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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]

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]

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]

Thank you to Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy

In response to The Virginian-Pilot’s praise of Farm Fresh in their editorial pages, we wrote a response with thanks given to two Farm Fresh personnel in particular, Michelle Ellis-Young and Randall Benjamin. Read the letter below or at the following link on the Pilot’s website, Retail Alliance, the Hampton Roads regional retail trade association,… [Read More]

Vote for your favorite restaurant, retail or service business in Hampton Roads!

Retailer of the Year Awards 2018 nominations are open! It’s important in every community to support one another so please nominate a fellow retailer, restaurant, or service business at the link below. You can nominate up to 3 different businesses at a time and even save a nomination for your own business; we don’t… [Read More]

How did local retailers fare during holiday season?

NRF released holiday sales figures on January 12, 2018 with holiday sales rising to $691.9 billion in November and December, marking a 5.5 percent increase from the year before. The NRF had forecast holiday spending growth of 3.6 percent to 4 percent. They attributed this to growing wages, stronger employment and higher confidence, leading consumers… [Read More]

STRIVE Workshops Are Back: Now Available In-person & Via Live Stream!

Retail Alliance has re-launched our STRIVE workshops in a brand-new format! STRIVE workshops will now be available in-person and via live stream. In these one-hour workshops, you’ll walk away with at least three to-dos you can implement immediately in your business on various trending topics. We’re kicking off the new year with a workshop titled, “Digital Marketing 101”, led… [Read More]