The Antinucci Family’s 85-year shoe repair legacy is rooted in humble beginnings. John (Jack) Antinucci began shining shoes in downtown Rockford in 1926. He apprenticed for a time and then moved on to repairing shoes. After WWII, he purchased his own shop in the thriving downtown. In 1960, he sold his shop and opened Bill & Jays Auburn St. Lounge with his brother-in-law, Joe Bovi. After 1965, he retired from the bar business and opened Charles Street Shoe Repair at 2326 Charles Street.
In 1975, John moved around the corner to 2320 Charles St. After his passing in 1977, his son John (Johnny), along with his wife Catherine, took over the business. For three generations, the Antinucci family has been blessed to serve the Rock River Valley.
With the passing of Johnny in 1993, his wife Catherine and son Jeff have kept the legacy going. In September of 2013, they moved to their current location at 2233 Charles Street. Even though there is no longer a full shot glass or craps table in the back room anymore, I know grandpa is proud.
Feel free to stop by with any questions, or feel free to give us a call too at 815-226-0052. We would love to help you!