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Micky Loveman

My life in shoes has been like a dream. I've been selling shoes 60 years straight. It's a wonder I look like I do. It's a wonder I can walk. I've had days where I've sold $9,000 worth of shoes—in one day!

Micky Loveman

Recognized by a noted retailer as the "Number One Shoe Salesperson in America," Micky Loveman spent a lifetime working in Baltimore's retail shoe business, building a loyal client base. Micky was born in 1918 and moved to Baltimore from Massachusetts at age seventeen to live with her aunt and uncle, after her mother was tragically struck and killed by an automobile. She started selling ladies' shoes shortly after her marriage to Frank Loveman in 1941. Attributing much of her sales success to her motto, "Service, Smile and Sincerity," Micky worked for many years at Hess Shoes, before leaving for Nordstrom's in 1991. Widowed in 1996, Micky surrounds herself with collections from local yard sales, has an active social life, many younger friends and a special beau, Saul.

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