Cobbling Clark’s Shoe and Boot Repair opened March 29 at The Shops at Hickory Fork, White Marsh.
Chuck Clark of Yorktown, who owns the business with his wife Diana, said he relocated from a site at Hayes. The Clarks purchased the business 2½ years ago from former owner Mike Baldezore, who had operated at the Hayes location under the name Dakota Cobbler Shoppe for many years; Baldezore now lives in Arizona.
The new location provides a more central location in the county, Clark said, with customers coming from throughout Gloucester and nearby communities for a variety of repair services. Clark said he and his staff of family members repair all types of shoes and boots (including large quantities for Colonial Williamsburg costumed interpreters, Busch Gardens dancers and other museums), as well as luggage and lawnmower bags.
“We have some unique sewing machines,” Clark said of their heavy commercial uses. In addition to repairs, the staff makes leather belts and...
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