Short Pump ABC store now selling ‘Virginia is for Lovers’ merchandise

"Virginia is for Lovers" merchandise is on sale at the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's Short Pump store, as well as three others in the state. The new items feature the popular Virginia is for Lovers logo, the state's iconic travel brand first used in 1969.

The items available for purchase include a baseball hat, shot glass, shooter glass, pint glass and travel tumbler. Prices range from $4.99 to $14.99.

The items are available at the four "premier" ABC stores in the state. The others are located in Williamsburg (1244 Richmond Road), Leesburg (506A Fort Evans Road N.E.) and Virginia Beach (1612 Laskin Road, Suite 774A).

A partnership between Virginia ABC and the Virginia Tourism Corporation to sell state tourism merchandise in the ABC stores was launched with legislation passed by the 2016 General Assembly and signed into law earlier this year by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

This is the third time Virginia ABC has teamed with Virginia Tourism since 2015. Last year, a summer partnership between the two agencies offering Virginia is for Lovers trucker hats with every purchase of Virginia wine and spirits at select stores resulted in an almost 116 percent increase in sales of Virginia-made products.

When the UCI Road World Championships bicycle races came to Richmond last September, 35 metro-area ABC stores offered a free Virginia is for Lovers cowbell-the noisemaker of choice for professional cycling events-with purchase of a 750mL or larger bottle of Virginia-made wine or craft spirit.

"Virginia ABC is proud to stock the shelves of its premier stores with Virginia is for Lovers products and especially pleased to be able to once again partner with Virginia Tourism on a retail project," said Virginia ABC Chairman Jeffrey Painter.

"Partnering with Virginia ABC once again is a great way to showcase why Virginia is for Spirits Lovers," said Rita McClenny, president and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation. "This partnership is a great way to highlight our premier spirits and wine products, while also connecting the consumer to travel in Virginia."
The Virginia is for Lovers items chosen for sale in Virginia ABC premier stores also may be purchased online at
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