Boardwalk Shuffle

>Jackson Hole Boot & Repair Shop hopes to raise $25,000 through a GoFundMe campaign so it can stay open.

Shoe repair shop tries crowdfunding

Jackson Hole Boot & Shoe Repair is struggling to stay open, and owner Michael Sweatt is hoping a GoFundMe campaign can help.

Although he has work, it’s become a lot less during the pandemic, and that, combined with a rent increase, has put pressure on the North Cache shop.

“Last year was horrible,” he said. “I managed to stay open up until this point, but now I can’t sustain any more.”

He is looking to raise $25,000 by the end of the month to get caught up on rent and pay for supplies. Otherwise it looks like he’ll have to close the business, which he’s owned for eight years but has been around for 30 plus.

He received funding through the Wyoming Business Council’s COVID-19 Business Relief Program that helped with rent, but business was so slow he hasn’t been making much as usual.

“I’ve pretty much used up every penny I had,” he said.

To contribute to the “Keeping Jackson Hole Boot & Shoe Repair Alive” crowdfunder, go to TinyURL.com/11p9k6gy.

— Jennifer Dorsey

Reprieve on late fees

The town of Jackson is waiving late fees for business license renewals until Feb. 28, after the town changed to notifying businesses of the need to renew by email this year, rather than mailed paper renewal notifications.

The waiving of fees is in effect only this year, according to town of Jackson public information officer Carl Pelletier.

Late fees are being waived because this year the town moved to email-only renewal notifications due to budget cuts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and also to “better align with the town’s stewardship and conservation goals to reduce, reuse and recycle,” Pelletier wrote in a press release. Because the town realized some business owners might not have received their renewal notices, it made the temporary change to waive the late fees.

All future notifications for renewals will be sent electronically, and late fees will not be forgiven after this year.

— Timothy J. Woods

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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