For the benefit of those younger than me, a cobbler is a shoe repairer. When your shoes became a little down at heel, your local shoe repairer would re-heel them. They would also repair your sole. Rocky says he has repaired many people's soles.
On one of my two visits there, he was repairing an expensive leather jacket. A cobbler excels at repairing leather goods. Rocky has been plying his trade in Mooroolbark since 1981. "Today repairing shoes is only a small part of my business," he laments.
Like any business that has seen the demand for their product decline, they need to diversify, and Rocky has. Apart from cutting keys, he can replace watch and car key batteries, and do engraving. Where else but a cobbler would you go for a large range of different colour and lengths of shoe laces?
At the rear of the shop is a mini library with shelving holding several hundred books waiting to be read. "I used to buy books that people brought in and re-sell or exchange them. But these days people don't seem to read as much." All the books are for sale at $1-00 each. If you bring in three or four books, you can take one from shelves for free.