Letting Her Creativity Fly
Tiffany and Nicholas Richey are born entrepreneurs. Nick’s father owned his own business, while Tiffany is a third-generation Fort Worth business owner. Is it any wonder these two wanted to own their own business?
Pinspiration Fort Worth opened in December of 2020 in Waterside, and it’s a maker’s dream come true! This arts and crafts studio offers opportunities for all ages and levels of artistic ability. From parties in the Splatter Room™ to a walk-in morning spent creating monogrammed wine glasses, Pinspiration inspires the makers in everyone.
I recently sat down with Tiffany Richey at Pinspiration. A Diamond Hill native, Tiffany grew up in her grandfather and father’s transmission shop. “I spent my summers there,” Tiffany said. “It made me be creative.”
Creative and entrepreneurial. When she was around eight, Tiffany started painting cartoon characters onto welding helmets and selling them to her father’s customers. “I was always making. I was the kid who made complete sets of furniture for my hamsters. I just had to be creating something!”
A move to Chico, Texas, in middle school shifted Tiffany’s focus from creating to sports. She was the first person in her family to graduate from college, ending up with a degree in communications from Texas A&M. “I loved my time at A&M, but I didn’t find a career there,” Tiffany said. It was only after her son Axel, now 12 and a seventh grader at Fort Worth Academy, was two that she decided to follow her heart and start taking courses in interior design at UNT.
“All my classes were art classes,” Tiffany said. “It was in those classes that I truly found my place.”
Around that time, Pinterest became a big thing, and Tiffany was hooked. She started a blog that was eventually featured in HGTV Magazine and built up a reputation as an interior designer. But as much as she loved the designing, being an interior designer wasn’t a perfect fit.
“There were too many moving parts, too much reliance on other people,” Tiffany said. “I had to depend on other people who weren’t necessarily on the same page.”
Meanwhile, Tiffany and Nick’s daughter Emerson, now seven, had joined big brother Axel. “I started thinking that once the kids were in school, I wanted to start my own business. So I Googled the best arts and crafts businesses and found Pinspiration.”
Tiffany and Nick were all set to open Pinspiration in early 2020. Fortunately, they were able to weather quarantine and opened in December. “It was the worst timing possible,” Tiffany said. “But we opened for business on the day the vaccines were approved. It was like this was meant to be!”
And it was worth the wait. Pinspiration is a gorgeous, open space that is well-stocked with supplies and ideas for projects. It practically screams, “Make something beautiful!” Tiffany offers workshops and camps for all ages, and everything, from the basic materials to the items in the “embellishment area,” are included in the price. Parties in the VIP Room are always a hit, with each participant getting to choose the project that speaks most to them. “There’s no pressure to make your project look like everyone else’s.”
“There is something very therapeutic about making something with your hands,” Tiffany said. “And there something about completing a project that is good for the soul. You’re making something. It’s your own. Making, creating brings joy, and that’s the best part about this place. You can come in here and just let your creativity fly.”