A few final steps remain before longtime Pittsfield shoe store closes

Marc Abecassis, the owner of Jim's House of Shoes in Pittsfield, helps Jean Shade, 89, try on a pair this month. Abecassis, who has been involved with Jim's since it moved to North Street, has decided to retire and plans on closing the business for good within the next 60 to 90 days, depending on how quickly he sells the store's remaining inventory.