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Comic book dealer’s secret hideout

Comic book dealer’s secret hideout

Al Harris April 14, 2009 0

Surrounded by hundreds of thousands of comic books, Brett Carreras shows the crown jewel of his inventory. The restored copy of Batman No. 1, the first appearance of the Joker, is protected by a

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Layoff protection plans: Marketing gold?

Layoff protection plans: Marketing gold?

Aaron Kremer April 9, 2009 1

At first, Danny Fisher wasn’t a fan of Hyundai’s new marketing campaign for “Total Assurance,” which would let a customer who had lost a job return a new car. Fisher, the general sales manager

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Working like a dog:  Richmond startup shows off its tricks

Working like a dog: Richmond startup shows off its tricks

Aaron Kremer March 24, 2009 3

Man’s best friend is a loyal and lucrative customer for a Richmond startup. Best Bully’s has quickly grown as a web-only retailer of organic dog treats. The company sells more than $1 million a

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Bankruptcy filings skyrocket

Bankruptcy filings skyrocket

Aaron Kremer March 24, 2009 2

A record number of people are filing for personal bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, which is housed in Richmond

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Monday Q&A: What’s in store for retail?

Monday Q&A: What’s in store for retail?

Al Harris February 23, 2009 1

Retailers battled through last year’s tough shopping season. Now it’s all about survival. The pullback in consumer spending has made the past six months difficult for retailers across the county, and Richmond is no

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S&K tries to find savings with Chapter 11 filing, hopes to be out in 60 days

S&K tries to find savings with Chapter 11 filing, hopes to be out in 60 days

Richmond BizSense February 10, 2009 0

Richmond-based men’s clothier S&K Famous Brands Inc. is hoping a quick detour into bankruptcy court can help the company fit into a new business model with fewer stores and lower overhead

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Local duo zips up distribution deal

Local duo zips up distribution deal

Al Harris February 10, 2009 0

A local husband-and-wife design team will soon have their product sold through direct-response TV and at major retailers nationwide through a licensing agreement with Massachusetts-based distributor Harvest Direct. Chris and Kat Costello, owners of

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State wants to close retail tax loophole

State wants to close retail tax loophole

Al Harris January 13, 2009 0

When Virginia shoppers pay the 5 percent sales tax on retail goods, most – but not all of it – goes to the state. A small percentage is kept by the business. It’s called

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New Kroger Store Opening Date Pushed Back

New Kroger Store Opening Date Pushed Back

Trevor Dickerson December 17, 2008 0

The opening of a Short Pump Kroger has been postponed. The Corner At Short Pump, a 47-acre retail and residential development on West Broad Street at Lauderdale Drive, will feature a high-end, 86,000 square

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Jewelry industry analyst blasts media negativity

Jewelry industry analyst blasts media negativity

Al Harris December 11, 2008 0

A Glen Allen jewelry analyst says the economy is not nearly as bad as media have made it out to be. “One or two bad months of jewelry sales and change in the financial

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