Shoe repairman returns to Grand Haven

After a 10-year absence, Salvatore Pirrotta's shoe repair business is back in Grand Haven.
Tribune Staff
Nov 4, 2011

 

Pirrotta opened his one-man shop, Broadway Shoe Service/Repair at 1097 Jackson Ave., in early October and has averaged about 15 customers a day. People come in with shoes that need new soles; boots with worn-down heels; and, here and there, someone seeking a better selection of shoe laces than the “big-box” stores offer, Pirrotta said.

Pirrotta figured that business in the Grand Haven area would reward a return from Muskegon Heights — his base of operations for the past 12 years. That’s because, even while he served customers in the Heights, Pirrotta said he enjoyed a steady stream of local clients who used Borr’s Shoes and Accessories, and Plantenga’s Cleaners as drop-off/pick-up points for repair jobs.

For awhile, he operated the Muskegon Heights store as well as a shop on Washington Avenue in downtown Grand Haven, but closed the latter in order to consolidate.

Pirrotta said he expects his Tri-Cities patrons to be a mix of young professionals and older clients who know the value of well-made, well-cared-for shoes — and will pay him to repair them. They will also appreciate his plentiful selection of polishes, laces, inserts and other products, he said.

Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For convenience, customers may drop off and pick up items at Plantenga’s Cleaners in Grand Haven and Spring Lake, and Borr’s Shoes and Accessories in Grand Haven.

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