Archives for 2015

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]

Member Spotlight: bottleBOX in Norfolk – craft beer to-go

“With a combined passion for craft beer and experience with business start-ups and the retail and bar industries, we decided we were the perfect team to bring the best craft beer retail experience to Norfolk,” says Stephanie Weil, owner of bottleBox, or as many know her, ‘Fanie.’ bottleBOX was established in November, 2014. They offer… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Wild Birds Unlimited Williamsburg

So many folks find joy in feeding the songbirds that visit their yards, and the owners of Wild Birds Unlimited in Williamsburg are happy to help accommodate them. Wild Birds Unlimited Williamsburg is a hobby store, a nature store, a gift shop, a local information resource and a gathering place. And now it’s a family… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Escape Room Virginia Beach

There are plenty of places to find entertainment in Hampton Roads, but Escape Room has come up with something a little different and unique. It’s a concept that brings together entertainment, interaction and fun in a way that challenges people to observe surroundings, search for clues and solve complex puzzles to find that special item… [Read More]

“Read the Street” Your 7 Seconds to Impress by Margie Johnson, Retail Consultant, Shop Talk

Think of a time recently when you were “strolling along a downtown” or “in a mall” and suddenly felt yourself being “pulled” toward a specific retail store or restaurant. Do you remember what got your attention? Was it the storefront colors, store signage, an attractive store window display, some action or movement that caught your… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: The Mermaids’ Porch Bed & Breakfast

Located in a lovely Queen Anne Victorian home built in 1898, The Mermaids’ Porch Bed and Breakfast in Portsmouth is quickly becoming the traveler’s home away from home. Dawn Richardson’s vision is for the bed and breakfast to “feel like you’re visiting your favorite aunt. You’ll immediately feel comfortable, slightly spoiled, but not intruded upon,”… [Read More]

Legislative Forum Re-cap

During the month of September we held two Legislative Forums for our members. We had a panel of Hampton Roads Senators at one forum and a panel of Hampton Roads Delegates at the other. Our legislative participants included Senator Alexander, Senator Cosgrove, Senator Wagner, Delegate Davis, Delegate Lindsey, Delegate Taylor, and Delegate Villanueva. We are… [Read More]

Ray’s Corner Post: Multitasking vs Task Switching

As business owners and managers, we find ourselves taking on multiple responsibilities. I know from personal experience that my mind is not wired to focus on multiple things at one time. In fact, while writing this article, I have had to politely send several people away until I’m finished. With limited time, multi-tasking is something… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Meow Manor

Owner Angela Lang sits on the floor with a tabby cat curled in her lap. “Do I have the best job, or what?” she says and promptly snaps a picture to post on Facebook. This is one of the many perks of owning her unique business, The Meow Manor, a cats-only boarding facility. Other perks… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Fairfield Flowers

Charlene Wesseler smiles each time she turns the key in the door to open her store, Fairfield Flowers. After spending nearly twenty years as a District and Operations Manager, she knew it was time to go into business for herself. She was already a woman doing it all: holding down a full time job, raising… [Read More]