Archives for August 2013

Local Business Leader Joins Retail Alliance

Retail Alliance today announced the appointment of local business advisor and industry expert Chris Davidson to the role of Regional Membership Development Manager. “Chris will lead the Retail Alliance membership teams on the Southside and Peninsula, with the aim of advancing our mission to help retailers succeed through education, advocacy and other benefits,” said Ray… [Read More]

How the development of an outlet mall may impact existing independent and national retailers in the Hampton Roads region

With news of the proposed outlet mall project in Norfolk breaking recently, we’ve taken a look at the impact it may have on the local retail community in the immediate surrounding area and the wider Hampton Roads region. As many of you have probably seen, the City of Norfolk is in negotiations with Simon Property… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: CarLotz

Website: 1. When was your business established? April 1, 2011. We opened our first store June 1, 2011. 2. How many locations do you operate? 11944 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113 8406 W Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23294 1447 S Military Highway, Chesapeake, VA 23320 3. Describe your business and the services you provide… [Read More]

Listening to the Voice of Experience

   by Sandra, J. Pennecke and originally published in Inside Business as part of the Cox Business Small Business Navigation Program ( For Alison Dodson Anderson, the progression to add an online store to her brick-and-mortar shop was a natural one  in time. Dodson Anderson opened A. Dodson’s at 2948 Bridge Road in Suffolk, just two… [Read More]

You Can Never Lose a Good Thing

Throughout her many years in business, Lena Goodman is keeping it “All in the Family” After over sixty years of involvement in our local retail community, Lena Goodman has met a lot of people and as she puts it, “I have yet to meet a stranger.” Recently, during a meeting about Goodman & Sons Jewelers… [Read More]

On-Board Interview with Tim Wright, Simply Unique Jewelers

1. How did you first become involved in Retail Alliance? I became a member of Retail Alliance when Joyce Smith came into our store and very enthusiastically explained the benefits of the Alliance. Me being a bench jeweler all of my life, I only knew what I picked up as a jeweler about how to run… [Read More]

Cuccinelli Outlines His Vision For Virginia

Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s Attorney General and Republican candidate for the upcoming Virginia Gubernatorial election, met with Retail Alliance members on July 8, 2013. Cuccinelli presented an overview of what he has accomplished for Virginia, thus far, and his future goals for Virginia if elected this coming November. Our members were also given the opportunity to… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Jamocha Joe’s

May the fourth be with you! I’m sure Javiar and Danielle Avery heard this line a few times on the day they opened the doors to Jamocha Joe’s this year. Located in downtown Hampton, they opened up Jamocha Joes Coffee & Panini in the line of shops adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel… [Read More]

Are you Prepared for Disaster?

Author: Ray Mattes, President/CEO, Retail Alliance During June’s Loss Prevention Task Force luncheon we hosted Scott Mahone, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Norfolk. Scott’s presentation focused on organizational preparation in the event of a hurricane. Obviously hurricane season is upon us, with August and September the predicted months that hurricanes hit Hampton… [Read More]