BERLIN – In 1949, the help wanted sign outside Berlin’s shoe store caught the eye of Jesse Turner. The teenager was just out of high school and looking for a job. He wasted no time in approaching the shop owner.
“I came in and he said ‘what can you do’ and I said ‘what do you want me to do?” Turner recalls.
The proprietor hired the 17-year-old to shine shoes in the shop on Main Street. More than 60 years later, you’ll still find him there — at least for another two weeks.
On March 1, the popular Turner, now the owner of the Berlin Shore Box, will officially retire. His well-worn Main Street shop will be turned into a nail salon.
“I was going to retire in December of this year anyway,” said Turner, 86. “But they sold the building so I got an early retirement.”