Amish Shoe Store: I stumbled upon this little Amish “shoe store” while in Adams County, Indiana recently.
The store is open six days a week and serves a mainly Amish clientele. So as long as you don’t mind your sneakers or boots in the color black, you’re in good shape. Business has been steadily growing.
“We’ve had to set a closing time of 5 p.m on Saturdays,” one of the owners, Ben Girod, explained. “People were just lingering well into the evening”
Girod, by the way, is a name found in the Amish church, but not a lot. The Berne are is populated heavily by Amish with last names of Schwartz, Graber, and Hilty, with Girods being less common.
Ben Girod, who is confined to a wheelchair, doesn’t let his disabilities keep him down. He also makes and sells leather wallets. The beauty pictured here is one I got from him for $15. A pretty good deal because I’m sure it will last a lifetime. He sits at a table and meticulously hand-sews each one.