Member Spotlight: Adele Diamond

Chris Lyons is the first to admit, the jewelry industry is a difficult one to break into. Two years of groundwork, including a six-month process to get their online store running, transpired before Adele Diamond opened their retail location in Hilltop Shopping Center in Virginia Beach. Initially, Chris says, “We were hesitant to jump in… [Read More]

Purchase tickets for Retailer of the Year Awards Gala now!

The Retailer of the Year Awards Ceremony and Gala Event will be held on May 19, 2016 at The American Theatre, Hampton. Eric Worden of 102.1 The Tide will be the emcee, MOMO’s Catering will be serving fabulous heavy hors d’oeuvres and guests will enjoy live entertainment throughout the evening with cash bar. Don’t miss… [Read More]

Misleading Sales Tactics For EMV Equipment

As we’ve communicated previously, the major credit card companies are rolling out a new kind of credit card, called a “chip” card for short, and officially known as an EMV card. While these cards are an excellent way to protect yourself as a merchant, and your consumers against fraud, there are a few things to… [Read More]

Protecting Your Business

The Virginia Retail Loss Prevention Task Force met in May with guest speaker Charlotte Purkey with the Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. She shared some information on when they prosecute, procedures and how businesses can help. The Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney’s Office (CWA) handles general prosecution and special crimes teams that includes property and firearms cases; cases… [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]

Congratulations to our 2015 Retailer of the Year “Lifetime Achievement Award Winner”!

There’s an interesting thing that happens when you’re sitting in a room with three brothers who have been in the same family business together for nearly three decades. They finish each other’s sentences; they answer for one another and rephrase each other’s thoughts. They are all on the same page, but being different people, they… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Lorak Jewelry & Gifts

Anna Akers says that it would be easier to list the things she didn’t find challenging about starting her own business than listing the challenges. With her Fine Arts background, she says, “My business skills were, can we say, lacking? But with the help of family and friends, I found my way.” Anna started her… [Read More]

Writing on Santa’s Behalf

What’s it like to play Santa? We’re not talking about putting on the red velvet suit and white beard, this is sweeter and maybe a bit more meaningful. Parents still encourage their children to write to Santa at the North Pole and the United States Postal Service diligently handles each letter. Instead of stamping them… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Which Wich Superior Sandwiches Williamsburg

Which Wich has two goals: to make a better sandwich and to make the world a better place. They are succeeding one sandwich at a time with their independently owned franchises, totaling 300 at this writing. Which Wich has opened in Williamsburg and they are hoping to conquer cravings in this location. They specialize in… [Read More]