Congratulations to all of the 2013 Retailer of the Year Winners

Hampton Roads Overall Winner: Simply Selma’s The Virginia Beach-based retailer was selected from among the four regional winners. Regional winners were selected from 44 finalists in the Hampton Roads area. This year’s regional winners are: Norfolk Winner: Changes City Spa Virginia Beach Winner: Simply Selma’s Chesapeake/Portsmouth Winner: The Coffee Shoppe (Ports) Peninsula Co-Winners: Walk This… [Read More]

On-Board Interview with Chris Sink, Hi-Ho Silver

1.         How Did You First Become Involved With Retail Alliance? I became a member of Retail Alliance in 2003. As a brand new retailer, I had a lot of questions about retail for which I needed answers. We were inexperienced in many aspects of retailing and found many of the educational seminars to be very… [Read More]

Marketplace Fairness Act Passes US Senate.

Brings Brick-And-Mortar Retailers One Step Closer to Level Playing Field. Recently, there have been many different opinions asserted about the Marketplace Fairness Act. Retail Alliance feels very strongly that it will foster the survival of all brick-and-mortar retailers, from the smallest to the largest, and create a fair and level playing field for all retail… [Read More]

Chesapeake Square

Chesapeake Square is a 717,282 sq ft regional mall, owned by Simon Property Group. The mall was built and opened in October 1989 in the Western Branch section of Chesapeake. Later on, the business district grew with two other shopping centers including the adjacent Chesapeake Center (also Simon-owned) and the Crossroads at Chesapeake Square across… [Read More]

The ROTYs are over and the winners announced!

During this year’s “On The Silver Screen” event, I was proud of all our retail members who participated and supported the candidates. The finalists were top notch and the judges had their work cut out for them. It was clear to me that every one of our finalists qualified for the distinction of being 2013’s … [Read More]

Retail Alliance Announces Retailer of the Year Winners 2013

Winners Show Outstanding Business Success, Innovation and Community Support Norfolk, VA – Retail Alliance has announced the winners for this year’s Retailer of the Year Awards (ROTYs). Simply Selma’s received the top award at a gala celebration on Thursday, May 23 at the Granby Theater in Downtown Norfolk.  The Virginia Beach-based retailer was selected from… [Read More]

Marketplace Fairness Act Passes US Senate: Brings Brick-And-Mortar Retailers One Step Closer to Level Playing Field

Op Ed: The Virginian-Pilot In response to the opinion piece which ran in the Sunday, May 5, 2013 edition of the Virginian Pilot, we disagree that the Marketplace Fairness Act will hurt entrepreneurship. We feel very strongly that it will foster the survival all of brick-and-mortar retailers, from the smallest to the largest, and create… [Read More]

Announcing Finalists for 2013 Retailer of the Year

43 finalists were chosen for Retailer of the Year in 2013. For the first time, Retail Alliance awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award to the very deserving Mary Barnett from Mary Barnett’s Home Accents, Gifts & Interior Design. Esprit Décor, Chesapeake Ashley Furniture Homestore, Chesapeake Countryside Gardens, Hampton Healthy Connection, Hampton Phoebus Auction, Gallery Hampton Big… [Read More]

On-Board Interview with Scott Freeman, Auctioneer

1. How did you first become involved with Retail Alliance? As a retailer/wholesaler, I thought it would be a good opportunity in terms of networking and taking advantage of the discounts and benefits. We use OfficeMax to print auction catalogues and we save at least $20 per week. I was aware of RMA on Poplar… [Read More]

Retail Pulse: Local Sales Increased Compared to National Results

This Retail Pulse Easter edition survey looked at shopping trends in Hampton Roads, where consumers shop, and their willingness to participate in seasonal purchases. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), “Easter shoppers were cautious spenders this season. The average person celebrating Easter will spend approximately $145.13 on candy, decor, apparel and food, flat with… [Read More]