Retailers Gather in Lansing

Retailers and legislators gathered in Lansing in late April for Capitol Day and MRA’s annual Legislative Reception.

MI Senator Rick Outman


To begin the day, Retail Ambassadors and board members met with their local representatives and senators to discuss issues affecting their stores and how to come together to assist the retail industry.

Bo Brines and Julia Kepler talk inside the state capitol.


Following Capitol Day meetings, the ambassadors, legislators, retailers, sponsors, and MRA Board of Directors gathered at Dykema Law Firm for further conversations, drinks, and appetizers.

Thank you to our Legislative Reception Sponsors, and to Busch’s Fresh Food Market for preparing the delicious spread of fresh fruits, cheeses, meats, and desserts.

MRA’s Andrea Bitely guides retail ambassadors around the capitol.

Retail ambassadors discuss business in Senator Rick Outman’s office.

Jim Goshman and Jim Lilly of SpartanNash converse with Arianna Meinke, one of MRA’s retail ambassadors.