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100 Local Business Leaders Will Converge at Yelp HQ for Historic Event

Since 2004, Yelp has been connecting people to great local businesses. Along the way we’ve met successful entrepreneurs who have taught us important lessons about what makes great businesses tick. Their valuable insights have led to new features and updates which have made the experience on Yelp better for business owners coast-to-coast.

This got us thinking: “How can we meet more of these individuals and what would it be like to connect them with their peers?”

This November 4–5, Yelp is bringing together the people behind 100 top-rated businesses across North America for a historic event taking place at Yelp’s San Francisco headquarters called Coast-To-Coast: Coming Together Because We Mean Business.

Yelp Community Managers in the US and Canada nominated local entrepreneurs who have claimed their Yelp Business Page and are expert examples of how to use Yelp’s free tools to grow their businesses. This choice group of business owners doesn’t get hung up by 1 and 2 star reviews; they use feedback to make necessary changes. Social is very much a part of their marketing strategy, and that includes taking an active role in managing their reputation on Yelp and in the community.

Not only will we celebrate the achievements of this exclusive group, but leaders at Yelp will share expertise and arm these champions of local business with best practices we hope will help them continue to grow. We’ll provide a platform for them to network and dialogue with their peers, and our internal teams will gain valuable insight as to how to improve our business owner offerings in small focus groups.

Coast-to-Coast attendees represent 86 North American markets, a wide range of categories and different levels of experience and years in business, but the one thing they all have in common is their steadfast desire to build a robust business in their local market. We are proud to honor the following people at the first ever Coast-To-Coast: Coming Together Because We Mean Business!

 

Albuquerque, NM

Joe’s Pasta House, KC Guzzardi

 

Atlanta, GA

Neighborhood Eats, Andrew McDonough

 

Atlanta OTP

Meehan’s Public House, Alyssa Breen

 

Austin, TX

Fork & Vine, Brendan Puthoff

Medusa Skates, Julie Hunter

Baltimore, MD

The Land of Kush, Naijha Wright

 

Baton Rouge, LA

Les Amis Bake Shoppe, Stephanie Hansen

 

Birmingham, AL

Avondale Brewing, Taylor Lander

 

Boston, MA

Urban AdvenTours, Andrew Prescott

Cuisine en Locale, JJ Gonson

 

Broward/Palm Beach, FL

Colada, Ryan Campbell

 

Buffalo, NY

Ashker’s Juice Bar and Cafe, Angelo Ashker

 

Calgary, AB

Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar, Andy Fennel

 

Charleston, SC

Persimmon Cafe, Robert Cassi

 

Charlotte, NC

The Boulevard at South End, Jennifer Branham

 

Chicago, IL

Chicago Costume, Courtland Hickey

Yum Dum Truck, Jeff Wang

ActionBooth, Joe Reyes

Kabul House, Akmal Qazi (Skokie)

 

Cleveland, OH

Carol & John’s Comic Shop, James Guilliams

 

Cincinnati, OH

Taste of Belgium, Jean-Francois Flechet

 

Columbus, OH

Hot Chicken Takeover, Joe DeLoss

 

Dallas, TX

Trailercakes, Heather Zidell

 

Denver, CO

Biker Jim’s Restaurant, Jim Pittenger

Pandora on the Hill, Stephanie Shearer

 

Des Moines, IA

Raygun, Jen Leatherby

 

Detroit, MI

Valentine Distilling, Rifino Valentine

 

Edmonton, AB

Tru Ride, Dana Rajotte

 

Fort Worth, TX

The Lunch Box, Immy Khan

 

Hampton Roads, VA

The Royal Chocolate, Brenda Tusing

 

Hartford, CT

Bear’s Smokehouse, Jamie McDonald

 

Honolulu, HI

Tiki’s Grill & Bar, Bill Tobin

 

Houston, TX

Studio 31 Hair Lab, Kimberly Michelle Anderson

 

Indianapolis, IN

New Day Craft, Tia Agnew

 

Jacksonville, FL

Corner Taco, Chris Dickerson

 

