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]

Thank you to our Retailer of the Year sponsors

The Retailer of the Year awards could not be held without the generosity of sponsors. Thank you to the following sponsors for their donations and we look forward to celebrating with you at the ROTYs! Tickets are running out quickly, so if you haven’t grabbed yours yet, go to our Events page on this website… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: MasterTech Auto Care

MasterTech Auto Care (MTAC) was established in 1995, but this current journey began in September 2011 when Stacy Butcher became the owner of MTAC. After working 15 years in sales within the auto industry, Butcher decided he wasn’t satisfied with working for others any longer, and that it was not worth the time spent away… [Read More]

Retail Alliance to Honor W.T. Patrick & Sons with 2017 “Lifetime Achievement Award” at Retailer of the Year Event

Retail Alliance, the non-profit association representing retailers throughout Hampton Roads, announced today that W.T. Patrick & Sons (dba Patrick’s Hardware) is the recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement award at their Retailer of the Year event on May 25, 2017.  The award will be presented to owner Cary E. Patrick. “W.T. Patrick & Sons has… [Read More]

Virginia Retail Federation Helps Expand Online Sales Tax Collection

The Virginia Retail Federation (VRF) has successfully helped further level the playing field in Virginia between brick-and-mortar merchants and their online peers. During the 2017 Virginia General Assembly session, VRF advocates and their coalition business partners fully supported Governor Terry McAuliffe’s legislative proposal to require out-of-state online merchants using warehouses or fulfillment centers in Virginia… [Read More]

Legislative Update Q2 2017: The General Assembly Highlights

The 2017 Regular Session of the Virginia General Assembly adjourned Saturday, February 25th. This was an extremely successful session for VRF members. You are represented every day at the Capitol during the General Assembly Session by the lobbying team of Kate Baker and Jodi Roth. Your VRF team worked diligently to defeat bills that would… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Bubba-N-Frank’s Smokehouse BBQ

Whether you like a sweet St. Louis BBQ or you err towards a vinegar-based North Carolinian sauce, Bubba N Franks Smokehouse is the place to go! With two locations in Carrolton and Hampton, this is a true small business that has become the heart of their community. The restaurant is owned and operated by Richard… [Read More]