I’m Joshua, not George! George, my dad, opened this shop on Hawthorne in 1961. We’ve been fixing shoes, bags and all sorts of leatherware at this location ever since. Bring us your worn and broken items, and we’ll put new life into them.
- Joshua Thrower
About George’s Shoe Repair:
Originally from Arkansas, George Thrower came to Portland and opened up George’s Shoe Repair on Williams and Russell in 1957. In 1961, George moved the shop to Hawthorne. Though it’s moved locations several times over the years, George’s Shoe Repair has remained on Hawthorne where it’s been a staple in the community for decades.
In 2017, after 60 years of running the shop, George passed the business on to his son, Joshua, a Portland native who spent years as a professional dancer. George still comes to visit sometimes, but it’s Josh’s shop now!