Episode 25 (November 23, 2020): In this episode of the Retail Is Podcast, we are joined by Dr. Denise Foster, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, and owner of HempHaven in Chesapeake. Dr. Foster shares with us her passion for the medicinal potential of cannabis and CBD, and why she decided to open up her store to help educate people on the benefits.

Episode 24 (November 10, 2020): Bryan Salerno, owner of Jersey Cards & Comics, joins us for a fascinating look into rediscovering one’s passion for their business. We also discuss his unique take on customer service and how he manages his team when it comes to sales training.

Episode 23 (October 27, 2020): Kylie and special guest host Karen Husselbee, Retail Alliance’s newest Membership Advisor, sit down for a virtual chat with Becky Devlin, owner of HortiCulture Design Co., to talk about her experience opening a new business during the pandemic, and how she has been doing since then.

Episode 22 (October 13, 2020): We sit down for a virtual cup of coffee with Kate Dininny, Manger of Coaster Coffee, to talk about what it takes to create a community-focused coffee shop and how that community helped them during the early months of COVID-19.

Episode 21 (September 29, 2020): Mary Landgrebe, Retail Inventory Solutions, joins us to talk about retail trends that have appeared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We talk about what she is doing in her business, the landscape of the retail environment, and our most recent STRIVE Workshop.

Episode 20 (September 15, 2020): Paul Atkinson Sr., CEO of Eggleston, joins us to talk about how his company works to help underserved members of our community through training and employment. We also discuss their 65th year anniversary, some fascinating company history, and their response to COVID-19.

Episode 19 (September 1, 2020): Bobby Wright, Wright Industries, joins us for a talk that features big ideas, future projects, local history lessons, and some positive messages in this difficult time.

Episode 18 (August 3, 2020): Chris Shelton, Co-Owner of Cure Coffeehouse, joins us to talk about the rewards, challenges, and pitfalls one experiences when co-owning a business. We also get into how you can get through a crisis while still maintaining a vision of expansion and growth.

Episode 17 (July 14, 2020): We have a great chat with Brad and Amy Hart, Hauser’s Jewelers, about how they feel being awarded the Retail Alliance Retailer of the Year 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award. We discuss what went into the decision to award them, their endurance in business (they have been around for 122 years!), reputation, product quality, and community involvement.

Episode 16 (July 6, 2020): We sit down and chat with the multi-talented Jenny Crittenden. Jenny is an integral part of the Gloucester and Virginia business, tourism & arts community, wearing multiple hats including Executive Director of Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust; representing small brick and mortar retail in Governor of Virginia’s Private Business Taskforce for Reopening Virginia; Chair of Legislative Committee of the Retail Alliance Board of Directors, and more!

Episode 15 (June 18, 2020): Parking lot line dancing? Yes, please! Kylie sits down with Cindy Norge, CB Studios (formally Country Bootleggers Dance Studio), to talk about how she got started, her growth to different styles of dance, online classes in response to COVID-19, and of course, her popular parking lot line dancing.

Episode 14 (June 3, 2020): “Get out there and give back to the community. We’ve had our tailors the last two weeks making masks and we’re going to donate them to CHKD. We’re all in this together. We have to look out for each other.”

-Phil Scotti, Philip Michael Fashion for Men

Phil joins us for this week’s Retail Is Podcast to talk about how he has responded to COVID-19, his dedication to supporting his community, his commitment to his staff, and a little about how he got into the fashion industry.

Episode 13 (May 13, 2020): Lori Janke, Clothes Mentor/Once Upon A Child Newport News, joins us to talk about the impact COVID-19 has had on her and other retail business owners.

Episode 12 (May 7, 2020): Brenda Tusing, The Royal Chocolate, joins us to talk about the effect Coronavirus has had on their business and the retail industry as a whole.

Episode 11 (May 4, 2020): We have a Zoom call with Jennifer Harris, owner of Cottage LunaSea, about her response to the Coronavirus, and how she is using this experience to learn and grow as a business owner.

Episode 10 (April 6, 2020): We sit down with Jim Abicht, owner of The Christmas Store, to talk about what it’s like to run and market a niche store all year round.

Episode 9 (March 9, 2020): Barbara Ewell, Retriever Merchant Services, joins us to talk about everything you have ever wanted to know about credit card processing but were too afraid to ask.

Episode 8 (February 24, 2020): Elizabeth Duncan-Hawker of Red Hawk Strategic Solutions joins us to talk about the art of the follow-through and how to take your meet and greets to the next level.

Episode 7 (February 10, 2020): We sit down with Courtney Adkins, ShopTalk, to discuss what is ahead for retail in 2020 and beyond.

Episode 6 (February 5, 2020): Russ and Stephanie Gilbert, owners of The Dirty Buffalo, join us to talk about what it takes to run a successful restaurant, how they managed to franchise their own, and much, much more.

Episode 5 (January 10, 2020): We sit down with Kate Baker of the Virginia Retail Federation to talk about the upcoming Virginia General Assembly, what she is doing to help retailers out, and what retailers can do to help her.

Episode 4 (December 30, 2019): Sonya Schweitzer, owner of The Intentional Marketer, joins us to talk about some of the best things you can do to market your business on a limited budget.

Episode 3 (December 13, 2019): Lindsey Germono, Germono Advertising Company, stops by the office to chat with us about creating a social media marketing plan for the new year.

Episode 2 (November 27, 2019): Mary Landgrebe from Retail Inventory Solutions shares her views on why Retail Is Not Dead and provides suggestions to help your store during the holiday season and throughout the year.

Episode 1 (November 14, 2019): We sit down with Retail Alliance’s own Lisa Renee Jennings, LOVEVA Program Manager, to talk about Buy Local Month, the LOVEVA app, and the importance of buying local.