Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Heart and sole

Ran's Shoe Repair a family affair

Photo essay by Meggan Booker

Oscar Jeffries II trims the new sole of a shoe he repaired.

Johnnie Nuby, a shineman at Ran's Shoe Repair on Vine Street, shines a customer's shoes. Nuby has been working for Ran's Shoe Repair for 30 years.
When it comes to shoe repair, Ran's is a family affair.

Oscar Jeffries opened the first location of Ran's Shoe Repair 40 years ago at Hyde Park Plaza. He named the company for his son, Randy, who now oversees operations at Ran's four locations.

The family affair also includes Randy Jeffries' son, Randy Jr., who manages locations in Anderson Township and Florence. And Randy Jr.'s son, Oscar Jeffries II, manages the two downtown locations (on Vine Street and Walnut Street).

Ran's craftsmen also repair and clean luggage, belts and purses in leather, suede and canvas in addition to offering shines and heel and sole repairs.

Ran's locations are: Vine Street, Walnut Street, Anderson Township and Florence.

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