Member News: Sales tax holiday’s popularity grows each year

Alabama’s annual sales tax holiday starts Friday
(Tuscaloosa News, July 14, 2019)

When Alabama Retail or its members make the news, we’ll link the articles below. Email Nancy Dennis when your store makes the news so we can share it!

Crestline Bagel Company opens in downtown Birmingham
(, March 11, 2019) Member since 2016

Lavish Boutique and Coffee Bar in Jasper to be on Season 10 of ABC’s ‘What Would You Do?’
(, Feb. 20, 2019) Member since 2015

Tuscaloosa, state holiday sales increased, reports say
(Tuscaloosa News, Feb. 18, 2019) Featuring The Shirt Shop – Member since 2018

Alabama Retail adds four new directors (See Page 9)
(Alabama Retailer, Jan. 30, 2019) Spiller Furniture & Mattress – Member since 1994; Monograms Plus of Cullman – Member since 1999; Midtown Pizza Kitchen – Member since 2011; Hospital Discount Pharmacy – Member since 2013

Sam’s Bar-B-Que reopens on Atlanta Highway
(Montgomery Advertiser, Jan. 28, 2019) Member since Jan. 24. Original join date 1998.)

Peach Park named Chilton Chamber’s Distinguished Business of the Year
(The Clanton Advertiser, Jan. 25, 2019) Member since 2016

Tuscaloosa business owner now serving on Alabama Retail Association board of directors
(WVUA23, Jan. 2, 2019) Spiller Furniture & Mattress – Member since 1994

Tuscaloosa’s Shane Spiller elected to Alabama retail board
(Tuscaloosa News, Dec. 29, 2018) Spiller Furniture & Mattress – Member since 1994

Midtown Pizza Kitchen owner named to Alabama Retail board
(Montgomery Advertiser, Dec. 28, 2018) Member since 2011

2 Cullman business owners named to Alabama Retail Association board of directors
(The Cullman Tribune, Dec. 27, 2018) Monograms Plus of Cullman – Member since 1999; Hospital Discount Pharmacy – Member since 2013; Lavish Boutique – Member since 2015)

Cullman business owners named to state retail board
(The Cullman Times, Dec. 27, 2018) Monograms Plus of Cullman – Member since 1999; Lavish Boutique – Member since 2015)

Penn Hamburgers finds a new location on edge of downtown, may reopen in April
(Decatur Daily, Dec. 26, 2018) Member since 2017

45 years after founding jewelry store, Jimmy D. Smith plans to officially retire
(Decatur Daily, Nov. 15, 2018) Jimmy Smith Jewelers – Member since 1984

Foley City Council honors Charlene Haber, Alabama’s 2018 Silver Retailer of the Year
(Gulf Coast News Today, Nov. 20, 2018) Member since 2017

Farm Bowl + Juice Co. opens Tuscaloosa store
(Tuscaloosa News, Nov. 14, 2018) Member since 2011

Homewood, Cahaba Heights kick off Christmas season with community events
(CBS 42, Nov. 8, 2018) Features Alabama Goods – Member since 2013

OHenry’s Coffee celebrates 25 years of business
(Iron City Ink, Oct. 17, 2018) Member since 1999

Civic Hall of Fame honors Class of ’18
(Tuscaloosa News, Sept. 21, 2018)

Gene Poole among seven ‘civic giants’ to be honored in Tuscaloosa
(Tuscaloosa News, Sept. 8, 2018)

Tuscaloosa jeweler receives veteran award
(Tuscaloosa News, Sept. 2, 2018) Hudson-Poole Fine Jewelers – Member since 2017

Cobalt, Wolf Bay Lodge earn Alabama Retailer of the Year accolades
(Mullet Wrapper, July 31, 2018) Wolf Bay Restaurant, Bar & Boutique – Member since 2017

Janice Bowman of Bromberg’s: FACES of Birminghama
(Style Blueprint, July 22, 2018) Member since 1992.

Alabama shoppers skip state sales tax on back-to-school items from clothes to computers July 20-22
(Alabama Newscenter, July 18, 2018) Featuring Painted Pink, Member since 2000.

Buying school supplies this sales-tax-free holiday weekend
(WTVY, Dothan, July 18, 2018)

Sales tax holiday on school supplies set for this weekend
(The News Courier, Athens, July 18, 2018)

Back to School Sales Tax Holiday takes place this weekend
(Opelika-Auburn News, July 17, 2018) Featuring J&M Bookstore, Member since 1992.

Wright’s Market starts program for food-stamp recipients
(Opelika-Auburn News, July 12, 2018) Member since 2006.

