Member News: Ashley Mac’s wins statewide Retailer of the Year award

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

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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)

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

‘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

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

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

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

Huntsville-Madison County retail market: Looking forward to the new year
(Huntsville Business Journal, Dec. 28, 2021)

Alabama Retail, Montgomery, Troy officials see swift sales before Christmas
(WSFA, Dec. 19, 2021)

Last minute shoppers say local stores have more in stock than big box retailers
(WBRC, Dec. 19, 2021)

Florence remembers Stacey Hamner, owner of Reclaimed Spirit
(WAFF, Dec. 16, 2021) Member since Sept. 2021

Tricia’s Treasures opens second-floor gallery dedicated to Alabama artists
(Over the Mountain Journal, Dec. 15, 2021) Member since 2011

Tuscaloosa shop owners expect more business for Christmas
(CBS 42, Dec. 8, 2021) Featuring The Shirt Shop, Member since 2018

Mandy Henry of Queen City Market among Selma-Dallas County’s eight ‘Women Shaping Our Community’
(Selma Sun, Dec. 7, 2021) Member since 2019

Governor’s Mansion candlelight tours return
(WSFA, Dec. 6, 2021) Featuring Capitol’s Rosemont GardensMember since 1991

Holiday spending in Alabama could approach $15 billion
(Alabama Newscenter, Nov. 25, 2021)

Local shopping encouraged this holiday season
(Alabama Public Radio, Nov. 23, 2021)

Where to eat on Thanksgiving Day: Chuck’s Fish offers free drive-thru meal
(The Tuscaloosa News, Nov. 22, 2021) Member since 2016

Black Friday not going away, Decatur retailers say
(Decatur Daily, Nov. 21, 2021)  Featuring Martin’s Family Clothing, Member since 2017

Homewood businesses prepare for Black Friday shoppers
(WBRC, Nov. 21, 2021)

Two gobblers spared in Alabama’s 73rd turkey pardoning
(WSFA, Nov. 12, 2021) Featuring Bates House of Turkey, Member since 2009

In-store holiday shopping up this year; worker shortages affect staffing at Mobile retailers
(WPMI/NBC15, Nov. 12, 2021)

Alabama Retail Association PACS make endorsements
(Alabama Political Reporter, Nov. 12, 2021)

Parking lots filling up for holiday shopping, some still limiting hours due to worker shortage
(WSFA, Nov. 11, 2021)

Cullman retailers ready for holiday shopping spirit
(The Cullman Times, Nov. 11, 202)

Cahaba Brewing Co. doing more than raising a glass for veterans
(WBRC, Nov. 11, 2021) Member since 2017

Alabama Retail Association rolls out endorsements of statewide candidates
(Yellowhammer News, Nov. 11, 2021)

Shoals Chamber ‘Keep the Cheer Here’ campaign promotes shopping local during holidays
(WAFF, Nov. 4, 2021)

River Region businesses looking to hire for the busy holiday season
(Alabama News Network, Nov. 3, 2021) Features Uncle Mick’s Cajun Market & Cafe, Member since 2020

#MyMGM: Shopping Shifts
(Montgomery Business Journal, Nov. 3, 2021)

Shop local this holiday season
(Business View, Nov. 1, 2021) Pages 14-19 feature Metzger’s, Member since 1985; The Art Store at the Mobile Museum of Art, Member since 2008; and The Holiday, Member since 

Halloween celebration expected to return after COVID-19 cancellations
(Alabama Public Radio, Oct. 28, 2021)

Homewood has 2 Alabama Retailer of the Year winners
(The Homewood Star, Oct. 26, 2021) Featuring Emily’s Heirloom Pound Cakes, Member since 2017; and Alabama Goods, Member since 2013

Honor for Ritch’s Pharmacy
(Village Living, Oct. 22, 2021)

Alabama Retail Association expects another big holiday season
(CBS 42, Oct. 21, 2021) Featuring Shaia’s, Member since 1992

Jheovanny Gomez among leaders inducted into Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame
(The Tuscaloosa News, Oct. 21, 2021) Featuring Jalapeños Mexican Grill, Member since 2005

Retailers/shipping services urge early holiday shopping
(Alabama News Network, Oct. 20, 2021)

Retailers stocked with holiday merchandise as shoppers hit stores early this year
(WSFA, Oct. 18, 2021) Featuring Storkland and Namedropper, Member since 2014

