Trade your old car seat at Target during trade-in event for app, online discount for baby gear
During the event, Target said that shoppers will have the chance to recycle an old, expired, or damaged car seat to get a coupon on the Target app or online for 20% off one car seat, stroller, or some baby gear.
Carter Bates to open as part of River Ridge’s redevelopment plan
LYNCHBURG, Va. – There’s a new store coming to River Ridge in Lynchburg. Carter Bates is the latest retailer opening during the shopping destination’s redevelopment. The store has served the Hill City for more than 25 years although it was previously located in the Candlers Station Shopping Center. “Carter Bates carries upscale and unique fashion and accessories. They carry a lot of fantastic brands such as Brighton and Tommy Bahama -- so women’s apparel, accessories, shoes, handbags; a lot of great items,” said Katie Farris, marketing manager for River Ridge.
Buy a $25 gift card, get $25 free to spend in downtown Roanoke
ROANOKE, Va. – Love shopping and dining in downtown Roanoke? You’ll soon be able to double your money with a gift card incentive program from Downtown Roanoke Inc. Starting Wednesday at 8 a.m., if you buy a $25 Downtown Roanoke Gift Card, you’ll receive a bonus $25 gift certificate to spend at 51 participating restaurants and shops. The promotion is an effort to help businesses during slower months that are already suffering because of the pandemic. Below is a list of where the gift cards and gift certificates can be redeemed:Retail:310 Rosemont - 312 Market StArtsy June- 209 Market StreetAzar Jewelry & Estate Sales - 32 Market SqBitterSweet Boutique - 307 Market St SEBook No Further - 112 Market St.
Belk filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The North Carolina-based department store chain Belk says it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Charlotte Observer reports that private equity firm Sycamore Partners made the announcement on Tuesday. The firm owns Belk and says it will continue with “normal operations” as it goes through bankruptcy. Sycamore Partners says it expects to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of February. Belk has more than 20,000 employees at its nearly 300 stores in 16 Southeastern states.
Small businesses squeezed in holiday shipping nightmare
Area small businesses are also feeling the pressure because while ordering from their websites is as easy as Amazon, they don’t have thousands of people working with dedicated shipping channels like national retailers do. “They’re going back to check their tracking. They want their package and it literally still says that it’s sitting at my house and it’s not,” Vaughn said. Vaughn has been accused of fraud, threatened with bad reviews, and plagued with customers who say their packages never showed. Vaughn insures her packages, but said customers don’t want to deal with the post office, they expect her to fix it.
Holiday shopping online with local bookstores is easier than ever
Shopping online has always been popular, and add in an unruly pandemic and it’s become the most convenient way to get things done these days, and there’s an unexpected player in cyber retail: local business. Now more than ever, the call to shop local is more important than ever, and if you didn’t know, a lot of local businesses are offering online ordering -- and most places will ship things right to your door. Book No Further in Roanoke, an independent book store, is one local business that has thrived at selling online, despite competing with powerhouses such as Amazon. That’s what is so great about buying from an independent book store -- the entire experience is personal. “You can only get that kind of service from independent book stores,” Vest said.
Shop local this holiday season: All the reasons to check out Downtown Moneta
That’s according to Michelle Aznavorian, who owns Mayberry Furniture and Antique Mall and A Shade Brighter Art and Furniture Outlet. But if you’re native to Virginia, you know just how welcoming Downtown Moneta can be. Just take a look at the aforementioned Mayberry Furniture and Antique Mall and A Shade Brighter Art and Furniture Outlet, for examples. Let’s start with Mayberry Furniture and Antique Mall first. Supporting small businesses is always important, but now more than ever, these one-of-a-kind stores in Downtown Moneta deserve all the attention this holiday season.
Roanoke shop owners rely on holiday sales to keep doors open
ROANOKE, Va. – With corporate giants dominating online holiday sales, small local businesses are relying on shoppers’ dollars this holiday season to stay afloat. After 38 years of business, this year started off slow for Laura Duckworth, co-owner of Gift Niche in downtown Roanoke. Duckworth said sales normally trickle in at the start of October, but December’s sales alone help support her business till at least March. And other business owners seem to be in the same boat. I just take it day by day.”But to the business owners who are looking for a light at the end of the tunnel, Dale said keep pushing forward.