ROTY Logo with TowneBank logoRetailer of the Year awards recognize the best retail-related businesses in Hampton Roads. The awards have been conducted since 2008 when Rowena’s was first awarded the title of Overall Retailer of the Year. Throughout the years, we’ve had some very deserving winners in every category and city throughout the region. To view previous winners, click here.

The time has come again to recognize the shining stars in the Hampton Roads’ retail and business community! The Retailer of the Year (ROTY) Awards, hosted by Retail Alliance, and presented by TowneBank, is our premier awards gala that recognizes the commitment and perseverance it takes for retailers and businesses to grow and succeed. On this star filled night, nominees will have the chance to win awards across retail, restaurant, service categories representing Southside and Peninsula as well as an overall winner. In addition, we will recognize “Up and Comer” businesses, the people’s choice award (voted by consumers) for LOVEVA businesses, and honor our Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Outside of the awards, we have an extragalactic evening planned! ROTY 2018 will be held at the Virginia Air & Space Center, in Hampton, on May 24th starting at 6:00PM with the very fitting theme of “Reach for the Stars”. Our event will be emceed by the wonderful Cheryl Tan, co-host of HR Business Weekly and owner of Tan Media.

We truly hope you’ll join us for a cosmic night at the museum for honors, amazing food, drinks (cash bar), and live entertainment! All guests will have free range access to the museum and its exhibits, including a ride on the MaxFlight Simulator. Ticket sales started on Friday, March 23rd so make sure you register soon if you’d like the early bird rate!

Purchase tickets here:

Parking: Free parking is located at the Settler’s Landing Parking Garage. (Get directions)

Attention Nominee, *Sponsor, & Premier/Co-op Member Ticketholders: If you are trying to claim your complimentary or discounted tickets, please contact Alex Walker at

*Event sponsorship opportunities are still available, please contact Communications & Events Coordinator, Alex Walker at or call 757 455 9324 for more information.