Mad Cow Custom Leather - home grown local

Mad Cow Custom Leather makes Downtown Pontiac it's home after being headquartered across two counties. The growth spurt happened as Jay Burgher, proud Mad Cow Custom Leather, began acquiring small leather businesses to add to his own endeavor to better serve his customers and increase his product offerings. Mad Cow Custom Leather is known for their custom bike leather outfittings which some of us may be itching to re-do our motorcycles. Others of us may be in need of that new wallet, purse or belt. Every product made by Mad Cow Custom Leather is made locally here in Michigan, and most likely made right here in Pontiac! Shopping and supporting Mad Cow Custom Leather is the true essence of "Shop Local"!

Walking into Mad Cow Custom Leather you see the craftsmanship in the belts and wallets, as well as the passion for creating leather accessories for motorcycles. Peeking in through the windows of the shop you can see what they do, but walking in brings light to what a variety of products they have to sell.

As hosts for "Shop Pontiac - Network with the Neighbors" event many neighbors from the business district as well as the outlying home residents got to meet with Jay and tour his facility which includes a front retail space and back custom design space where the leather goods are made. Everyone who received the tour was impressed with just how many offerings there were, and walked out with at least a wallet or belt, although I'm sure some were eyeing accessories for a bike hidden in the garage ready for summer riding.

One of the shops incredible stories is their use of utilizing not only local talent but a labor force with a heart. The Mad Cow Custom Leather team includes craftsmen who work on the custom work, however, most of their products are accessories made of leather for bikes and personal apparel. Everyone who met jay at the "Shop Pontiac - Network with the Neighbors" event got to hear some incredible passion for how Mr. Burgher desires to employ those that many would consider unemployable either because of a disability or past history. That is when you realize the heart that goes into not only each custom piece but also each leather craft-kit. As an outreach program, Mad Cow Custom Leather provides leather craft kids for both elderly and school-aged children to work on assembling their own crafts to help promote creativity and activity.

The community was glad to welcome Mad Cow Custom Leather over a year and a half ago as he became an active participant in bringing back vitality to Downtown and working with last year's Woodward Dream Cruise in Pontiac. You are sure to see some of his work being pulled out of your neighbors back pocket, or riding down Woodward, Telegraph, or Huron in the next few warm days.

To find out more about Mad Cow Custom Leather visit them at 87 N. Saginaw Street and SHOP LOCAL in Downtown Pontiac. You can call them at (248) 253-0039 or visit them online at

Shop Pontiac - Networking with the Neighbors

"Shop Pontiac - Networking with the Neighbors" is a program of Main Street Pontiac (formerly the Pontiac Downtown Business Association). Shop Pontiac celebrates the growing thirty-three retail businesses in the shopping district.

Join us in two weeks for our next "Shop Pontiac - Networking with the Neighbors" event as we visit Saginaw Street Consignments on April 12th. After that Smash Hit Kickboxing will be our host on Tuesday, April 26.

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