ROTY 2017 logoOur tenth Retailer of the Year awards started off with a crash. A crash of thunder that is! Fortunately, the storm that passed through the Norfolk Botanical Garden was over before we had eaten our first hors d’oeuvre.

The beautiful weather held throughout the cocktail hour and the gazebo was the perfect setting to view the beautiful rose garden. Our guests listened to the dulcet tones of string musicians, while enjoying the tasty offerings provided by Gourmet Gang, and connecting with old friends and making new ones.

Once we moved into the Rose Garden Hall, the more formal part of the evening commenced with Mayor of the City of Norfolk, Kenneth Cooper Alexander, opening the awards element of the event. Emceed by Vanessa Coria (dressed beautifully by House of Maya), the evening was hugely successful and, as the following pages show, we had some very deserving winners, as well as a lot of fun!

The event would not have been as successful without the help of Jen Stanfield from Gourmet Gang to organize the catering, and assist with the event coordination. Thank you also to ViewItDoIt videography and RGB Imaging photography who captured all the wonderful elements and special moments of the event.

Without our sponsors, this event would not have become a reality. By supporting the ROTYs, our sponsors have made it possible to host this event, celebrating the best in our industry, for ten years. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Our Membership Committee Chair, Debbie Ross of Lynnhaven Mall, has provided guidance and support throughout the planning and execution of this event and we very much appreciate the hard work she’s put in to help us make this successful.

Finally, thank you to the staff at Retail Alliance. In particular, Kylie Ross Sibert and Alexandra Walker did an amazing job at pulling off a remarkable event, with the help of our whole Retail Alliance team.

The 2017 Retailer of the Year event is always a night of good fun, celebration and camaraderie. Please congratulate our winners the next time you see them at their store or at one of our events. And congratulations to all our nominees. You are all staying true to your dreams and have a sincere passion for what you do. We take our hats off to all of you.


Ray Mattes
President/CEO Retail Alliance