New Mexico’s Top Rated Local® Acupuncturists Award Winner: Original Medicine Wellness Center

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Original Medicine Wellness Center is a 2019 award winner for acupuncturists in New Mexico!

If you’re looking for an acupuncturist who can help you say goodbye to pain and let go of stress, look no further than Original Medicine Wellness Center in Albuquerque.

Original Medicine Wellness Center has received dozens of reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 4.85 stars, earning them an incredible Rating Score™ of 95.46 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 acupuncturists in all of New Mexico!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Dr. Eagles and her staff are very caring and concerned about the welfare of their patients. She is very knowledgeable about chronic illnesses that most mainstream doctors neither have the time or the desire to deal with. Thank you for all that you do. For once, my daughter and I have hope that she will get her life back!” – Janice F.

Not Your Average Acupuncturist

We took a few minutes to talk with Reba Eagles, the founder and CEO of Original Medicine Wellness Center, to learn a little more about the business and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation.

The first thing we asked Reba was what makes Original Medicine Wellness Center different. Here’s her response:

“The purpose of our clinic is to make disease and chronic pain optional for as many people as possible. The goal for everyone is to live on as few drugs as possible and eliminate the need for any unnecessary surgery, and we want everyone that comes through our doors to live as far away from the emergency room as possible. People have been taught to expect sickness and symptoms. We believe that is a myth and that what we should expect is health. We transform people’s lives and help them have the life they want, rather than the life they have had to learn to live with because of their symptoms.”

Reba went on to add:

“As an integrated functional medicine clinic, we have many amazing tools to be able to help people achieve their health goals, including regenerative medicine. We are constantly researching the newest methods and the best research to help our patients and transform their lives. We consider ourselves the lucky ones because we get to help people live their dreams every day.”

We also wanted to know why they do what they do at Original Medicine Wellness Center and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Reba had to say:

“As I said, our mission is to make disease and chronic pain optional for as many people as possible. Ours is a mission of joy for the people we serve, and that joy is reflected back to us and we experience it as well. We see miracles here in our office every day. What better purpose is there?”

Building Success by Asking for Feedback

Reba credits Original Medicine Wellness Center’s strong online reputation to their commitment to asking their patients to write reviews:

“We believe in helping people, and our whole team is committed 150 percent to each and every patient that comes into our clinic. We dig deep to determine the underlying cause of a person’s symptoms and treat that cause so their symptoms disappear. We are not afraid to ask for a reference if we did a good job, which most often, we do.”

When asked how she’s grown Original Medicine Wellness Center outside of building a powerful online reputation, Reba shared this with us:

“We advertise and ask for referrals. If people know someone who has been successful, it is much easier to take a leap of faith. We advertise the opportunity to come into the clinic for education first, so people can see we care about them and that our goal is to teach them that there are more options available than what they have been taught. Once people come into our clinic and see it, the people who work here and that we just want them to be informed so they can make better choices for themselves, their families and their health, they are much more likely to become patients. We have used newspaper, radio, TV and social media advertising to do this.”

Clearly, Reba has a lot of wisdom when it comes to building an online reputation and growing a business. Here’s her expert advice for the many business owners out there working to do the same thing:

“Do good work. Don’t cheat your customers. Underpromise and over-deliver. Customer service, really good customer service, has been lost behind too many screens. Get your people in direct communication with your customers, and make sure that each person knows that the employee is really listening and really cares about them. Give that employee some autonomy. Let them know they can make decisions and that you will back them up. You might ask them to do it differently the next time, but help them feel strong enough to help people. People will work much more for a feeling of autonomy than they will for more money. But pay them well. How did you get to be a successful business except for the people that went on the journey with you?”\


Congratulations to the team at Original Medicine Wellness Center for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Reba, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Original Medicine Wellness Center in Albuquerque. Visit their website today to learn more.

Washington’s Top Rated Local® Dance Schools & Studios Award Winner: The Studio in Issaquah

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that The Studio in Issaquah is a 2018 award winner for dance schools and studios in Washington!

From ballet to hip hop, The Studio in Issaquah has a class for adults of all ages.

The Studio in Issaquah has received dozens of reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 4.87 stars, earning them a remarkable Rating Score™ of 94.71 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top three dance schools and studios in all of Washington!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I hate going to the gym and wanted to add a fun new activity…to my workout routine. The Studio was the perfect choice. I get a great workout, lots of variety and the flexibility to choose which classes fit my schedule and interests. I have tried 80s aerobics, Zumba, hip hop active and BollyX, and loved them all. The instructors are all so positive and uplifting. So glad I found this place!” – Laura H.

