Retail Alliance in the News

2021
WTKR Coast Live: January 12, 2021 – Advice for returning holiday gifts.
WTKR: February 10, 2021 – Holiday sales survey shows growth for some local businesses, challenges for others.
Inside Business: February 18, 2021 – Survey: Holiday sales helped local retailers, but couldn’t undo virus damage.
WVEC: February 26, 2021 – Apple confirms closing of its Norfolk store at MacArthur Center.
WVEC: March 17, 2021 – Virginia Foodbank gives back to the service industry.
Wavy: March 22, 2021 – Coronavirus Digital Discussion on the topic of PPP loans, challenges facing retailers and outlook moving forward (conducted on Wavy’s Facebook page as FB Live and saved to Wavy website. Article version

Wavy: March 22, 2021 – Coronavirus Digital Discussion: Retail outlook summarized on evening news.

Inside Business: April 29, 2021 – Small businesses stand in danger of cyberattacks, and here’s how to keep them safer.
WTKR: May 3, 2021 – Businesses, employees start to tighten belts after first Va. minimum wage hike goes into effect (feat. Retail Alliance) by Julio Avila.
Inside Business: May 6, 2021 – Hampton Roads businesses adjust as Virginia’s minimum wage increases.
WTKR: June 7, 2021 – Survey shows sales increasing for Hampton Roads small businesses, confidence for improvement (feat. Lilac Lane, Studio East Salon Spa, Retail Alliance) by Zak Dahlheimer.
WVEC: June 24, 2021 – A retail rebound is happening in Hampton Roads (feat. Retail Pulse April survey findings) by Philip Townsend.

Members in the News

Getting our members into the news is a source of pride for us at Retail Alliance. Here are some of the stories we’ve been able to share with the wider Hampton Roads community through the media.

