: News

Filed Under:

Retail Sales Drop In Virginia

Play associated audio
Hollin Hall Pastry Shop owner Mel Meadows.
Michael Pope
Hollin Hall Pastry Shop owner Mel Meadows.

When deputies from the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office arrived at the Hollin Hall Pastry Shop in Mount Vernon to shut the place down, owner Mel Meadows wasn't surprised.

"I hadn't filed my taxes for five years," Meadows says.

Meadows isn't the only retailer to be hit by hard times. Across Northern Virginia, sales are down.

Fairfax County and Alexandria report two years of declining sales tax revenue, with June and July drastically down in Alexandria. In Arlington, sales tax revenue is about 6 percent lower this year compared to last year.

"Whenever cash flow drops, it's always a burden because you don't have the money to pay the other bills, so you just do what you have to do," Meadows says.

Many businesses have closed their doors, but the story for Meadows has a sweet ending. He's paid up on his taxes, and the pastry business has picked up in recent months.

WAMU 88.5

Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

NPR

Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.
WAMU 88.5

Obama's Trip To Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

WAMU 88.5

Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.