Not Your Average Dance Studio

We took a few minutes to sit down with Steven Oelrich, the owner of The Studio in Issaquah, to learn a little more about the business and how they managed to build such an incredible online reputation.

The first thing we asked Steven was what sets The Studio of Issaquah apart from the many other dance studios in Washington. Steven points to the fact that they are the only adults-only dance studio.

We also wanted to know why they do what they do at The Studio of Issaquah and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Steven had to say:

“Adults need a place to learn to dance that is safe and supportive. We wanted to provide a place where people were surrounded with peers who wanted to learn to dance — somewhere they would feel safe and feel support.”

Building Success Through Outstanding Customer Service

Steven credits The Studio’s strong online reputation to their commitment to providing quality customer service:

“We take a lot of pride in being responsive to all of the calls and emails we receive to make sure we take care of our customers.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, The Studio of Issaquah has grown by utilizing social media, Google, Yelp and other platforms, as well as through word of mouth from past customers.

Clearly, Steven understands how to grow a business and build and online reputation. Here’s his advice for the many other business owners out there working to do the same thing:

“Have a consistent message across all of your advertising so that the customer’s expectations are set before they even reach out.”


Congratulations to the team at The Studio of Issaquah for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Steven, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend taking a class at The Studio of Issaquah. Visit their website today.

Texas’ Top Rated Local® Veterinarians Award Winner: Red Bluff Animal Hospital

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Red Bluff Animal Hospital is a 2018 award winner for veterinarians in Texas!

Your pet deserves only the best care, and in Pasadena, you won’t find better veterinary care than at Red Bluff Animal Hospital.

Red Bluff Animal Hospital has received more than 1,800 reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.96 stars, earning them a phenomenal Rating Score™ of 100.00 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top three veterinarians in all of Texas!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I went in on the same day I called for an appointment, as my cat was having some issues holding her food down. Even though it may have been a small issue overall, they treated my cat so well and seemed to genuinely care about her well being. Our Winglet is a strong, fierce girl, and the staff handled her so well. They gave her exactly what she needed, and it has been working like a charm since then. I’ll be returning for any future vet needs!” – Sarah M.

Not Your Average Animal Hospital

We took a few minutes to talk with Alicia Cortes, the hospital administrator at Red Bluff, to learn a little more about the business and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation.

The first thing we asked Alicia was what sets Red Bluff Animal Hospital apart from the many other veterinarians in Texas. Here’s her response:

“We’re a family-owned business. Our top priority is to keep the owner and family aspect here. We treat our patients and clients as our own family.”

Alica also let us know that they have an online pharmacy at Red Bluff, giving them the ability to provide higher quality care for their patients, and that they plan to expand their staff in the near future so that they can better cater to the Spanish-speaking community.

We wanted to know what Red Bluff Animal Hospital’s mission is and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Alicia had to say:

“Our goal is to treat our clients as we would treat our families, and to treat our patients as if they were our own pets. Our clients are the heart of our practice and the reason we are here. Our clients and patients are treated with respect, dignity and compassion. We pledge and guarantee that we will always do our very best to serve them and provide their pets with the care they deserve.”

Building Success Through Happy Clients

Alica credits Red Bluff’s strong online reputation to the fact that they prioritize keeping their clients happy and ensuring they provide top-quality care to their patients, no matter their condition.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Red Bluff Animal Hospital stays relevant to their clients by keeping them up to date through Facebook.

There are so many business owners out there working to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Alicia’s expert advice for those business owners:

“Make sure you have staff that loves what they do. If they love their job, they will be able to accommodate the client and provide top-level service.”


Congratulations to the team at Red Bluff Animal Hospital for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Alicia, for taking the time to speak with us!

For all of your veterinary needs in Pasadena, we highly recommend Red Bluff Animal Hospital. Visit their website today!

Oregon’s Top Rated Local® Dance Schools & Studios Award Winner: Arthur Murray Dance Studio Salem

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Arthur Murray Dance Studio Salem is a 2018 award winner for dance schools and studios in Oregon!

