Independent retailers and restaurants are the heart and soul of small towns and main streets across Virginia. Successful retailers build vibrant downtown destinations, but they face unique challenges ranging from inventory control, advertising, merchandising and staffing, to big box competition. To help these vital small businesses, we have developed STAMP.



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Small Town & Merchant Program (STAMP)

STAMP is a comprehensive collection of webinars, workshops, virtual one-on-one sessions, hands-on initiatives, and resources designed to address the specific needs of main street retail and restaurant businesses.

Local organizations such as the Virginia Main Street program, chambers of commerce, retail and restaurant associations, and others work with STAMP to sponsor and deliver targeted and relevant guidance that business owners and managers can put to use immediately.

STAMP offers:

  • Individual  one-on-one advising sessions
  • Individual, retail business and restaurant check-ups  in person and online
  • On-site and virtual business visits
  • Webinars and seminars
  • Complete confidentiality

Success Stories

Restaurant & Retail
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  • Knead Bread
  • Nordic-Knot
  • Beyond Catering
  • Unique Styles & Designs Floral Boutique
  • The Dog-Eared Page
  • Coffee Hound
  • Turkish Coffee Lady
  • Winchester Ciderworks
  • The Hangout Sports Bar and Lounge
  • Monday’s Child
  • Abingdon Gifting Company
  • Fredericksburg Food Co-op
  • Captain Groovy’s Grill & Raw Bar
  • Local Eats, Palmyra
    Local Eats
  • Your Dinner, Bridgewater
    Your Dinner
  • Deep Run Roadhouse
  • Paladin Bar & Grill
  • Tazewell Co. Mercantile
    Tazewell Co. Mercantile
  • Big Daddy's To Go
    Big Daddy’s To Go
  • Buggy Top Utility Barns and Sheds
  • Bikenetic Bike Shop
  • Sinplicity Catering
  • Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ, Culpeper
    Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ
  • Sugar Hill Brewing Company
  • Adele Diamond
    Adele Diamond
  • Crooked Road General Store
    Crooked Road General Store
  • Corner Kitchen
    Corner Kitchen
  • Byrd's Seafood
  • Legacy School Apparel
    Legacy School Apparel
  • Cork & Table
  • Lizzy Lou Boutique
    Lizzy Lou Boutique
  • JRs Music & More
    Jr’s Music Store & More
  • Kylla Custom Rock Wear
  • Baby Change-n-go
    Baby Change-N-Go