By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
Management gurus say that it takes 10,000 hours of work to become a master at something. By any measure Terry Moran, the owner of Master Cobbler, is a true master at what he does.
Moran started his training as a cobbler working with his father at age 9 and was repairing shoes part-time after school at 12. By the time he was 17 he had quit school to be a full-time journeyman cobbler.
After a three-year stint in the Navy Moran started his first shop, The Village Shoe Clinic, in Aurora Village. He has owned and operated a number of shoe shops all over the Puget Sound area.
Altogether, Moran has spent decades acquiring his knowledge and skills. He said that has repaired everything from loafers to handbags to tents in his career. He likes challenges and will take on any repair.
In May of this year Moran moved his successful business from Canyon Park to Mill Creek’s Maple Leaf Square. He said that he made the move for two reasons. First, he likes Mill Creek’s high-end demographics. Second, his rent is about half of what he was paying in Bothell.
The Master Cobbler focuses on shoe and handbag repair, but Moran is also one of the largest Birkenstock stocking retailers in the Northwest. He is also a certified Birkenstock repairer. On his website he boasts that he renewed a pair of 26-year-old Birkenstocks.
It’s nice to have a local shoe repair shop in Mill Creek again. If you head into Maple Leaf Square to visit the Master Cobbler, be sure and tell him where you heard about him.