Business of the Month: Yakub Shoe Repair, A Quintessential Immigrant Enterprise
Low prices, high quality, and a unique personality keep customers coming back to the tiny shoe repair shop of Yakub Maksumov, a cobbler whom one fan dubbed “the Uzbek Stanley Tucci.”
Yakub Shoe Repair at 229 Sullivan Street is long and narrow, somehow also fitting a dry cleaner in front and a locksmith business, run by Yakub’s son, Arthur. Born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Yakub Maksumov learned the trade as a child from his father, a shoemaker. He immigrated to New York in 1989 and opened his first cobbler shop on Sullivan Street a few years later, moving into the current location just a few years after that.
One of our Business of the Month nominators wrote, “At a time when shoe repair shops are going out of business left and right, Yakub becomes even more precious. He has been my family’s shoe repair man for almost 20 years. He is amazing and caring and regularly saves the day repairing zippers, replacing soles, stitching wallets, helping neighborhood vendors, etc.” She commended his “pride in his work and excellence of craftwork. When Yakub repairs something, it is fixed.” Read more about GVSHP’s Business of the Month Yakub Shoe Repair here, and please share the post with friends to support local businesses.
With GVSHP's "Business of the Month" program, each month a local, independent business is featured on GVSHP's website, blog and social media, to showcase one of our neighborhoods' great and unique commercial treasures. The program underscores what makes each business so valued and distinctive. We hope it will increase support and patronage, aiding our local small businesses' health and viability. We're asking you, the public, to nominate your favorite businesses for consideration for our "Business of the Month." To nominate a business just fill in this brief form. See our past Businesses of the Month here.