Pegasus Footwear in Woodstock began in August of 1988 in a tiny 400 sq. ft. store on the edge of town. The first few years were a struggle, as I was running the store by myself, with some part-time help, working six days a week. The store was so small, I had to keep some inventory in my garage, and when I began to date the woman who lived in the upstairs apartment next to the store, I kept inventory up there too. Oh, and we’ve been married for 25 years now.
Pegasus moved to its present location in Woodstock in 1998. Later, in 2002, we expanded to a second location in New Paltz which is quite a bit larger than the Woodstock store. And in 2012 we opened Pegasus Rhinebeck. Presently we employ 20 people both full and part-time. In all 3 stores.
My philosophy for Pegasus Footwear has always been to simply have the best shoe store I can. Shoes are my passion. I don’t exactly know why – maybe it has to do with colors, textures, shapes, and mechanics – I still enjoy going to shoe shows to see the next season’s collections. I have traveled all over the world searching for the most innovative footwear. I have traveled many times here in the U.S. to Las Vegas, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, and New Hampshire to search out the best footwear I can find. The goal is to have a memorable selection. We offer around 50 brands. Over the years, I have developed a strong relationship with our brand vendors. This gives us an advantage procuring hard-to-get styles and getting great deals on others. Many times I have heard customers say, “What an awesome selection.” Pegasus Footwear is a destination shop. We have regular customers who travel an hour or more to visit us.
We also take pride in our customer service. All of my staff is really “into” shoes, and it shows. Most of my full-time staff have been with me for several years. It takes a good bit of time and energy to train our sales associates to enhance the customers’ buying experience. And, most importantly, to assure they get the right shoes for them, and in the right size.
We truly value our customers. The best way we can compete is to strive to offer a unique and memorable experience for our shoppers walking in the front door. This is an ongoing focus in our stores.
I am so lucky to be making a living doing what I enjoy.