My New Year’s Resolution: The Yelp Challenge

I’m a business owner through and through, and as a result, I have really mixed feelings about online review platforms like Yelp. I don’t spend a ton of energy focused on them, and by in large, we’ve been lucky over the years to get positive reviews. For me, I have always thought of them more as a place for people to rant unchecked.


A few days ago, I had a call with my SEO guy to talk about 2021 goals (if the word goal or resolution we’re a drinking game this past week…) and he brought up the topic of how we used Yelp as a business. I answered honestly – we don’t.

After a lecture on the importance of review platforms for businesses (essentially, the search engines reward businesses who receive reviews regularly and who interact with reviewers. The more active a business, the more visible they become in internet searches, which turns into more traffic driven to their website.) it occurred to me that I should be doing more to recognize the small businesses I love and support in my community.



This is a no brainer for me, and it should be for you too.

It’s a great way to boost a store or restaurant’s presence in Google searches and a great way to shout out staff who you love. As a business owner, few things make me happier than receiving a review or an email about how great my team is or how they received excellent customer service. The best part of online reviews?  It’s totally 100 percent free to do, and, in this climate, it’s one more thing we can do to support small business.

So, my challenge to all of you and to myself: write a review or two (or ten!) for the businesses you love.



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Rachel Gang is the owner of Helen Olivia Flowers, a boutique flower and home décor shop, located in Del Ray, Alexandria. She developed her love for flowers while working as an event planner in the busy Washington, D.C. events industry. Along with her husband and team of designers at Helen Olivia, Rachel works with brides and corporate clients to create unique and captivating designs. Her work has been featured in Traditional Home Magazine, HGTV, Borrowed and Blue, and Style Me Pretty.

Helen Olivia is a boutique floral design studio located in the Del Ray neighborhood. Known for a lush and timeless style, the shop is a favorite among locals. Outside of beautiful flowers, Helen Olivia is a destination for house plants, decorative pottery, and an endless selection of stylish front door wreaths. The shop is also well known for its weekly floral design workshops — come visit us and try your hand at flower arranging! Helen Olivia is owned by Chuck and Rachel Gang who are veterans of the bustling Washington, D.C., events industry. Both are D.C. natives, and reside in the Ft Hunt neighborhood of Alexandria with their son Jack.

1519 Leslie Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301


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