Retail Alliance names Hampton Roads’ Retailers of the Year – Virginian-Pilot

The Retail Alliance, a regional nonprofit association that advocates for retailers and small businesses, announced the winners of this year’s Retailer of the Year awards. They are 71 businesses across 35 categories in both South Hampton Roads and the Peninsula.
“During the last two years, the pandemic has created challenges for all retailers,” Retail Alliance President and CEO Ray Mattes said. “We are so proud of all our retailers who have been able to overcome those challenges and hurdles and wish we could give each and every one of them a Retailer of the Year award.”
The honorees were selected through peer voting based on a business’s customer service, reputation, aesthetics, and community involvement.
The Retail Alliance selected Taylor’s Do it Center as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honoree. Founded in 1927, Taylor’s Do it Centers are a chain of family-owned and locally operated independent hardware stores, offering hardware, lumber and building materials in 11 locations throughout Hampton Roads and North Carolina.
The award recognizes retailers that have excellent customer service, are engaged with the community, have a great reputation, are excellent at visual merchandising and store aesthetics, and have longevity, Mattes said. “We felt that Taylor’s hits all five of these criteria. They have been around for nearly a hundred years stemming from one of the area’s oldest businesses, Fuel, Feed & Building Supplies.”
The winners are:
Arts/entertainment: Norfolk Tides, Peninsula Pilots
Association: BizConnect Hampton Roads, York County Chamber of Commerce
Automotive: RNR Tire Express and Speedy Auto Service (tie), Dodd RV of the Peninsula
Bakery: Hummingbird Macarons & Desserts, Nothing Bundt Cakes
Bank/credit union: TowneBank, Old Point National Bank
Bookstore/comics: Prince Books, Jersey’s Cards & Comics
Brewery/winery/distillery: The Virginia Beer Co.
Building/garden supplies: Taylor’s Do It Center, Ace Peninsula Hardware
Clothing/accessories: Philip Michael Fashion for Men, Yolanda’s
Coffee shop/café: Cure Coffeehouse, Sweet Tooth Café and Bakery
Events/catering/rentals: Gourmet Gang, All About Events and Cute Clickz (tie)
Financial services: Pixel Financial Group, MOR Consulting Services
Funeral: Hollomon & Brown Funeral Home, Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home
Furniture: Decorum Furniture
Gift shop/artisan market: Garden Gazebo, The Christmas Store
Health/wellness/fitness: Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios, Pure Barre Newport News/Chesapeake
Home/property improvement: Kathy Knack Interior Designs and Russell’s Heating & Cooling (tie), Atlantic Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning
Hospitality/travel: Dream Vacations Let’s Pack & Go; The Landing at Hampton Marina, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Jeweler: Adele Diamond, Hauser’s Jewelers
Media/marketing: Cheryl Tan Media, Moxie Design
Medical, dental, vision: East Beach Urgent Care, Williamsburg Drug Co.
Nonprofit: Eggleston Services and The King’s Daughters (tie), NetworkPeninsula
Personal care/beauty/spa: Changes City Spa, Williamsburg Salt Spa
Pets/animal supplies: Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop, Gangsta Dog
Printing/awards/engraving/signage: Colley Avenue Copies, image360 Newport News
Professional services: Retail Inventory Solutions, Boxes Plus/Flag Center of Virginia
Real estate: S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co., Gather
Resale/consignment/antique: worththewait, D.A.V. Thrift Stores
Restaurant: Taste, The Cockeyed Rooster and Indulge Bakery & Bistro (tie)
Shopping centers: The Shops at Hilltop
Specialty artist: Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, Murawski Photography
Specialty clothing: All The Rage
Specialty food/beverage: The Royal Chocolate, The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg
Specialty retail: Bob’s Gun Shop, Village Bicycles
Workshops/classes/education: Advanced Technology Center/Marketing & Entrepreneurship @ Town Center, Lilac Lane


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