2021
Dan Inman (Living in Coastal Virginia / I Love Norfolk Show): January 4, 2021 – Getting to Know Becky Owner of Horticulture Design Co (Full Length Interview) (feat. HortiCulture Design Co.).
WTKR: January 12, 2021 – Takeout Tuesday: “It’s C-L-T-R-E.” Vegan café celebrates culture through food, art (feat. CLTRE Vegan Joint) by Anthony Sabella.
WTKR: January 19, 2021 – Takeout Tuesday: Through hard times and pandemic, local coffeehouse has provide the “cure” for lack of coffee (feat. Cure Coffeehouse) by Anthony Sabella.
WTKR: February 5, 2021 – Wing makers ready for busy Super Bowl weekend (feat. The Dirty Buffalo) by Anthony Sabella.
WTKR: February 6, 2021 – Norfolk restaurants prep for safe Super Bowl celebrations (feat. Brick Anchor Brew House) by Antoinette DelBel.
WTKR : February 8, 2021 – Have a romantic Valentine’s dinner in a tree house and help support people with special needs (feat. Hickory Trading Company/The Hitching Post) by Anthony Sabella.
WTKR: February 12, 2021 – From suits to sportswear: Local men’s suit store adapts to changing needs (feat. Philip Michael Fashion for Men) by Antoinette DelBel.
Inside Business: February 18, 2021 – Survey: Holiday sales helped local retailers, but couldn’t undo virus damage (feat. Prince Books and Kylie Ross Sibert, Retail Alliance) by Trevor Metcalfe.
WTKR: February 23, 2021 – Sisters open new boutique in Virginia Beach’s ViBe District, despite COVID-19 challenges (feat. Pixelated Boutique).
WTKR: March 2, 2021 – Takeout Tuesday: Craft beer is a family affair at Capstan Bar Brewing Co. (feat. Capstan Bar Brewing) by Anthony Sabella.
WTKR: March 7, 2021 – Cinema Café hopeful for more blockbuster releases to boost sales (feat. Cinema Café) by Antoinette DelBel.
WTKR: March 9, 2021 – Local businesses see hope with third aid relief package projected to be signed into law (feat. Jenny Crittenden, Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust) by Julio Avila.
WTKR: March 9, 2021 – Takeout Tuesday: Mannino’s owner hopeful 2021 brings better summer resort season in Virginia Beach (feat. John Mannino, Mannino’s Italian Bistro).
WTKR: March 11, 2021 – ‘I don’t know if I can afford that’ Local wallets feeling impact of lumber price hikes (feat. Steamatic, Williamsburg) by Erin Miller.
WTKR: March 11, 2021 – Local menswear store, forced to adapt amid pandemic, to hold soft opening at Virginia Beach mall Friday (feat. Philip Michael Fashion for Men) by Web Staff.
WTKR: March 12, 2021 – Newlyweds test their relationship at Escape Room Virginia Peninsula (feat. Escape Room) by Angela Bohon.
WVEC: March 17, 2021 – Virginia Foodbank gives back to the service industry (feat. Indulge Bakery Bistro & Retail Alliance) by Connor Rhiel.
WTKR: March 17, 2021 – ‘You can’t afford not to eat well’: Local expert’s advice on building immunity (feat. True Found Wellness) by Erin Miller.
WTKR: March 18, 2021 – We’re Open: The Industrial Cottage sees 40% increase in sales as homeowners redecorate during pandemic (feat. The Industrial Cottage) by Chelsea Donovan.
WTKR: March 22, 2021 – Local boat business booming during COVID-19 pandemic (feat. Freedom Boat Club) by Antoinette DelBel.
WTKR: March 23, 2021 – Takeout Tuesday: Chesapeake’s City Deli keeps it down-to-earth and delicious (feat. City Deli) by Anthony Sabella.
Inside Business: March 29, 2021 – Philip Michael Fashion for Men moves into Lynnhaven Mall (feat. Philip Michael Fashion for Men) by Trevor Metcalfe.
WTKR: March 29, 2021 – Women’s History Month: Local organization has raised nearly $1 million to help families battling cancer (feat. Daniel’s Grace) by Anthony Sabella.
Wavy: March 30, 2021 – PPP denied: Startup retailer in Williamsburg asks where the help is for new businesses (feat. Edgewood Outfitters) by Stephanie Harris.
WTKR: April 4, 2021 – Pandemic pivot: Philip Michael Fashion for Men holds grand opening showcasing comfy clothing line (feat. Philip Michael Fashion for Men) by web staff.
Inside Business: April 6, 2021 – Beach Gold Assay expands and relocates in Virginia Beach (feat. Beach Gold Assay) by Sandra J. Pennecke.
Wavy: April 6, 2021 – Concert For Cancer Featuring ‘The Little River Band’ And ‘The Bodeans’ (feat. Daniel’s Grace) by Kerri Furey.
WTKR: April 6, 2021 – Norfolk tourism officials, businesses seeing encouraging numbers (feat. Norfolk Tour Company and Visit Norfolk) by Zak Dahlheimer.
WTKR: April 6, 2021 – Local owner’s dream of owning a business comes true with struggles and hardships (feat. Clothes Mentor VB) by Julio Avila.
WTKR: April 8, 2021 – Marijuana dispensary could be within reach for local CBD shop owner (feat. HempHaven Chesapeake) by Antoinette DelBel.
WVEC: April 13, 2021 – Virginia Beach business owner torn over minimum wage hike (feat. The Royal Chocolate) by Philip Townsend.
WTKR: April 14, 2021 – Despite pandemic, local smokehouse shows how ‘Small’ can be mighty (feat. Small’s Restaurant & Catering) by Erin Miller.
Wavy: April 15, 2021 – Local Chef Brings Life Experience ‘Full Circle’ (feat. Full Circle) by Hampton Roads Show.
WVEC: April 16, 2021 – Kayaks in high demand; two to six month wait at some stores (feat. Great Outdoor Provisions) by Philip Townsend.
WTKR: April 19, 2021 – “It’s very important.” Virginia Beach resort area businesses look for rebound in 2021 (feat. The Beauty Tree Spa) by Anthony Sabella.
