New York’s Top Rated Local® Businesses: 2020

While there’s a lot of uncertainty in the world right now, we didn’t want to let that stop us from celebrating the amazing small businesses of New York!

Best known for being home to the Big Apple, New York is a wonderful state to live in and visit. Home to Theodore Roosevelt, Kristen Wiig, Lady Gaga and Denzel Washington, The Empire State is also home to a number of truly incredible local businesses — from acupuncturists to window cleaners — that work to serve their communities and make the world a better place.

Top Rated Local® is here to recognize the many local businesses that work to make New York such a phenomenal place to live and visit. There are so many amazing businesses that serve the people of New York, but only the best of the best have made it on our list of Top Rated Local award winners for 2020. Today, we’re ecstatic to announce our 2020 award winners in New York.

To calculate our 2020 winners, we’ve looked at each business’ Rating Score™, which is determined by the total number of verified review sites the business is listed on, the total number of ratings/reviews the business has on those review sites and the business’ average overall star rating. The more review sites a business is listed on, the more reviews or ratings a business has and the higher the average star rating, the higher the Rating Score will be, with the highest being 100.00.

There are a large number of businesses that work hard to serve the people of New York and provide them with everything they need to thrive, and this year, we’ve identified 407 total businesses that have made the cut. These one-of-a-kind, local businesses have clearly made an impact on the customers and clients they serve each and every day, as evidenced by their impressive average Rating Score of 97.73 and average star rating of 4.89. For comparison, businesses across Top Rated Local average a 68.83 Rating Score and a 4.20 star rating. These businesses are truly the best of the best.

There are so many stand-out businesses in New York that deserve to be recognized for their success, but we’re especially excited to give a shoutout to the number one award-winner in New York for 2020 — Remedi Day Spa. A spa dedicated to helping you look young and feel great, Remedi Day Spa is Staten Island’s premier source for pampering and relaxation. Remedi Day Spa has received 2,238 reviews across five verified reviews sites with an average star rating of 4.96, which has earned it a phenomenal Rating Score of 100.00 and the bragging rights of being the number one Top Rated Local business in all of New York for 2020.

Congratulations to all of our award winners in New York for 2020. We commend you for the outstanding service and support you provide for your community day in and day out.

New York’s Top Rated Local® Lawn Care Companies Award Winner: Tierney Lawn & Landscaping

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Tierney Lawn & Landscaping is a 2019 award winner for lawn care companies in New York!

A beautiful lawn doesn’t happen by itself, but luckily, Tierney Lawn & Landscaping in Arlington is here to help.

Tierney Lawn & Landscaping has received dozens of reviews with an average rating of 4.92 stars, earning them a wonderful Rating Score™ of 99.23 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five lawn care companies in all of New York!

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

“Tom was amazingly responsive when I called him to give me an estimate for services. He and his crew do a great job. [They are] neat, clean and super detail-oriented. I would recommend them to anyone.” – Jake G.

Not Your Average Lawn Care Company

We wanted to learn all about Tierney Lawn & Landscaping and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner Tom Tierney.

The first question we had for Tom was what is it that sets Tierney Lawn & Landscaping apart from their competition in New York. Here’s Tom’s response:

“Quality is the main focus over quantity. We do about 25 to 30 lawns in a day instead of 100. Quality matters; it’s not a race. Do nice work, and people will be happy with you. I do landscaping jobs as well. We try to build lasting relationships. We have been around for about 15 years, and I still do lawns for some of those customers who started with us in the beginning.”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Tierney Lawn & Landscaping and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Tom had to say:

“We want to provide the highest quality of lawn care that we can at an affordable price.”

Building Success by Asking for Reviews

Tom attributes Tierney Lawn & Landscaping’s strong online reputation to the simple fact that he asks people who are satisfied with their service to go online and leave a review.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Tierney Lawn & Landscaping has gotten their name out there largely through word of mouth. They are also in the process of building up their online presence a little more.

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Tierney Lawn & Landscaping has. Here’s Tom’s expert advice for them:

“Focus on quality and not on quantity. Please the customer you do have, and that goes a long way. Word of mouth can sway people sometimes more than online.”

Tom ended our conversation with this shoutout:

“Thank you to the clients for helping me be number one in my area.”


Congratulations to the team at Tierney Lawn & Landscaping for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Tom, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Tierney Lawn & Landscaping in Arlington. Visit their website today!

New York’s Top Rated Local® Electricians Award Winner: Ellenwood Electric

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Ellenwood Electric is a 2019 award winner for electricians in New York!

