their marriage in 1988.

“I give my mom credit for teaching me most of everything I know,” Kelly said.

“She taught us both a lot,” Tammy agreed.

Over the years, the McCarthys have learned to divide labor according to talents.

Tammy does weddings because she can communicate well with brides. She has done countless weddings during her decades of experience — at least two every weekend during summer and fall, plus a few during the off-season each year.

Kelly does funerals because he’s better at helping grieving families.

“He’s got a good personal touch for that,” Tammy said of her husband.

They have kept the store a family business. Their daughters, Molly and Katy, were practically raised in the place, Tammy said. The girls rarely went to daycare, instead hanging out at the store with Mom and Dad.

“Worthington has been a very good community to us — to have a business, to raise a family,” Kelly said.

The McCarthys, both natives of the area, have loved their time in the community. It’s just time for them to do something different.

Tammy has bad allergies to everything in the store, and florists don’t get a day off. It has been a seven-days-a-week job, on call 24/7.

Last year, the McCarthys took a vacation to Vegas, and Tammy noticed she felt better in that climate than she had in years. So they decided to make a change. In September, they head to Arizona to start a new adventure.

Having helped at funerals for decades, the McCarthys have seen lots of people wait too long to do things they want to do.

“We watched people passing away for years and years who didn’t get to accomplish their dreams,” Tammy said. “So we’re going to go chase our dreams.”

Those dreams include exploring mountain hiking trails and soaking up the sun. Tammy looks forward to visiting Slide Rock near Sedona. Kelly is excited to stop mowing the lawn and shoveling the driveway.

Of course, the McCarthys will be sad to say goodbye to Worthington.

“Worthington will always be home in our hearts,” Tammy said.

As news has started to spread of their upcoming closure and move, the McCarthys said they have received the kindest messages from community members.

“We didn’t know that that many people even knew who we were,” Tammy said.

“It feels good that people have been saying the nicest things about us,” Kelly added.

Tammy has previous contracts with some brides for this season, and she will still do those weddings from her home. The McCarthys also wanted to stay open long enough to help the local churches with Easter lilies.

The last day of fresh flower sales is April 13. April 20 is the last day of business.

The McCarthys hope the Worthington community will continue to support local businesses. They have experienced firsthand how much small business owners depend on sales to feed their families. Kelly and Tammy both appreciate how well Worthington has supported them over the years.

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