Member News: Montgomery’s Name Dropper and Storkland stores are Retailers of the Year

Montgomery’s Name Dropper, Storkland named Retailers of the Year after 46 years in the community
(Montgomery Advertiser, Sept. 12, 2023) Member since 1993

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

Women Breaking Barriers: Aisha Taylor is fashioning success on her own terms
(WVTM 13, Sept. 19, 2023)

Toodlebugs earns Gold Retailer of the Year award
(The Athens News Courier, Sept. 16, 2023)

U.G. White honored for 106 years in business
(The Athens News Courier, Sept. 16, 2023)

Anniston’s Ann Welch named state Retailer of the Year
(The Anniston Star, Sept. 14, 2023)

Nunnally’s Noble Frame & Gallery Named Retailer of the Year in Anniston
(Calhoun County Journal, Sept. 14, 2023)

Legal panel educates Montgomery business owners on new retail theft law
(WSFA, Sept. 14, 2023)

Athens’ U.G. White Mercantile honored for 106 years in business
(Rocket City Now, Sept. 14, 2023)

Wrapsody is top retailer in $5M to $20M sales category
(The Opelika Observer, Sept. 13, 2023) Member since 2005

Athens business owner among Alabama Retailers of the Year
(Hville Blast, Sept. 13, 2023)

U.G. White Mercantile in Athens to receive Alabama Centennial Retailer award
(Decatur Daily, Sept. 12,2023)

Athens store Toodlebugs to be recognized Thursday as an Alabama Retailer of the Year
(Decatur Daily, Sept. 11, 2023)

‘Feeling fortunate’ ExVoto Vintage wins Alabama Retailer of the Year
(Over the Mountain Journal, Sept. 6, 2023)

JBT Power gets top accolades from Alabama Retail Association
(Lagnaippe, Sept. 5, 2023) Member since 2022

First phase of state’s grocery sales tax decrease now in effect
(Andalusia Star News, Sept. 1, 2023)

College football’s economic impact on Alabama
(WSFA, Aug. 31, 2023)

Wrapsody plans new downtown Homewood location
(Hoover Sun, Aug. 24, 2023/Homewood Star, July 31, 2023) Member since 2005

Dram Shop Liability Act may offer boost to local bars, restaurants
(Birmingham Business Journal, Aug. 24, 2023) Featuring Prichett-Moore Inc., Member since 2010

Premium Cigar Association interviews Donald Waddell of Alabama’s The Cigar Room
(PCA, Aug. 23, 2023) Member since 2017

Dothan’s Bird & Bean Coffee under new ownership
(WTVY, July 10, 2023) Member since 2016

Chris’ Famous Hotdogs and Dew Drop Inn make list of Alabama’s best hot dogs
(, July 6, 2023) Featuring Chris’ Famous Hotdogs, Member since 2004

Enterprise restaurant is ‘a family tradition, yours and ours’
(Alabama Living, June 30, 2023) Featuring Cutts Restaurant Member since 1991

Take a trip to the oldest restaurant in Mobile
(The Bama Buzz, June 30, 2023) Featuring Dew Drop Inn, Member since 1992

Tuscaloosa Piggly Wiggly grocer receives operator award
(Tuscaloosa Thread, June 8, 2023) Featuring B&W Foods, Member since 1998

Robert Moore and Co. donates $5,000 in restaurant gift cards to Mobile County sheriff’s deputies
(Team Sheriff, May 18, 2023) Member since 1996

Goldstein’s in Mobile to celebrate one year under new ownership
(Goldstein’s Jewelers, May 11, 2023) Member since 1995

Eagle Eye Outfitters gives $500 cash scholarships to eight part-time employees
(Eagle Eye Outfitters, May 11, 2023) Member since 2020

Talkin’ Turkey: 7 things to know as Bates House of Turkey returns to Montgomery today
(Montgomery Advertiser, May 8, 2023) Member since 2009

April McClung’s budding pound cake empire
(Business Alabama, May 2, 2023) Member since 2017

Town & Country celebrates 80 years of business
(Village Living, May 1, 2023) Member since 1993

New Publix, shopping center coming to Opelika
(Opelika-Auburn News, May 1, 2023) Member since 2004

Kathryn the Great: Fairhope’s fashion-royalty, Kathryn White of CK Collection
(ACCESS Mobile Baldwin, April 12, 2023) Member since 2014

Causeway classic Ed’s Seafood Shed ready to reopen at new home
(, April 3, 2023) Member since 2000

Uncle Mick’s cuts ribbon with Prattville firefighters in attendance
(Elmore Autauga News, March 31, 2023) Member since 2020

