This groundbreaking project, funded by Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, provides a free platform for businesses in Virginia's Growth Alliance economic development region to sell physical and digital products online, bringing support to local businesses on a world-wide scale.
VGA is comprised of 10 counties (Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Lunenburg, & Prince Edward), and the City of Emporia.
This rural region includes towns like the Designated Main Street Community of Farmville, home to Longwood University. The largest lake in the state of Virginia, Kerr Lake (Buggs Island), is also in VGA.
The store has launched with the initial 4 vendors: Birdie's Piment Cheese (scrumptious, and not sold in stores!), Cottage Barn (cool supplies and workshops for crafters), Fishin Pig (t-shirts & caps from this local-favorite restaurant), and Quilter's Nook (quilt patterns with exclusive Press & Peel appliqué to help anyone make a quilt).