Legislative Update Q2 2017: The General Assembly Highlights

The 2017 Regular Session of the Virginia General Assembly adjourned Saturday, February 25th. This was an extremely successful session for VRF members. You are represented every day at the Capitol during the General Assembly Session by the lobbying team of Kate Baker and Jodi Roth. Your VRF team worked diligently to defeat bills that would… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Bubba-N-Frank’s Smokehouse BBQ

Whether you like a sweet St. Louis BBQ or you err towards a vinegar-based North Carolinian sauce, Bubba N Franks Smokehouse is the place to go! With two locations in Carrolton and Hampton, this is a true small business that has become the heart of their community. The restaurant is owned and operated by Richard… [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]

Member Spotlight: Modern Femme

In the past century, much has changed for women in America. In 1916, women couldn’t vote, were expected to stay home to raise children, and couldn’t even open their own bank accounts. But now in 2016, the landscape has changed and now women are pursuing their professional and relational dreams. However, that is not always… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium

The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium is a unique gem in our community. The amazing aerial park features climbing and ziplining like no other place in the region. On a stunning six-acre property in Virginia Beach, you can find fifteen trails that accommodate the youngest beginner to the most experienced adult. The park opened in… [Read More]

Inventory Management: Tips and Trends

To run a successful store, it’s vital that you regularly manage your inventory and with these simple keys, you can save time and money and therefore, become more productive. The following article was produced from a STRIVE Webinar, presented by Joanna G. Brumsey CPA from Wall, Einhorn and Chernitzer. CURATE YOUR INVENTORY No matter the… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: RGB Imaging

RGB Imaging is a locally owned business that stands out as one of the region’s premier photographers and videographers. Whether commercial or personal, defense or sports, still or motion, you want to ‘snap’ up their services! Founded in 2007, owner Eric Wickham is no stranger to hard word. As a military veteran, Eric is self-disciplined,… [Read More]

LOVEVA Update: 2016 Year End Wrap-up

Happy New Year y’all! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season. 2016 was a great year for us and we’re looking for 2017 to be even better. As you may know from the last Retail Angles, we’ve grown usage by over 200 percent which is a pretty big deal! We averaged more than 500… [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]

Ray’s Corner Post: The Importance of a Business Continuity Plan

Living in Hampton Roads, we live through the threats of hurricanes and flooding but not often do the threats follow through. Unfortunately, during Hurricane Matthew, our business was hit by the flooding that swept through Norfolk, among other cities. Kylie Ross Sibert, editor of Retail Angles and Vice President, Corporate Communications, interviewed Ray Mattes, President/CEO,… [Read More]