Tango, as he is better known, is amongst five distinguished nationals of St. Kitts, who will be honoured by the Sandy Point Benevolent Society (SPBS), during a Gala, slated to be held on Saturday 30th August, 2014 at the prestigious Maestros Banquet Hall in the Bronx, New York. The event is being held under the patronage of Kenrick Clifton and his wife.
For the past four years, the SPBS, a not for profit, people focused organization, has honoured citizens at home and abroad who epitomize unadulterated excellence in the work they do for the advancement of others, said a statement from the group.
Tango is considered a self-made success story and one of Sandy Point and the federation’s greatest philanthropists. He is idolized by many for his success in various business initiatives, yet he asserts that shoe-making and repair, which he no longer provides as a service to patrons, brought him the most delight as he was able to “design and create unique items that patrons grew to appreciate.” Believing shoe making to be among his unique gifts, Tango confidently states, “I can watch any shoe and make it and that brings me the greatest delight possible.”
It was from 1974 that Tango started to use condemned rubber and materials from bags, shoes and the like to make shoes. Tango recalls that people would bring old Bible pouches and other items and would ask him to make new ones. His greatest reward came when his customers expressed pleasure in his products, returning faithfully for him to make more items
In quick time it was apparent that the demand for Tango’s shoes and leather expertise had heightened and the income from his part-time job was generating more income than his full time job. The blossoming entrepreneur took a leap of faith and became owner of a fully registered shoe making and repair business located on Station Street in Sandy Point.
In 1983, Tango expanded his initiative and opened Tango’s Daily Supply (TDS) on the corner of Manchester and Station Streets in Sandy Point where he sold clothing and household items. Adjoining the store was a section that remained devoted to shoe making and repair. As sales and the demand for other items increased, Tango relocated Tango’s Daily Supply to his building on the Main Road facing Manchester Street
In addition to the items supplied at the smaller store, TDS also provided bicycles and their spare parts, stoves, refrigerators, radios, televisions among other highly demanded merchandise. Not long after, another Tango’s Daily Supply was opened in Basseterre on the Corner of Westbourne Ghaut and Central Street. The Basseterre branch offered the same items as the Sandy Point Store.
One of Tango’s most successful business ventures has been the St. Kitts Auto Services. The initial location was in Sandy Point adjacent to B’s Service Station. The steady demand for products from patrons residing outside of Sandy Point was the impetus for relocating the Auto Services store to Adlam Street, Basseterre in 1997. By June, 2010, the fast growing business was relocated to Tango’s own building at the Corner of Fort Thomas Road and Westbourne Ghaut. Tango’s St. Kitts Auto Services revolutionized used tyres sales in the island as Tango was the first to introduce used tyres in the federation in such quantities
Tango’s generosity, love of community in conjunction with his dedication to his children and their education, earned him various prestigious awards including one from the Sandy Point High School in 1998 and Sandy Point Primary School in 2008 for his commitment, generosity and civic-mindedness.
The Sandy Point Benevolent Society is saluting Robelto “Tango” Glasgow with its Distinguished Service/ Alumni Award for his extensive contribution to the advancement of his fellowmen, across a broad section of our nation. Tango’s name will be rightfully etched in the annals of the federation’s history books for his selflessness, love of country and compassion for others, said the SPBS.