Golden Business Spotlight: B & BE Shoe and Boot Repair
By Erin Madison
Photos by Povy Kendal Atchison povy.com
Doug Ehresman’s favorite thing about his shoe repair business, B & BE Shoe and Boot Repair, doesn’t have anything to do with shoes.
“The most fun part of shoe repair is waiting on my customers,” he said.
Doug estimates that in a 12-hour workday, he spends about two hours talking to customers.
“I just get up really early in the morning so I can gab during the day,” said Doug, who purchased B & BE Shoe and Boot Repair 42 years ago. “After 42 years in a small town, you get to know people pretty well.”
Doug has many loyal customers. He enjoys seeing their smiling faces and sometimes even exchanging a hug, back before the days of masks and social distancing. Doug misses seeing his customers’ faces, but Covid has been hard on his business in more serious ways as well.
With more people working from home, people just aren’t wearing shoes, or wearing out shoes, as much as they used to.
B & BE Shoe and Boot Repair’s business is down 42%. 2020 is shaping up to be the business’ worst year in the last 20 years.
“That’s pretty devastating,” he said.
Doug is 70. Ideally, he’d like to work another 10 years, but with business slow, he’s seriously considering closing shop and retiring. Many of his customers are trying hard to help him keep his doors open. Someone anonymously paid his rent one month. Other customers are leaving him generous tips. One customer set up a Go Fund Me account for him.
“People have just been trying their hardest to keep me in business,” he said. “It’s a really humbling experience to see how much they’ve been trying to support me.”
Consider Paying it Forward to B & BE Shoe and Boot Repair:
Bring your shoes, boots, or purses to B & BE Shoe and Boot Repair, 17742 S Golden Rd. If you're not sure whether your shoes, boots, or purse can be repaired, stop by or call 303-279-1581. Doug will be happy to help.
Donate to the B & BE Shoe and Boot Repair Go Fund Me Page at gofund.me/fa837427
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