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Everything You Need for Buy Nearby Weekend

Buy Nearby Weekend, the annual celebration of retailers across Michigan will take place on Oct. 6-8! Make sure you have everything you need to encourage shoppers to stop in and shop ‘til they drop.

Request a Free Packet of Buy Nearby Materials

Michigan Retailers Association is once again offering free packets of Buy Nearby materials to help promote the annual weekend in your store.

What’s included:

Request a Packet

Packets will be mailed in late-September. Deadline to order: Sept. 24.

BNB Coloring Page
Buy Nearby Guy’s Birthday Coloring Page

NEW for 2023: Coloring Contest

We’re excited to announce a new contest this year! Send in the colored photo of Buy Nearby Guy and his cake to, with the completed information:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Contact information: Email or Phone Number 

Following Buy Nearby Weekend, on Oct. 9, public voting on the images will take place on social media and by MRA member eNews. The contest will be broken down by age-range:

  • Ages 0-3
  • Ages 4-6
  • Ages 7-9
  • Ages 10-12
  • Ages 13 and up

The image with the most votes in each category will win a spot in the December 2023/January 2024 issue of the Michigan Retailer magazine.

Download the Coloring Page  |  Full Contest Rules

Get a Spot on the MRA Members Participating in Buy Nearby Map

Member Perk: MRA members that request packets will be added to the Participating in Buy Nearby Map located on the Buy Nearby website. This map will be used to encourage shoppers to visit the MRA members stores before, during, and after Buy Nearby Weekend.

NEW Member Perk: MRA members participating in Buy Nearby Weekend will also be added into a random drawing for a $50 gift card. A winner will be selected on Oct. 9, and announced on social media after notification.

To join MRA and find yourself on the map (and in the random gift card drawing), after requesting a packet, visit

Join the Facebook and LinkedIn Buy Nearby Weekend Events

  • Post your Buy Nearby Weekend specials/promotions
  • Invite your loyal shoppers
  • Share the event on your social pages to spread the news 

Facebook Event  |  LinkedIn Event

Download Materials

Downloadable materials and images have been compiled in a media kit to promote Buy Nearby Weekend on your social media, website, eNews, etc.

Michigan Retailers Association is expecting updated Economic Impact statistics, in mid-August, and they will be added to the Media Kit when available. Data will be gathered from Public Sector Consultants, based in Lansing.

Download Images

Donate: Help Buy Nearby’s Legacy Continue

We wouldn’t be able to celebrate without you! Please consider donating to the campaign and help the Buy Nearby program continue forward. Your generous contribution will help future retailers have access to free materials and information to encourage their shoppers to #buynearbymi.

Donate Online 

If you prefer to make a donation by mail, please mail a check to: 

Attn. Buy Nearby Campaign
603 S. Washington Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

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