Whether you’re interested in installing recessed lighting in your home or it’s time to upgrade your electrical service panel, look no further than Ellenwood Electric in Rochester.

Ellenwood Electric has received almost 200 reviews with an average rating of 4.98 stars, earning them a wonderful Rating Score™ of 95.85 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five electricians in all of New York!

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

“We’ve hired Mark and his crew for two decent-sized jobs for our old Victorian, and they have come through magnificently both times. They are on-time, thorough, thoughtful, courteous, and they do great work. Luis particularly has been wonderful, and his work is top-notch, even in what seems to me like more challenging situations — putting a new outlet in plaster behind a pocket door is one example. In addition, they are the kind of people you can feel comfortable having in your home. I would recommend them to anyone and would not hire anyone else.” – Susan W.

Not Your Average Electrical Company

We wanted to learn all about Ellenwood Electric and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner, Mark.

The first question we had for Mark was what is it that sets Ellenwood Electric apart from their competition in New York. Here’s Mark’s response:

“Our specialty is retrofitting, repairing and upgrading. Most electricians don’t like doing this type of work. It takes a skill set that a lot of people don’t have. …In New York, you are not required to have a license, but our team is licensed and insured.”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Ellenwood Electric and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Mark had to say:

“Our business mission is to leave people’s homes safer than when we arrive.”

Building Success by Doing Good Work

Mark attributes Ellenwood Electric’s strong online reputation to their commitment to doing good work. He added:

“We satisfy our customers, and we clean up after ourselves. Our customers really love how much we respect their home. We don’t really solicit people to give reviews.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Ellenwood Electric has gotten their name out there by advertising on Angie’s List.

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Ellenwood Electric has. Here’s Mark’s expert advice for them:

“Treat your customers right, and they’ll give you the feedback you’re looking for. Also, return your customers’ calls. …I make sure that when I refer customers, I refer them to licensed electricians. Make sure that contractors are not only licensed but insured.”

Mark ended our conversation with this shoutout:

“Thank you to Luis! You are the main reason for my current success…”


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

We highly recommend Ellenwood Electric in Rochester. Visit their website today!

New York’s Top Rated Local® Family Doctors Award Winner: Ellis Medicine

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Ellis Medicine is an award winner for family doctors in 2019.

If you are looking for a patient-centered family doctor’s office, look no further than this award-winning company!

Ellis Medicine has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across three different verified sites with an average rating of 4.85 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 94.50 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top three family doctors in New York!

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

“There is a reason why Dr. Murphy has five stars from everyone. He is a brilliant doctor with an excellent sense of humor who knows an uncanny amount of facts about medicine. He is compassionate and has a lot of experience in many areas. I would recommend Dr. Murphy to anyone seeking a knowledgeable, kind doctor.” – J.D.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Ellis Medicine is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Family Doctor

We were excited to learn all about Ellis Medicine and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with Dr. Christopher Murphy.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Ellis Medicine stand apart from its competitors. Dr. Murphy told us about his dedication to giving every patient the time and attention they deserve. He said:

“I like to think that I am always all-in on the patients. Giving them all the time that they need means that I am not always going to run on time, but I am going to give every patient my time and attention. I am still enthusiastic.”

Dr. Murphy also told us a bit about his own personal background:

“I am the Associate Program Director for the Ellis Residency. I graduated in ’87, came up here in ’90, and did private practice for 10 years. After 10 years, I felt that my real roots were in areas with a higher need… I was a nurse before med school and a priest before that, so I have come a long way.”

Building Success By Focusing On Others

We asked Dr. Murphy about the overall business mission at Ellis Medicine, and he shared:

“I try to teach residents good history as well as physical skills. [We believe in] seeing the good side of patients, even when they are at their worst. We want to make some difference in the community. Some great nurses and I started to offer Hepatitis C and HIV programs. I think we can make a difference. I like to get out and speak at some of the churches about HIV.”

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Ellis Medicine has managed to. We asked if Dr. Murphy could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“You need to be customer- or patient-centered… Being honest is a good thing to do.”

Dr. Murphy concluded our chat with these meaningful words of gratitude:

“We only see further because we are standing on the shoulders of giants. Thank you to my mentors, family, and team. We have patients with extremely high needs, and I thank you for your time and patience because [I know] it is difficult. My HIV team is outstanding as well!”


Congratulations to Ellis Medicine for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Dr. Murphy for taking the time to speak with us!

