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Retail Alliance Announces 4 New Stores

1. Shark City Naturals

Who: Shark City Naturals is a family owned and operated, all-natural cosmetics company based in Norfolk.

The products were initially created to combat adverse reactions from products made with unknown substances for our large family of ten, but it quickly evolved into our flourishing business that sells a variety of beauty products made with wholesome ingredients. At Shark City Naturals, total wellness is our top priority, our products contain high-quality butters and essential oils while being offered at a competitive market price.

What: Opens 2nd location in Norfolk, VA. Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Where: Shark City Naturals, 100 W. 21st Street, Norfolk

When: Saturday, April 24 at Noon

Photo/Video Ops: Jamie Skinner, her husband and their eight children, ranging in age from 6 to 22, will cut the ribbon to open their new location.

Why: Norfolk is known as "Shark City" and we coined the term for our company name because our area is so culturally diverse, yet Norfolk natives constantly pour their love and support into small businesses, such as ours. Without that support, we could never exist. We opened our first location inside Military Circle in August of 2019. We chose 21st Street for our second location as it provides us a retail storefront and also a warehouse where we will make our all-natural organic products. We are excited to be occupying the space that was formerly Gayle’s Wigs and to also be in the community we call home, just a few blocks from where we live!

Contact: Jamie Skinner, Owner, Shark City Naturals

Phone: 757-270-8858

2. Pure Lagos African Art Gallery & Boutique

Who: Pure Lagos African Art Gallery & Boutique offers a curated selection of original art, artifacts, and fashion from across Africa. The eclectic shop welcomes each customer on an artistic journey through the creativity of Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Kenya and more. Pure Lagos has four gallery locations in Norfolk.

What: Opening of “Pure Lagos presents Nimbus Africa Center” featuring an exhibition of works by Rufus Ogundele, the Picasso of Africa. Between the years 1963 and 1995, Rufus Ogundele created a spectacular body of work which testify to his genius. Born in Oshogbo in southwestern Nigeria in 1946, his first foray into the arts was as a musician and actor in Duro Ladipo's travelling theatre company alongside Twins77 and Muraina Oyelami. Before his untimely death aged only fifty, his works celebrating the boundless beauty and colorful imagery of Yoruba life and culture had been exhibited the world over.

Where: MacArthur Center, Level One, Center Court, Norfolk

When: April 30, 2021, 5-7 p.m.

Photo/Video Ops: Owners Sia & Joseph will cut the ribbon for the exhibition opening. Photos of the artworks will be allowed.

Why: We are the premier African art gallery in southeastern Virginia and have just made a high-profile art sale to Sotheby’s UK and will be showing works in the upcoming Bonhams NYC African art auction in May. Our owner is born and raised in Norfolk, VA.

Contact: Sia Alexander, Curator, Pure Lagos African Art Gallery

Phone: 757-956-9975

3. Mad Hatter Studio

Who: Mad Hatter Studio is a locally owned and operated gift shop specializing in unique gifts, local art and premium gift-wrapping services.

What: Join us for a ribbon cutting to celebrate our move from MacArthur Center to Lynnhaven Mall.

Where: Lynnhaven Mall across from Apple, Virginia Beach

When: May 1, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

Photo/Video Ops: Ribbon Cutting with owner and Mayor Bobby Dyer

Why: Our new store includes an additional 700 square feet which allows us to showcase our selection of cards, candles, celebratory gifts for all occasions, gift wrap and we’ll be adding a selection of City of Virginia Beach merchandise to appeal to locals and tourists.

Contact: Theresa Olszsk, Owner, Mad Hatter Studio

Phone: (757) 353-8097

4. Philip Michael Fashion for Men

Who: Philip Michael Fashion for Men is a leading men's apparel retailer in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Our ultimate goal is to provide our patrons with the means to dress for success, while maintaining a balance among fashion, sophistication and affordability. We take great pride in our

company, our commitment to customer service and in the products we sell.

What: Relocation and re-opening

Where: Coliseum Crossing, 2117 Coliseum Drive, Hampton

When: April 20, 2021, 9:45 a.m.

Photos: Ribbon cutting photos with owner Phil Scotti and Vice Mayor Jimmy Gray,

Hampton store staff members (attached)

Why: Philip Michael Fashion for Men, a staple in Coliseum Crossing for the past 12 years, moved to a new 4,800 square foot location. Owner Phil Scotti was asked to move when the shopping center owners signed a lease for a new Five Below. Phil is delighted to see the shopping center grow and looks forward to introducing new and existing customers to his expanded line of merchandise which includes more separates and casual attire in addition to suits and formal wear.

Contact: Phil Scotti, Owner, Philip Michael Fashion for Men

Phone: (757) 814-1324

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