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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]

Brick-and-Mortar Survival Depends on Level Playing Field

Holiday retail sales are increasing. Consumer confidence is climbing. Yet all is not nirvana in the rocky world of the retail economy. According to Forbes, Cyber Monday 2016 was the biggest day in the history of U.S. e-commerce. Sales surpassed initial expectations by hitting a record $3.9 billion during this online-focused day of the holiday… [Read More]

Shift Your Shopping – Buy local first throughout the holidays and win!

Retail Alliance’s Be A Local LOVEVA program features a downloadable app and rewards shoppers for buying local in Hampton Roads.  Since its launch in 2014, the LOVEVA app has helped change the landscape for our region’s independent retailers. What started as a grassroots campaign, the program has grown to include hundreds of retailers and serve… [Read More]

Make Your List and Check it Twice

When planning your strategies for this coming season, it’s imperative to look at what has been and what just might be ahead. National Retail Federation released their 2016 Holiday Planning Playbook recently which gave an insight into the past holiday season and what to look for when planning for this year. Let’s get to unwrapping,… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Adele Diamond

Chris Lyons is the first to admit, the jewelry industry is a difficult one to break into. Two years of groundwork, including a six-month process to get their online store running, transpired before Adele Diamond opened their retail location in Hilltop Shopping Center in Virginia Beach. Initially, Chris says, “We were hesitant to jump in… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Lifetime Solutions Plus

Have you ever thought about what you would do if you or a loved one had a long term care event? How would you pay for it? Or the effect of a long term care event on your assets, independence and peace of mind? Just the thought of this can be overwhelming and many people… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Germono Advertising

Imagine this: you’re a small business owner who knows your retail business backwards and forward. You know your client profiles, you know how your inventory moves, and you know the areas you’d like to improve in. The normal questions surrounding marketing and advertising surely pop into your head … How do I get my business… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Epic Made

Every day, businesses live amazing stories through their life’s work. Elated customers and thriving local and global communities are the proof. Carl Cleanthes believes that those authentic stories deserve to be shared with the world around us in the most amazing way. That is the primary focus of his design studio, Epic Made. Started in… [Read More]

Thank you to our ROTY sponsors!

The Retailer of the Year awards event could not be held without the generosity of our sponsors. Their contributions enable us to offer a complimentary admission ticket to all nominees, contribute to the cost of venue hire, audio visual, decorations, trophies and food. Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors! The Monarchy Lifetime Achievement Sponsor… [Read More]

5 Reasons Why State Advocacy Rocks

When people think of advocacy, they tend to think of efforts inside the Beltway. But if you want to get things done, you shouldn’t forget to include some action on the state level, say some experts. If you want proof, the 113th Congress passed 352 bills and resolutions, while the state legislatures passed more than… [Read More]