Whether you’re looking for a dance studio that can make your first dance as a married couple memorable or you want to step up your date nights by learning to really dance, Arthur Murray Dance Studio Salem is your number one choice.

Arthur Murray Dance Studio Salem has received dozens of reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 4.92 stars, earning them a spectacular Rating Score™ of 95.20 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 dance schools and studios in Oregon!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“My spouse and I have been at Arthur Murray for about a month now. I originally got a few lessons as a ‘just because’ gift, but we ended up liking it so much we now come in once a week. Everybody on the staff is warm, welcoming and incredible. All of the other students are always willing to share tips and ensure you know the world really isn’t ending when you miss a step. Best hobby/date night/’treat yo self’ decision I have ever made.” – Andy B.

Not Your Average Dance Studio

We took a few minutes to chat with Nate, the owner of Arthur Murray Dance Studio Salem, to learn a little bit more about his business and how he managed to build such an impressive online reputation.

The first thing we wanted to know is what makes Arthur Murray Dance Studio unique from the many other dance schools and studios in Oregon. Here’s what Nate had to say:

“Arthur Murray has been teaching the world to dance for 107 years this April. We are experts at making learning to dance fast, fun and easy for beginning students, and we’re knowledgeable enough to challenge the most advanced dancers. The keys are our individualized approach to each student’s unique needs and goals and the joy of dancing we get to share with everyone that comes through our door.”

We also asked Nate what their mission is at Arthur Murray Dance Studio Salem and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s his response:

“Our mission is to change lives through dancing. Whether it’s deepening a relationship, getting some exercise, meeting new people or giving people a feeling of artistic expression, we feel that you can learn dance steps a lot of places, or you can let the experience of learning to dance change your outlook on life, which requires a little more.”

Building Success by Exceeding Expectations

Nate credits Arthur Murray Dance Studio Salem’s strong online reputation to his team’s commitment to exceeding the expectations of their students and creating a joyful experience for them:

“People have to feel a strong emotion to take the time out of their day to write a review. If you exceed their expectations and allow them to experience joy in your business, that can be a powerful motivation for them to write a review. Likewise, anger and frustration can be powerful motivators in the other direction.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Arthur Murray Dance Studio Salem has grown by having incredible teachers, by building relationships with other businesses in Salem, including nonprofits, like Liberty House and the Alzheimer’s Association, and through the support of other Arthur Murray Dance Studio franchise owners, specifically Phil and Rebecca Auer, owners in the Portland Metro Area.

There are so many other business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Nate’s expert advice for those business owners:

“I would say, you have to pay attention to, and get involved with, social media. Connect all of your social media accounts to your website, and make sure to connect with other local businesses. Second, Make sure your website is nice looking and easy to use. Make it easy to leave a review on social media, on your website and on search engines. People will leave reviews if it’s easy. Most importantly, treat people well.”


Congratulations to the team at Arthur Murray Dance Studio Salem for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Nate, for taking the time to speak with us!

If you’re interested in taking a dance class for any reason, we highly recommend Arthur Murray Dance Studio Salem. Visit their website today!

Alaska’s Top Rated Local® Janitorial Companies Award Winner: Bibbs Services LLC

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Bibbs Services LLC is a 2019 award winner in Alaska for janitorial companies!

Whether you’re looking for a cleaning company for your home or office, look no further than Bibbs Services LLC in Anchorage.

Bibbs Services LLC has received dozens of reviews on two verified sites with an average rating of 4.92 stars, earning them a spectacular Rating Score™ of 89.22 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for being ranked the number one janitorial company in all of Alaska!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Bibbs Services is simply the best. They provide routine cleaning in both my residence and my business. Their employees are respectful and provide excellent results. I look forward to coming home or to work after they’ve cleaned, as it is always refreshing to walk into a well-cleaned room. They are the best in town!” – Emily E.

Not Your Average Janitorial Company

We sat down with Marcus Bibbs, the owners of Bibbs Services LLC, to learn a little bit more about the business and how they managed to build such a strong online reputation.

The first thing we asked Marcus was what makes Bibbs Services different from the many other janitorial companies in Alaska. Here’s what he had to say:

“Education is important. We’re a service-based business, and it’s important to educate the customer on important things. For example, if a customer asks if we do shampooing, we educate them on carpet cleaning…All of our work is guaranteed. We focus on keeping our equipment up to date and our training up to the latest standards.”

Building Success Through Communication

Marcus credits Bibbs Services’ strong online reputation to the way they communicate with their customers.

