‘Take a Trip with Tate’: Campeti’s General Shoe Hospital


Tate was back on the road again for another installment of ‘Take a Trip with Tate’ and this week he paid a visit to Campeti’s in Downtown Wheeling. 

This business has been in Wheeling for over 112 years and now, Owner Joe Campeti is the third generation to run the family business. 

“Treat everybody like you’d like to be treated,” The Golden Rule is what Joe Campeti, owner and operator of Campeti’s General Shoe Hospital on Market Street, said is what has kept this three generation Cobbler Shop in business for over a century. 

The businesses was first started by Joe’s Grandpap, Tony after coming to Wheeling from Italy, “Yeah, Grandpap started in 1904, Dad took over after World War II sometime, ’45, ’46, somewhere around there,” Campeti said.

In his middle age, Joe’s Pap fell ill and died before Joe was born.
The first store was located four doors down from the old Louis’ hotdog on Chapline Street.
that Joe’s father worked with another man that was instrumental in the success of the business. A man Joe regards as a grandfather, Joe DiChicco, “He worked for grandpap, he worked for my dad, and he worked for my Dad when my dad got sick, so the guy the loved to be 99-years-old,” said Campeti

Joe got started in the family biz, at the age of 10; shining shoes in the store and then grew to fill his Dad’s shoes after he passed away. He’s now only one of 100 cobblers left in the country and he does a little of everything when it comes to shoes. He put Tate to work, teaching him how to fix ladies heals, and the soles of some shoes.

Tate asked, “Would you consider yourself a cobbler?” Joe replied, “Cobbler, shoe salesman, Al Bundy.’ Tate laughs. Joe Campeti ‘Good ol‘ Al Bundy.”

So, whether it’s a pair of ladies heels or a pair of sneakers, or even maybe your cowboy boots that need repaired be sure to come on down to 1219 Market Street and let Joe fix ya’ up.

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