Now that you’ve recovered from the Black Friday madness, or if you were too scared to leave your house for fear of getting trampled like we were, it’s time to start that holiday shopping for realz. Instead of aimlessly wandering down neon-lit aisles to find the same gifts that everyone else is getting, why not jump on Yelp to discover top-rated, locally owned shops that are brimming with unique gifts for everyone on your list? Shopping is the largest category of reviewed businesses on Yelp, so there’s plenty to choose from.
Yelp is all about supporting local businesses 24/7, 365, but the holiday season is an especially important time to remember that shopping locally can make a huge impact on your economy. For every $100 a consumer spends at an independent retailer, $45 stays local.
In its third year now, the Yelp Shops Local Pledge is being proudly promoted by more than 50 of our Community Managers around the world, driving awareness of the importance of supporting local business communities during the holidays. Check out the list of participating markets below and if you see your city listed, all you do is click “I’m in!” on the pledge page to show your intent to buy from local merchants and encourage others to follow your lead.
Not only are these CMs gathering pledges, they are also upping the fun factor with tons of festive events to get Yelpers in the holiday spirit. Here are just a few of the shopportunities coming up:
– Holiday marketplaces will bring local merchants together in one convenient location to knock out your shopping list in one go. Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Orange County will round up the goods for you to gander.
– Shop crawls take the show on the road in Hamburg, North County San Diego, Tucson, Florence and Seattle, leading Yelpers through the doors of several shops on a spend-worthy stroll.
– Ruggy J., our Yelp Manhattan Community Manager, collaborated with CMs from nearby boroughs to host Yelp Builds Back, an aggregate of events and volunteer opportunities to help out the local businesses and neighborhoods in need of some special love post-Superstorm Sandy.
– Every day through Dec. 25, Yelp Cincinnati Community Manager Cindy G. is celebrating 30 Days of Yelpmas, encouraging her community to take on a new Yelp Shops local challenge and check out a different local spot offering a fun event, special Yelp Deal or Check-in Offer.
Don’t have a Yelp Shops Local Pledge in your city? That’s ok! Anyone can use Yelp to find great local shops and therefore join the effort to support local. Search for stores on Yelp and bookmark your faves to try – sort by neighborhood, price range, store type and more to pinpoint your retail soulmate. Dealhounds can search by shops offering money-saving Yelp Deals, while Yelp’s Holiday Gift Guide rounds up easily giftable gift certificates to top-rated businesses. Yelp’s mobile app guides on-the-go shoppers to nearby Deals, spots to grab a bite or drink, stores that are open now, and generates directions and calls to local businesses.
This holiday season, and all through the year, remember to shop local for good times and cheer!
Yelp Shops Local in North America:
East Bay, CA
Hampton Roads, VA
Kansas City, MO
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
Maryland 'Burbs, MD
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
North County San Diego, CA
Oklahoma City, OK
Orange County, CA
Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC
Saint Louis, MO
Salt Lake City, UT
San Antonio, TX
South Bay-Peninsula, CA
Yelp Shops Local in Europe: