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Be part of our #MIRetailSpotlight

Become a #MIRetailSpotlight where we feature your stores and your stories all while encouraging shoppers to keep their money local and Buy Nearby. The application process is simple: complete the information at this link and send a quality photo to MRA's Rachel…

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In their own words: Hastings Ace Hardware

When you think of a family- and community-focused business, Hastings Ace Hardware would vie for top honors. Parents of current owner, Jerry Bolthouse, can prove it. Gerald and Anna Bolthouse had 13 children, 37 grandchildren and 62 great-grandchildren. The business…

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Buy Nearby Toolkit

What are you searching for? SOCIAL MEDIA | POSTER & COLORING BOOK | ORDER MATERIALS SOCIAL MEDIA Size: 851 x 315 pixels [DOWNLOAD FOR FACEBOOK] Size: 851 x 315 pixels [DOWNLOAD FOR FACEBOOK] Size: 851 x 315 pixels [DOWNLOAD FOR…

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Buy Nearby: 6 ideas to encourage a shop-local culture

Retailers are always looking for new ways to keep customers coming back and nurture those consumers who believe in shopping locally. Aside from participating in MRA’s Buy Nearby program, we’re here to help you brainstorm. Here are some ideas to…

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In her own words: Bridge Street Baby

Raeann Rouse, owner of Bridge Street Baby, grew up in the retail world. Her parents both owned businesses. Her mother has owned JT Stitchery (also an MRA member) for 30 years, a yarn shop, right next door in downtown Rockford.…

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Buy Nearby Weekend 2019 winners announced

Congratulations to the five lucky shoppers who have won $100 gift cards by entering our Buy Nearby Weekend contest! They were chosen from all those who entered this past weekend, Oct. 4-6, by posting a shopping photo with the #buynearbymi…

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