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Discussion in 'Other Reminiscences' started by Joe Riley, Jul 16, 2016.
Send him a PM, Bess. I did that today and he answered.
Thanks!! I sure will.
Getting ready for the Turkey Trot!
Walking for 41 years in his shoes
The Bank Street Cobbler, Christos "Chris" Armoutsoglou, continues to operate his business that he started 41 years ago, from the same general location on Bank Street in New London.
The Last Shoemaker Standing (Link)
Who do you call for shoe repair in Brunswick County? After a frustrating Internet search, you will find a number of dead-ends and, finally, the contact info for perhaps the last man in the business in the entire county. He is 76-year-old Danny Galloway
"In 1969 he paid $30,000 to buy the equipment of a retiring shoemaker, then opened his first solo operation in Pennsauken, New Jersey. He worked there until 1995, then decided to move back to North Carolina for health reasons. He shipped all his machines to Midway Road and a house he had bought as a summer vacation home in 2005. A carpenter built his present shop adjacent to the house, and that is where he is today".
"Galloway says that was a huge amount of money in those days, and if he had to buy the same equipment today he couldn’t afford it. The machinery includes two types of stitchers, a heel pull machine, heel presses, shoe stretchers, a finisher, a trimmer, a polisher and a sander. He says each one would cost more than $30,000 if purchased today".
“I am happy out here,” Galloway says. “I stay nine to five, and Saturday at noon I quit and watch football unless I’m busy. Sunday I go to church. I take my time. I tell customers to give me a couple days out unless they must have the work right away. I really enjoy this. What else am I going to do?”
"Galloway’s retirement hobby has continued as a pleasurable career for 10 years in Bolivia, and some of his customers have been coming back all those years. He continues to take on new customers all the time, as his profession wanes, and there is really no other place to go other than Danny’s Shoe Repairing at 1779 Midway Road – perhaps the very end of a noble era".
Antonio Arellano, the Shoemaker Behind the Pope's Red Shoes
Antonio Arellano could hardly believe his eyes when he learned that one of his most loyal clients was announced as the Vatican's new head of state in 2005. The man now known as Pope Benedict XVI, formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was for many years a regular at Arellano's tiny shoe shop near St. Peter's Square in Rome.
The Victorian Cobblers Shop Blists Hill UK
"A look at the Victorian Cobblers shop at Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire, this is typical of old cobblers shops that used to be in lots of towns and villages, in fact I can remember having my shoes resoled at a similar cobblers shop in the village of Penshurst, Kent, UK".
Northville shoe repair shop one of the best in the world