WTKR: April 19, 2021 – Billions in federal funding available to support restaurants affected by COVID-19 (feat. Alkalicious) by Kofo Lasaki.
CovaBiz Magazine: April 19, 2021 – 4 Coastal Virginia Retailers to Hold Ribbon Cuttings (feat. Philip Michael Fashion for Men, Shark City Naturals, Pure Lagos, Mad Hatter Studio) by Arielle Patterson in The Watercooler section on their website.
WTKR: April 26, 2021 – Apple pushes out iOS 14.5 to iPhone users, which includes a groundbreaking privacy feature (feat. Studio Center) by Angela Bohon.
WTKR: April 27, 2021 – Takeout Tuesday: Find the perfect fit at Downtown Norfolk’s newest coffee shop (feat. Bonaire & Common Thread) by Anthony Sabella.
WTKR: April 30, 2021 – Norfolk mom’s solution to child’s skin condition turns into big business (feat. Shark City Naturals) by Blaine Stewart.
WTKR: May 4, 2021 – Takeout Tuesday: Fresh off Food Network appearance, local bakery expands into historic space (feat. Scratch Bakery) by Anthony Sabella.
WTKR: May 5, 2021 – Small Business Week: Virginia Beach boutique readies for summer season (feat. Pixelated Boutique) by Anthony Sabella.
WTKR: May 6, 2021 – Small Business Week: Finley’s General Store aims to become ‘town center’ for Carrollton (feat. Finley’s General Store) by Anthony Sabella.
Coastal Virginia Magazine: May 6, 2021 – Norfolk’s Siren Skate Shop is on a Roll (feat. Siren Skate Shop) by Hannah Serrano.
Inside Business: May 6, 2021 – Hampton Roads businesses adjust as Virginia’s minimum wage increases (feat. Ray Mattes, RNR Tire Express, Venture Kitchen & Bar) by Tara Bozick.
WVEC: May 6, 2021 – Hampton Roads businesses trying to tap into new Restaurant Revitalization Fund (feat. Hummingbird Macarons) by Allison Bazzle.
Wavy: May 17, 2021 – Mask on or mask off: Local businesses debate whether to keep mandatory mask policies (feat. Garden Gazebo) by Kayla Gaskins.
WTKR: May 18, 2021 – Local restaurants adjust to life after masks, still searching for employees (feat. SaladWorks) by Anthony Sabella.
WTKR: May 21, 2021 – Small business owner creates cakes, community at Norfolk sweet shop (feat. Pownd Cakes by Jen) by Blaine Stewart.
Inside Business: May 31, 2021 – Virginia Beach candlemaker opens business after pandemic job loss and illness that left her legally blind (feat. Divine Scentervention) by Sandra Pennecke.
WTKR: June 7, 2021 – Survey shows sales increasing for Hampton Roads small businesses, confidence for improvement (feat. Lilac Lane, Studio East Salon Spa, Retail Alliance) by Zak Dahlheimer.
WTKR: June 8, 2021 – Navy vet’s coffee shop brings flavors of the world to Virginia Beach (feat. Fathom Coffee) by Anthony Sabella.
WTKR: June 9, 2021 – Small businesses promoting LOVEVA app offering rewards for shopping local (feat. Cure Coffeehouse, Care-A-Lot Pet Supply, LOVEVA) by Zak Dahlheimer.
WTKR: June 14, 2021 – Groups helping Hampton Roads businesses to fill open positions at shops (feat. Venture Kitchen, Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Marker 20 – owned by Carlyle Bland – and Retail Alliance, SBDC) by Zak Dahlheimer.
WTKR: June 17, 2021 – Norfolk coffee shop donates profits to the community (feat. Coaster Coffee) by Blaine Stewart.
WTKR: June 18, 2021 – Olde Towne Portsmouth antique shop noticing younger customers (feat. Wayback Yonder) by Angela Bohon.
Inside Business: June 24, 2021 – Retail Alliance survey shows signs of positivity among Hampton Roads small business owners (feat. Retail Alliance, Pawsnickety Pets, Esprit Décor) by Sandra Pennecke
WVEC: June 24, 2021 – A retail rebound is happening in Hampton Roads (feat. Retail Pulse April survey findings) by Philip Townsend.
WTKR: June 28, 2021 – ‘It’s the perfect storm:’ Local furniture stores work through lingering foam shortage, delays (feat. Esprit Décor) by Anthony Sabella.
WAVY: June 29, 2021 – Virginia’s rising minimum wage: A bittersweet change for workers and small businesses (feat. The Royal Chocolate) by Stephanie Harris.
WTKR: July 15, 2021 – 97-year-old Norfolk hat business emerges from pandemic on top (feat. Stark & Legum) by staff.
WVEC: July 15, 2021 – 97-year-old Stark & Legum men’s wear shop survives the pandemic (feat. Stark & Legum) by staff.
Inside Business: July 21, 2021 – Virginia Beach real estate firm Ebony Qing launches amid hot market (feat. Ebony Qing) by Sandra J. Pennecke.
Inside Business: July 21, 2021 – Victoria’s Secret’s closure in MacArthur Center opens an opportunity for kiosk seller (feat. Queens Lingerie) by Sandra J. Pennecke.
WTKR: July 27, 2021 – “I think it’s gonna be huge.” DoorDash partners with Virginia Beach florist for new service (feat. Black Iris Florist) by Anthony Sabella.
The Shopper: July 28, 2021 – Nuleeu Nutrition Ribbon Cutting (feat. Nuleeu Nutrition & Wellness).
Suffolk News-Herald: July 28, 2021 – Fabric Shoppe Opens in Suffolk (feat. Fabric Shoppe) by Rachel Austin.
The Shopper: July 30, 2021 – Suffolk’s Pam Miller creates a successful business from the patchwork of her life (feat. Fabric Shoppe) by Cristi Sanchez
WTKR: August 2, 2021 – Schools keeping local plastic company busy with shield orders ahead of new year (feat. Norva Plastics) by Anthony Sabella.
Inside Business: August 4, 2021 – Fabric Shoppe the fulfillment of lifetime passion for Suffolk business owner.