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)



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