Mister Tony Pappas, a Greek immigrant, opens a shoe repairing shop on the Mont-Royal Avenue. At this time, Tony Pappas only features a shoe shine salon and a men’s only hat shop. In 1900, Pappas was far from thinking that his store would still be a hot spot some 115 years later!
The Nenes brothers buy the store from Tony Pappas, but they decide to keep the name. At this point, the store offers hats, gloves, cufflinks, ties and a variety of accessories for its men’s only clientele.
Roland Gauthier purchases the Tony Pappas store from the Nenes brothers. Roland represents the third generation of shoe repairers within the Gauthier family. The following year, in 1977, Roland transforms the store, which was still focusing on shoe repairing and hats, into a shoe store. Nowadays, the Tony Pappas footwear salon still belongs to the Gauthier family.
Roland Gauthier's daughter, Manon, and her husband, Martin Deshaies take over. This is the fourth generation of shoemaker's in the Gauthier family. Together, Manon and Martin will bring a new life into the business.
Big changes on Mont Royal: Tony Pappas expands! Both the store surface and the employees double their size. The new store area makes room for a more diverse collection that includes new brands.
The Tony Pappas footwear salon receives the Recognition Award from the Conseil québécois du commerce de détail. This is a prestigious award that recognizes the work of retail businesses that shine by their commitment to their community and their initiative.
The Tony Pappas footwear salon updates its brand image with a new logo! Also, Tony Pappas jumps into the digital era and creates its first website.
Simon, Manon Gauthier and Martin Deshaies’s son, becomes sales associate at the Mont-Royal store.
Tony Pappas is still a unique footwear salon. Our excellent customer service, our professional shoe repairers and our original collections continue to make us stand out.