Richard Vogt, owner and operator of the One Stop Shoe Shop, at 503 E. 30th on Spokane's South Hill, says he has opened a second outlet, near the Division Y on the North Side.
The new shop occupies a 600-square-foot leased space at 9433 N. Division, in the Heritage Square retail complex, Vogt says. Like the 850-square-foot South Hill store, that outlet offers all types of shoe repair and carries retail items such as laces, polishes, insoles, shoe horns, and waterproofing products, he says.
Shoe-related repair and services account, though, for just a portion of One Stop's revenues, Vogt says. "Sixty percent is shoe related, but people bring in awnings, tents, and coats to have zippers replaced, and duffel bags and luggage," Vogt says.
The business now has one other full-time employee, who staffs the North Side location. He says Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs, or SNAP, provided him the training, business planning, and loan assistance he needed to open the new store.
One Stop Shoe Shop's history here dates back to about 1947, when Manito Shoe Repair opened, Vogt says. He bought the assets of that business 14 years ago, he says, and opened the shop under its current name.
"It's an industry that a lot of folks thought was dying out," Vogt says, "but because of the economy, I think, a lot of people are starting to realize it's a good thing to repair things rather than throw them out."
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