Founded in 1936 by Marlin Jumper, this time capsule of a business is still thriving and is getting new energy from the next generation. It started with Marlin doing the repairs and custom work and soon turned into a family affair.

After learning the trade from his father, Roger Sr. took over in the back, while his wife, Doris, ran the front of the shop.

Roger Jr. (Kari’s dad) has worked in the shop his entire life and officially took over the store in 1999/2000 with help from his brother Scott.

Now Kari has decided to learn the family craft in hopes to carry on the legacy and even add her own personal flavor to the business while keeping the old world charm and workmanship.

If you need some leather work done or new life put into an old pair of shoes, Jumper’s is the only place to go; they’ll take great care of you!

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More from my chat with Kari and Roger Jr.…

“It’s definitely more than just shoes. Besides heels, soles, shines, stitching, and stretching, we deal with all types of leather products. We do a lot with belts, pocketbooks, bags, and ball gloves. And then every now and then someone will throw us a curveball with some random thing to try and fix. There’s definitely an element of creativity and problem solving to it at times. What’s the best way to fix up these clogs that a customer’s dog chewed up? Or how can we restore this old military pouch so someone can have a family heirloom? You get some beat up motorcycle boots that a customer loves, and there’s the challenge to make them look as nice as possible. We deal with all types of people, from Appalachian trail hikers making a pitstop for some new soles and laces, to the local firemen who need their coats stitched. It keeps things interesting and it can be very rewarding.”

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“The history behind it all is so interesting. People initially invested in repairing their shoes during the great depression so they wouldn’t have to spend money to buy new shoes. Now people invest in a good pair of shoes and want to keep them as long as possible, so that’s what we help them do. We repair, restore, recondition, all those things that make your shoes last longer and look better. It’s kind of the green thing to do. We try to preserve the life of quality shoes for as long as possible. People often say that shoe repair is a dying trade but I disagree. Maybe there’s not as many cobblers out there these days, but there’s a need. People are still coming in and out of our shop because people love their shoes.”

“Right now I really like the learning process with my Dad. He’s done this his entire life and it’s so cool to see the way his mind works when it comes to fixing shoes. He’s really master of his craft and I try to soak all that in. It’s all second nature to him, but to me it’s an art.”

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JUMPER’S SHOE SERVICE…

106 E Main St
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
(717) 766-3422

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Derek Bicksler

Born and raised in Central PA. I spent a happy childhood in the Allison Hill area of Harrisburg before moving to and attending high school at Mechanicsburg Area Senior High. I love the two different environments and cultures I was exposed to as a child, it has made me more tolerant of those different from me and given me a somewhat unique perspective of the world. Son to two wonderful giving parents, Harriet and Dale, who are both my inspiration for my community service. They’ve done too many good things to mention, I really look up to them. (and my grandparents were missionaries and ministers and community servants, so I have a long line of selfless givers to live up to and hopefully make proud) Husband to my charming, witty, and beautiful wife, Katie, who’s my best friend and partner in kicking butt! We enjoy being active together, living a healthy lifestyle, and being the best parents we can be (like our parents were for us). Katie has so many qualities that I admire, and I love her more and more each day. Father to my super smart and talented daughter, Piper. She amazes me everyday and I know she will grow up to do awesome things. Like any parent, words don’t say how much I love her. She is the reason. Successful Real Estate Professional since 2006. I sell and list homes 24/7, but more importantly, I help my clients reach their real estate goals and achieve their hopes and dreams. There’s nothing else I would ever consider doing (except maybe be a rock climbing bum in another life LOL) and I work diligently every day to make sure my clients are happy and uber satisfied with their home selling or buying experience. It’s all about my clients. Industry Leader. I enjoy giving back to my profession and taking on leadership positions; I feel it is my duty to my industry and my clients. I stay involved and in touch with what is going on in our local and national housing markets and with legislation so that I can better serve my clients and protect home ownership. Here are just a few of the positions I hold or have held in the Central PA real estate housing market: -Board of Directors - Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors (GHAR) -Board President - Greater Harrisburg Realtors Foundation -Committee Chair - GHAR Member Value & Communications Committee -Volunteer, Donator, & Mascot – GHAR Thanksgiving Food Drive -Committee Chair - GHAR Member Information Session Committee -Contributor - PA Association of Realtors social media instructional videos Volunteer in the community and in my industry. I have a standing gig as the technology tutor for senior citizens at Messiah Lifeways’ Mechanicsburg Place Senior Center in Downtown Mechanicsburg and I’m active with many other groups like Big Brothers Big Sisters (check out their latest event…talk about a FUNdraiser  ), Habitat For Humanity (I love demo!), New Hope Ministries, and Central Penn Food Bank just to name a few.

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