Retirement Takes Time – Who Will Fill Your Shoes?

Much has been written about the Baby Boomer generation but one thing that we all know for sure is that retirement is already underway or imminent for many of them. Retirement of this generation is going to have a major impact on the economy, with widereaching implications. An unprecedented proportion of those baby boomers are… [Read More]

2014 Survey Shows Huge Benefit From “Buy Local” Efforts

A national survey of independent business owners conducted by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in partnership with the Advocates for Independent Business coalition has found that Local First initiatives are boosting customer traffic and improving the outlook on Main Street, but policymakers need to do more to create a level playing field and ensure that… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Groomingdale’s

Buying an existing business and inheriting its practices, both good and bad, has its challenges. We discuss these, and other things, with Groomingdale’s owner, Chrystal Ward. When was your business established? Groomingdale’s was established in the Ghent area over 20 years ago. Describe your business and the products/services you provide. Groomingdale’s is a full service… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Bead Retreat

Now celebrating their fourth year in business, Bead Retreat provides custom handmade jewelry from their Newport News store, as well as materials and tools for customers to design their own. They offer repair services, beading parties, and classes. We asked owner Larisa Jachmann a few questions about herself and her business… Why did you decide… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: The Point

Starting a unique concept of Fresh Farm to Table at a brand new restaurant was a dream The Point owners brought to reality in August 2013. We talked to co-owner Cat Kane about their experience. When was your business established? January 21, 2013. Describe your business and the products/services you provide. The Point is a… [Read More]

Are You Getting Ripped Off With Counterfeit Bills?

Are You Getting Ripped Off With Counterfeit Bills? We kicked off our first Loss Prevention Task Force meeting for 2014 on January 28th. Our speaker, Katie Dougherty, with the US Department of Justice, spoke to the group about counterfeit currency. First off, did you know that counterfeiting is one of the oldest crimes in the… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Ebony Arts & Gifts

Ebony Arts & Gifts is a unique store catering to our diverse community. We asked its owner, Marie M. Villamil, to answer a few questions about her experiences over the nine years since launch. When was your business established? Our company was established in 2005. How many locations do you operate? We have one store… [Read More]

The Corner Post: My Notes From The National Retail Federation Big Show

I had the opportunity to travel to the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show in New York City a little while ago. What an interesting and thought-provoking experience! After reviewing my notes I would like to share some of my take-aways: Online sales versus brick and mortar retailers. Online sales is here to stay and… [Read More]

Legislative Update: Update from the General Assembly as of February 20th, 2014

Tuesday, February 11th marked the 35th day of the 2014 Virginia General Assembly Session in Richmond, Virginia.  It also marked the “Crossover” deadline. Each house must complete work on its own legislation by that day. At the time of publication, Virginia Retail Federation was monitoring 162 pieces of legislation which could potentially impact your retail… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg

It all began in the back of a tiny shop in Colonial Williamsburg, carefully selecting and hand roasting the finest Virginia Peanuts available. For nearly 40 years now they have continued to honor that traditional recipe in the same thoughtful way. We ask the manager, Janis Ceballos to answer a few questions about standing out… [Read More]