Robynn Nussbaum put her heart, soul and NCR pads into The Shoe Lounge. It was a small, yet elegant, haute couture footwear and accessory store she opened last November at Del Rayo Plaza across from Fairbanks Country Club.
An avid tri-athlete and marathon runner with three young children and four step-children, the 44-year-old Rancho Santa Fe resident had a passion for shoes. She dreamed for years of opening an upscale shoe outlet where local women could shop for the latest fashion footwear.
But the nurturing Nussbaum first wanted to raise her children through their early years. She wanted to make sure they had a mother’s guidance before embarking on their journey through school and life.
Nussbaum had a serious stumbling block, as well, on her own journey toward her field of dreams. She suffered a rare, serious, and painful form of cancer that struck quite suddenly and surprisingly.