“Communication is important. A lot of people call us and tell us that we’re the only company that actually answers the phone.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Marcus has grown Bibbs Services through word of mouth, by being active on Instagram and Facebook and through networking with building service contractors, carpet cleaners and floor care groups.

There are so many other business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Marcus’ expert advice for those business owners:

“Make sure that your site is updated, and ask for reviews.”


Congratulations to the team at Bibbs Services LLC for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Marcus, for taking the time to speak with us!

For all of your cleaning needs in Anchorage, we highly recommend Bibbs Services LLC. Visit their website today.

Virginia’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shop Award Winner: 5 Star Cuts

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that 5 Star Cuts is a 2019 award winner for barber shops in Virginia!

For a great haircut in Chesapeake, there’s no better barber shop to turn to than 5 Star Cuts.

5 Star Cuts has received dozens of reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 4.96 stars, earning them an incredible Rating Score™ of 95.63 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 barber shops in all of Virginia!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Great experience at 5 Star Cuts! They really make you feel welcome as soon as you walk in the door. [They are the] best and most professional barbers I’ve been to, hands down.” – Cornelius B.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We took a few minutes to talk with Kenneth Pittman, the owner of 5 Star Cuts, to learn a little more about the business and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation.

The first thing we wanted to know is what sets 5 Star Cuts apart from the many other barber shops in Virginia. Kenneth pointed to their professionalism, to their commitment to being prompt and on time and to their ability to not only cut every hair type but to do it well.

We also asked Kenneth why he does what he does at 5 Star Cuts and how he works to make the world a better place. Here’s what he had to say:

“Too many people are caught up in the money side of things in the field of barbering. Being a barber is an underrated profession. I want to change the perception of what people think of the profession.”

Building Success Through Next-Level Service

Kenneth credits 5 Star Cuts’ strong online reputation to their commitment to providing outstanding service to every single person who walks through their door:

“Our goal was to provide a service to every ethnic group and treat people with the utmost respect. Then, our clients started leaving reviews without us asking. Moms can bring their kids and feel comfortable; we really live by the golden standard.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Kenneth has grown 5 Star Cuts through direct mail, fliers, social media, word of mouth and digital marketing. This year, he plans to focus more on the digital side of things.

Clearly, Kenneth understands a thing or two about how to grow a business and build an online reputation. Here’s his advice for the many other business owners out there working to do the same thing:

“Be genuine; be inviting; greet them at the door, and make them feel welcome. If you’re a barber shop, don’t brand yourself by letting bad haircuts walk out the door. Put the customer first — always.”


Congratulations to the team at 5 Star Cuts for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Kenneth, for taking the time to speak with us!

If you’re looking for a great haircut in Chesapeake, we highly recommend 5 Star Cuts!

Alaska’s Top Rated Local® Electricians Award Winner: Raven Electric Inc

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Raven Electric Inc is a two-time award winner in Alaska for 2019!

When you need an electrician you can trust to get the job done right the first time in Anchorage, you need Raven Electric Inc.

Raven Electric Inc has received dozens of reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.71 stars, earning them a stupendous Rating Score™ of 97.10 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards — one for being ranked among the top 100 businesses in Alaska and one for being ranked the number one electrician in Alaska!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Raven Electric is absolutely amazing! They went above and beyond to help my family after a windstorm knocked over a tree that bent our weatherhead and left us without power for several days. They were very knowledgeable and quick to fix the issue. The price was also much less than I was expecting.” – Rebecca T.

Not Your Average Electrician

We took a few minutes to talk with Matt Lederhos, the financial manager at Raven Electric, to learn a little more about the business and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation.

The first thing we wanted to know was what sets Raven Electric apart from the many other electricians in Alaska. Matt points to the great team of people they have, the 40 years of experience they’ve built up, their excellent work, their commitment to ensuring their customers’ needs are met, their involvement in the community and their rates, which aren’t the cheapest but also aren’t the most expensive.

Matt also let us know that they make it a point to get the heat back on for their clients as soon as possible, that they offer senior and military discounts and that they are there for their clients 24 hours a day and ready to help when something goes wrong, even in the middle of the night.

We asked Matt what Rave Electric’s mission is and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what he had to say:

“Our mission is to be a good steward — a good part of the community. We’re not trying to make a quick buck; we want long-term relationships with employees so they can excel, as well as long-term relationships with customers so we can give them a good product and service they can rely on. We also want to give back to the community by sponsoring teams/charities in the area.”

