For Parker resident, Richard Fitch, growing up didn’t mean iPhones, social media and television as it does for many of today’s youth. Instead, Fitch found a love and passion early on in life for reading classic stories by famous authors. This love for books has lasted many decades and throughout his life Fitch has read thousands of books.
In 2008, Fitch brought his love for books to a little back-alley store in Parker. Today that store, Poor Richard’s, has grown into an almost 20,000 book collection. Even though he owns a bookstore now, Fitch still sees it as a hobby more than a job. “In all honesty, it’s a hobby for me. It gives me a reason to get out of bed and get out of the house,” says Fitch. He also enjoys the people aspect and says its a good way to meet people.
In a world where the love of actual paper books seem to be fading away, Fitch believes there is a desire for the real deal instead of the technological version. He acknowledges the store doesn’t make huge profits every day but also says that wasn’t why he opened it in the first place. He believes that the desire for physical books will remain “as long as us old people are around.” As for the store, Fitch says he doesn’t need to be a millionaire and will stay open for as long as the store pays its way.
According to Richard Fitch, some of the the popular titles each are some of the classics like, “Catcher in the Rye”, “The Great Gatsby”, and “1984”. Local high school students still come in on a search for the popular titles for reading assignments.
While the store is on good footing now, there was a short period of time where the Poor Richard’s took a hit a couple of years ago. It was the year that the Nook and Kindle hit the market, making digital reading devices a popular christmas item. Richard Fitch owns a Kindle himself but says he doesn’t think it actually compares to reading a physical book.
Poor Richards is a quaint little book store. During the farmer’s market, many people visit the store located behind Parker Garage. Business isn’t too busy but isn’t too quiet either. Fitch enjoys the pace and doesn’t plan on giving up on it anytime soon. With a laugh, Richard says, “ I enjoy the work, but don’t want to have to work too hard.”