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Rust's Western Shed moves to larger location

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Rust's Western Shed has been an established business on Lake Avenue through many changes in the business community. However, Mike Rust has moved from his old location, 507 Lake Avenue to 506 Lake Avenue.

"There are always changes in business and we were able to grow," owner Mike Rust said.

Rust had been considering the move for some time and decided the timing was right.

"Everyone sees the irony, (the new location) used to be a consignment shop and now my old location is going to be a consignment shop," Rust said.

Rust's Western Shed is known for shoe repair and repair of other items along with sales of work boots and other goods.

"We needed more space and storage," Rust said.. "We are still the same as we were in the previous location, but we will look to offer more products."

Rust is one of the few stores that does shoe repair in the area and has been seeing a steady growth.

"There have been a few other places that does repairs like I do," Rust said. "One in Cherokee has closed and I have been having some more customers from there, and I've had more walk-in traffic. People who didn't know what I did or people traveling to the area have been stopping in as well."

Work boots have been a high seller for Rust as well.

"There is a strong demand in the community for work boots and local companies have been very nice with giving me their business," Rust said.

Rust's father was a shoe repairman and one of the reasons why Rust got into the buiness with his own shop in Storm Lake.

"My brothers and I are involved in the business and it's a good business," Rust said. "I went to school for a couple years decided that this was more of something for me."

Rust doesn't know if his own children want to be involved in business.

While the move had mostly been completed over a few days, Rust will be the first to admit that he could not have done it without his wife, Pam, a school teacher in Sac City.

"With her being a teacher and having the summers off, she was able to help me with getting the place set up," Rust said. "She was the force behind the actual move and had gotten everything done. My brother was able to help with the move and with him in the business he knew where I would like certain items to go which was a big help."

Rust has been a part of the Storm Lake community for years and he says he has enjoyed it.

"This is a great community and if it wasn't for the people in the community coming in here I wouldn't be able to move to a larger location," Rust said. "I thank them for their support."