Have you bought local lately?

By Kathy Holcomb


Two events will bring thousands across the country to support local businesses this week: The Michigan Retailers Association’s “Buy Nearby Weekend” from Oct. 4 to 6 and “American Craft Week” from Oct. 4 to 13. According to the Michigan Retailers Association, if Michigan shoppers switched only one in 10 purchases to local stores, Michigan would gain $1.2 billion in increased economic activity, 10,600 new jobs and $350 million in increased income.

For American Craft Week, we will have a variety of artist demonstrations and special exhibitions. Your dollars can make a difference, whether the purchase is a simple card or a one-of-a-kind handmade artisan gift. At Absolute Gallery, we pride ourselves in stocking local artists and goods straight out of the Lansing community and beyond. We’ve been doing so for more than 15 years. For more information on “Buy Nearby Weekend,” visit

Absolute Gallery

307 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Lansing



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