Roof collapses at Niffer’s in Opelika
(Opelika Observer, March 29, 2023) Member since 2012

Herrington named Citizen of the Year at chamber event
(The Brewton Standard, March 14, 2023) Featuring Herrington’s The Florist, Member since 1998

Red’s Little School House Restaurant featured on Simply Southern TV
(Simply Southern TV, March 12, 2023) Member since 2014

McAleer’s opens location in Foley
(Bay Business News, March 10, 2023) Member since 2020

Take a look inside Druid City Brewing’s new 4,500-square-foot building: ‘It’s a long time coming’
(, March 3, 2023) Member since 2020

Large, national retailers closing in the Wiregrass
(WDHN, March 3, 2023)

Town & Country Clothes celebrates 80 years with a ribbon-cutting
(Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce, March 1, 2023)  Member since 1993

Chef James Boyce feels at home in downtown Huntsville’s Cotton Row
(Huntsville Magazine, Feb. 26, 2023) Member since 2010

Panini Pete appears on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives LIVE during the South Beach Wine and Food Festival
(Chef Panini Pete Facebook, Feb. 25, 2023) Member since 2015

Uncle Mick’s in downtown Prattville to reopen Feb. 28
(Montgomery Advertiser, Feb. 23, 2023) Member since 2020

Valentine’s Day takes much preparation for florists
(Alabama News Network, Feb. 13, 2023) Featuring Al’s Flowers, Member since 1995

Fairhope Chocolate is ready for Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras
(WALA, Feb. 6, 2023) Member since 2021

Fairhope couple gets new home thanks to Panini Pete’s PR Foundation
(NBC15News, Feb. 6, 2023) Member since 2015

‘Bama’s best: Gulf Shores, Eastern Shore’s Nick DiMario, is state’s Restaurateur of the Year and not slowing down
(Gulf Coast Media, Jan. 23, 2023) Member since 2015

McAleer’s Office Furniture in Mobile and Foley can outfit an office fast
(Alabama NewsCenter, Jan. 2, 2023) Member since 2020

‘A bright light’: Cindy Stephens creates community through food
(Montgomery Advertiser, Dec. 28, 2022) Featuring Cindy’s Cafe, Member since Sept. 1, 2022

Enterprise business owner elected to Alabama Retail Association’s board of directors
(WDHN, Dec. 27, 2022) Featuring Boll Weevil Soap Co.Member since 2018

Ahead of Christmas parade, Homewood businesses booming from holiday shopping
(CBS42, Dec. 6, 2022) Featuring Homewood Toy and Hobby, Member since 2008

Gulf Shores’ Nick DiMario, Fairhope’s Pete Blohme among 7 Baldwin residents awarded in Alabama hospitality
(Gulf Coast Media, Nov. 29, 2022) Featuring PP Hospitality Group, Member since 2015

Alabama Goods expanding to Hoover
(Hoover Sun, Nov. 28, 2022) Member since 2013

Selma Drug Co. closing after 106 years in business due to owner’s illness
(Alabama News Network, Nov. 28, 2022) Member since 2002

In Focus: Retailers, inflation and consumers during the holiday season
(Troy Public Radio, Nov. 28, 2022)

Labor: Online job postings increase 17.3%; Retail salespeople among most sought employees
(Alabama Daily News, Nov. 23, 2022)

In Focus: Holiday outlook with the Alabama Retail Association
(Troy Public Radio, Nov. 21, 2022)

Chuck’s Fish returns to in-house service for its always-free Thanksgiving Day feast
(Tuscaloosa News, Nov. 17, 2022) Member since 2006

Governor ‘pardons’ Gobbles and Cranberry in Thanksgiving tradition
(, Nov. 10, 2022) Featuring Bates House of Turkey, Member since 2009

Publix opens 4 stores in a week, including in Scottsboro, AL
(Winsight Grocery Business, Nov. 3, 2022) Member since 2003

McLin’s in Daleville wins 2022 Bama’s Best Beef contest
(WTVY, News 4, Nov. 1, 2022) Member since 1991 

Renfroe’s to hold grand opening of third Montgomery location
(WSFA, News 12, Nov. 1, 2022) Member since 1997

Cake-by-Donna products can be found in eight states
(Scenic 98 Coastal, Oct. 19, 2022) Member since 2018

Beer fans, meet Huntsville’s only female head-brewer
(, Oct. 10, 2022) Featuring Green Bus Brewing, Member since 2016

Bacon is Bill E’s business, and business is good
(, Oct. 6, 2022)

Shaia’s honored for 100 years of business
(Homewood Star, Oct. 5, 2022) Member since 1992

