Kemp's Shoe Salon & Boutique
Kemp's Shoe Salon and Boutique today, is the product of four generations of family members striving to nurture and cultivate the dreams of Dotti Kemp. Dotti's dream was to own a very unique shoe store - in fact, it would never be called a “shoe store” It would be a salon… an elegant, but comfortable place where ladies could come to shop and browse and be surrounded by beautiful things to look at as well as to purchase. She wanted everyone who came in to feel like she was a special guest in her own home.
Dotti opened her first Kemp's Shoe Salon in Boca Raton in 1959. She insisted on white carpeting, white furniture and crystal chandeliers to accentuate her unique and colorful displays of footwear and coordinating accessories. On a limited budget -- but with unlimited creativity -- she hand painted, dyed, and bejeweled shoes and handbags as well as designed unusual shoe ornaments to expand her inventory and cater to the individual needs and desires of her clientele. Business Boomed! Dotti's dream came true. Her motto became…” Kemp's is not just a shoe salon…it's a way of life”
Kemp's is still “a way of life” in Florida. Dotti's legacy lives on. Her granddaughters and granddaughter in-law run the stores along with a fabulous staff of loyal devoted and knowledgeable employees. Her great granddaughters are also adding their own special talents in modeling, advertising and web design.