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Holland's growing downtown attracts an eclectic mix of new businesses






Holland's two busiest tourist seasons, Tulip Time and summertime, are just around the corner and three local businesses have seized the opportunity to pack up their shops and relocate them to the city's eclectic, and growing, downtown.

The Bag Lady Purse Store & More packed its bags at its two locations on Waverly and on Lakewood and opened at 214 College Ave. on March 1. The store offers women's handbags for all occasions, jewelry, belts and scarves.

The Wellness Spa brought its own style of pain relief and stress reduction services to the River Professional Building at River Avenue and Tenth Street. Owner Evora Borr moved from 134th Avenue to provide facial and therapeutic massage, far infrared body reshaping, ion foot cleansing and nutritional counseling to the central shopping district earlier this month.

Premovation Audio Visual will host its grand opening on April 22 after relocating its "stereo"-typical man's world of electronics -- stereos, MP3 accessories, full home automation, televisions, desktop audio systems and more -- from Ottawa Beach Rd. to 37 East 8th St.

"We have more storefronts wanting to come downtown than we have space for," says Kara de Alvare, event coordinator from the Downtown Holland Principal Shopping District. "It's a great problem to have.

"It's nice to have the spas and shops that appeal to women, those stores do well here," she says.

"But with Premovation Audio Visual, we don't have anything like that downtown, so that's new and different and will perhaps have an appeal to male shoppers. These three new stores offer a nice mix of products and services."

Source: Kara de Alvare, Downtown Holland Principal Shopping District
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

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