Good Business: Homewood businesses honored as state Retailers of the Year
(Over the Mountain Journal, Oct. 4, 2022) Features members Shaia’s, Ashley Mac’s and At Home Furnishings

A SILVER STAR IN OPP: J.R.’s Lawnmower Shop earns ARA’s Retailer of the Year Award
(The Andalusia Star-News, Oct. 1, 2022) Member since 2001

Ashley Mac’s recognized as a Retailer of the Year by Alabama Retail Association
(280 Living, Oct. 1, 2022) Member since 2010

Enterprise soap company earns ‘unboll-weevable’ honor
(The Dothan Eagle, Sept. 28, 2022) Features Boll Weevil Soap Co., Member since 2018

Boll Weevil Soap Company awarded state-wide recognition
(WTVY News 4, Sept. 28, 2022) Member since 2018

Downtown Enterprise has state’s business of the year (Video)
(WDHN, Sept. 28, 2022) Featuring Boll Weevil Soap Co., Member since 2018

Homewood Business Happenings October: News and Accomplishments
(The Homewood Star, Sept. 28, 2022) Featuring members Ashley Mac’s and At Home Furnishings

Alabama Retail Association suggests getting early start on holiday shopping
(WSFA, Sept. 23, 2022)

Family-owned Foley Fish Company to celebrate 101 years in business
(Bama Buzz, Sept. 23, 2022)

Retailers of the Year include two Mobile businesses
(WALA, Sept. 22, 2022)

Good as Gold: Ashley Mac’s wins statewide Retailer of the Year award
(Over The Mountain Journal, Sept. 21, 2022) Member since 2010

Cookie Fix awarded Alabama’s Gold Retailer of the Year
(WBRC, Sept. 21, 2022)

Foley Fish Co. receives Alabama Centennial Retailer award
(Lagniappe, Sept. 21, 2022)

Baldwin County’s Baron of Bacon
(Gulf Coast Media, Sept. 21, 2022)

Why one Alabama town erects monuments to the boll weevil
(CBS Sunday Morning, Sept. 18, 2022) Features Boll Weevil Soap Co., Member since 2018

Two Mobile businesses named Alabama Retailers of the Year
(Bay Business News, Sept. 16, 2022)

‘Retailers of the Year’ honored
(Alabama Daily News, Sept. 15, 2022) Features Ashley Mac’s, Member since 2010; and Mo’Bay Beignet Co., Member since 2020

Boll Weevil Soap Company earns 2022 Retailer of the Year Award
(The Enterprise Ledger, Sept. 15, 2022) Member since 2018

Fairhope’s Bill E’s Small Batch Bacon named Alabama Retailer of Year
(Gulf Coast Media, Sept. 15, 2022)

Mo’Bay Beignet Co. founder, Shoe Station exec among state’s top retailers
(, Sept. 14, 2020) Features Mo’Bay Beignet Co., Member since 2020

Shoe Station’s Brent Barkin awarded prestigious ‘Retailer of the Year’
(Fox 10 News, Sept. 14, 2022)

Fairhope’s Bill E’s Small Batch Bacon named Alabama Retailer of Year
(Gulf Coast Media, Sept. 14, 2022)

K and J’s Elegant Pastries poised for huge year after being named a ‘Bronze Retailer of the Year’
(WBRC, Sept. 14, 2022)

Boll Weevil Soap Co. earns Retailer of the Year Award
(The Southeast Sun, Sept. 12, 2022) Member since 2018

King’s Olive Oil wins Retailer of the Year
(Messenger, Sept. 8, 2022)

King’s Olive Oil earns Alabama Retailer of the Year honor
(The Gadsden Times, Sept. 8, 2022)

Rustique Relics receives a retailer of the year award
(The Clanton Advertiser, Sept. 7, 2022)

Alabama retailers expect to see more sales growth this year
(WSFA, Sept. 5, 2022)

Rhoda Denaburg Link, matriarch of Levy’s Fine Jewelry, dies at 86
(National Jeweler, Aug. 23, 2022) Member since 2020

The Pants Store to open in downtown Auburn
(The Auburn Plainsman, Aug. 19, 2022) Member since 1992

How family-owned The Pants Store capitalized on its viral TikTok moment
(Inc., Aug. 9, 2022) Member since 1992

Books-A-Million moves to new location in Decatur
(WHNT, Aug. 8, 2022) Member since 1984

Boll Weevil Soap Company celebrates 25th anniversary
(The Enterprise Ledger, Aug. 6, 2022) Member since 2018

