Factory Finish Shoe Repair closes doors less than a year after opening

Kenton Hornbeck
Kenton Hornbeck
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Less than a year after opening last April, Factory Finish Shoe Repair has closed, according to the Covington Office of Economic Development.

Factory Finish came from the mind of James Napier, a professional cobbler, musician and the son of the late Frenchman Napier, a long-time business owner and leather repairman in Covington. Factory Finish was a continuation of Frenchman’s business, with James wanting to carry on his father’s legacy in the city.

Napier’s shop was located at E. 7th Street inside The Doctors Building, less than a block away from his father’s shop, Frenchman’s Shoe Repair, which was located on Madison Avenue next to the former Covington Chili parlor.

The shop provided services like repairing shoes & boots, cleaning and recoloring Timberlands, refinishing and dyeing purses, waterproofing leather goods, spit shines, saddle work, restringing baseball gloves, leather coat repair as well as cleaning and stretching hats.

Last March, Napier told LINK nky he had a vision of returning to Covington while he was touring as a musician.

“I want to make sure I go back to Covington,” Napier said. “I’m looking forward to it. I want to be a part of Covington again.”

Napier could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.

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