Locally Owned Shoe Store Cuts Ribbon in Boardman

BOARDMAN, Ohio — A shoe retailer can be found in nearly every shopping center in Boardman, but one local business is stepping up to give customers a more personalized option.

Status 330 owner Dominick Brown says that a local shoe store stands out from the shoe company giants because it directly benefits the community.

“An independent shoe store stands out from its competitors because it’s local. We want to be able to bring more local business to our community versus franchise business because we want to support local, and grow local,” Brown says.

The store, at 4302 Market St., sells mainly sneakers and a few apparel items. Brown says Yeezys and the Jordan and Air Max sneakers from Nike are some of the most popular styles and brands right now. He says that what he doesn’t have in store can easily be ordered – part of his promise to offer better, more personalized customer service than chain stores.

What is not in stock can be ordered, the owner says.

“We try to be as personal as possible to our customers. We want to focus on our customers and satisfy their needs. And we want them to walk out of here being happy about their purchase,” Brown says.

Brown conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday afternoon. His store opened for business on June 19, which he considers fitting given the Juneteenth holiday and being a Black-owned business.

Status 330 is his first venture into the business world, but he says it’s going well so far.

“More and more people are finding out about it, and we just want people to continue supporting local businesses regardless of what it is — it helps stabilize our community,” he says.

Customers Whitney Mace and Nicole Pancake say they like being able to support a local business instead of a major franchise.

“I’d much rather support local – I want our community to grow,” Mace says.

The store is open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday.

Pictured at top: Dominick Brown is the owner of Status 330, a newly opened shoe store at 4302 Market St. in Boardman.

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