‘Made in Alabama’ Showcase includes Dean’s Cake House
(Made in Alabama, Oct. 6, 2021) Member since 2000

Alabama Retail Association honors 2021 Retailers of the Year
(Alabama Political Reporter, Oct. 6, 2021)

‘Tremendous Honor’: Ritch’s Pharmacy presented Retailer of the Year Award
(Over the Mountain Journal, Oct. 5, 2021)

Sorrell College professor demonstrates successful business practices for students with statewide award
(Troy Today, Sept. 30, 2021) Featuring Todd Farms, Member since 2015

Tuscumbia business named 2021 Emerging Retailer of the Year
(WHNT News 19, Sept. 29, 2021)

Papa Dubi’s wins Retailer of the Year
(Sand Mountain Reporter, Sept. 28, 2021)

Hope’s Chest receives Silver Retailer of the Year Award
(The Clanton Advertiser, Sept. 28, 2021)

Made in Alabama: Homewood Businesses Among Statewide Retailers of the Year
(Over the Mountain Journal, Sept. 21, 2021) Features Alabama Goods, Member since 2013; Emily’s Heirloom Pound Cakes, Member since 2017

Chappy’s Deli earns statewide Retailer of the Year award
(Opelika Observer, Sept. 15, 2021)

Chappy’s Deli named Alabama’s 2021 Gold Retailer of the Year
(QSR, Sept. 15, 2021)

Retailers trying to bounce back from pandemic
(WSFA, Sept. 13, 2021)

Surprise! Chappy’s Deli wins top Alabama Retailer of the Year award
(Montgomery Advertiser, Sept. 13, 2021)

Niffer’s Place celebrates 30 years of being a go-to spot for Auburn fans – and waits to name a burger after Coach Harsin
(Opelika-Auburn News, Sept. 2, 2021) Member since 2005

Will mandates increase after FDA approval of Pfizer vaccine?
(WBRC, Aug. 23, 2021)

Opp florist nominated for statewide business award
(Andalusia Star-News, Aug. 12, 2021) Features one of the 49 Alabama Retailer of the Year entrants

Greg Gregerson earns Alabama Grocers Association’s Spirit of Alabama award
(Gadsden Times, Aug. 11, 2021) Member since 1976

Cullman City Council greenlights Sunday alcohol sales
(WIAT, July 29, 2021) Features 412 Public House, Member since 2019

Jimmy Wright honored with NGA’s Great American Award
(National Grocers Association, July 27, 2021) Featuring Wright’s Market, Member since 2006

Alabama retail experts speak on free tax weekend as economy rebounds
(News19, July 19, 2021)

Alabama retailers anticipate more shoppers this back-to-school sales tax holiday
(Alabama NewsCenter, July 16, 2021)

Alabama back-to-school sales tax holiday running Friday through Sunday
(Yellowhammer, July 16, 2021)

How to get the most savings out of back-to-school tax free weekend
(WBRC, July 15, 2021)

What you need to know about the back-to-school tax-free weekend in Alabama, starting July 16
(Bham Now, July 15, 2021)

Alabama’ s back to school sales tax holiday is this weekend
(Anniston Star, The Daily Home, St. Clair Times, July 15, 2021)

Alabama stores prepare for tax-free weekend
(WIAT, CBS42, July 14, 2021) Featuring the Pants Store, Member since 1992

School supplies sales tax holiday begins Friday
(Decatur Daily, July 14, 2021) Featuring Martin’s Family Clothing, Member since 2017

Clothes, school supplies, diapers, electronics among items in Alabama’s sales tax holiday
(WSFA, July 14, 2021)

School supplies tax free this weekend
(WAAY31, July 14, 2021)

Back-to-school tax-free weekend in Alabama
(WBRC, July 13, 2021)

Tax free weekend set for July 16-18
(TimesDaily, July 11, 2021)

Entertainment district in the works for downtown Enterprise
(WTVY, July 7, 2021) Featuring Corks and Cattle, Sixtel Bottle and Growler House and Café RomaSchool sales tax holiday July 16-18
(The Cullman Times, July 6, 2021)

School sales tax holiday is July 16-18
(The Cullman Times, July 6, 2021)

Cocktails to go were a lifeline to many during the pandemic. now, their future is uncertain
(Beverage Industry Enthusiast, June 28, 2021) Featuring Moe’s Original BBQ, Member since

Alabamians shopping more in 2021; sales tax is ‘off the chart’
(WSFA and WTVY, June 10, 2021)

