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LOVEVA Update: 2016 Year End Wrap-up

Happy New Year y’all! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season. 2016 was a great year for us and we’re looking for 2017 to be even better. As you may know from the last Retail Angles, we’ve grown usage by over 200 percent which is a pretty big deal! We averaged more than 500… [Read More]

Shift Your Shopping – Buy local first throughout the holidays and win!

Retail Alliance’s Be A Local LOVEVA program features a downloadable app and rewards shoppers for buying local in Hampton Roads.  Since its launch in 2014, the LOVEVA app has helped change the landscape for our region’s independent retailers. What started as a grassroots campaign, the program has grown to include hundreds of retailers and serve… [Read More]

LOVEVA Update Mar/Apr 2016

As we close out winter, we are busy planning many activities and community outreach opportunities for the spring and summer months. Here’s a brief update on some of the projects underway: Contest In the true spirit of giving, we held The Love Local Valentine’s Day contest, whereby LOVEVAs were asked to like, share, and tag… [Read More]

Vote for your favorite LOVEVA business!

Voting Open NOW This year we’re honoring the best LOVEVA business as chosen by YOU! The Local Voice LOVEVA Award is for the business you consider the best in Hampton Roads. It is open to all businesses in the LOVEVA app. Cast your vote for your three favorite LOVEVA businesses from now until May 10th!… [Read More]

LOVEVA Update: 2016 Plan & New Sweetheart LOVEVA level

Happy New Year LOVEVAs! We sure hope you’ve had a fabulous holiday season. We are excited to share some big news with you regarding LOVEVA modifications for 2016. These changes will help improve the LOVEVA package overall and create a more stable and expanding local first program. We understand it’s a chicken or the egg… [Read More]

LOVEVA – Wrapping Up Our First Year

We’ve come a long way in our first year, with many LOVEVA accomplishments and milestones to celebrate. We would like to share some of these achievements with you. We have over 6,500 Love-vahs now using the app and we’ve had over 20,000 transactions since last October! We’re so excited that people have downloaded the app… [Read More]

Support your local businesses and community today!

Support your local businesses and community today by downloading the LOVEVA app. LOVEVA is the app that loves you back. By shopping at local retailers, you not only put money back into our local economy, but you earn get rewarded for it too! Earn hearts for every purchase at any participating retailer. Earn 10 hearts… [Read More]

LOVEVA advertising now available for the holiday season

Our second round of LOVEVA advertising commences at the end of October 2015 and runs through to December 24, 2015, during the busiest season in retail. We are providing a rare opportunity to be involved in advertising your business on TV and digital at a very affordable rate, while also advocating for the buy local… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: The Bakehouse at Chelsea

It’s always been about the bread. Bread is the center of this institution; it’s the leader of the band. With a large custom-built wood-fired brick oven as the heart of the operation, John McCormick set out to make good bread. “Bread is thousands of years old, so there’s no mystery there, right?” Not exactly. Bread… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Bob Harper Photography

  After retiring from the corporate world, Bob Harper decided to pursue something he’d always been passionate about: photography. A self-described “enthusiastic photographer”, Bob has discovered that in owning his own business, “the satisfaction in knowing that success is directly attributable to the decisions I make and the policies I implement,” make it all worthwhile…. [Read More]