Monday, February 4, 2013

9 Days of Nice: Write A Yelp Review For Your Favorite Small Business

I'm spending the next nine days being as nice as I, personally, am capable of being.  I'd love it if you played along!  You can check out our plans here, paste your photos on the Yes and Yes Facebook page, send me related blog posts, or hashtag it out with #9daysofnice.


When I find something awesome I have to:
a) tell everybody about it
b) use it a million times till I'm sick of it or develop an awkwardly intimate relationship with the staff who work there

(True story: I used to go to one Salvation Army so often the staff would put things aside for me that they thought I'd like.  I also shopped at a specific Asian grocery store so often that when I'd see the cashiers out in public we'd greet each other.)

But when I say "tell everybody about it" I mean "the people I know in real life."  And so many of the places I patronize are slightly dicey-looking small businesses, tucked into out of the way neighborhoods or along streets being torn up to accommodate lightrail construction.  So!  I thought today's good deed should be writing positive Yelp reviews for some of my favorite small business.

(If you're curious, my favorite nail salon/eyebrow place is Ocean Spa Salon, my mechanic is Jim at AutoMax on University, my favorite Vietnamese place is Trieu Chao, and my grocery store of choice is Sun Foods.)

Do something nice!  Help a small business you love get a leg up on that that Leann Chin down the road.  If you took part and wrote about it, send me a link at sarah (at) yesandyes (dot) org and I'll include you in a future post!

original image (without text on top) by tomgriffo, for sale here

14 comments

  1. Done - thank you for the inspiration! I should have written this long ago :)
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/refine-method-manhattan#hrid:4H5tdF6Lp17wccQKWTsStA

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  2. So inspirational! I would love to get into the habit of writing Yelp reviews (mostly good, very rarely bad) more often. I rely on them heavily but I rarely contribute!

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  3. Aww, this is a really great idea. I read Yelp reviews all the time on everything, and I definitely should pay it back to some of the businesses in my town. :)

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  4. Whoo-hoo! Cahoots got a little nice review :) Great idea!

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  5. I wrote five reviews tonight. Not all small, but still worth mentioning. http://www.yelp.com/user_details?userid=jsfmXm8zJQlvvF1aN8KsJw

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  6. Thanks for the inspiration. I too am a Yelp lurker and very seldom review. http://www.yelp.com/user_details?userid=ioAcpQoCO0c86ACmv_bwsw

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  7. We don't use Yelp much in Poland, but I wrote some reviews on other sites, recommending some good places and good people :)

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  8. This is a great idea and definitely a nice thing to do for the small businesses in my community. Heading to write my first review now!

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  9. I wrote a nice review for my son's daycare. I have been meaning to do it forever and this made me finally take action. Thanks.

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  10. Just started doing this because of this post! Great idea!

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