New York’s Top Rated Local® Auto Shops Award Winner: Foreign Car Specialists

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Foreign Car Specialists is a 2019 award winner for auto shops in New York!

When you want to work with a highly skilled team of mechanics who operate with integrity, there’s no better auto shop to turn to in Poughkeepsie and the Hudson Valley region than Foreign Car Specialists.

Foreign Car Specialists has received hundreds of reviews with an average rating of 4.99 stars, earning them a phenomenal Rating Score™ of 97.87 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five auto shops in all of New York!

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

“My husband and I have been happy customers of Foreign Car Specialists for more than a decade. We trust them to take care of us and our cars. They do good work with wonderful customer service, never doing what isn’t necessary and always providing a clear breakdown of what’s needed so we can work within our budget. …The crew delivers great value and is always a pleasure to do business with.” – Maria H.

Not Your Average Auto Shop

We wanted to learn all about Foreign Car Specialists and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner, Lisa Eckler.

The first question we had for Lisa was what is it that sets Foreign Car Specialists apart from their competition in New York. Here’s Lisa’s response:

“We have factory-level training and ASE master technicians. We do things right the first time. We foster a positive culture with the staff and customers. We focus on the experience and make things convenient with our customers…”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Foreign Car Specialists and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Lisa had to say:

“We attempt to make the automotive repair community a better place. We share ideas and processes. We share anything that can be done to better the public view of independent owner shops. We focus on education, not only for our technicians, but for our front office staff as well in order to provide a superior level of service beyond the norm…”

Building Success by Asking for Reviews

Lisa attributes Foreign Car Specialists’ strong online reputation to their commitment to asking for reviews.

When we asked Lisa how Foreign Car Specialists has gotten their name out there outside of their powerful online reputation, she said:

“Wayne Gretsky attributes his success to studying the game and seeing where the puck is going to be. We study where automotive repair is going. We focus on the ideal customer that we want to work with, and we market toward the right people. We advocate for people’s vehicles. We reach out to people with nice cars and mention that, if they need a great mechanic, we are there for them.”

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Foreign Car Specialists has. Here’s Lisa’s expert advice for them:

“You have to be active on social media and on your Google business page. You have to clean your pages. The more activity you have, the better. You have to be relevant, and it has to be kind of personal. …You have to think about what is in it for the customer.”


Congratulations to the team at Foreign Car Specialists for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Lisa, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Foreign Car Specialists in Poughkeepsie. Visit their website today!

New York’s Top Rated Local® Massage Therapists Award Winner: Momentum Massage & Wellness

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Momentum Massage & Wellness is a 2019 award winner for massage therapists in New York!

When you want a great massage in Rye to help you melt the stress and pain of everyday life away, there’s no better option than Momentum Massage & Wellness.

Momentum Massage & Wellness has received dozens of reviews with a perfect average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a wonderful Rating Score™ of 97.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five massage therapists in all of New York!

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

“I’ve been receiving massage therapy from Elissa for years. She takes her time to thoroughly assess the cause of my concerns and treat them accordingly and successfully. She is friendly and professional. I would highly recommend her work!” – Toni-Ann A.

Not Your Average Massage Therapy Center

We wanted to learn all about Momentum Massage & Wellness and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner, Elissa Flannery.

The first question we had for Elissa was what is it that sets Momentum Massage & Wellness apart from their competition in New York. Here’s Elissa’s response:

“It’s about the whole experience that I’ve created at Momentum — not just one specific thing — beginning with the process of online booking and electronic intake forms, (there aren’t many massage studios that let you book online) all the way through to coming into the space and experiencing the cleanliness, professionalism, communication, easy checkout, etc. I think the main piece that makes my practice different is the intake process. I always block 30 minutes between appointments to give each client my attention and spend a lot of time with them, talking to them about not only their health history but things like previous injuries that could be contributing to current pain or causing some compensatory movement patterns. I look at their posture, assess their movement and identify different areas of pain or dysfunction. By the time my client gets on the table, they feel confident about what the treatment plan is and what to expect. We spend a lot of time building that trust, and I think they feel that they are actively contributing to their treatment, which is a key element to their recovery.”

Elissa went on to tell us that she’s been in business since 2014, is an NYS Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist and holds certifications in Pregnancy Massage, RockTape Kinesiology Taping, ICTA Contemporary Cupping Methods, Table Thai Yoga Massage and Advanced Myofascial Techniques.

