(Columbus, August 9, 2017) — Shoe polish and green construction practices have united to provide an additional amenity at the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), which recently completed a $140 million expansion and renovation.
Harry Batte, a shoe-shine artist better known as Dr. Shine, is now operating from a new two-seat shoe-shine stand built from repurposed wood.
The new shoe-shine stand was inspired by an existing design that Batte chose. The GCCC custom-made stand was designed by GCCC Assistant General Manager Ryan Thorpe to match the facility’s new décor. It was built with reclaimed wood from the shipping pallets accompanying trade-show deliveries arriving at the GCCC.
In addition to the shoe-shine stand, the venue’s speaker lecterns and mobile guest services stations are also made from reclaimed wood gathered at the facility.
“Some companies have to rely on purchasing repurposed wood materials from vendors,” Thorpe said. “Our source was our own back dock.”
“This is the most beautiful stand I’ve ever seen,” added Batte.
Now with decades of experience shining shoes, Batte first became determined to make shining shoes his lifelong craft at about age 11 and after hearing the “Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy” song originally recorded in 1950.
Dr. Shine’s stand is located near the elevator by Starbucks on Level 2, near the walkway connecting the Hyatt Regency Columbus hotel and Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Planned hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with additional hours upon event request.
Shine costs are:
Payment may be made in cash only. There is an ATM on Level 1 near the Guest Services Center in the South Café & Marketplace for patrons seeking to procure cash before services are rendered.