Valentine Footwear opens in downtown Bangor

BANGOR - Downtown Bangor's got a little more sole these days.

Valentine Footwear, a women's boutique devoted to footwear and hosiery, opened this month on Main Street in Bangor. The store offers a number of stylish offerings from across the spectrum. Summer Allen is the store's owner/proprietor.

"I grew up in a small business shoe store," said Allen. "So I've always had that frame of reference. But I also wanted to do things a bit differently. I always wanted to own my own business. I was going through a career change, so I figured I might as well look into it."

While Allen had been thinking about opening this sort of business for years, the ball only really started rolling a few months ago.

"The active process started in February," she said. "It doesn't really take long if you're working 12 hours a day every day."

One of the things that makes Valentine Footwear such an interesting store is the unique selection.

"Overall, I was looking to [stock the store] with lifestyle shoes," she said. "I wanted to carry shoes that can be worn every day. We're not niche-oriented. We've got some dressier things as well as work shoes. I wanted to offer a broad variety of styles that other places [in the area] might not carry."

Allen went on to express her excitement about her new location.

"I'm really happy to be a part of the downtown scene," she said. "It was important to me to be here and I really pushed for a spot on Main Street. [All the new] shops are great for building community. I love the idea of a shop being somewhere where people can feel comfortable."

However, there's more to a good shoe store than just shoes, according to Allen.

"People overlook the importance of a quality sock," she said. "I love socks almost as much as I love shoes."

Still, at the end of the day, it all boils down to the quality of the product.

"My focus is on quality footwear," Allen said. "Things that are made well and look good. People need to know that they don't have to sacrifice style for comfort."

It's always nice to see new businesses blooming in downtown Bangor. Through Valentine Footwear, Summer Allen is expanding the area's retail footprint. It's another step in the right direction.

Valentine Footwear is located at 115 Main Street in Bangor. For more information, visit their website You can also find them on Facebook. Store hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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