Ray’s Corner Post: 2016 – The Year in Review

2016 brought many milestones to the membership of Retail Alliance. Staff has worked diligently to provide the best value proposition possible to our members. If you consider all of the services provided to our membership; Advocacy, Education, Buy Local (LOVEVA), Breakfast Club, Retailer of the Year (ROTY), Loss Prevention Task Force luncheons, STRIVE Webinars, etc,… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: The Gourmet Gang

The Gourmet Gang is one of Hampton Roads most “delicious” businesses! They operate six fast-casual restaurants that feature some of the best sandwiches and salads in the area. Lunch orders can be called in or placed online with quick delivery to just about anywhere in Hampton Roads. What you probably didn’t know is that the… [Read More]

Pop Up Shops – The Ins and Outs

With Amazon being the latest retailer planning dozens of pop-ups across U.S. shopping malls over the next year, if you’ve not already done so, now is the time to take a serious look at this growing phenomenon. Small and large merchants are embracing the pop-up trend, both online and physical retailers alike, with the pop-up… [Read More]

LOVEVA Update Nov/Dec 2016

We just celebrated our second anniversary! And let me tell you, this has been a good one. We have over 12,500 LOVEVAs using the app and we’ve had over 55,000 transactions! We’ve grown usage by over 200% which is a pretty big deal!! We average more than 500 new accounts a month and more than… [Read More]

Legislative Update: Nov/Dec 2016

2017 General Assembly Session The 2017 General Assembly Session begins on January 11, 2017. This year is a short session lasting 45 days. Each year the session switches from short to long (60 days); odd years are short and even years are long. Your Virginia Retail Federation (VRF) team will be at the Capitol representing… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Amazing Fantasy Comics

Amazing Fantasy Comics don’t just stock one of the region’s biggest selection of comics, they are truly heroes of small business! After opening their first store in 1992, they have steadily grown and now have two locations, one in Newport News and a second in Yorktown. It was always the dream of Gary Driver, owner… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Domestic Divas

Domestic Divas was founded in August of 2011, when proprietor, Heather Herrick relocated to Virginia Beach from Ohio. Domestic Divas provides a cleaning plan tailored to fit all needs. Whether it is weekly, biweekly, monthly services, seasonal cleaning, or event prep, their service ensures your valuable spare time is spent doing other things besides cleaning!… [Read More]

Make Your List and Check it Twice

When planning your strategies for this coming season, it’s imperative to look at what has been and what just might be ahead. National Retail Federation released their 2016 Holiday Planning Playbook recently which gave an insight into the past holiday season and what to look for when planning for this year. Let’s get to unwrapping,… [Read More]

Member Spotight: ViewItDoIt

We all want the best seat in the house and ViewItDoIt is giving its customers the chance to get just that! Using state-of-the-art technology and video, they capture events and meetings and broadcast them LIVE across the globe. The business was the brain-child of Vanessa and Mark Lane. They took their combined experience in finance,… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Adele Diamond

Chris Lyons is the first to admit, the jewelry industry is a difficult one to break into. Two years of groundwork, including a six-month process to get their online store running, transpired before Adele Diamond opened their retail location in Hilltop Shopping Center in Virginia Beach. Initially, Chris says, “We were hesitant to jump in… [Read More]