Member Spotlight: Westside Produce & Provisions

As you enter the doors of Westside Produce & Provisions, at 5015 Colley Avenue in Norfolk, you are typically greeted with a “Hello!” and a warm smile by the owners, Gordon Holley and his brother, James. This charming shop of “fresh foods from local producers” is chock full of seasonal produce grown within 100 miles… [Read More]

Meet Yolanda, our 2016 Overall Retailer of the Year!

Meet Yolanda and her team at their Gloucester store and see why they won Retail Alliance’s Overall Retailer of the Year Award for 2016. Click on the image below to view the video in YouTube.    

Member Spotlight: Epic Made

Every day, businesses live amazing stories through their life’s work. Elated customers and thriving local and global communities are the proof. Carl Cleanthes believes that those authentic stories deserve to be shared with the world around us in the most amazing way. That is the primary focus of his design studio, Epic Made. Started in… [Read More]

Ray’s Corner Post: Molding the Future Generation

I would like to share a couple of thoughts when looking to hire holiday help, particularly the hiring of teenagers. Hiring teenagers provides an incredible work experience for our youth. It teaches responsibility, accountability and work-life balance. I know as a youth I had a morning paper route for four years, worked at the Riverview… [Read More]

Ray’s Corner Post: Developing a Sound Retail Financial Plan

Let’s discuss the development and role of a sound “financial plan” when preparing to launch a successful retail operation. First off, the financial plan is incorporated in the business plan, the financial plan should provide facts and figures showing how fast the business is expected to grow and how that growth will be funded. Keep… [Read More]

Retailer of the Year 2016 Winners Announced!

Retail Alliance announced the winners for this year’s Retailer of the Year Awards (ROTYs) at a masquerade themed awards celebration on Thursday night at The American Theatre in Phoebus. Check out the photo gallery linked below: Gloucester-based, small business, Yolanda’s, received the overall winner’s award. They were selected from 92 nominees from across the Greater… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Tastebuds Popcorn

Patricia Henry and Sophie Young opened Tastebuds Popcorn nineteen months ago (on 9/26/2014 to be exact!) and haven’t looked back since. They love being their own boss and being able to make decisions without going through five or six people for approval. Both had worked in the Quick Service Industry (QSR) as District Managers previously… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Mermaid Factory

Not many businesses can say they got up and running in 10 weeks! Mermaid Factory successfully navigated the intricacies of commercial real estate and insurance, establishing a company, finding vendors, credit card processing, custom packaging, product production, furnishing and displays, advertising, website design, and more! In their own words, “It was a steep learning curve… [Read More]

Thank you to our ROTY sponsors!

The Retailer of the Year awards event could not be held without the generosity of our sponsors. Their contributions enable us to offer a complimentary admission ticket to all nominees, contribute to the cost of venue hire, audio visual, decorations, trophies and food. Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors! The Monarchy Lifetime Achievement Sponsor… [Read More]

5 Reasons Why State Advocacy Rocks

When people think of advocacy, they tend to think of efforts inside the Beltway. But if you want to get things done, you shouldn’t forget to include some action on the state level, say some experts. If you want proof, the 113th Congress passed 352 bills and resolutions, while the state legislatures passed more than… [Read More]