Jersey City, NJ

Bucket & Bay Craft Gelato, Boris Kavlakov

 

Kansas City, MO

Quay Coffee, Cory Stipp

 

Los Angeles, CA

Crave Dessert Company, Hayley Williams

Photo-matica Photo Booth Co., Scott Schiller

Designs by David, David Mark

 

Las Vegas, NV

SkinnyFATS, Reed Slobusky

CraftHaus Brewery, Wyndee Forrest

 

Long Island, NY

Aji 53, Kai Wang

 

Louisville, KY

Mayan Cafe, Anne Shadle

 

Madison, WI

Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier, Gail Ambrosius

 

New York City, NY

Calexico Cart, Dave Vendley (Manhattan)

Lockbusters, Jay Sofer (Manhattan)

BeeHive Oven Biscuit Cafe, John Chadwell (Brooklyn)

Joju, Julie Wong (Queens)

 

Memphis, TN

Red Velvet Vintage, Erika Smith

 

Miami, FL

Cafe Curuba, Debbie Rabinovici

 

Milwaukee, WI

Great Lakes Distillery, Guy Rehorst

 

Montreal, QC

Fitz & Follwell Co, Shea Mayer

 

Nashville, TN

Atmalogy, Heather Riney

 

NC Triad

Twin City Hive, Joey Burdette

 

NC Triangle

The Wine Feed, Phillip Zucchino

 

New Orleans, LA

A Bicycle Named Desire, Cassady Cooper

 

Orange County, CA

City Life, Joe Maguire

Blackmarket Bakery, Rachel Klemek

 

Oklahoma City, OK

Shop Good, Audrey Falk

 

Omaha, NE

Atomic Service, Inc., Stephen McKenzie

 

Orlando, FL

Kyle’s Bike Shop, Kyle Markel

 

Ottawa, ON

Stella Luna Gelato Cafe, Tammy Giuliani

 

Philadelphia, PA

Eat-A-Pita, Jason Blacketer

Duross And Langel, Steve Duross

 

Pittsburgh, PA

Wigle Whiskey, Jill Stiner

Phoenix, AZ

Hotel Valley Ho, Jesse Thompson

Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse, Rick Phillips

Portland, OR

Christopher David, Chris Giovarelli

Cupcake Jones, Lisa Watson

 

Portland, ME

Otto, Eric Shepherd

 

Providence, RI

Rhode Runner, Eric Lonergan

 

Reno, NV

Cafe DeLuxe, Rich Selden

 

Richmond, VA

King of Pops, Paul Cassimus

 

Rochester, NY

Atlas Eats Kitchen & Bakeshop, Anna Brinkman

 

Sacramento, CA

Bassil Kamas, Bassil Kamas

 

Saint Louis, MO

Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery, Tamara Keefe

 

Salt Lake City, UT

Bumblebee’s BBQ & Grill, Victor Jeong

 

San Diego, CA

Ashley DuChene Photography, Ashley DuChene

Puesto, Eric Adler

 

San Diego, CA (North County)

Scripps Inn, Lana Ybarra

 

San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Eatsa, Jason Mueller

Hey, Cookie!, Christa Hill

Hang Ten Boiler, Paul Wong (Alameda)

Jougert Bar, Robert Tabz (Burlingame)

 

Seattle, WA

Unexpected Productions, Kent Whipple

Aces Town Car Service, Timm McIntosh

 

Tampa, FL

Piquant, Rosana Rivera

Datz, Suzanne Perry

 

Toronto, ON

Northwood, Richard Pope

Wicox Gastropub, Daniel Nguyen (Mississauga)

 

Tucson, AZ

Renee’s Organic Oven, Renee Kraeger

 

Tulsa, OK

The First Ward, Jessica Bond

 

Twin Cities, MN

Lift Bridge Brewery, Trevor Cronk

 

Vancouver, BC

Forbidden Vancouver, Will Woods

 

Greater Washington, DC

&pizza, Sam Blum

District Doughnut, Greg Benna

Peg Leg Vintage, Chad Hora (College Park, MD)