In the 1950s Paas Bros. sold Briggs & Stratton engines at their shop here. In 1961 Dr. Jack Jordan, a Grand Haven dentist, bought the property while retaining the business name. He expanded the building, including an office and ships store. When Jordan died, the property went to his sons, Jeff, and James (Mitch). The sons presented Barber Street School to the Village as a gift, and that was when the building was moved to Exchange Street.
Eventually, Mitch became the sole owner of the business and ran the marina for several years, doing many improvements and renovations. In 2003, Mitch sold the marina to Chris Lisowicz (whom is also the owner of North Shore Marina). Being a team with North Shore Marina (who used to be a competitor) proved to be a valuable asset. Chris did many improvements through the next couple years including new docks, buildings, bathrooms and pool/pavilion.
Plans for the future include new floating docks, building renovations and more. Barrett’s has proven to be a vibrant and growing business and will continue to provide boaters with all their boating needs.