Robinette’s came under fire in September 2020 when a polarizing political figure paid a visit to the beloved family business.

Cancelled! How to survive when your business is a target

MRA Member Karey Robinette offers tips on surviving a social media firestorm


Imagine this scenario. You are the owner of a successful business that many consider to be a much-loved institution and a destination.

Hiring Summertime Help?

hiring summer help

How to keep younger workers safe throughout the season


Summertime brings on unique hazards, tips on minimizing seasonal workers’ compensation claims.

Summertime hiring season is upon us!

MRA reports retail sales continue to soar with strong March numbers

Current outlook, March sales

Michigan Retailers Association today reports another large increase in retail sales in March, reflecting a fourth consecutive month of positive sales for the state.

The March Retail Index survey came in at 92.4,

Legally Speaking: Protecting consumers and maintaining your customer base

Thomas Clement MRA General Counsel

By TOM CLEMENT, MRA General Counsel

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. The sun emerges, warm weather activities are on the horizon and the feeling of a fresh start generates a positive and optimistic attitude.

Planning, strategy help family-owned furniture business thrive amid pandemic


The Vermeulens have been in the furniture business for three generations. While there’s no question the pandemic has been challenging, the past year has been one of the company’s most successful — even with being forced to shut down their stores for two months last spring.

News From The Capitol: Lighter version of normal

Amy Drumm, Vice President of Government Affairs for Michigan Retailers Association

By AMY DRUMM, MRA Vice President, Government Affairs

We are weeks away from the first 100 days since the start of the new legislative session. While the general public hears a lot about politics during an election season,

In Her Own Words: Ball Park Floral & Gifts’ Jennifer Stehouwer

The corner of Fulton St. W. and Valley Ave. N.W. has been the home of Ball Park Floral & Gifts in Grand Rapids for over a century. Always locally owned and operated,