From the Times Ledger:
A Bayside shoemaker said the number of requests for shoe repairs at his Bell Boulevard business have risen so much since the economy began declining last fall that he is planning to hire full and part−time assistants.
Steven Lastihenos, owner of Apollo Comfort and Shoe Repair at 42−34 Bell Blvd. in Bayside, said the economic downturn has boosted his business even as other stores on the block have been forced to run sales.
Although new retail shoe sales still make up the majority of his business, many customers who have been caught in the unraveling economy have been keeping their shoes longer and repairing them instead of buying new ones, he said.