Retailer of the Year nominee Cook Store gives a homey vibe in the middle of Mountain Brook
(Over the Mountain Journal, July 10, 2018)

Alabama will soon start collecting online sales tax
(WSFA 12 News, July 9, 2018) Featuring The Locker Room of Montgomery, member since 1993 and Al’s Flowers, member since 1995

Six Tuscaloosa area businesses up for Alabama Retailer of the Year
(Tuscaloosa News, July 9, 2018)

Back-to-school sales tax holiday July 20-22
(Cullman Sense, July 8, 2018)

Statewide tax free holiday set for July 20-22
(Selma Times- Journal, July 7, 2018)

Shoals Chamber Resurrects Awards Program; Honors Local Businesses
(Times Daily, June 14, 2018)

On Your Side: The future of shopping
(WBRC, June 11, 2018) Featuring The Pants Store, member since 1992

Monograms Plus of Cullman Changing Hands After 19 Years
(Cullman Tribune, June 6, 2018) Member since 1999

Jalapeño’s Mexican Grill named a 2018 Small Business Champion by SCORE
(Tuscaloosa News, April 27, 2018) Member since 2007

Unclaimed Baggage Center president named to Alabama Retail Association board
(, April 27, 2018) Member since 2016

Renfroe’s Market named best grocery store in Alabama
(The Daily Meal, April 19, 2018) Member since 1997

Making what’s old new again at Alabama’s Southern Accents
(, April 18, 2018) Member since 2018.

Target expands curbside pickup to Alabama
(, April 18, 2018) Member since 2003.

Alabama retailers have eyes on Supreme Court case
(WSFA, April 17, 2018) Interview with Alabama Retail’s Melissa Warnke

Calhoun County among those expected to see revenue boost from state law updating online sales tax collection
(Anniston Star, April 13, 2018) Featuring Couch’s Jewelers, member since 1992; and Wakefield’s Inc., member since 2017.

Lost items land in Alabama at the Unclaimed Baggage Center
(Alabama News Center, March 29, 2018) Member since 2017.

Hibbett Sports, Fourth Avenue Supermarket leaders named to 2018 ‘Executives of Influence’ list
(Birmingham Business Journal, March 23, 2018) Hibbett Sports, member since 1986. Fourth Avenue Supermarket, member since 2005.

Tucker Pecan Company: A family business three generations strong
(Edible Lower Alabama, January 30, 2018) Member since 2000.

Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe is an Alabama Maker scooping into its sweet heritage
(Alabama News Center, March 12, 2018) Member since 2002.

Trowbridge’s offers nickel ice cream cones
(Florence Times Daily, March 12, 2018) Member since 1994.

Wilson receives the Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award
(The Greenville Advocate, Feb. 16, 2018) Member since 1989.

Mountain Brook’s Crestline Bagel Co. to open Vestavia Hills location
(Birmingham Business Journal, Feb. 1, 2018) Member since 2016.

Publix to open new store in Decatur on Valentine’s Day
(Decatur Daily, Feb. 7, 2018) Member since 2003.

Straight to Ale featured in PBS “Places to Love” during show’s Huntsville visit
(PBS, Feb. 4, 2018) Member since 2016

Hoover chamber picks top volunteers for 2017
(Hoover Sun, Jan. 18, 2018) Featuring Wrapsody in Hoover. Member since 2005.

‘It’s only fair’: As Supreme Court ponders online sales tax collection ruling, Alabama looks for solutions
(, Jan. 7, 2018) Featuring The Locker Room in Montgomery and Auburn. Member since 1993.

Monograms Plus Owner Margaret Hamm elected to Alabama Retail Association Board
(The Cullman Tribune, Dec. 27, 2017)

Local Joe’s owner joins Alabama Retail Association directors
(Gadsden Times, Dec. 28, 2017)

Cullman retailer named to Alabama Retail Association board
(, Dec, 27, 2017)

Books-A-Million, Sneaky Pete’s leaders continue roles with Alabama Retail Association
(Birmingham Business Journal, Dec. 27, 2017)

Shoppers hit stores on Christmas Eve
(Florence Times Daily, Dec. 25, 2017)

Experts offer advice for returning unwanted gifts
(Decatur Daily, Dec. 25, 2017)

Florence area retailers pleased with Christmas shopping season
(Times Daily, Dec. 23, 2017)

Remembering Fred Sington Jr., a true ‘renaissance man’
(Gadsden Times, Dec. 22, 2017) Alabama Retail Chairman, 1978-79

Other tributes to Fred Sington Jr.:

Last-minute shopping on “Super Saturday”
(WSFA, Dec, 22, 2017)

Shoppers make last minute rush for holiday shopping
(ABC 33/40, Dec. 22, 2017)

Merry shipping
(Florence Times Daily, Dec. 20, 2017)

Alabama holiday spending expected to increase by 2 percent over last year
(Birmingham Business Journal, Dec. 15, 2017)

Western Market, BTC Wholesale Distributors and Employment Screening Services among Top 25 Family Owned Businesses in Birmingham
(Birmingham Business Journal, Dec. 13, 2017) Western Market, Member Since 1989;  BTC Wholesale, Member Since 2009; Employment Screening, Member Since 2013

Heather New to chair state chamber
(Gadsden Times, Dec. 6, 2017) Chamber of Gadsden and Etowah County, Member Since 2000

Big spending expected this holiday season, Alabama Retail predicts
(WIAT CBS, Dec. 2, 2017)

Spending expected to be at an all-time high in Alabama this holiday season
(WSFA, Dec. 1, 2017)

