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History: According to Gooch

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Meet Gleaves "Gooch" Harmon. He's the unofficial 'mayor' of Woodlawn, proprietor of a boot and clothing outlet mall/local landmark and a historian who preserves some of the most intriguing artifacts of Carroll County's past.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

WOODLAWN — It's tempting to say that Gooch Harmon, who presides over his complex of clothing stores on U.S. 58 in Woodlawn, pulled himself up by his bootstraps, but the foundation of his commercial success stems from his decades selling cars.
After all, Harmon still spends much of his time in the "Boot Capital of Virginia," where the store moves several thousand pairs a year.
But his time as a car salesman preceded the launch of his retail boot business and other clothing outlets by about 15 years.


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