Four Mountain Brook businesses in running for Alabama Retailer of the Year
(Village Living, Aug. 3, 2022) Features The Lingerie Shoppe, Member since 1995

Two new businesses bring Troy’s historic square to full occupancy
(WSFA, Aug. 1, 2022) Featuring Francesca’s, Member since 2019; and Adam Renfroe of Hooks BBQ, Member since 2015

Online job ads up 33 percent from 2021
(Alabama Political Reporter, July 29, 2022)

Vestavia businesses receive Retailer of the Year nominations
(Vestavia Voice, July 28, 2022) Featuring Ashley Mac’s, Member since 2010; and New York Butcher Shoppe, Member since 2017

Retail industry struggling to find employees amid record unemployment
(Alabama Political Reporter, July 27, 2022)

Shaia’s: Four generations and counting
(Over the Mountain Journal, July 26, 2022) Member since 1992

Love Panini Pete’s in Fairhope? Take a look at 5 new ventures joining the brand
(Gulf Coast Media, July 21, 2022) Member since 2015

Meet the legendary cake ladies of Andalusia, Alabama
(Southern Living, July 21, 2022) Member since 2000

Books-A-Million coming to Huntsville shopping center
(, July 18, 2022) Member since 1984

For a century, Shaia’s has been ‘tailored to our customers’ needs’
(Alabama NewsCenter, July 16, 2022) Member since 1992

MR Awards 2022 Lifetime Achievement: JL Shaia, Shaia’s
(MR, July 14, 2022) Member since 1992

Gigi’s Tween hires graduate of Auburn’s Eagles Program
(Rick Karle, WVTM 13, May 20, 2022) Member since 2013

Eagle Eye awards student workers $6,500 in college scholarships
(Eagle Eye Outfitters, May 11, 2022) Member since 2020

The Pants Store to Join Publix-Anchored Center in Auburn
(The Opelika Observer, April 13, 2022) Member since 1992

Chris’ Famous Hotdogs featured Sunday, March 20, on Simply Southern TV
(Montgomery Advertiser, March 15, 2022) Member since 2004

2nd & Charles, a ‘nerd’s paradise,’ set to open first Tuscaloosa store
(The Tuscaloosa News, March 15, 2022) Featuring Books-A-Million, Member since 1984

Where to find women-led businesses and groups in Tuscaloosa area
(The Tuscaloosa News, March 14, 2022) Featuring Duke’s Clothier, Member since 2018; Effie’s, Member since 1998; Kentuck Art Center, Member since 1998; Manna Grocery & Deli; Member since 2010;3D Dance Studio, Member since 2021

BumperNets Brown: Table tennis with a mission
(The Blue Tribune, March 3, 2022) Member since 2009

Tax-free weekend for severe weather items set for Feb. 25-27
(Tuscaloosa News, Feb. 17, 2022)

‘I’ve loved every minute of it’: Tuscaloosa Shirt Shop founder retires after nearly 43 years
(Tuscaloosa News, Feb. 14, 2022) Featuring The Shirt Shop, Member since 2018

Holiday sales in Alabama reach $17B as UA predicts strong 2022 economy
(Tuscaloosa News, Feb. 11, 2022) Also in The Cullman TimesElmore Autauga News, Montgomery Advertiser, Opelika Observer

When is Alabama’s severe weather preparedness tax free holiday?
(WHNT and WAFF48, Feb. 10, 2022)

The results are in, and the 2021 holiday season was a record breaker
(WTVY, Feb. 9, 2022)

Beloved Florence business to keep doors open after owners death
(WAFF 48, Feb. 8, 2022) Featuring Reclaimed Spirit, Member since Sept. 2021

News and Accomplishments: Alabama Good’s Beth Staula elected to Alabama Retail’s board
(The Homewood Star, Jan. 23, 2022) Alabama Goods, Member since 2013

BuzzCatz Coffee & Sweets among 30 best coffee shops in the Southeast
(Rave Reviews, January 2022) Member since 2016

Alabama Retail names 2022 officers and directors
(The Dothan Eagle, Jan. 14, 2022)

Inflation strikes West Alabama businesses
(WBRC, Jan. 13, 2022)

Books-A-Million closing Brook Highland shopping center store; expects to open new store on U.S. 280 corridor
(Shelby County Reporter, Jan. 10, 2022) Member since 1984

Gomez, Spiller named to Alabama Retail Association board
(Patch, Jan. 7, 2022) Featuring Jalapeños Mexican Grill, Member since 2005; and Spiller Furniture, Member since 1994

Can you believe Bromberg’s is 186 years old?
(Bham Now, Jan. 5, 2022) Member since 1992