Press Releases

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]

Legislative Update

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]

Misleading Sales Tactics For EMV Equipment

As we’ve communicated previously, the major credit card companies are rolling out a new kind of credit card, called a “chip” card for short, and officially known as an EMV card. While these cards are an excellent way to protect yourself as a merchant, and your consumers against fraud, there are a few things to… [Read More]

SEO: Don’t get lost in the Search – Improve Your Website Rankings So Your Customers Find You First

Contributed by Jocelyn F. Peña, My Business People LLC (MyBizPPL) What if everyone you met today was actively seeking your products and services? And what if these people were able to meet with you first, ahead of your competition? Would you consider those people a “desirable audience?” Of course! That’s what Search Engine Optimization (SEO)… [Read More]

LOVEVA advertising now available for the holiday season

Our second round of LOVEVA advertising commences at the end of October 2015 and runs through to December 24, 2015, during the busiest season in retail. We are providing a rare opportunity to be involved in advertising your business on TV and digital at a very affordable rate, while also advocating for the buy local… [Read More]