The Lenoci's Story
In 1995, Tom married Pam Biro, whom be met in Florida, and in 1998 came home to take over the shop from his dad just as his father Marty had taken the family business over from his father John. Tom teamed up with Dave Goodspeed in August of 2007 and Dave relocated Lenoci’s to its current address on Cleveland Avenue.
Through three generations, the Lenoci’s have brought their craftsmanship and skill to shoe repair and leather work of all kinds.
Their son Tom began working for his father in the 6th grade, walking to the shop after school to sweep floors, cut out patterns, and polish shoes. By age 12, young Tom had graduated to stitching shoes using an old foot treadle Singer machine and worked in the shop all the way through high school.
John fought in World War I, having been given the choice of enlisting or being deported to Italy. In 1932, he bought the shop and renamed “Lenoci’s Shoe Service” originally located across from Busher Bakery, next to Butterfield Snackorama where the new court house now stands.
Marty was born in 1921 in Fair Haven and grew up working in the shop with his father. In 1941, Marty entered the U.S. Army as a medic and wanted to stay in and make it his career but his father wouldn’t allow it. After World War II, Marty returned to help with the family business. Marty took over Lenoci’s in 1955, eventually meeting and marrying Nancy Falco (she dropped some shoes off for repair in bad weather and Marty gave her a ride home).
John, Marty, and Tom – three generations of Lenoci’s have practiced their craft in the Rutland area, starting with John who came to this country by himself as a 15 year-old. In his native Italy, John was a cobbler so it was a natural fit for him to take up his trade here, working in a shoe repair shop in Fair Haven. Later, John moved to Rutland and began working at the State Street Shoe Repair Shop and later at My Shoe Shop.
The Lenoci's Story
79 Cleveland Ave.,
Rutland, VT 05701
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