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July 3, 2018 > Hayward-based family business recognized

Hayward-based family business recognized

Submitted By Tomasa Duenas

Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) selected The Cobblers of Hayward as his Small Business of the Year Honoree. Rudy Grasseschi, owner of The Cobblers joined the Assemblymember for the annual ceremony and luncheon held in Sacramento on June 19.
According to Assemblymember Quirk, ?Small businesses are truly the backbone of the state?s economy. I am thrilled to have California?s small businesses employ half of the state?s private workforce. I am honored to have Rudy with me in Sacramento today,? said Assemblymember Quirk.
Rudy?s father, Alfred Grasseschi, opened the shop in 1932. ÿFour generations of Grasseschis have practiced the trade that began with his grandfather in Italy. Rudy started working with his father when he was 15-years old. This year, The Cobblers celebrate their 60-year anniversary.
In reflecting over the last 60 years, Rudy shared the following: ?for a successful business, number one is God and family, two is hard work, and three is determination ? if you do all those three things you will succeed.?
At 82 years-old, Rudy has no intent of slowing down. Today, The Cobblers have clients all over the country, including as far as Fairbanks, Alaska. They work on all sorts of shoes ? from cowboy boots to slippers to motorcycle boots.
?The Cobblers is one of the oldest businesses in Hayward. They have been an important member of the community for 60 years and have seen Hayward through good times and not so good times. I admire Rudy?s work ethic and know that the Cobblers will thrive for many years to come? stated Assemblymember Quirk.

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