Integrating their love of shoes with a desire to service the Holland area, brothers Matt and James Borr opened Borr’s Bootery in 1923 on River Avenue in downtown Holland. A popular local store for men and women, Borr’s took pride in helping every customer who walked through the door find the right pair of shoes. In 1979, Borr’s opened an additional store in downtown Grand Haven. Cathy Tubbergen began working at that location in 1981. Today, Cathy and her business partner, Sharon Behm, operate the two stores with the same genuine interest and service to customers that made Borr’s thrive in West Michigan for over 90 years.
According to co-owner Cathy, the employees of Borr’s Shoes & Accessories are not just staff, they are “family.” A family of warm, caring individuals who live and work in the communities they serve. Cathy says, “They all share a common goal of turning each customer into a lifelong client.”
Carrying a wide assortment of styles and sizes from leading brand names, the selection at Borr’s is impressive. You’ll find footwear brands such as Birkenstock, Born, Clarks, Cushe, New Balance, Sperry, Teva, and UGG Australia. You’ll also find an array of fashionable and functional accessories, including sunglasses, socks, handbags, and jewelry. Borr’s service-oriented sales staff offers extensive product knowledge and professional fitting. “We want people to ask our customers where they purchased their shoes and we want our customers to recommend us to others for our great selection and service. Now that, you can’t get on the web!, remarks Cathy.
Borr’s also believes in giving back to the communities they serve. They not only donate to several local charities, they participate in events such as 321Shop and Shop for a Cause. They also hold shoe shows to benefit North Ottawa County Community Hospital and Zeeland Spectrum Hospital.
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