Jim’s House of Shoes, one of Pittsfield’s oldest family retail-establishments, is observing its 70th anniversary as a business, which includes the last 40 years at its current location on North Street.

Originally founded as a department store on Woodlawn Avenue, Jim’s became solely a shoe store after moving to North Street in 1967. Store owner Mark Abecassis is the son-in-law of one of Jim’s two original partners.