The patriarch of Morey’s Shoes — which for 40 years was a staple in downtown Burbank — has died. Morris “Morey” Goodstein was 89.
His son, Alan Goodstein, recalled the time he spent working at the family store with his two older sisters.
“People would come in to the store and say they couldn’t afford shoes, and my dad would say, ‘Come in, pick out what you need and pay me later,’” Alan Goodstein said.
He wouldn’t find out about the debt until someone came in months later with payment or with gifts for his father.
“He never collected,” Alan Goodstein said.
Morey’s closed its doors in 1995 after operating 10 other stores in the region. Morey Goodstein, who opened the store in 1955 on San Fernando Road and Olive Avenue when downtown was known as “The Golden Mall,” died July 25.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Goodstein, who died in 2007.