by Mort Ehudin
This gentleman is another regular at our neighbor's afternoon wine tasting. He told me he comes from a family of shoemakers and followed in their footsteps. When his customers slowly died off, he changed the business to doing shoe repairs, but about 15 years ago he realized that "people don't get shoes repaired anymore - they just buy new ones", so he went out of business.
When we arrived in Berlin 16 years ago, there were still butcher shops, and knife sharpening shops, etc. Today they are all gone.
Very sad, I think.