Business is booming for Norfolk cobbler

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Posted on April 15, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 30 at 3:11 PM

NORFOLK -- For more than two decades, Jeff and Jane Evans have been repairing shoes at Hall's Shoe Repair.

Jeff says they didn't experience the typical summer slowdown last year and things have been busy at their Colley Avenue business ever since.

"Money's spread a little thin. Gas prices are up, food prices are up, so they are looking at ways to stop the bleeding, so they're spending as cautiously as they can," he explains.

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Tammy Powell is a first-time customer and appreciates saving $75.00 by repairing her shoes instead of buying new ones.

"I am looking for ways to save. I have three children in school, one in college, and you know working out here in this economy now, things have really changed," she says.

Susan Posey, a long-time customer, says she's always been careful with money but she's even more cautious now these days.

"Now I really wouldn't think about going out and getting shoes," she adds.

Evans says he repairs about 200 pairs of shoes a week.

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