After eleven years of keeping the people of Tumut well shod, Brendan McNamara will close the door on Put the Boot Inn in Wynyard Street on Friday.
“I’m going to miss the public, the friends I’ve made over the 11 years,” he said. “I’ve got some fond memories; there’s lots of good people around.”
The good news is that he is remaining in Tumut.
“I’m going to work for Valmar (Support Services),” he said.
Brendan’s boot repairing and engraving career started in Wagga Wagga.
“I swore I’d never do it again, and then I came to Tumut and did,” he said.
Put the Boot Inn has been more than just a business, and many folk come in just to chat to Brendan.
“He’s a good-hearted person who is unbelievably patient,” customer Wayne Collins said.
Brendan said “a few old blokes come in for a chat.”
“There’s a running joke saying ‘don’t go in there; he’s killing them off’, because I have had four or five of them die on me over the past couple of years.”
Brendan has enjoyed the time running the business has afforded him to coach rugby league and league tag teams, including those of his son Jonno and daughter Bethany.
He said he had a rush on orders since announcing he was closing the business.
“I’ve had the best week I have had in ages,” he said. “If I could close down every week I might stay open. A customer said to me ‘why not, Johnny Farnham did it’.”