Press Releases

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]

Winners for Retailer of the Year Announced!

Williamsburg-based, small business, BedCrafters by Michelle, received the Overall Retailer of the Year (ROTY) award at Retail Alliance’s ROTY awards event held on May 25. They were selected from 99 nominees from across the Greater Hampton Roads region. BedCrafters by Michelle was established in 1999 in Williamsburg, Virginia by Michelle Brumfield. They opened in Short… [Read More]

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]

Retail Alliance Board of Directors Appointed February 2017

The following board of directors for Retail Alliance were elected or reelected in February 2017. For photos, please visit our Board page. Hampton Roads’ Retail Alliance board elected new officers, three new board members, and re-elected directors. The 2017-2018 officers are: Joe Taylor (Taylor’s Do It Center), Chairman of the Board Ben Willis, III (Willis… [Read More]

Legislative Update Q.1 2017

Retail Alliance Holiday Open House/VRF Silent Auction Another great Open House event this year with our awesome members and other guests joining us for yummy food and beverages in our Norfolk office. Our silent auction benefiting our advocacy efforts was also a success, raising over $4,000 for the Virginia Retail Federation Political Action Committee (PAC)…. [Read More]

Virginia Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Sales Tax Holiday

Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday, a landmark bill passed in 2006 by the Virginia General Assembly, will treat consumers to tax-free shopping August 5-7, 2016. The Virginia Retail Federation, the statewide advocacy arm of Hampton Roads’ Retail Alliance and Richmond’s Retail Merchants Association, initiated and garnered support for the original Back-to-School Tax Holiday from the General… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Westside Produce & Provisions

As you enter the doors of Westside Produce & Provisions, at 5015 Colley Avenue in Norfolk, you are typically greeted with a “Hello!” and a warm smile by the owners, Gordon Holley and his brother, James. This charming shop of “fresh foods from local producers” is chock full of seasonal produce grown within 100 miles… [Read More]

Meet Yolanda, our 2016 Overall Retailer of the Year!

Meet Yolanda and her team at their Gloucester store and see why they won Retail Alliance’s Overall Retailer of the Year Award for 2016. Click on the image below to view the video in YouTube.    

Retailer of the Year 2016 Winners Announced!

Retail Alliance announced the winners for this year’s Retailer of the Year Awards (ROTYs) at a masquerade themed awards celebration on Thursday night at The American Theatre in Phoebus. Check out the photo gallery linked below: Gloucester-based, small business, Yolanda’s, received the overall winner’s award. They were selected from 92 nominees from across the Greater… [Read More]

Decorum Furniture is 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

We are thrilled to announce that the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Decorum Furniture! Claus Ihlemann and Robert Roman’s business success and longevity, profitability, visual merchandising and community involvement made this year’s choice an easy decision. Claus and Robert have graciously accepted the invitation to receive the award. “As the owners of Decorum Furniture,… [Read More]