Shoppers search for deals on Black Friday
(Florence Times Daily, Nov. 25, 2017)

Alabama holiday sales projected to top record $11.5B
(The Cullman Times, Nov. 24, 2017)

Retail pros offer holiday shopping tips
(Decatur Daily, Nov. 23, 2017)

Shop local Alabama
(WVAS 90.7, Nov. 21, 2017)

Black Friday may not be busiest shopping day anymore, but remains strong
(Decatur Daily, Nov. 20, 2017)

Huntsville businesses encourage holiday shopping close to home with Shop Alabama for the Holidays campaign
(WHNT 19, Nov. 17, 2017)

K-Z Dealer Hall’s RV wins Bronze Retailer of the Year award
(RV News, Nov. 17, 2017) Member since 2017

Spread Cheer, Shop Here: Shop Alabama initiative launch event held in Dothan
(Dothan Eagle, Nov. 16, 2017) Featuring Naomi & Olive. Member Since 2016

Alabama Retail Association expects more holiday spending this year than last
(WSFA, Nov. 16, 2017)

Montgomery business trying to keep up with online shopping this holiday season
(WSFA, Nov. 12, 2017)

Alabama Retail Association tour kicks off Christmas in Cullman
(The Cullman Tribune, Nov. 11, 2017) Featuring Monograms Plus of Cullman. Member since 1999.

‘Shop Alabama’ event kicks off holiday shopping season
(The Cullman Times, Nov. 11, 2017) Featuring Monograms Plus of Cullman. Member since 1999.

Martin’s Family Clothing opens in Pell City
(St. Clair News Aegis, Nov. 11, 2017) Member since 2017

Christmas in Cullman 2017 kickoff ceremonies
(Cullman Today, Nov. 10, 2017) Featuring Monograms Plus of Cullman. Member since 1999.

Alabama holiday sales to exceed $11.5 billion, Retail Association predicts
(Alabama Today, Nov. 9, 2017)

Alabama online sales tax collections growing, but more is out there
(, Nov. 8, 2017)

Nellie Mae is tops in the state
(Courier Journal, Oct. 24, 2017) Member since 2017

Western Market earns 2017 Gold Alabama Retailer of the Year Award
(The Shelby Report, Oct. 23, 2017) Member since 1989

Nellie Mae receives state honor
(Florence Times Daily, Oct. 23, 2017) Member since 2017

Local Joe’s gets award from state retail group
(Anniston Star, Oct. 19, 2017) Member since March 2017

Alabama Retail Association recognizes Retailers of the Year
(, Oct. 17, 2017)

Birmingham businesses earn Retailer of the Year awards
(Iron City Ink, Oct. 17, 2017)

Mountain Brook shops honored in Alabama Retail Day
(Village Living, Oct. 17, 2017)

Homewood shops honored in Alabama Retail Day
(Homewood Star, Oct. 17, 2017)

Local Joe’s among Alabama’s gold standard
(Gadsden Times, Oct. 17, 2017)

Naomi & Olive owners open Bird & Bean Coffee Shop in Dothan
(Dothan Eagle, July 25, 2017) Member since 2016

FMI honors industry veteran Greg Gregerson with Glen P. Woodard Award for Public Affairs
(EPR Retail News, June 13, 2017) Member since 1976

Brick-and-mortar stores down but not out, retailers say
(Decatur Daily, May 24, 2017) Featuring Osborne’s Jewelers. Member since 2002

Opelika’s Wright’s Market getting its food further out
(, May 18, 2017) Member since 2006

Parkway Place Mall: ‘What’s old is new again’ in changing retail landscape
(, May 18, 2017)

Bromberg’s supports Junior League of Birmingham by donating necklace for Thursday’s silent auction
(Village Living, April 20, 2017) Member since 1992

Gregerson’s new Cash Saver grocery store opens its doors in Hokes Bluff
(Gadsden Times, April 7, 2017) Member since 1976 

Charles Anderson, son of Books-a-Million founder, named Citizen of the Year
(Times-Daily, March 17, 2017) Member since 1984

New grocery store to enter Phenix City market
(Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, March 13, 2017) Member since 1997

Watch 4th Avenue Supermarket employee get surprised with car
(, March 7, 2017) Member since 2005

Alabama World Travel celebrates 45 years
(Alabama World Travel, Jan. 31, 2017) Member since 2013

Neighborhood welcomes Western Markets’ New Lane Parke store
(The Shelby Report, Jan. 17, 2017) Member since 1989

Alabama sees surge in tax collections from online sales
(, Jan. 27, 2017) Quotes Alabama Retail Association

Downtown Birmingham Publix set to open Feb. 8
(, Jan. 17, 2017) Member since 2003

Auburn employee retires after 52 years at J&M Bookstore
(The Plainsman, Jan. 11, 2017) Member since 1994

Early numbers show a record setting year for Alabama holiday sales
(ABC 33/40, Jan. 11, 2017) Features Alabama Retail board member Bob Robicheaux of UAB

Peach Park earns ‘Best of Alabama’ distinction for ice cream
(Alabama Living, January, 2017) Member since 2016