• Costa Rica Real Estate
  • Costa Rica Real Estate Auction

PHOTO ESSAY: Barrio Amón Shoe Repair Shop

February 12, 2015

On the corner of 7th Avenue and 3A Street in downtown San José, sits one of the oldest and few remaining shoe repair shops in the city. Although it has been at this location for the past 10 years, the Reparadora Barrio Amón has been in business for more than 50 years. It was started by the great-grandfather of cousins Carlos, 70, and Ricardo, 50. Several family members have learned the profession, but most are no longer living. Don Carlos’ older brother died a year ago.

Nelson, 20, is the newest member of the team, and although he is not family, he says he is willing to learn.

In addition to shoes, the shop fixes purses, bags, backpacks and almost any leather item. Dozens of customers stop by the shop every day.

“It’s amazing how some younger people are ashamed of some professions, but they are not ashamed of asking for money on the streets. There is work for everybody if you are willing to do it,” says Don Carlos.

You may be interested

Costa Rica turns to telemedicine for patients in rural areas
Costa Rica
5 views
Costa Rica
5 views

Costa Rica turns to telemedicine for patients in rural areas

Alejandro Zúñiga - November 19, 2019

Trauma patients in Costa Rica can now receive care from the country's specialized doctors in San José — even if…

Uber competitor DiDi launches in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
27 views
Costa Rica
27 views

Uber competitor DiDi launches in Costa Rica

Alejandro Zúñiga - November 19, 2019

Uber has a major competitor in Costa Rica. Even amidst uncertainty about the legality of ride-sharing platforms in Costa Rica,…

Pura Vida in Costa Rica: Part 1 of 3
Travel & Tourism
92 views
Travel & Tourism
92 views

Pura Vida in Costa Rica: Part 1 of 3

Ed Boitano / Travel Boy - November 18, 2019

Travel writer Ed Boitano recently spent some time in Costa Rica. He chronicled his experiences at the publication Travel Boy. …

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!