Carlos Lopez, the owner of Haight St. Shoe Repair at 1614 Haight Street, will be closing his shop at the end of the year, because he's retiring.
In a sign posted in the window this week, Lopez announced the shop's closing date as December 27th, confirming the plan he outlined earlier this year to wind down the business. (Earlier this year, he cited rising rents as the reason why selling the business would be untenable.)
Lopez's departure is truly the end of an era: according to him, there has been a cobbler at 1614 Haight St. for more than 90 years. He started working there 20 years ago, before assuming ownership from the previous owner.
What's next for Lopez? "I don't know. We'll see," he said yesterday. "I'm going to go back to Nicaragua."