Buy Nearby Weekend

Downtown Midland businesses will celebrate Buy Nearby Weekend October 4-6! Enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card by posting a photo to social media while shopping local with the #buynearbymi hashtag.

It’s all part of the Michigan Retailers Association’s (MRA) year-round Buy Nearby campaign that encourages shoppers to support their communities by spending their dollars locally.

Michiganders send $18.5 billion annually to out-of-state retailers! Keeping those sales in Michigan would give a big boost to our communities.

Participating Downtown Businesses Include:

Dive & GlideCome to Dive & Glide for #BuyNearby! We’ll have BOGO FREE Try Scuba Gift Certificates! Make it a Family Affair! Ages 10+ invited!
Imagine ThatDon’t miss Buy Nearby at Imagine That! We’ll have a drawing for a $25 gift certificate and our unbeatable selection of great affordable art
Ways to WellnessBuy Nearby at Ways To Wellness! Learn about controlling pain with mindfulness and so much more for overall well-being
Gift of HopeNEW Fall color added to our Be Bold Earring Collection!
Pizza Sam’sPizza Sam’s a tradition since 1960. Come with family & friends to enjoy pizza, subs, salads, beer & wine in a relaxing atmosphere. Ask about our Buy Nearby Special!
Little ForksJoin Little Forks Outfitters for a great Buy Nearby weekend. We have it all for the great outdoors!
Serendipity RoadStop by Serendipity Road and see what’s new!
Heather ‘n HollyStop into Heather ‘n Holly for Buy Nearby! We’ll have specials, samples and you can enter for a chance to win a gift card or a gift basket filled with sweets!

Enter the Buy Nearby contest

Many stores will offer special promotions as a thank you to supportive customers. As an extra incentive to buy nearby, one shopper will win a $100 gift card. All you need to do is take a selfie shopping at a local store or a photo of your purchase during the weekend; post it to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #buynearbymi and you’re automatically entered. The winner will be chosen the following week in a random drawing. (Must be 18 or older to win; be sure your post is “public”).

Independent research found that the state economy would grow by more than $1.2 billion and nearly 10,600 new jobs would be created if residents switched just one in 10 purchases from an online seller to a Michigan retailer.

“Just a modest change in shopping habits can have a huge impact on Michigan’s economy,” said William J. Hallan, incoming President and CEO of MRA. “Our Buy Nearby campaign encourages people to be intentional about their purchasing patterns. Keep your money in the Mitten!”

With 116,000 stores, Michigan’s retail industry employs about 877,000 workers and pays $21.6 billion in wages each year. That’s the direct impact. Indirectly, retailers purchase goods and services, such as cleaning services, security staff, accountants and more. And their employees spend money as well.

Additional information about the Buy Nearby campaign is available at and You also can follow the campaign on Twitter @buynearbymi and on Instagram @mibuynearby.

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