Tossing away a pair of shoes is like throwing money away – at least, that’s Romelle Matthews’ thinking.
Matthews, 51, has been repairing shoes for 17 years.
“It doesn’t take too long, but I make sure it’s done right,” he said.
The disposable society would rather buy something new rather than seeing if it can be repaired, but Matthews says there’s not a pair of shoes he can’t fix.
“You save a lot more money this way,” he said.
His store, tucked in a row of shops on North Gloster Street across from Woody’s, smells of leather and cleaning solutions.
Matthews works alone, answering the phone, repairing and polishing shoes, greeting customers, etc.
There’s a small reception area in the front where customers can wait, read a magazine or, as they often do, carry on a conversation with Matthews.
Behind the front counter is Matthews’s work shop, where the tools of his trade are put to use by his nimble hands.
“I’ve been doing this for the past 17 years, and I was also in law enforcement for 25 years,” he said.
Matthews’ first shoe repair business was in Clarksdale, then he moved to Cleveland, followed by West Point. He came to Tupelo six years ago.
“I felt like you had to give the community something they wanted, something they needed, and I opened my business here,” he said. “And I really like what I do. I’ve got a lot of good customers.”
• Est.: 2008
• Address: 628 N. Gloster Street,Tupelo
• Employees: 1
• Phone: (662) 205-4720, (662) 295-1334
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.