Entrepreneurs open Alabama’s first black-owned trainer dry cleaning service

BUSINESS-MINDED: Tavaris Godbolt and

BUSINESS-MINDED: Tavaris Godbolt and Alvin Miller

TAVARIS GODBOLT and Alvin Miller are the founders of Alabama’s first black-owned sneaker dry cleaning service, The Shoe clinic.

The Shoe Clinic officially started in 2014 after frugal Tavaris had a pair of Air Jordan Retro 13 Flint sneakers he wasn’t ready to part with and applied some cleaning techniques and brought them back to life.

After posting the results on social media, interest in his cleaning techniques gave him and Miller the idea to start a business.

A business that begun in Tavaris apartment now has a storefront in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.

It isn’t just about shoe repair and custom kicks for Tavaris and Alvim. Every Saturday outside the shop, the Clinic hosts what they call the “Sole Care” donations program.

Sole Care takes unwanted shoes, restores them, and provides Birmingham’s homeless and poor residents the sneakers free of charge.

Despite the Clinic’s humble growth, they’ve managed to attract business from a few celebrities. Rapper and activist David Banner, comedian Bruce Bruce, Carolina Panthers Defensive End Mario Addison, and University of Alabama star Blake Sims are just some of the Clinic’s notable clients.


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