Phyllis Porter

Porter's Shoe Repair owners, Herbert and Phyllis Porter love Medina County. They say that the people have always been nice. Located in the center of Medina, on W. Liberty Street, the repair shop is still running after 56 years of work.

It all started with Herbert Porter's father, Robert Porter. The family ran a dry cleaning business in Akron and it delivered to its customers in Medina. His father saw a need for a repair shop, and bought the building that it uses today. The family never moved to Medina.

Phyllis Porter, from South Carolina, married Herbert and was brought into the family business. Sewing was her hobby as a child. She noticed how the stitching on the shoes could be done with a sewing machine. Phyllis spent a lot of time watching her husband until she got the hang of of it and has been repairing ever since.

The shoe repair business has died down over the years. Customers just don't see a need for it, they would just go and buy another pair if one was broken. In 1965 fixing a single ladies heel was $0.75. Today, in 2012, it is $15.00.

Porter's today can repair and shine all different types of shoes. Mr. Porter says now a days though, shoes are getting harder and harder to repair, which makes the price drive. Porter's will look at any kind of damaged shoe they can. Phyllis says that she likes a challenge, but sometimes she may have to say no.

The shop is full of antiques. There's an old coke machine and an antique cash register high up on a shelf. People do ask to buy them, they do though, politely say no.

Mr. and Mrs. Porter's children have not adapted the shoe business. Mrs. Porter says, "After us, this is it."

The Porter's are great leaders within Medina County. They have great determination and still have the same perseverance as they did when the shop first opened.

The Porter's love their location. Mostly because of all its surrounding parking spaces that allow people to notice their business. Their loyal customers and genuine personalities keep the shop strong and successful.

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This antique Coke machine has been in Porter's Shoe Repair ever since it has been open. Years ago, people used to come into Porter's just for the cold soda the was only $0.10. It is not operating now. Customers often ask to buy the old machine but the Porter's have said no thank you to the offer. Image Courtesy of Lia French View File Details Page

This neon clock is not the original one from the building it is a replication. Porter's has gotten asked a lot if they would sell the original clock. They said no and soon after one morning they came to work and it was gone. Someone wanted it so bad that they had to steal it. They do not know who stole it. Luckily, Mr. Porter has a close friend that is a welder and made a replication from an old picture they had shown him. The clock stands today even if it is not the original one. Image Courtesy of Lia French View File Details Page

Phyllis Porter is an excellent leader. Although not born into the shoe repairing business, Mrs. Porter learned how to do all of the jobs that is needed to be done. This newspaper clipping proudly hangs in Porter's Shoe Repair. The small shop smells of leather and shoe polish. With only two employees, Phyllis leads the front of the shop. They were featured a couple of years ago and they liked the publicity it gave them. Image Courtesy of Lia French View File Details Page

This is Herbert Porter working on a pair of shoes. He works hard everyday and loves talking about his repair store. He owns it with his wife Phyllis. Image Courtesy of Medina Historical Society View File Details Page

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Lia French, “Phyllis Porter,” Discover Medina, accessed March 26, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/47.

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