Spring 2021 state sales tax collections up dramatically over last year
(Alabama Political Reporter, June 10, 2021; WZDX Fox, June 14, 2021)

Alabama’s hot economy: Taxed sales up almost 41% over last year
(, June 9, 2021)

Church Street Wine Shoppe celebrates relocation with Australian wine debut
(Huntsville Business Journal,  June 4, 2021) Member since 2014

Summer Fund and Food Drive benefitting Montgomery Area Food Bank is Friday, June 4, at Renfroe’s Market
(WSFA video, June 2, 2021) Member since 1997

Vestavia businesses nominated for Retailer of the Year award
(Vestavia Voice, May 24, 2021)

Bud Skinner’s passing leaves giant hole in Cloverdale dining, nightlife scene
(Montgomery Advertiser, May 19, 2021) Member since 1993; Bud Skinner, Alabama Retail Comp trustee since 1997

“Bud” Skinner, owner and executive chef at Jubilee Seafood, dies at age 65 (Montgomery Advertiser, April 28, 2021)

Alabama consumers adjust to CDC’s newest mask guidance
(ABC 33/40, May 17, 2021) Featuring The Pants Store, Member since 1992

Campbell Hardware celebrates 75th anniversary
(Gulf Coast News Today, May 4, 2021) Member since 1995

Downtown Dining at Huntsville’s Big Oh’s
(We Are Huntsville, May 4, 2021) Member since 2019

Five Alabama Historically Black Colleges and Universities among 30 schools receiving Retool Your School grants from Home Depot
(Home Depot, April 15, 2021) Member since 2003

Eagle Eye Outfitters in Dothan sets in-store mask policy
(Eagle Eye Outfitters, April 2, 2021) Member since May 2020

The Lili Pad in Vestavia Hills bouncing back from shut down last Easter
(WVTM13, April 1, 2021) Member since 2013 

Sikes and Jack n’ Jill opening new location
(Homewood Star, March 24, 2021) Member since 1995

A lesson in resilience, Terramé Salon, Day Spa & Blow Dry Bar opens in Madison
(Huntsville Business Journal, March 15, 2021) Member since 2003

Montgomery businesses reflect on year since the pandemic’s start
(WSFA, March 11, 2021) Featuring Jubilee SeafoodMember since 1993

Publix to open first Pike Road store
(Montgomery Advertiser, March 10, 2021) Member since 2003

Gadsden resident Peter Gregerson writes book on The Golden Rule
(The Gadsden Times, March 8, 2021) Featuring Gregerson Foods, Member since 1976

‘I hope I make it’: 7-year-old Alabama girl selling lemonade to fund her own brain surgeries
(WIAT, CBS42, Feb. 26, 2021) Featuring Savage’s Bakery, Member since 2016

Alabamians encouraged to buy emergency goods through severe-weather tax holiday
(Alabama Public Radio, Feb. 26, 2021)

9 CVS stores in rural Alabama to begin offering COVID-19 shots
(Alabama Daily News, Feb. 25, 2021) Featuring CVS Caremark Corp., Member since 2003

Alabamians spent big in December as holiday spending shatters records
(Montgomery Advertiser, Feb. 25, 2021)

Alabama holiday sales increased almost 12% over 2019
(WTVY, Feb. 25, 2021)

In spite of pandemic, Alabama’s holiday sales up almost 12 percent
(, Feb. 24, 2021)

Severe weather sales tax holiday one week away
(Opelika Observer, Feb. 24, 2021)

Severe weather sales tax holiday this weekend
(Sand Mountain Reporter, Feb. 23, 2021)

2021 severe weather preparedness sales tax holiday
(WAFF 48, Feb. 20, 2020)

Alabama Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday
(WKRG, Feb. 18, 2020)

Sweet Grown Alabama receives grant to track which locally grown products most popular among grocery stores
(Yellowhammer, Feb. 17, 2021) Featuring Piggly Wiggly Birmingham Group, Member since 2003, and Renfroe’s Market, Member since 1997

What 3 Alabama pharmacies learned offering the COVID vaccine
(, Jan. 18, 2021) Featuring Semmes Pharmacy, Member since 2011

Alabama retail sales break records in November
(WSFA, Jan. 10, 2021)

Eagle Eye’s Susan Anderson elected to Alabama Retail Association board
(Dothan Eagle, Dec. 29, 2020) Member since May 2020