After 60+ Years, Shoe Repairman Gives Work The Boot

After 60+ Years, Shoe Repairman Gives Work The Boot

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Longtime Watertown businessman Dino Arvan is retiring and his namesake business, Dino's Shoe Service, is closing. He repaired shoes worn down by the streets of the north country for more than 60 years.

So how does it feel to retire after all these years?

"It feels great," he said.

Arvan, who said he likes to keep busy, already has his retirement plans in place.

"I'm going to do nothing and I'm going to enjoy not doing nothing after that. The spring be here and I start to cut the grass...I'm going to put my boat in the water and do some fishing," he said.

In 1956, Dino came over from Greece and began working with his uncle at his shoe repair shop which happened to be in the Paddock Arcade.

Dino, who was a co-owner of his uncle's store, then entirely purchased the store from his uncle and relocated to 22 Public Square where he worked for 30 years.

And although he has seen a lot change over more than half a century, Arvan says that the prospects look good for those who, like himself, would like to start their own business downtown.

"If you do have the right kind of business downtown, you are going to do good. You can't put a big department store downtown because there is no room. But you have a small service business, you are going to do good," he said.

And although most of the shoes from his last orders have been picked up, there are a few stragglers in his shop that his customers still need to get.

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