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Michigan Retailers Report Decrease in April Sales

Michigan Retailers Association today reports that April 2024 sales dropped slightly, landing at 42.5 on the 100-point Retail Index. The March 2024 Retail Indexes came in at 44.3.

The 100-point Index provides a snapshot of the state’s overall retail industry.

Michigan Retailers Report Stagnate Q1 Sales Numbers

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Michigan Retailers Association today reports that March 2024 sales again performed moderately, landing at 44.3 on the 100-point Retail Index. The January and February 2024 Retail Indexes came in at 48.0,

Shining the Spotlight: Munising

aerial view of downtown Munising

Whether you are coming from the east or the west, driving into Munising offers beautiful sights. From one direction: the roadside Alger Falls, and from the other, a picturesque view of Lake Superior’s Grand Island –

Swift Hardware Celebrates 155 Years Serving The Copper Country

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Swift Hardware in Houghton has been an essential part of the Upper Peninsula for 155 years. From its origins in Ishpeming to its current location on Sheldon Avenue in Houghton,

Explore MRA’s Suite of Savings

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Are you getting the most out of your MRA membership? Take a journey through this flowchart and ensure you’re up to speed on the suite of benefits.

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100-Foot Replica Mine Helps Make U.P. Jewelry Store One of The ‘Coolest’ in the U.S.

Tourists visiting Marquette make time to visit Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers, even if they aren’t planning to buy handcrafted rings, to walk through a full-scale replica mine.

By: Shandra Martinez

When Ron Wattsson bought a historic building in downtown Marquette for his jewelry store in 1987,

From the Archives: Mascot spreads Buy Nearby word

Michigan Retailer
October 2015
Vol. 40, No. 5

In an effort to spread the importance of Keeping Your Money in Michigan©, mascot Buy Nearby Guy and an entourage of MRA employees traveled from Detroit to Marquette,