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Shoe Fly Pi says goodbye

November 17, 2007|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN - For a little more than a year, Corretta Doctor walked a mile in the shoes of a downtown shop owner.

She liked owning a business, but a year was enough, and on Thursday, she closed her shop, Shoe Fly Pi.

Doctor said some changes in her life led her to close the store, which was at the corner of West Washington and Jonathan streets.

She has a new grandchild.

Her 18-year-old daughter, Brittni Cowart, is joining the Air Force.

Doctor also is moving to Northern Virginia to be closer to her job. Her work with a defense contractor sometimes sends her overseas; she said she goes back and forth to Dubai three times a year.

Shoe Fly Pi's stock included Vaneli, Rangoni and Sesto Meucci shoes from Italy, according to a Herald-Mail feature story last year. Most of its shoes were for women.

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The shoe store, which opened in September 2006, had a closing sale that drew plenty of customers.

Doctor said she sold 60 pairs of shoes on the last day, about what she'd normally sell in several days.

"We've had a good time," she said. "That's the most important thing .... If I had to do it all over again, I'd pick Hagerstown all over again."

Doctor said she was planning to open her shop in Frederick, Md., but she was persuaded to try Hagerstown instead. She complimented the city and its economic development director, Deborah Everhart, for their financial assistance and advice.

In the store's waning days, Doctor set out a table and gave away about $400 worth of shoes, at no charge. She said it was her way of doing something helpful for the Thanksgiving season since she couldn't do a food drive this year.

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