Bob Baker Shoes | Naples, Florida.

May 17, 2017 § Leave a comment

A while back I found a postcard of shoes from a shoe store called Bob Baker Shoes in a briefcase that belonged to my father my mother had been using to store what little shoe memorabilia was left of his. I posted it and forgot about it until this spring when we were on vacation and stopped in Naples for the night. We found the perfect motel to stay in with an old Florida feel and before heading out decided to take a walk around the city.

Naples is a beautiful manicured, pristine Florida city and their 5th Avenue is lined with restaurants, shops, Lamborghinis, and Teslas. I loved it and definitely want to go back. When we were walking around we passed by Bob Baker Shoes. I asked the woman at the counter if I could take a few photos after I explained my father had worked with the owner a long time ago. She was gracious and mentioned that his son Bob Baker Jr was at his desk in the back of the store and to go and say hello. I introduced myself and told him my father was Arthur Benjamin. He remembered him and told me he had worked with him more than his father had. The store really took me back to my dad’s shoe days and surprisingly I wasn’t emotional until he mentioned that a young woman had stopped by also not too long ago who had worked with his dad and had become very emotional and that’s when I felt the tears start to well up. I kept it together and thanked him and at his recommendation for a family style restaurant we had a lovely lunch where my son entertained himself by arranging the ketchup and mustard packets.

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