LOVEVA Update Mar/Apr 2016

As we close out winter, we are busy planning many activities and community outreach opportunities for the spring and summer months. Here’s a brief update on some of the projects underway: Contest In the true spirit of giving, we held The Love Local Valentine’s Day contest, whereby LOVEVAs were asked to like, share, and tag… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Bank @lantec

Originally founded in 1952 as a credit union serving members of the military and their families, Bank @lantec converted to a mutual savings bank in January 2004. It is the first credit union in Virginian history and only the 25th in the country to convert to a bank charter. It is now a mutual savings… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Granby Street Pizza

Granby Street Pizza is a little slice of pizzeria heaven in the heart of downtown! Peter Freda and team know how to make you feel welcome. From the moment you walk through the doors at 235 Granby Street in downtown Norfolk, and are greeted by the friendly staff, you feel a cool, urban, pizzeria vibe…. [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Colonial Folk Art Studio & Gallery

On Bacon Avenue in Williamsburg, you will find Colonial Folk Art Studio & Gallery, offering both artwork for sale in a gallery setting and a studio from which classes are taught and open studio time is offered. Colonial Folk Art was established as a partnership in 2010 by Beverly and Davie Burgdorf, then became incorporated… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Norfolk Idea Center

Welcome to the Norfolk Idea Center. Within their walls are products carefully selected to spark creativity and enthusiasm for expression. Their design philosophy is based on the belief that every homeowner should be able to choose the aesthetics that fit their style profile and their daily needs. The Norfolk Idea Center carries a wide range… [Read More]

Retail Alliance Board of Directors Elected February 2016

The following board of directors for Retail Alliance were elected or reelected in February 2016. For photos, please visit our Board page. CHAIRMAN Ben J. Willis, III Willis Furniture Company VICE CHAIRMAN Joseph Taylor Taylor’s Do It Center (Chair Of Nominating Committee & Chairman of Foundation) PRESIDENT/CEO Raymond J. Mattes, III Retail Alliance SECRETARY Beth… [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]

Legislative Update: General Assembly as at Feb 25, 2016

At the time of print, 2016 General Assembly Session is wrapping up and the Virginia Retail Federation has had a very successful year so far. VRF tracked more than 100 bills, which potentially impact your business. Here is a list of issues that have been decided as of February 25, 2016. Felony Threshold for Larceny… [Read More]

LOVEVA Update: 2016 Plan & New Sweetheart LOVEVA level

Happy New Year LOVEVAs! We sure hope you’ve had a fabulous holiday season. We are excited to share some big news with you regarding LOVEVA modifications for 2016. These changes will help improve the LOVEVA package overall and create a more stable and expanding local first program. We understand it’s a chicken or the egg… [Read More]

Member Spotlight: Purrocious Feline Designs

If you own a cat, you may have experienced the pain of bathing your precious bundle of fur. In actual fact though, according to LaDean Gordon, owner of Purrocious Styles Feline Designs, most cats do not mind being bathed. In fact, many are very calm during the bathing process and seem to find it relaxing…. [Read More]