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Small Business Spotlight: Friedman's Shoes

May 02, 2024

Friedman's Shoes at 209 Mitchell Street SW is famous among athletes for its plus-size shoes, and the Downtown Atlanta business was even featured in an episode of ESPN's 30 for 30. Keep scrolling to hear from owner Brett Teilhaber about his business, its history, and his excitement for South Downtown's future. 

Tell us about Friedman’s Shoes.
Open for 95 years and located in the same location since 1929, Friedman’s is a family-owned men’s and ladies shoe store selling sizes from 7-22 in men’s and 7-14 in ladies. With its large range of sizes, Friedman’s is known as the place where professional athletes shop!

What’s something you would want a new customer to know about Friedman’s?
While we are best known for carrying large size shoes in our brick-and-mortar store and on, we sell all sizes for both men and women.

Why did you choose to do business in Downtown Atlanta?
My grandfather, Phil Friedman, opened a shoe repair business in 1929 and my father, Bruce Teilhaber, purchased the store in the 70’s. All 4 sons work in the family business, and we have 8 employees in total.

What is the best thing about being in Downtown Atlanta?
It is once again becoming the heartbeat of Atlanta. Go South Downtown.

Do you have a favorite Downtown memory?
My most favorite memories are coming Downtown to see the Braves, Falcons, Hawks, and Flames/Thrashers games!

What makes you excited about the future of Downtown Atlanta?
I did not think I would see the transformation happening in my lifetime. CIM Group took charge with taking the old railroad buildings and starting the Centennial Yards project. Newport comes in to purchase 55 buildings and start the rehab only to hand if off to Atlanta Ventures to take the reins and complete the transformation… and let’s not forget we have high hopes for Underground Atlanta.

Read more about Downtown small businesses and resources in this special edition of Rough Draft.