Building Success Through Excellent Service and Feedback Requests

Matt credits Raven Electric’s strong online reputation to their commitment to actively requesting reviews from their customers and to the excellent customer service they provide day in and day out:

“When someone goes above and beyond, people want to share that.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Raven Electric has grown through their partnership with an SEO company, their local sponsorships, their branded vans and word of mouth from their satisfied customers. They don’t do a lot of aggressive marketing or paid advertising, but they do have paid ads on shopping carts.

There are so many other business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Matt’s expert advice for those business owners:

“Focus on the customer first. You’re not going to get a good online review by focusing on your reviews — you have to show that you deserve it. Leave your customer with a smile on their face knowing that you took care of their problem and gave them good service and good value.”


Congratulations to the team at Raven Electric Inc for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Matt, for taking the time to speak with us!

For all of your electrical needs in Anchorage, we highly recommend Raven Electric Inc. Visit their website today!

New Mexico’s Top Rated Local® Dance Schools & Studios Award Winner: HD2 Studio

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that HD2 Studio is a 2019 award winner for dance schools and studios in New Mexico!

If you’re looking for a competitive hip hop dance studio in Las Cruces, look no further than HD2 Studio.

HD2 Studio has received dozens of reviews with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a remarkable Rating Score™ of 92.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 dance schools and studios in all of New Mexico!

Not Your Average Dance Studio

We took a few minutes to chat with Aaliyah, the co-owner of HD2 Studio, to learn a little more about the business and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation.

The first thing we asked Aaliyah is what sets HD2 Studio apart from other dance studios in New Mexico. She points to their family-oriented environment, as well as to the fact that they provide an outlet and a second home for people who may not be going through the best situation in life.

We also asked Aaliyah what their mission is at HD2 Studio and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what she had to say:

“We want to provide an outlet for art in our studio and in the community, where there was a void before.”

Building Success Through Great Work, Community Involvement and Word of Mouth

When asked what HD2’s secret is to such a strong online reputation, Aaliyah told us that they don’t really ask for reviews; instead, they let their work speak for itself.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, HD2 Studio has grown through word of mouth, which is a result of their referral process for bringing new dancers in the door, as well as by handing out fliers for events, through table-top ads, by doing a couple of radio spots and by building their community up through their support of other local businesses.

Aaliyah wanted us to pass on that the team at HD2 Studio is so grateful for where they come from and for their community for trusting and representing them.

“We wouldn’t be where we are without that!”

There are so many other business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Aaliyah’s expert advice for those business owners:

“Be a real person, and be yourself because people respond to that, and if they don’t, at least you did your best and put your best foot forward.”


Congratulations to the team at HD2 Studio for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Aaliyah, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend HD2 Studio in Las Cruces. Visit their website today to learn more.

Virginia’s Top Rated Local® Photographers Award Winner: Photography by mj, LLC

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Photography by mj, LLC is a 2019 award winner for photographers in Virginia!

If you’re looking for a photographer who can capture the moment like no one else, look no further than Photography by mj, LLC in Chesapeake.

Photography by mj, LLC has received more than 100 reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.83 stars, earning them a phenomenal Rating Score™ of 99.28 and two Top Rated Local for 2018 — one for ranking among the top 100 businesses in Virginia and one for being ranked the number one photographer in Virginia!

Here’s just one of mj’s many five-star reviews:

“mj is the BABY WHISPERER! We took our newborn son to her studio for his photos at eight days old. He slept soundly for two solid hours with her while she changed his outfits / changed his position / changed his backgrounds. Her creativity and professionalism is AMAZING, and her product is PRICELESS. My husband was a little skeptical about the financial investment, but after going to the newborn photo session, he was happy to provide all of our credit card information for SO many photos! We are lucky to have found mj and will definitely be coming back for future sessions!” – Samantha W.

Not Your Average Photographer

We sat down with mj herself to learn a little more about Photography by mj, LLC and how she managed to build such an impressive online reputation for her business.

