Tom's Shoe Repair

Shirley Gibson-Langille


Tom's Shoe Repair George the Hatter-Orthopedic Shoe Repair formerly at 90 Princess Street in the 1940's. Besides being a cobbler, George cleaned and reshaped bowler and fedora hats. There was even a shoe-shine man. George closed his business in 1980. Tom bought all his machinery etc. and started business at 167 Wellington Street. In 2013, I took a pair of shoes in for new heels. I asked him if he still had the hatter business. He told me he had done it for ten years, but now the moulds were in the basement. It was when I came to pick up my shoes, I found out the sad news that he had sold the building but not his equipment . The end of the hatter business in Kingston . (Be sure to see # 85 The Ghost of Ester B who has haunted this building since 1905, when it used to be Sarah and Rebecca Dressmakers).


About the artist:

Shirley Gibson-Langille was born in Toronto, but now calls Kingston home, where she is very active in the arts scene. As a Romantic Painter, Shirley works on location, taking the time to connect with her subject, always with a feeling of joy for the love of things just as they are!   

Over the past many years, Shirley has given and continues to give her artists’ perspective to so many of the unique nooks and crannies of Kingston, as well as the other special locations she captures in her work.

Shirley specializes in Portraits of homes and businesses.

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