- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - Shoe shine stands and shoe repair shops were a staple of Miami’s Overtown neighborhood when 84-year-old Lovell Singletary opened his cobbler shop 50 years ago.

Nowadays Singletary is the only remaining cobbler in the area.

The Miami Herald (https://hrld.us/1JIbVe8 ) reports that he plans to close his business soon because the building where he lives works is being vacated for an urban renewal project.

But Singletary tells the newspaper he isn’t giving up doing what he loves - repairing shoes.

The Shoe Service Institute of America says there are only about 6,500 cobblers in the country today. The industry had it’s heyday in the 1930s when there were more than 120,000 working cobblers.


Information from: The Miami Herald, https://www.herald.com

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