From ARA’s President: All Benefit When We Shop Alabama

November 2016 Alabama Retailer

Profiled in the pages of the November issue of Alabama Retailer are retailers who sell clothing, food, flowers, gifts, groceries, architectural antiques, embroidery, jewelry, linens, outdoor gear, popsicles, pharmaceuticals, produce, shoes and even items found in lost luggage.

They peddle those wares in 42 cities of our great state, from Scottsboro to Orange Beach.

Some have only been in business for three years, while others hit the century mark this year (Page 10). Retail experts chose 13 as the best of 2016 (Pages 8 and 9). This issue just scratches the surface of what Alabama has to offer in terms of retail.

The options for shopping with Alabama-based retailers far exceed what can be summarized in one 24-page magazine.

Shop AlabamaAs we enter retail’s busy season, help us promote all Alabama has to offer those who are looking for the perfect holiday gift for their loved ones or themselves.

Post a message on your store or restaurant’s marquee like Al Cantrell (Page 7). Share your store’s holiday décor on Alabama Retail’s Facebook page or Twitter feed. Get creative while sharing your story. Need ideas? Visit the “Get Involved” section of

For the first time ever, some of the world’s largest online-only retailers will be collecting and remitting sales tax in Alabama (Page 6) during this holiday season (Pages 4 and 5). That alone gives us reason to celebrate, but it also challenges Alabama retailers to reclaim or gain customers.

This holiday season, join the movement. #Shop Alabama.

Rick Brown 2016

Rick Brown

By Rick Brown, president of the Alabama Retail Association and the publisher of Alabama Retailer, the association’s magazine.


This column first appeared on Page 2 of the November 2016 Alabama Retailer