Glenwood Shoe Service has new owner, location |

Glenwood Shoe Service has new owner, location

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Dave Stover has found a buyer for his business, Glenwood Shoe Service, so residents will not have to figure out how to survive without the city’s only shoe repair shop.

Joel Fischer, a jack of all trades who lives in Rifle with his wife, Cindy, is taking over the business that Stover built.

Glenwood Shoe has for years been the only shoe repair business in the Roaring Fork Valley, and one of two in Garfield County. The other is Rifle Boot and Saddle Repair in Rifle.

Fischer currently is being trained by Stover in preparation for moving the business.

The building that has housed the shop for 38 years, a 126-year old structure at 714 Grand Ave., is scheduled for demolition.

The new location will be 3001 S. Grand Ave., which formerly housed the Sportland motorcycle shop. The move is set to take place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3.

Once in his new location, Fischer told the Post Independent, he will concentrate on shoe and boot repair exclusively. Stover also carried a modest line of new boots and shoes.

“I don’t plan on selling boots retail, at least not right away,” said Fischer, although he said there may be some stock left over from Stover’s ongoing sale.

Fischer, 46, has never worked in the shoe repair business before, he said.

But he has worked in construction, horse training, woodworking and ranching, so he believes he can master the techniques of his new trade and pick up where Stover is leaving off.

“I’ll be working with him for an extended period of time,” Stover said, “so he will continue the tradition of fine shoe repair we’ve established.”

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