Park Shoe Repair fills a niche
Roberts works full time on the assembly line making parts for Ford (he says his job is secure), but he's been doing shoe repair for twenty-some years. He and Thomas met, and learned their craft, at Pells, the shoe-repair company that used to rent space in Meijer. Thomas owns another shoe repair store, Rapid Shoe Fix, in Ypsilanti. So most days, the person behind the counter is Ausma ("Ozzie") Hoseney, who worked at College Shoe Repair on William for nearly thirty years until Roberts and Thomas hired her. Her job, she says, is to clean and repair "anything sewable other than shoes"--purses, book bags, and the like. Hoseney grew up in the business: her father emigrated from Germany and got a job at College Shoe Repair in 1952.
Park Shoe Repair, 120 N. Fourth Ave. 769-9066. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Sun. www.parkshoerepair.com
[Originally published in November, 2009.]