The Owner

Stefan’s Leather & Shoe Repair is owned and run by Stefan Gegala. Stefan has over 50 years of experience working with leather items.

Poland

Stefan was born in Poland at the end of World War II, near the southern Polish city of Krakow. He spent his childhood near the Ukrainian border, where he lost both his sister and brother from aftermaths of the world war. Stefan lost his mother and father at a young age.

In 1965, Stefan finished a leather vocational school and worked as a leather expert and inspector prior to his departure to the United States.

Emigration from Poland

He immigrated to the United States in 1983, with his wife and two young children. That year he began working as a cobbler at the Reisterstown Plaza in Baltimore, MD.

He sent his two sons through college, with one earning a degree in Computer Science and the other in Electrical Engineering. Both also went on to get a Master’s Degree.

Roland Park

In 1992, Stefan first opened Stefan’s Leather & Shoe Repair on Roland Avenue after purchasing the shop from the retiring Peter Dongara, who operated the Dongara Shoe Repair Shop for over 45 years.

Hampden

Expanding the Roland Park shop, in 2007, Stefan moved to a bigger and new location at 3810 Falls Road, where he currents resides.