Bobby Reed doing what he loves to do
When John Howell began his shoe repair business in 1927, most people owned only one pair of shoes. When the shoes became worn, rather than purchase new ones, they were taken to the local cobbler to be stitched or resoled. Howell ran his repair shop from the east side of the downtown square and made it a family affair. With four children, all but the youngest daughter worked in the store and learned the trade.