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Traveling WV: Gurkee's Sandals

Gurkee's ship their sandals all over the world. (WCHS/WVAH)

Ray Sickles of Monongalia County has always been an entrepreneur. One day when his wife walked in wearing a unique pair of sandals, a light bulb lit up in his head. After researching the materials and the market, Sickles eventually became the owner of Gurkee's, Morgantown's rope sandal company.

Using carpet yarn, creativity, and a commitment to excellence, every pair of Gurkee's is hand made by West Virginia employees. Many styles and colors are available including several color blends that are all produced in the sandal shop in Morgantown. Ray says he hardly advertises his product, he simply doesn't need to. Word of mouth has been his best form of promotion. His sandals are known internationally with packages headed to Switzerland, Korea, and Australia the day we were there.

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