Mr. Balian Senior made his first pair of shoes when he was 11 years old. At age of 20 he opened a shoe factory in Beirut, Lebanon, where he specialized in designing ladys shoes. His wife Alice was the first to wear the new styles.
In 1984 the Balian Family migrated to USA due to war conditions in Lebanon. For several years Mr. Balian worked in restaurants and hotels mopping floors and cleaning dishes. In 1988 he got an opportunity to purchase a shoe repair store in Sterling VA. In 1992 he opened a second one in Countryside.
After retiring Mr. Balian gave his stores to each one of his two sons. The Countryside Shoe & Leather Repair Store is successfully led by his younger son Aris and his wife Irina.
The generations changed the philosophy stayed, do honest work at your best and keep every customer happy.
Mr. Balian passed away on 20 March 2007. Not a day goes by when we do not think of Dad showing us how to do certain things, giving us his advice. He will always be in our hearts.
In loving Memory.