George Tevanyan, owner of Brooks Shoe Repair & Custom Shoes (Photos by Juan Ocampo for Metro)
Brooks Shoe Repair & Custom Shoes is located along Metro’s Purple Line Extension, Section 1 project alignment, at the corner of Wilshire and Cloverdale. The business has been operated at this location by owner George Tevanyan for the past 17 years. Prior to owning the business, Mr. Tevanyan had worked at the shoe shop as an employee for three years.
Located in the heart of Wilshire’s Miracle Mile, Brooks Shoe Repair & Custom Shoes is your one-stop repair shop for men’s and women’s shoes, bags, suitcases, orthopedic shoes and leather products. In addition to repairing shoes, Mr. Tevanyan also sells and repairs watches at his store, which is a service much appreciated by his customers. Mr. Tevanyan is a proud member of his community and for many years has maintained a contract with the Veterans Administration to repair shoes for veterans.
According to Mr. Tevanyan, construction activities and street closures have impaired access to his business and has led to a decline in customers. To avoid traffic delays caused by construction detours, many of his customers come less often. Mr. Tevanyan stated, “I am hopeful that once the construction is over, my customers will return. In the meantime, the support I have received from the Business Interruption Fund has been really helpful.”
Brooks Shoe Repair & Custom Shoes is located at 680 S. Cloverdale Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036. For more information, please call (323) 938-7237 or visit them at brooksshoerepair.com. Shop hours are Monday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are closed Sundays.
Metro’s Business Interruption Fund (BIF) provides financial assistance to small “mom and pop” businesses directly impacted by transit rail construction along the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Little Tokyo area of the Regional Connector, and Purple Line Extension, Section 1 and Section 2. For more information about the BIF, visit metro.net/bif. To apply for a BIF grant, visit Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation (PCR) at pcrcorp.org.
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