Oh the weather outside is frightful…
The few and the brave Cleveland Elites made it out Wednesday night, over the river and through the blizzard to the very first holiday soiree. AMP 150 hosted this yelpy yuletide bash with delicious noshables, booze and, of course, a focus on shopping local!
Elites and guests partied their frost off with local vendors while making their spirits bright with pints full of two kinds of Magic Hat brews, light and hoppy #9 and dark, tasty Winter Howl. AMP 150 filled jolly bellies up right with an array of cheeses, house made potato chips, dips, veggies and warm hors d'oeuvres like creamy mushroom soup shots and duck pate.
What season would be bright without some sweet treats? Amanda, the sassy chef from Lilly Handmade Chocolates, came to hang out with Elites and serve up her holiday inspired "boozy truffles", as she calls them. With options like "Not Your Granny's Rumballs" and "Lilly Alexanders" spiked with Makers Mark and Grand Marnier, you're bound to have a buzz!
In honor of our Yelp Shops Local Pledge about a dozen local shops threw in extra incentives to "say no" to bigbox this season, including coupons and goodies, all stuffed into take-home baggies for Elites. From Evie Lou's boutique, to CLE Clothing Co's t-shirts and even Salty not Sweet's crafty gifts, there was no shortage of variety inside! A couple of vendors even showed up to spread the joy, like Ilona from Budapest Blonde mixes and Shelly from Visible Voice Books. A big congrats to Elite, Will S, who won a bottle of Dirty Blonde mix and a daper, Yelp shirt!
In addition to the bounty local of discounts, Elites got oodles of new Yelp schwag to brag about. What could be more satisfying on a white-out night than fingerless Yelp gloves? Plenty of photo ops were captured by our beloved photog, Heather Muro, with holiday hats and schwag galore. Talk about the icing on a toasty December Elite party.
Have a safe and happy holiday season, Cleveland!