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Member Spotlight: Lilac Lane

If your idea of a happy afternoon includes wandering through rows of eclectic antiques, local arts and crafts, and repurposed vintage finds, Lilac Lane is the place for you. Owner Kim Kellogg wanted a place where she could feature unique home décor as well as satisfy her creative muse. “I really wanted to create a… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust

Near the turn of this century, Main Street in Gloucester sat anchored at its most southern end by a shopping center. Years before, it was awash in activity and bustling with commerce. But by the early 2000s, this shopping center only boasted a shut down department store, a closed grocery store and a handful of… [Read More]

LOVEVA Q4 2017 Update: A Loyalty and Reward Program Without the Hassle and Costs

Amidst all the press on big businesses closing their doors there lies an opportunity for small shops. Small shops can be nimbler than behemoth national chains and offer both quick and individualized service that a big box cannot. Some of the recent retail research says: “The way to consumers’ hearts is through their smartphones.” “Keeping… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Coyote Café 51

Opening in March 2017, Coyote Cafe 51’s Executive Chef, John “JT” Taylor has been contemplating his Tex-Mex concept for five or six years, and last year partnered with John M. Mannino and Daris Gavin, of Mannino’s Italian Bistros, to make the idea a reality. Taylor customized many of the recipes to bring a local touch… [Read More]

We’re Taking the Pulse of Retail in Hampton Roads This Holiday Season!

    Retail Pulse is back! If you aren’t familiar with Retail Pulse, it’s an annual survey Retail Alliance conducts, to check on the vitality and success of retail in the Hampton Roads region. This year we are back with a survey to gauge the expectations and intentions of shoppers and store owners this holiday… [Read More]

Retail Alliance works to continue to be a trusted resource for the success of local retailers

By Sandra J. Pennecke  It’s no secret new businesses face tough odds. Fifty percent of new businesses fail within the first 12 months of operation, said Ray Mattes, president and CEO of the Retail Alliance. Nationwide, he expects more than 8,500 storefronts to close in 2017. The Norfolk-based Retail Alliance launched its Center for Retail… [Read More]

LOVEVA Lane at Harborfest a Success for our Members!

14 local businesses had the unique opportunity to recreate their storefronts at Harborfest. These three tents, located right on the Elizabeth River, were branded and marked on the festival maps as LOVEVA LANE (see photos at bottom) Since the event was underwritten by Retail Alliance, vendors were very pleased to be offered this chance at… [Read More]

LOVEVA Voted “Best Of” Local App

Retail Alliance launched the LOVEVA program in October 2014 with the goal of promoting and supporting local businesses to keep our dollars here in the Hampton Roads community. LOVEVA currently has well over 16,000 users with 342 participating local businesses in the app and growing. We are proud to announce that LOVEVA has been voted… [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]

LOVEVA Update: 2016 Year End Wrap-up

Happy New Year y’all! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season. 2016 was a great year for us and we’re looking for 2017 to be even better. As you may know from the last Retail Angles, we’ve grown usage by over 200 percent which is a pretty big deal! We averaged more than 500… [Read More]