Retail Companies

Steps To Business Success For The Holiday Season And Beyond

Brick-and-mortar businesses – retailers, restaurants, services companies – must constantly reshape their goals and create the future rather than letting it control them. The final quarter of 2017 is upon us.  And the annual holiday period can make or break a business’s bottom-line. Here are a few tips for creating success, for the holiday season… [Read More]

We’re Taking the Pulse of Retail in Hampton Roads This Holiday Season!

    Retail Pulse is back! If you aren’t familiar with Retail Pulse, it’s an annual survey Retail Alliance conducts, to check on the vitality and success of retail in the Hampton Roads region. This year we are back with a survey to gauge the expectations and intentions of shoppers and store owners this holiday… [Read More]

Retail Alliance works to continue to be a trusted resource for the success of local retailers

By Sandra J. Pennecke  It’s no secret new businesses face tough odds. Fifty percent of new businesses fail within the first 12 months of operation, said Ray Mattes, president and CEO of the Retail Alliance. Nationwide, he expects more than 8,500 storefronts to close in 2017. The Norfolk-based Retail Alliance launched its Center for Retail… [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]

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]

Member Spotlight: The Creative Wedge, an artisan market

The Creative Wedge: An Artisan Market is an eclectic gem in Hilltop West. Our mission is to create a local specialty retail store whose aim is to promote awareness of American artisanal food and craft; a store that offers great service and selection of unique hand crafted gifts, artisan cheese, charcuterie, local wine and craft… [Read More]

In Memoriam

  Pholia Charles Liebing It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Pholia Charles Liebing on July 24, 2013. Pholia and his wife Pattie recently relocated their store, I Want It All Consignment, to the Churchland area of Porstmouth. Pholia was a beloved member of our Retail Alliance… [Read More]

Listening to the Voice of Experience

   by Sandra, J. Pennecke and originally published in Inside Business as part of the Cox Business Small Business Navigation Program ( For Alison Dodson Anderson, the progression to add an online store to her brick-and-mortar shop was a natural one  in time. Dodson Anderson opened A. Dodson’s at 2948 Bridge Road in Suffolk, just two… [Read More]

You Can Never Lose a Good Thing

Throughout her many years in business, Lena Goodman is keeping it “All in the Family” After over sixty years of involvement in our local retail community, Lena Goodman has met a lot of people and as she puts it, “I have yet to meet a stranger.” Recently, during a meeting about Goodman & Sons Jewelers… [Read More]