We also wanted to know what Elissa’s mission is at Momentum Massage & Wellness and how she works to make the world a better place. Here’s what she had to say:

“I love educating my clients about things, like body awareness, body mechanics, anatomy, how movement or injuries can affect the body and cause compensatory or pain patterns, and how important it can be from a recovery standpoint to address injuries right away. Sprained ankles, rotator cuff tears, tendinitis, carpal tunnel symptoms, etc. are all types of issues that can be pretty successfully addressed with good massage, bodywork and self-care techniques. A lot of people come to me when they’re at their wits’ end struggling with chronic pain or long-standing mobility issues, and they always say that they should’ve come sooner. I love being able to connect with my clients in this way and seeing when they realize massage therapy that’s geared toward medical/therapeutic work can actually help them. …Often times, our clients have gone to different doctors and tried different medications, and they want to stop most of that and take a more holistic route. Massage therapy can absolutely help.”

Building Success by Requesting Reviews

Elissa attributes Momentum Massage & Wellness’ strong online reputation to the booking software she uses, which offers a nice feature that sends out automatic review emails to each client after they receive their massage. She added

“I also think that my clients are more likely to leave feedback because I am a small business. You really only need two to three people who think your work is exceptional to get a good book of business going, and that will lead to more clients and reviews.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Momentum Massage & Wellness has gotten their name out there through word of mouth. Elissa is also always educating herself so that she can continue to provide the best therapy that she can and is currently taking an advanced course in Orthopedic Assessment for Massage Therapists.

There are so many massage therapists out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Momentum Massage & Wellness has. Here’s Elissa’s expert advice for them:

“Become confident in your ability, knowledge and continuing education. Keep up with the research that has been coming out about massage, and treat each session as an opportunity to acquire new knowledge and impart some of your knowledge to your clients. It is important for therapists to really listen to what the client has to say. Work with them. I think that piece of it really helps solidify a trusting professional relationship. People can tell when you’re just trying to sell them something and when you are truly invested in helping them. I started small; I was part-time doing brain injury research and massage for about four years. Then, I decided I wanted to do this full-time. I think it’s OK to just start where you are, even if the idea of starting your business seems impossible. You really don’t need a ton of money to start…There is so much readily available, and a lot of free materials/videos out there that can be a real asset for treatment planning. Don’t get stuck in a routine.”


Congratulations to the team at Momentum Massage & Wellness for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Elissa, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Momentum Massage & Wellness in Rye. Visit their website today!

New York’s Top Rated Local® Pet Groomers Award Winner: Pet Style

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Pet Style is the number one pet groomer in all of New York for 2019!

Help your pet to look and feel their very best by turning to Pet Style in Syracuse.

Pet Style has received more than 100 reviews on four verified sites with an average rating of 4.95 stars, earning them an exemplary Rating Score™ of 97.47 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for being ranked the number one pet groomer in all of New York!

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

“I highly recommend Pet Style to anyone. I bring my cat to them. They do everything they can to make your pet as comfortable [as possible]. The owner is an extremely talented groomer. They truly love animals and are passionate about what they do.” – Stephanie S.

Not Your Average Pet Groomer

We wanted to know what makes New York’s number one pet groomer so special, so we took a few minutes to talk with Jaime Baleno, who is an owner and groomer of Pet Style along with her husband, Jim, who helps out whenever he can.

The first question we had for Jaime was what makes Pet Style unique compared to their competition in New York. Jaime pointed to the fact that they provide quality grooming services at a great price and use good products. Her shop is different because you pay one price for the entire service; there’s no nickel-and-diming. People love the way their dogs are treated. If a dog is having a hard time with the grooming process or starts to get anxious, they will send the dog home and try again down the road. They don’t force dogs into uncomfortable situations.

Jaime went on to tell us that Pet Style is a full-service grooming company that offers haircuts, nail trims, teeth brushing and even color. They sell treats, work with cats and are willing to work seven days a week. They board dogs as well, and when they do, Jaime stays and sleeps at the shop to ensure safety and comfort. They offer full-blown photoshoots with props, backdrops, costumes, etc. They’ve even helped a client with a gender reveal!

We also asked Jaime about Pet Style’s mission and how they work to make the world a better place. Jaime told us about the many ways they’ve given back to their community, including giving discounts to police officers, firemen, first responders, veterans and college students, and donating to local charities during the holidays.

Building Success by Treating People and Animals With Respect

When we asked Jaime what their secret is to such a strong online reputation at Pet Style, she told us that they live by the saying, “Shoot for the moon, and if you don’t get there, at least you’re among starts.” She went on to tell us that they are committed to treating people and animals with respect, and to making sure that both the pets and their owners are as comfortable as possible.

