Business Spotlight

Jerry's Leather Shop & Shoe Hospital Share

Nov 9, 2018  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Jerry’s Leather Shop & Shoe Hos­pi­tal is one of Down­town Marion’s most long-stand­ing busi­ness­es. Estab­lished in 1984, the small busi­ness main­ly focused on shoe and leather repair, but has since expand­ed ser­vices to include pro­duc­tion of cus­tom orthotics includ­ing spe­cial­ized insoles. They also do patch sewing, shoe shin­ing, shoe/​boot alter­ation (stretch­ing), and even offer dry-clean­ing ser­vices in addi­tion to the var­i­ous ser­vices in which they spe­cial­ize for shoe and leather repair. Most of their ser­vices take place right inside the shop locat­ed at 104 East 4th St, Down­town Marion.

In 2010, the busi­ness changed own­er­ship from Jer­ry Wampler to Bar­ry Lob­dell. Cur­rent own­ers are Bar­ry Lob­dell and his son, Marc Lob­dell. Under the new own­er­ship and man­age­ment, the shop was remod­eled, and the build­ing was repaired and received a new roof and awning. In May of 2017, they opened a sec­ond shop in Koko­mo, expand­ing their reach in pro­vid­ing shoe & leather repair as well as orthotics.

Cur­rent­ly, there are a total of 5 full-time employ­ees and 1 part-time employ­ee. The new employ­ees that derived from the expan­sion include Jen­nifer Carter and Chad Lob­dell. Jen­nifer runs the Koko­mo loca­tion called Patton’s Shoe Repair, and Chad is a co-man­ag­er at the Mar­i­on shop.

Marc Lob­dell says the busi­ness expan­sion is going well so far and they have been suc­cess­ful over­all, but he hopes to see more busi­ness at both locations. 

Stop by Jerry’s Leather in Down­town Mar­i­on, and you’ll even see some nice leather gift shop items and acces­sories such as purs­es, scarves, and fash­ion jew­el­ry. They also have a snack shop offer­ing refresh­ments includ­ing cof­fee, soda, chips, and cookies.


Sub­mit­ted by:
Lay­la Price-Bod­kin
Board Pres­i­dent
Main Street Marion

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