Montreal man bringing back lost art of the shoe shine

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Harry Klein said he didn’t know he was destined to become the premier shoe shiner in Montreal.

In 2003, the entertainer was broke, down and almost out.

“I had been miserable for years. I didn’t want to go to any family parties or anything like that. I didn’t like who I had become, or not become,” Klein told Global News.

A visit to his local hair salon changed everything.

“I heard somebody say, ‘we have everything for men. Manicure, pedicure, hair colouring, massage, the only thing we’re missing is a shoeshine boy,’ and that’s when the light went off in my head,” he said.

Now, the 67-year-old has been shining shoes for almost 15 years.


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