Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthony Khattar.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Anthony. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up in Illinois where my father Fred operated his own shop. As I was growing up I would hang in the store with him from time to time and watch him work and help with customers.
After high school when I was in college I started working with him more and more and start to take the business more serious … that’s when I fell in love with the business. I Remember my father telling me “when I’m at home I am your father at work I’m your boss.” Haha!
I eventually open a second location (1986) back home in Illinois and ran that location before I move to San Diego in 1989. My older brother Ray owned an Italian restaurant back home and decided to take over my location that I opened… keep in the family!
I open my first location in Solana beach California in 1989 then I branched out and opened a second location in Carmel Mountain Ranch and 1992 and then eventually Opened my third location in Delmar Heights in 2002 with 10 employees total. I always tell my customers the shoe business, it’s in my DNA! Haha!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Like any business it takes some time to build your customer base.
My father taught me to go above and beyond in your craftsmanship and the customers will come back 10 fold.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Our specialty is equestrian riding boots saddles and tack on average we repair over 400 pair a year just in boots including boots that are mailed to us from all over the country from tack shops as well as clients. We custom alter boots to fit client specifications.
Some of our clients are Olympic Gold medalist and world class riders. We are the authorized boot fitter for Ariat International for their World Cup riders for the past 15+ yrs.
Another specialty is that we are authorized repair center for many luggage manufactures such ass Brigg and Riley, Travel Pro, Ricardo in Beverly Hills, Delsey, Swiss Army Victorinox & Skyway.
The Wounded Warriors Foundation approached me about 12 years ago.
I came up with an idea to help the amputee soldiers put on their boots with their prosthetic legs by installing zippers in the backside of the boot. They were so happy that they presented me with an award. I was so honored!
Our Internet presence specializes in repairs at most shops will not do such as re-lining handbags, repairing damage to their leather goods and so on
What were you like growing up?
I was happy go lucky kid & prankster. I loved to make people laugh.
Besides playing sports in the neighborhood … I always had entrepreneurial spirit.
For instance, I would go door to door selling flowers and vegetable seeds to earn points to purchase things from their catalog I would probably around 10 years old.
In grade school, we had a contest/fundraiser selling grapefruit and oranges by the case from Texas & I was number one seller in seventh and eighth grade!
I started my first official job at the age of 14 working at my uncle’s restaurant $3.50 per hour. I was so excited.
- Address: – 671 Loma Santa Fe Solana Beach CA 92075
– 11885, Mountain Rd., San Diego, CA 92128 #902
– 3435 Delmar Heights Rd., San Diego, CA 92130 D-8
- Website: www.anthonyshoerepair.com
- Phone: 858-259-2023 858-673-7207 858-350-7506
- Email: email@example.com