Cloudy forecast at Gallery at Military Circle (Virginian-Pilot)
Retailers in the Norfolk fixture say empty spaces, security cuts, and tepid promotions and marketing are making a tough economy worse. They want action from the mall’s owner to help them reverse their sales slide.
Doing lunch and retail in downtown Roanoke is a mixed market (Roanoke Times)
The closing of the Roanoke City Market Building for renovation has hurt some downtown businesses, but it has increased sales for some restaurants.
States Pour Government Money into Wine (Business Week)
Though vineyard profits are scarce, most states see wineries as good tourism investments, so all 50 fund them.
The Great Unwashed (NY Times)
Some people have all but abandoned the idea of soap, shampoo and deodorant and yet still manage to have friends, romantic relationships and even office jobs.
Restaurant Franchises Try Truckin’ as a Way to Grow (WSJ)
A small but growing number of chains—such as Tasti D-Lite and Toppers Pizza—are following in the tracks of those local food-truck businesses popping up on city streets.
An Easier Way to Jet-Set (Inc.)
Think of it as Expedia for private jets. A new website called flyRuby lets you search for and book flights from a variety of charter services all in one place.