5 Allerton Street

5 Allerton Street, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

5 Allerton Street, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

Roger Rilleau, courtesy of Gaby Rilleau (1948).

Roger Rilleau, courtesy of Gaby Rilleau (1948).

Peggy and Kim Rilleau, courtesy of Gaby Rilleau (1952).

Peggy and Kim Rilleau, courtesy of Gaby Rilleau (1952).

Kim Rilleau, courtesy of Gaby Rilleau.

Kim Rilleau, courtesy of Gaby Rilleau.

The Rilleau Sandal Shop was founded in 1940 by Roger Rilleau as Hand Industries, at 322 Commercial. It moved to 347 Commercial, then to this property, which had been known to generations of postcard buyers as the Rose-Covered Cottage, said Gaby Rilleau. Kim Rilleau, son of Roger and Peggy (Tryon) Rilleau, conducted the business in a workshop here from 1968 to 1997. It was “cluttered with dyes, driftwood, sculpture, whale bones and dusty shelves filled with hand tools,” Sue Harrison wrote in The Banner, and carried “the deep, rich smell of leather that new cars can only aspire to.” It was more recently Pat McCobb’s Allerton Custom Picture Framing business.

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