The first thing we wanted to know is what makes Photography by mj different from the many other photographers in Virginia. Here’s what mj had to say:

“I provide an overall experience when you work with me. I don’t just shoot and send you off with a CD of pictures. No, I conduct everything in person, so you are well informed along the way, and I help my clients make choices that will best work for them. I first have an in-person consult, where we get the chance to meet, you get to see the studio space, see all the cute props I offer and examine amazing sample products, and we’ll go over pricing and payment options together. My clients leave with wall art to showcase in their homes, albums to cherish and folio boxes to preserve their memories.”

We also asked mj why she does what she does and how she works to make the world a better place. Here’s her response:

“I LOVE this question, because my motto has always been, ‘Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.’ I LOVE my job! I get to work with families who JUST brought a brand-new, tiny life into the world! It’s an honor when they choose me to document this stage that will just FLY BY. Their baby will NEVER be this small again. Newborn photography is its own art, and when done correctly, it’s a beautiful keepsake of those first few days of life. In those first few days, life is a blur! Most parents are just trying to survive each day, and they don’t always get a chance to take in all the sweet little features of their baby. I LOVE that I can capture the little back rolls, their sweet little lips, all pursed together, the tiny little hands and toes.”

Building Success Through Good Customer Service

mj credits her business’ strong online reputation to her commitment to providing good customer service:

“My clients usually understand that my small business is personal, and it thrives on online reviews, so most will review me either on Google or Facebook just because they had such a wonderful experience with me. That’s pretty awesome because I am a newborn photographer. Glowing reviews are what an expectant family wants to see when hiring a photographer to work with their precious baby.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, networking has been key to growth for Photography by mj:

“I love venturing out into the actual world and connecting with other businesses that might have the same clients I do and helping each other out! I try to connect with other businesses that cater to new moms. I also will host events in the studio. I’ve done several open houses, where folks can come out, meet me, see all the goodies I offer and book sessions on the spot. In such an online world, I think people often forget about the power of good ol’ fashioned networking.”

Clearly, mj understands a thing or two about how to grow a business and build an online reputation. Here’s her expert advice for the many other business owners out there working to do the same thing:

“Social media [marketing] is a great start. I stay active on Facebook and Instagram. I LOVE posting behind the scene [photos] on my Instagram stories, too! I think it’s great for people to see me in action. But you cannot depend on those alone to bring in clients. Most of my clients find me on Google, so your website and SEO have got to be on point! Having an organic reach is the best way to really bring in the right clients.”


Congratulations to Photography by mj, LLC for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, mj, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Photography by mj, LLC in Chesapeake. Visit mj’s website today!

New Mexico’s Top Rated Local® Locksmiths Award Winner: The Lock Shop

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that The Lock Shop is a 2019 award winner for locksmiths in New Mexico!

From roadside emergencies to keyless entry and key replacement, The Lock Shop in Albuquerque is there for you when you need them.

The Lock Shop has received hundreds of reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 4.78 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 93.81 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 locksmiths in all of New Mexico!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“My son’s keys were stolen, and The Lock Shop was awesome! [They] had the house and car completely rekeyed the next day. The price was reasonable, and the work is professional. Thanks, The Lock Shop.” – Bonnie D.

Not Your Average Locksmith

We took a few minutes to talk with Leon, the owner of The Lock Shop in Albuquerque, to learn a little bit more about the business and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation.

The first thing we wanted to know was what sets The Lock Shop apart from the many other locksmiths in New Mexico. Here’s what Leon had to say:

“We’re licensed, bonded and certified, and if we say we’ll do something, we’ll do it. We know how to handle any lock and are trusted by people whose security is their top priority.”

We also asked Leon what their mission is at The Lock Shop and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s his response:

“We’re here to provide good customer service without making people wait. When someone calls us, they need us as soon as possible. We do our best to respect that and take care of them in a timely manner.”

Building Success by Taking Care of Customers

Leon credits The Lock Shop’s strong online reputation to his team’s commitment to always taking great care of their customers.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, The Lock Shop has grown through longevity — they’ve been in business for 20 years now — by working with Google, Angie’s List and Yelp and by handing out business cards and keychains after every job. However, word of mouth is their largest driver of growth, and the team at The Lock Shop does whatever they can to earn new business.

There are so many other business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Leon’s expert advice for those business owners:

“Respond to reviews, and try to get reviews. Also, hire a good SEO company to get you on the top of Google.”


Congratulations to the team at The Lock Shop for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Leon, for taking the time to speak with us!

For everything from lockouts to rekeying, we highly recommend The Lock Shop in Albuquerque. Visit their website today!