No Foolin’ 6,000 Facebook Celebration!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31st, 2014 by A. Dodson's – Comments Off


To celebrate our 6,000 Facebook Fans, we’re having a celebration on Tuesday, April 1st (no fooling!) until Thursday, April 3rd! Never ones to party without a cause, our celebration will support the homeless people and animals in our community.

Here’s how it goes:

  1. Everyone who brings five donated items on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday will receive 50% off an item of their choice. Below is a list of items the shelters specifically need but we’re happy to accept any non perishables.
  2. The 50% discount does not apply to sale, Lighting, custom orders or previous purchases (no exceptions, sorry Charlie!).
  3. Instead of donating 5 items, you can also donate $5 buckaroos.
  4. Several local animal shelters will be on-site at different times during these 3 days with adoptable animals. If you or someone you know has been looking to add a little buddy to their life, this would be a great time to get connected to a furry best friend.
  5. You must “Like” our Facebook page to participate. Go ahead, click here. If you like us, we’ll love you!

Let’s have some fun this week! Give a little love to our area shelters and enjoy a little token of our love with 50% off that item you’ve been eyeing for a while now! Six thousand Thank Yous to everyone who helped us get there!

Here’s the nitty gritty small print. Ya know, the stuff we have to say so that we can say we told you so!

  • One discount per visit per person.
  • Does not apply to previous purchases.
  • Does not apply to sale, Lighting, or custom orders.
  • Only valid April 1st through April 3rd, 2014.

Items the Shelters Have Requested:

Animal Shelter

  • Canned or Dry Dog/Cat/Kitten/PuppyFood
  • Dog and Cat Treats
  • Powdered Milk Replacement for Puppies (Esbilac) and Kittens (KMR)
  • Cat Litter
  • Towels and Blankets
  • Washable Pet Beds
  • PetSmart, Petco Gift Cards
  • Bleach
  • Detergent
  • Windex and 409 Cleaner

Homeless Shelter

  • Canned Protein (Peanut Butter, Tuna, Chicken, Turkey, Beans)
  • Canned Fruits and Vegetables
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Dried Fruit
  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Crackers
  • Oatmeal
  • Baby Formula/Diapers/Wipes/Baby Food
  • Soups, Stews and Canned Pasta

January Round Up

Posted in Round Up on January 21st, 2014 by A. Dodson's – Comments Off

This month we’re supporting the FoodBank of Southeastern Virginia. Their efforts to provide food to the hungry is inspiring but what’s truly humbling is a glimpse at those folks around us who suffer from hunger – children, elderly, young families. In these cold winter months, some people have to choose between heating their homes and buying their groceries. Such a heartbreaking decision to make.

With every $10 donated, The FoodBank is able to source $60 worth of grocery products. We hope our Round Up donation this month can relieve the burden of hunger so many people face. Remember, every customer’s Round Up is matched by A. Dodson’s!

To vote on which charity we’ll support in February, click here. If you would like to nominate a charity for next month’s Round Up, email us at!

February’s Round Up Choices:
  1. Lee’s Friends – Located in South Hampton Roads Virginia with a goal to offer person-to-person emotional and practical support for cancer patients and their families who are facing diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Emily is the founding executive whose love and grief for the illness of her child, Lee, inspired this organization. They have been serving our community for 35 years!
  2. Oasis Social Ministry – Providing comprehensive services to the homeless and the less fortunate in Portsmouth, Western Chesapeake and Northern Suffolk for over 43 years! This organization serves breakfast, lunch, provides groceries, clothing, books, health screenings, etc. With community support and funding we can help them reach more of those in need.
  3. Larchmont Elementary School PTA Playground – Currently LES students in 3rd-5th grade do not have a playground to play on. They are not allowed on the existing playground because it’s not age-appropriate. There is a possibility the school may undergo a major renovation or replacement in the future so Norfolk Parks and Recs cannot justify building a new playground. However, if the PTA can fund the playground then Parks and Recs will help with its construction as long as no taxpayer funds are needed. All donations to the Larchmont PTA Playground Program will help provide these students with a fun and safe place to play each day.

Mud Pie and A. Dodson’s Support HER Shelter

Posted in A Day In The Life..., Round Up on November 26th, 2013 by A. Dodson's – Comments Off

One of our favorite vendors, Mud Pie, agreed to give a $250 check to a charity of our choice in lieu of donating giveaways for our Holiday Open House. In the spirit of giving, A. Dodson’s offered to match their check! We asked our Facebook fans to vote on which charity we should support and the overwhelming response was The Her Shelter.

Today, Beth from The Her Shelter came to A. Dodson’s to receive the checks.  When we asked her how the money might be used, her answer gave us chills.

“The money will go toward helping our families with the holidays. We normally have about 40 families with us but on Christmas Eve we expect over 60. These are women and children who didn’t expect to spend Christmas in a domestic violence shelter. Many families left all of their presents behind. So this money will help us provide food, necessities and presents for these women and children.”

We were so moved by this answer that we offered to collect items for The Her Shelter. Between now and Christmas Eve, you can drop off any donations at our Suffolk or Norfolk locations and we’ll make sure it all gets to The Her Shelter.

HERshelterItems of particular need:

  1. Non-perishable food
  2. Toys for children of all ages (unwrapped)
  3. Gift bags and wrapping supplies for the toys
  4. Toiletries such as toothbrushes, lotion, chap stick, hair care, deodorant, etc.
  5. Monetary donations (checks made out to The Her Shelter) are always appreciated

This week as we consider all of the things we’re thankful for, The Her Shelter and their amazing mission will be at the top of our list!



Facebook Fans Only: Open House Surprise!

Posted in Facebook, Holiday Open House on November 1st, 2013 by A. Dodson's – Comments Off

If you’ve ever questioned how much A. Dodson’s loves our Facebook Fans, we’re about to squash any doubt!Holiday Open House 2013

On Saturday, November 2nd we’re going to open our doors for Facebook Fans only from 9am-10am in Norfolk and Suffolk. In addition to getting elite early bird shopping at our Holiday Open House, we’ll take 25% off your ENTIRE PURCHASE. Uh huh, you heard that right. The whole darn purchase. Now here’s the deal:

1) You must be a Facebook Fan of A. Dodson’s. Not sure if you are? Click here and make sure “Like” is checked.

2) Be in the store between 9am-10am Saturday morning, November 2nd. If you arrive at 10:01, you’ll still get 25% off one item but not your whole purchase. No exceptions. (Sorry Aunt Gertrude, this applies to you, too. Love you, mean it!)

3) You do not have to check out by 10am. We’ll mark your hand when you arrive between 9am-10am and then you can shop your heart out. At checkout, show us your hand stamp and you’ll receive 25% of your entire receipt.

4) There will be no 25% discount on and sale or custom items. I mean, c’mon people, we’ve still got to make a living here!

5) Feel free to bring your friends and shopping buddies, just make sure they’ve “Liked” our Facebook page. Otherwise they’ll have to sit out in the car with their noses pressed against the window and watch you stock up on all the goodies. That would be sad.

So set those alarm clocks and be ready to rise and shine because FA LA Freakin’ LA the holidaze are HERE!


We’re Hiring!

Posted in hiring on September 10th, 2013 by A. Dodson's – 1 Comment

Want to be a part of the A. Dodson’s team? Must be willing to work hard, play hard and understand a Starbucks impulse when it hits (and it hits pretty often).

All the juicy details:

  • Must be fun, friendly and a stickler for the small details
  • Schedule includes one or two Saturdays each month
  • Schedule includes one or two Sundays each month from November thru Christmas
  • Must be flexible about traveling through the tunnel – more on that later
  • $8.00/hr + employee discount – oh yea, hello holiday shopping!

If you’re interested, please email and she will respond to you promptly. Please, we BEG you, resist the urge to call instead of email. And resist the urge to call and check on your email. :)





The kids are headed back to school. Boo Hoo, WOO HOO!

