Member Spotlight: Dream Vacations

Americans leave hundreds of millions of vacation days unused. Contrary to conventional wisdom, this can make employees less effective, not more so. Researcher Mark Rosekind of Alertness Solutions, a scientific consulting firm, conducted a study that found the benefits of a vacation can increase performance by 80%. “Employers should encourage their employees to take time… [Read More]

Interview with Center for Retail Excellence Facilitator, Tara Jones: Education is Key to Business Success

“The Center for Retail Excellence program has fueled me to believe in myself more. The training experience has already pushed me far beyond my original expected goals and to see the potential inside of me.” – Nina, Current Student “The one thing that I have found very valuable about the class training is learning about… [Read More]

Legislative Update Q3 2017

New Virginia Laws Effective July 1, 2017 Several new laws, which impact the retail industry, came out of the 2017 General Assembly Session. Most of these will go into effect July 1, 2017. Below is a list of new laws that impact our members. Sales Tax Nexus Storage of inventory in the Commonwealth of Virginia… [Read More]

Ray’s Corner Post: Our Hats Go Off To Our ROTY Winners!

Our tenth Retailer of the Year awards started off with a crash. A crash of thunder that is! Fortunately, the storm that passed through the Norfolk Botanical Garden was over before we had eaten our first hors d’oeuvre. The beautiful weather held throughout the cocktail hour and the gazebo was the perfect setting to view… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Colley Ave Copies & Graphics Norfolk

Colley Avenue Copies & Graphics (CACG), Inc. was founded in 1997 by Joaquin and Holly Chacon. They currently have one location located in Norfolk and provide high quality prints, posters, vinyl, banners, color and black and white printing, book binding, signage, and graphic design services to a variety of both small and large businesses. The… [Read More]

LOVEVA in the news!

We were fortunate to have CoVaBIZ Magazine interview us about our buy local program, LOVEVA, recently. The interview was published in their latest issue which we’re stoked about! Check it out here in PDF format or read the content below: CoVaBIZ Magazine June/July 2017 BEYOND THE BIZ By Ryan Miller Retail Alliance is connecting business… [Read More]

Winners for Retailer of the Year Announced!

Williamsburg-based, small business, BedCrafters by Michelle, received the Overall Retailer of the Year (ROTY) award at Retail Alliance’s ROTY awards event held on May 25. They were selected from 99 nominees from across the Greater Hampton Roads region. BedCrafters by Michelle was established in 1999 in Williamsburg, Virginia by Michelle Brumfield. They opened in Short… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Device Pitstop Newport News

As the saying goes, ‘everything old is new again.” These days, more and more businesses and consumers are conscious of the many benefits of recycling and going green. Paul Washington, a native Virginian and former Air Force man, was always one to spot trends and is using that talent to capitalize on his deep knowledge… [Read More]

W.T. Patrick & Sons Awarded 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

Surviving four generations is no small feat in business. Cary E. Patrick, owner of Patrick’s Hardware and Patrick’s Glass in Hampton, knows firsthand what it’s taken to get where they are today. “My grandfather, W.T. Patrick, was a tough, but fair, businessman. His mantra of “treat your customers as family” has been a simple lesson… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Salon @31st Day Spa & Salon Virginia Beach

Kim Torsiello is the new business owner of Salon @ 31st Day Spa & Salon, but far from new to the concept of operating a business. Before immigrating from Vietnam to the United States, her family operated a sugar farm and a yogurt dessert shop. Kim’s involvement in the family business sparked her interest in… [Read More]