Decades-old shoe repair that bounded back after 9/11
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Tucked just around the corner from the busy sidewalks of Broadway is a small yellow banner that reads, “Shoe Repair and Shine.” A neon shoe on the window proclaims the main attraction: “Repairs while u wait.”
Inside, a woman who has been working downtown since 1981 stands in her stockings by the counter. Ever since an injury, she said, her shoes wear out very quickly and this store has saved her. The owner, Wilson Silva, soon hands her shoes over the counter and she walks out with new soles.
Continental Shoe Repair has been in business since 1977, and Silva says this customer is just one of the many regulars who not only bring shoes, but also conversation and friendship.
“We have steady customers. They come every day, to clean the shoe, to fix the shoe. We talk, we sit, we chat. Once in a while you...