Reviewing the Major Issues from the 2018 General Assembly Session

The General Assembly adjourned Sine Die on Saturday, March 10th. As you will see from our wrap-up report (vrf.com) it was a very successful session for the Retail Industry. We defeated all bills that would have a negative impact on our members and had several bills pass that would be beneficial to our members. Below… [Read More]

Join Us for 2018’s Retailer of the Year

Retailer of the Year awards recognize the best retail-related businesses in Hampton Roads. The awards have been conducted since 2008 when Rowena’s was first awarded the title of Overall Retailer of the Year. Throughout the years, we’ve had some very deserving winners in every category and city throughout the region. To view previous winners, click… [Read More]

Vote for your favorite LOVEVA!

Who will be our LOVEVA business of the year? Vote now for your favorites! Create your own user feedback survey

Pace Bikeshare Launches in Norfolk (and we’ll have our own bike rack soon!)

Retail Alliance and Be A Local LOVEVA are excited to join the bike share movement in Norfolk (our HQ).  Pace, the new dockless bike share service powered by Zagster, allows users to rent and return bikes with their smartphones at any public or Pace bike rack. Bikes are now available! To find one near you, simply download… [Read More]

Thank you to Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy

In response to The Virginian-Pilot’s praise of Farm Fresh in their editorial pages, we wrote a response with thanks given to two Farm Fresh personnel in particular, Michelle Ellis-Young and Randall Benjamin. Read the letter below or at the following link on the Pilot’s website, https://pilotonline.com/opinion/letters/article_43477eb4-2d53-11e8-9a09-c7ef1b8f45bf.html Retail Alliance, the Hampton Roads regional retail trade association,… [Read More]

Retail Alliance Board – New Officers and Directors

Hampton Roads’ Retail Alliance board elected new officers, four new board members, and re-elected directors. The 2018-2019 officers are: Joe Taylor (Taylor’s Do It Center), Chairman of the Board Ben Willis, III (Willis Furniture), Immediate Past Chairman of the Board Pam Katrancha (Garden Gazebo/Hickory Farms), Vice Chairperson of the Board Ray Mattes (Retail Alliance), President/CEO Beth… [Read More]

Vote for your favorite restaurant, retail or service business in Hampton Roads!

Retailer of the Year Awards 2018 nominations are open! It’s important in every community to support one another so please nominate a fellow retailer, restaurant, or service business at the link below. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ROTY18NOMS You can nominate up to 3 different businesses at a time and even save a nomination for your own business; we don’t… [Read More]

How did local retailers fare during holiday season?

NRF released holiday sales figures on January 12, 2018 with holiday sales rising to $691.9 billion in November and December, marking a 5.5 percent increase from the year before. The NRF had forecast holiday spending growth of 3.6 percent to 4 percent. They attributed this to growing wages, stronger employment and higher confidence, leading consumers… [Read More]

Locals Rewarded for Being Loyal to Local

Three local consumers have proven their loyalty to buying local this holiday season, each winning a $100 gift voucher to a local LOVEVA business of their choice in the ‘Shift Your Shopping’ competition. Alice Gay Jenney of Virginia Beach, David Wolfe of Norfolk and Judith Joynes of Hampton were the three winners randomly selected on… [Read More]

Legislative Update: 2018 General Assembly Session

It is time to start gearing up for the 2018 General Assembly Session which begins January 10, 2018. This year is a long session lasting 60 days. Your VRF team will be at the Capitol every day during this time period representing the voice of retail in Virginia. In 2018 we expect to encounter many… [Read More]