Rick Brown: Old or new, retail is better together

Within the pages of the February Alabama Retailer, we celebrate old and new.

Bromberg & Co. Inc. is less than 20 years from turning 200. Meanwhile, its current chief executive continues to provide leadership for his community. Go to Page 13 to see the recognition he received for being a top CEO in his city.

In May, Chris’ Hot Dogs turns 100 (Pages 10-12). Theo and Gus Katechis’ customers don’t want them to change anything about the downtown Montgomery institution or its secret sauce.

Two other retail stories told in this issue began a mere 20 years ago. A grandmother designs nursery décor and sells children’s apparel in Mountain Brook and Homewood (Page 4). This spring, customers will hop by her store for an Easter Egg hunt she founded. And Tuscaloosa is lucky to have an advocate for local retailing who also operates a contemporary ladies boutique (Page 7).

We welcome the new members on Pages 14 and 15. Owner Michelle Reeder (Page 15) bakes the dog treats she sells at The Barkery. Her brand new business also offers doggie daycare, boarding and professional grooming and training.

One of our newest members, ISHI? started in Florida and now has three stores in Alabama (Page 8).

Before you know it, spring will arrive and with it the severe weather season. The owners of Consolidated Ace, who operate two Alabama and four Florida stores, offer some advice on how to prepare on Page 17.

Less than a year old or almost 200, retail is better together.

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 February 2017 Alabama Retailer.