Thomas Clement MRA General Counsel
Thomas Clement, General Counsel, Michigan Retailers Association

Legally Speaking: Protecting consumers and maintaining your customer base

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,

MRA reports February retail sales rise again after positive December and January numbers

Michigan retailers reported a large jump in February sales over January, now reporting three months of positive growth since slower sales in November.

The February Retail Index survey came in at 71.0,