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 ( 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]

Retail Alliance Announces 2018 Retailer of the Year Winners

Curvaceous Boutique in Norfolk wins Overall Retailer of the Year Retail Alliance announced the winners for this year’s Retailer of the Year Awards (ROTYs) at their awards celebration on Thursday night (May 24) at Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton. Established in 2007, Norfolk-based small business, Curvaceous Boutique, received the Overall Retailer of the… [Read More]

Meet the Sponsors – Retailer of the Year 2018: Reach for the Stars

Thank you to our amazing sponsors!     CELESTIAL PRESENTING SPONSOR  TowneBank GALAXY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD SPONSOR MacArthur Center SHINING STAR RETAIL ALLIANCE FOUNDATION SPONSOR  Capital Group LOVEVA AWARD SPONSOR SHOOTING STAR SPONSORS Sonabank Tidewater Finance Care A Lot Pet Supply LUNAR SPONSORS The Royal Chocolate Venture Kitchen & Bar Decorum Furniture Garden Gazebo… [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]

4th Generation Family-owned Furniture Business in Virginia Beach to be Honored with 2018 “Lifetime Achievement Award”

Retail Alliance, the non-profit association representing retailers throughout Hampton Roads, announced today that Willis Furniture is the recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement award at their Retailer of the Year event on May 24, 2018. The award will be presented to fourth-generation owner, Ben J. Willis, III. “Willis Furniture has earned its place as our… [Read More]

Seasonal Marketing Strategies Will Benefit Your Business

The make- or break- winter holiday sales season is behind us. Spring is slowly, but surely coming. For Hampton Roads small businesses, as across the country, Valentine’s Day and Easter rank top for spring holiday promotions. However, there are many other spring and summer opportunities for small businesses to seize upon and thrive. Focus on… [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

Congratulations to the 2018 Retailer of the Year Nominees!

We’re proud to formally announce our 157 nominees for Retailer of the Year 2018! Nominees are categorized by retail, restaurant, and services, then subdivided between Southside, Peninsula, and Up & Comer (Established between 2015 and present). We hope to see all of these nominees at our awards gala coming up on May 24th, 2018 at… [Read More]

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]

Who will win the “People’s Choice” Restaurant of the Year? We’ll let you decide…

For the first time, the restaurant category will be voted on by the public. Voting started April 2nd  will end April 13th. Voters will be allowed to vote for as many restaurant nominees as they like but will only be able to submit one vote. Please share with your customers and social networks to get… [Read More]