By Claire Harlin
Anthony Khattar may be in the shoe repair business, but sometimes the job feels like that of a miracle worker.
“Every day there’s something unique people bring me,” said the owner of Anthony’s Shoe Repair, which has locations in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, Solana Beach and Carmel Mountain Ranch. “I’ve worked on leather chairs, baby strollers, you name it. People think, ‘Take it to Anthony’s. They can fix anything.’”
Anthony’s has made a name for itself in the community as a go-to place to get shoes repaired, cleaned, resized or relined, and it’s no wonder customers have begun considering Khattar’s handiwork for other needs. For a home inspector, he recently made custom, heavy-duty tool belts with pockets to hold brochures, an iPod and phone. He has also been served the honor of sewing YMCA Indian Guide and Indian Princess patches on kids’ vests, as well as sewing a mural on a customer’s Jeep spare tire cover.
While the unique jobs add variety to Khattar’s day, his successful chain of shoe repair shops have become popular because they get the job done on shoes, whether that means totally saving a designer shoe that became a dog’s lunch or re-sizing equestrian boots for a pro rider.
“Sometimes we get to the point where we fix someone’s shoes so many times that they are beyond repair and they still talk me into fixing them one more time,” said Khattar, 48.
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