THE FIFE STREET SHOE SHOP
Note: As of this writing, the Fife Street Shoe Shop will close at the end of Aug 2015.
This is pretty much how the shoe shop looked when I was a kid. You sat in these little booths while you waited for your shoes to be repaired.
Here's another over-all shot. Notice the ash trays for each booth.
This photo was taken much earlier, probably in the early 30s. Hat cleaning was big business.
In 1952, a fire gutted the shop. This was the day they reopened. They had 22 people on the payroll.
This 40s photo is near the front door, where the hat cleaning and claim ticket section were located.
This is the store today. Only two people work here now.
From The Charleston Gazette