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Shop Local Profile: Show Off, Lancaster

From now through our spring Shop Local event, Chesapeake Bank wants to highlight some of the participating merchants throughout the region who are offering shoppers a little extra to come out and support their community businesses.

Started by Jarrett Stephens and Alison Drake, Show Off aims to bring a fresh, new shopping experience to Kilmarnock.  The shop offers fun and fashionable clothes and accessories for women of all ages.

Featured designers include Joe’s Jeans, Ella Moss, Alice and Trixie, Splendid, Ella Moss and Hanky Panky, among others.

To learn more about Show Off, continue reading its profile below.


Business Name: Show Off

Owner: Jarrett Stephens & Alison Drake

Contact information: Web, Facebook or by phone at 804-436-9010

Shop Local Day Deal: 20% off your entire purchase and free gift with purchase for the first 10 shoppers

Store information:  Show Off is located at 14 North Main Street in Kilmarnock.  Visit them Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What does “shop local” mean to you?

“As a shop owner, this is an opportunity to bring local people in the shop. Especially in our area, we rely on visitors and second home people,” says Alison Drake.  “We would love to have more local people to at least try their local businesses.”

How does shopping local impact small businesses?

“The more support we get, the more we can offer,” says Jarrett Stephens.  “[Meaning] more variety of products and the ability to give back more to the community.”

How did your business fare in last year’s Shop Local event?

“We saw people embracing the concept of Shop Local Day by carrying the bags around town. Some people really got into it,” says Drake. “There were more people out shopping. As more people get into it, business will pick up.”

Shop Local Teaser Graphic

9 Days Away – Shop Local Day

The excitement is building among our merchants and branches; our second Shop Local Day will take place on April 27, just 9 days away. All of the branches have been equipped with Shop Local bags, merchants have their decals in their windows and, now, we want to arm you with everything you could need to make the most out of Shop Local.

To date, we have over 100 merchants from Mathews, Williamsburg, Lancaster and Gloucester who are participating, offering shoppers incentives ranging from 10 – 25 percent off their orders to free gifts with purchase. Some merchants are rewarding shoppers just for stopping by, others, you have to know the secret word to get your goodies (learn more by reading the merchant lists below).

Spread the word and get a group together on Shop Local Day. “I would encourage you to talk to people about Shop Local Day on April 27 and shopping locally every day,” says Jeff Szyperski, president of Chesapeake Bank. “The next time you think you may need to go online or to the ‘big’ city for a purchase, think about your local businesses.  You may be surprised at the value they offer and the time and gas you will save because you bought locally.”

So, get out a pen and paper and start planning out your Shop Local Day. It is the perfect opportunity to shop for those last minute birthday, wedding shower and baby gifts. And don’t forget to get yourself something, too!

To view the current list of Mathew’s merchants and their incentives, click here.

To view the current list of Williamsburg’s merchants and their incentives, click here.

To view the current list of Lancasters’s merchants and their incentives, click here.

To view the current list of Gloucester’s merchants and their incentives, click here.


Photo – from top left to bottom right: Cattails Gifts (Mathews), Williamsburg Cupcakes, Car Wash Cafe (Lancaster), Angelwing Stationers (Gloucester)