Caption: Gayford Caston, Shoe Repairman, Credit: Jill Strauss
Image by: Jill Strauss 
Gayford Caston, Shoe Repairman 

The Soulful Repair Man

From: Jill Strauss
Length: 06:35

In collaboration with the Mapping Main Street Project (visit mappingmainstreet.org) Independent Radio Producer Jill Strauss captures the voice of Gayford Caston, a shoe repairman following his dream on Main Street in Durham, North Carolina. Read the full description.

Img_2168_small Downtown Durham, North Carolina is filled with old tobacco warehouses, more and more of them now being converted into hip lofts, offices, and retail shops. Durham's renaissance has come slowly, and only after decades of dormancy. Native son Gayford Caston has a small shoe repair shop on Main Street. He’s open 7 days a week. When he’s not fixing torn leather on his old Singer sewing machine, replacing worn soles on his shoe jack, or erasing black marks on scuffed boots, Caston loves to chat, and reminisce about the old Durham, with his customers. 

  

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Piece Description

Downtown Durham, North Carolina is filled with old tobacco warehouses, more and more of them now being converted into hip lofts, offices, and retail shops. Durham's renaissance has come slowly, and only after decades of dormancy. Native son Gayford Caston has a small shoe repair shop on Main Street. He’s open 7 days a week. When he’s not fixing torn leather on his old Singer sewing machine, replacing worn soles on his shoe jack, or erasing black marks on scuffed boots, Caston loves to chat, and reminisce about the old Durham, with his customers. 

  

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Downtown Durham, North Carolina is filled with old tobacco warehouses, more and more of them now being converted into hip lofts, offices, and retail shops. Durham's renaissance has come slowly, and only after decades of dormancy. Native son Gayford Caston has a small shoe repair shop on Main Street. He’s open 7 days a week. When he’s not fixing torn leather on his old Singer sewing machine, replacing worn soles on his shoe jack, or erasing black marks on scuffed boots, Caston loves to chat, and reminisce about the old Durham, with his customers.

OUTRO:

That was Gayford Caston, Owner of Main Street Shoe Repair in Durham, North Carolina. This profile was produced by Jill Strauss.

Additional Credits

Special Thanks to John Biewen, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

Related Website

http://www.mappingmainstreet.org/blog/