News Articles

Congratulations to the 2018 Retailer of the Year Nominees!

We’re proud to formally announce our 153 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, https://pilotonline.com/opinion/letters/article_43477eb4-2d53-11e8-9a09-c7ef1b8f45bf.html 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. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ROTY18NOMS 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]

Locals Rewarded for Being Loyal to Local

Three local consumers have proven their loyalty to buying local this holiday season, each winning a $100 gift voucher to a local LOVEVA business of their choice in the ‘Shift Your Shopping’ competition. Alice Gay Jenney of Virginia Beach, David Wolfe of Norfolk and Judith Joynes of Hampton were the three winners randomly selected on… [Read More]

Ready, Set, Bid: Open House & Silent Auction Sneak Peek

The Retail Alliance (RA) team is very excited to host members and guests this  Thursday for our Annual Holiday Open House & Silent Auction. We hope to see you there in your ugly Christmas sweater and ready to bid on some wonderful auction items. This is the perfect time to fellowship with the Retail Alliance… [Read More]

More Classes Scheduled for Growing Your Retail Operations Expertise

Congratulations to our first cohort group on achieving their Certificate in Retail Operations! After completing hours of online and in-class training on business planning, financial management, merchandising, marketing, customer service, and human resources, our graduates are well-prepared to venture into the entrepreneurial world. As one student stated, “I learned about everything it takes to prepare… [Read More]

Results are in! – Holiday Shopping intentions & Expectations 2017

We asked Hampton Roads shoppers their holiday shopping intentions and local businesses their holiday shopping expectations. You can read the full story over at Inside Business and download a copy of the full holiday shopping report below. Business Results: HolidayShopping2017_FinalResultsforPublicRelease Shopper Results: HolidayShopping2017_FinalResultsShopperforpublicrelease