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Block’s celebrates 85th year in business

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Trish Bennett, Editor

Harry Rubin (left) and daughter Julie Chafin keep track of winners in the 85th anniversary promotion at the family-owned Block’s Shoe Store. Mayor Don McIlroy (right) agreed to draw winners in the contest for the local business. (Photo by Trish Bennett)

CIRCLEVILLE – When Moses Block bought a small shoe store in 1930, he likely never dreamed it would remain a staple of the downtown business community well into the 21st century.

And yet, now in its third generation of family ownership, Block’s Shoes is still thriving and celebrates its 85th year in the heart of downtown Circleville.

The achievement is considered no small feat in the current business climate and has been recognized with proclamations from Senator Troy Balderson, Representatives Gary Scherer and Ron Hood from the Ohio House of Representatives and Congressman Steve Stivers.

Locally, Harry Rubin, Moses Block’s grandson and current owner of the store, celebrated the milestone by giving back to the customers who have supported the business for so long.

The store received more than 250 entries in its “Buy a Pair, Win a Spare” promotion to give away $2,000 worth of free shoes.

Ten winners were selected in the drawing held Oct. 16 for a pair of free shoes in the brand of their choice. The winners were:

Terry Morbitzer (Red Wing)
Rachel Hettinger (SAS)
John Clark (New Balance)
Leigh Webb (Neil M)
John Johnson (Thorogood)
Phyllis Minks (Munro)
Blaine Keckley (Vasque)
Laura Spence (Walking Cradles)
Fred Krueger (Rockport)
Kay Jacobs (Drew)

Rubin said his daughter, Julie Chafin, is set to take over the family business whenever he finally decides to retire.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Rubin said. “Julie is next in line, and after that, we’ll see.”

This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal