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Her Magazine covers fashion benefit for breast cancer (November 2012)
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Letter to the editor: “Local retailers step up to the plate” (November 30, 2012)

From the Register & Bee:

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To the editor:

This year’s Rippe’s "Fashion Benefit for Breast Cancer" event raised $7,000 for local breast cancer patients.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to assist local breast cancer patients with the medical cost of their cancer-related prescriptions, travel, medical supplies and equipment and other special needs. Funds will be administered by the Danville Cancer Association.

The DCA is very grateful for all the generosity and support given to our organization from Ben Rippe and his associates over the past seven years in raising funds for area breast cancer patients in need. We would also like to thank everyone who contributed to this years’ Fashion Benefit.

Rippe’s has raised approximately $55,000 for our local breast cancer patients over the past seven years. Cancer touches so many lives, and we are truly blessed to have the overwhelming help and support of Rippe’s, its associates and everyone who contributed to help our area patients.

Please contact our agency for assistance by calling the Danville Cancer Association at (434) 791-3227.


Editor’s note: Crider is the executive director of the Danville Cancer Association.

“Local retailers step up to the plate,” Register & Bee, November 30, 2012.

Rippe’s fashion show for Chatmoss Ladies Night Out in It’s All About Her magazine (December 9, 2011)
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Pick up a copy of this month’s It’s All About Her magazine in the December 9th Register and Bee.

Rippe’s photoshoot in It’s All About Her (November 2011)
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Pick up a copy of the November issue of It’s All About Her and check out Rippe’s fall fashion photoshoot!

“Rippe’s helping Danville Cancer Association” (September 28, 2011)

Denice Thibodeau’s article describes how Rippe’s is supporting the Danville Cancer Association this year:

For several years, the store—which carries women’s clothing, shoes and furs—has held a big-ticket gala complete with champagne, a fashion show and a silent auction. This year, Rippe decided to continue supporting the nonprofit, but changed how that is being handled, mainly due to continuing issues with the economy....

Instead, Rippe’s created a small purse—in pink, the color that represents breast cancer awareness—with the Rippe’s label inside, and will be giving one to anyone who donates at least $40 to the Danville Cancer Association. Make a donation of at least $240, and the purse will have a $75 Rippe’s gift certificate in it, Rippe said.

Ben Rippe sits next to a chest of pink purses in Rippe’s on Sept. 27. The purses will be given to anyone who donates $40 or more to the Danville Cancer Association. (Photo: Steve Mantilla/Register & Bee)

From “Rippe’s helping Danville Cancer Association”, WSLS, and “Rippe’s digging into its purses”,, September 28, 2011.

Lisa Kerr is selected #1 Sales Clerk in It’s All About Her (September 2011)

Rippe’s would like to congratulate Lisa Kerr, Her Choice winner for #1 Sales Clerk in the September 2011 issue of It’s All About Her magazine:

Rippe’s general manager Lisa Kerr began her career as a buyer in the manufacturing world. However, Kerr said, “Fashion has always been my passion.” She decided to switch careers, and began working in the accounts payable and receivable department of Rippe’s. Soon the position of buyer became available, and Lisa is now the buyer for the jewelry, dresses, sportswear, and accessories. She assists with buying other lines for the clothing store, as well. Later, she became the general manager of the store and dedicates most of her time on the sales floor, assisting customers. This is a part of her job she enjoys immensely. Customer service has always been important to her, and she delights in helping a customer feel better about herself....
Lisa Kerr of Rippe’s honored for customer service in Evince (May 2011)
Spotting Exceptional Customer Service, by Alexis Ehrhardt: Lisa Kerr, General Manager at Rippe’s, 559 Main Street, is a gem. She always knows just what I’m looking for and what size will fit best. More than the clothes, however, Lisa wants to make sure that I have a good experience each time I shop at Rippe’s. Part of her excellent service even includes holding my infant son while I shop! I know she provides this same level of service to all of her customers. Whether I have time to shop or I’m in a hurry, Lisa is always accommodating and fun to be with. Shopping with Lisa is like shopping with your best friend, who also happens to have a great eye for fashion. Because of Lisa I’ve all but stopped shopping out of town. We are so fortunate to have her in Danville.

(Reprinted with permission of Evince Magazine. From the May 2011 issue.)

Fashion trade magazine features Rippe’s (October 2010)
Rippe’s is featured in Sept. Showcase Magazine (September 2010)
Congressional representative visits Rippe’s (July 6, 2010)

Rippe’s owner Ben Rippe, left, speaks with Rep. Tom Perriello, D-5th District, in his store on Main Street in Danville Tuesday afternoon. Perriello toured downtown businesses as part of his sweep through the district this week.

From “Perriello Tours Danville Businesses”, by Catherine Amos,, July 6, 2010.

“Economic Impact of a Small Business Such as Rippe’s and Its Importance to the Danville Economy” (May 2010)
“If one estimates the local multiplier effect of this business at 4.5-5 turns, then the positive effect of shopping locally is astounding. An economic impact of approximately $50Million (yes, fifty million dollars) was achieved from this one small, locally owned, independent merchant over 17 years in downtown Danville.” Read more...
“Danville event raising awareness for breast cancer” (October 22, 2009)
“Pink is the new orange for October as local businesses work to raise awareness of breast cancer. Rippe’s is hosting a fashion show tonight to raise money for the Danville Cancer Association and benefiting area patients in need.... The evening also includes classical light jazz from musician Allen Rippe, Danville native and owner Ben Rippe’s brother.” Read more...
“Building on Heritage: Historic Districts Thrive With Redevelopment” (August 2009)
Cover of Images magazineBen RippeMannequins in the window

Rippe’s is featured in the 2009–2010 Images Danville and Pittsylvania County magazine published by the Chamber of Commerce: “‘When you talk about the center of your city, and believe as that goes so goes the rest of the city, then you need to make downtown important,’ says Ben Rippe, the third-generation owner of Rippe’s, a clothing store that has been a downtown landmark for more than a century.” Read more...

DCC Scholarship Start-Up (July 2009)
Danville Community College alumnus Ben Rippe has made the initial contribution to begin a DCC alumni scholarship fund. “Years ago I was at a VPI-DCC Alumni luncheon and noticed that right around me were seven to nine individuals who all went to VPI and DCC. Everyone said what a good education they received, what a remarkable institution to have in the community. It occurred to me that I felt the same way—that I got a really good education there. Today, that availability of educational opportunity is even more needed than when I was on campus.” Read more...
“1,000 alums remember their high school days at Langston” (July 5, 2009)
“Saturday’s events started with choir rehearsal at Loyal Baptist Church and moved on to a pep rally at Langston Focus School, the current incarnation of the former high school.... Then classmates went on another ‘field trip’—a shopping spree at Rippe’s, where they were offered special discounts.” Read more...
“Donating with the spirit, and sole, of the holidays” (November 21, 2008)
“Although Capt. Allen Tanner of the Salvation Army brought a nine-passenger van to pick up shoes being donated by Rippe’s, after the 200 pairs were put in the vehicle, there was hardly room for Tanner and his brother Brandon.” Read more...
Rippe’s Shoes featured in Shoe Retailing Today (January 2008)
“While other independent shoe store owners wrangle about what handbags to carry, Ben Rippe often faces a different dilemma—whether to put a particular line of purses in his shoe store or his women’s clothing store, which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. He admits it can be a tough call. What to do with roomy fox fur bags? Both stores are carrying them.” Read more...
“Spanning a Century” (October 4, 2006)
Rippe’s was featured in the Register & Bee for October 4, 2006. Read more...