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A Cobbler And His Son

Neither owner of D&D Shoe Repair at the National Press Club is a D: instead, it is run by father and son, Henry and Robert Kim. Henry is 70 years old, Robert 37. They immigrated twice, first from Seoul, South Korea to Buenos Aires, in 1976, and later to the U.S. Henry Kim ran a repair shop on Capitol Hill with his wife, Terry, but sold it after her death. D&D belongs to Robert, his father stresses. "I retired already," he says, but adds that he's helping teach his son how to run the business. And times aren't easy. People may be buying fewer pairs of new shoes, but the Kims say their repair business is falling off, too.