Posted in Back to School, Events on September 2nd, 2013 by A. Dodson's – Comments Off

It’s that time of year again. The kids head back to school and whether it’s your kindergartner or your college freshman, as soon as you wipe away the tears you’ll realize this might not be the worst thing after all! To help you find the WOO HOO in your Boo Hoo, A. Dodson’s is offering 10% off your entire purchase on Tuesday, September 3rd. If you have a child who’s gone back to school, just say “Boo Hoo, Woo Hoo!” at checkout or enter “boohoowoohoo” online at to receive your 10% discount.

back to school savings at A. Dodson's

* Discount doesn’t apply to sale or custom items.

Happy Everything Pinterest Contest. C’mon, Get Happy!

Posted in Coton Colors, Happy Everything, Inspirations, pinterest on August 24th, 2013 by A. Dodson's – Comments Off

Coton Colors Happy Everything Pinterest Contest at A. Dodson's

Follow us on Pinterest and get happy! You could win a Happy Everything Big Dot Platter from Coton Colors valued at $99!

Pin at least 10 Happy Everything products from our website: plus 3 of your favorite recipes! Post the URL to your Happy Everything board on our Facebook page. A lucky (and happy) winner will be announced Thursday, August 29th!

National Iced Tea Day

Posted in Eating Well, Entertaining on June 10th, 2013 by A. Dodson's – Comments Off

Start your week off on the right taste bud by helping us celebrate National Iced Tea Day, TODAY!!! Raise your glass filled with delicious iced tea in true southern style with our 32oz. Red Nek Guzzler.  Try a new take on your favorite summer beverage with one of delicious recipes below from Eating Well.

Orange Earl-Grey Iced Tea

Hibiscus-Pomegranate Iced Tea

Iced Mint Green Tea

A+ Teacher Gift Ideas

Posted in Gift Ideas, Gift Ideas for Teachers, Teacher Appreciation Week on May 1st, 2013 by A. Dodson's – Comments Off

There are two times each year when teachers are fully appreciated – summer vacation and Teacher Appreciation Week. Seriously, we can’t truly begin to appreciate teachers until about that third week of summer when we realize exactly how magical they are.

So let’s embrace Teacher Appreciation Week this May 6-10th with the excitement it deserves. Here are a few of our favorite tokens to show your child’s teacher what he/she’s doing really matters.


nora fleming teacher appreciation gift

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Nora Fleming Square Napkin Holder + Apple Mini = $37.49   Added Bonus: You can simply add a Mini to her collection for end of year gift!


catstudio teacher appreciation gift dish towel

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Does your teacher hail from a different state or dream of vacationing to a certain country? A catstudio Dish Towel ($17.99) celebrating the location will show you’re listening and maybe you’ll even get a little extra credit?


happy everything teacher gift

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What teacher doesn’t appreciate clean little hands? A Happy Everything Soap Pump + Wash Your Hands Attachment = $44.98. Added Bonus: Give her another Happy Everything attachment as an end of year gift!


Teacher Appreciation Gift

In store at A. Dodson's

Bestow an honor with this ribbon announcing what every teacher should be told each morning. “What You’re Doing Matters.” $6.99


mud pie nautical beach jute tote

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Give a Jute Tote Bag ($19.99) and fill it with beachy essentials like sunscreen, magazines and water bottles!

C’mon and get Happy with us!

Posted in Coton Colors, Engagement Gift, Happy Everything, Mothers Day Gift, Wedding Gift on April 30th, 2013 by A. Dodson's – Comments Off

We’re very excited to announce a new line here at A. Dodson’s. It’s the Happy Everything collection from Coton Colors. Many of you have been collecting Happy Everything for years but we know a lot of folks have never even heard of it.

So allow us to officially introduce you!

Happy Everything collection from Coton Colors

To celebrate, we’re throwing a Happy Everything beach party! Between now and Saturday, May 11th you’ll receive a free limited edition Beach Ball attachment with the purchase of any base (picture frames excluded) + you’ll receive a free Tervis Tumbler with any $75 purchase. These cookie jars, soap pumps and platters make perfect Mother’s Day gifts, wedding gifts, birthday gifts and teacher gifts. Stock up now while you can earn a free gift with purchase.

Take a look at this video to see how it works then c’mon and get happy with us!

*while supplies last!

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