Apart from building the kind of online reputation any business would envy, Pet Style has spread the word about their service through online marketing and word-of-mouth referrals.

Every business owner wants to grow their business and build their online reputation the way Pet Style has. Here’s Jaime’s advice for them:

“Be sure to thank your customers for good reviews and address the not-so-good reviews. Back up everything you say online when people do business with you in the real world. Knowing that they’re getting the same person they’ve gotten to know online is important to customers.”


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

We highly recommend Pet Style in Syracuse. Visit their website today!

New York’s Top Rated Local® Catering Companies Award Winner: Abigail Kirsch Catering

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Abigail Kirsch Catering is a 2019 award winner for catering companies in New York!

From weddings to corporate events, the team at Abigail Kirsch Catering in New York, New York has what it takes to make your next event delicious.

Abigail Kirsch Catering has received dozens of reviews with an average rating of 4.93 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 97.26 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five catering companies in all of New York!

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

“Abigail Kirsch was fantastic! I could not have asked for a better caterer to handle my wedding. Although there was a shift in management mid-way through our planning period, Abigail Kirsch handled themselves professionally and strived to give us the best service. The food was outstanding and very hearty. The mojito granitas were a hit! And the butlered service was impeccable. Great job… Thank you for a memorable evening. It was truly magical.” – Giselle

Not Your Average Catering Company

We wanted to learn all about Abigail Kirsch Catering and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with the Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Chris Diviney.

The first question we had for Chris was what is it that sets Abigail Kirsch Catering apart from their competition in New York. Here’s Chris’s response:

“Seamless event production and world-class service are what bring Abigail Kirsch events to the next level. Our operational systems and expertise ensure our event is produced with the utmost precision, from inception to execution. We make it a point to create an experience where each of our clients can relax and be a guest at their own event.”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Abigail Kirsch Catering and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Chris had to say:

“Food is a common ground and a universal experience for all of us. It’s our goal to make life more delicious while providing unforgettable experiences for our clients and guests. The core of Abigail Kirsch revolves around a passion for unique and engaging menu presentations. Sourcing only the finest and freshest, local ingredients, we create unexpected yet familiar flavor profiles. Our talented team is dedicated to designing menus reflective of each client’s vision for their event.”

Building Success by Going Above and Beyond

Chris attributes Abigail Kirsch Catering’s strong online reputation to their commitment to going above and beyond to make sure that each event is executed flawlessly.

Chris went on to say:

“We pride ourselves on our commitment to excellence, and we strive to provide the highest level experience for all of our clients and guests. When you leave a truly lasting impression on someone, he or she is that much more inclined to let the world know about their experience and provide a recommendation for service.”

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Abigail Kirsch Catering has. Here’s Chris’ expert advice for them:

“If you provide outstanding service for your clients and guests, you are sure to cultivate relationships and repeat clientele, which will ultimately lead to a strong online reputation. It is also vital to take the time to request and listen to any and all feedback from your clients, both positive and negative. That feedback provides essential opportunities to truly perfect your craft. After all, we are only as good as our last event!”


Congratulations to the team at Abigail Kirsch Catering for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Chris, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Abigail Kirsch Catering in New York. Visit their website today!

New York’s Top Rated Local® Fitness Centers Award Winner: Evolution Muay Thai

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Evolution Muay Thai has won two 2019 awards in New York!

Whether your goal is to get fit, compete or learn self-defense, Evolution Muay Thai in Midtown Manhattan has something for everyone.

Evolution Muay Thai has received more than 150 reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.73 stars, earning them a stellar Rating Score™ of 99.25 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for ranking among the top 100 businesses and the top five fitness centers in all of New York!

Here’s just one of the many five-star reviews that got them there:

“Evolution Muay Thai is a great gym for beginners or experienced martial artists who want to take their skills to the next level. Brandon is an amazing coach/instructor that takes his time to work on any bad habits that I’ve developed over my years of training in Muay Thai. He always keeps a fun and friendly atmosphere in the gym that is welcoming to any newcomers. The other instructors/fighters have been great as well with their own individual teaching styles. [This is a] five-star gym all around!” – Richard M.

Not Your Average Fitness Center

Brandon Levi, the owner of Evolution Muay Thai, took a few minutes out of his day to tell us a little more about this one-of-a-kind fitness center and the impressive online reputation they’ve managed to build.

To start our conversation, we asked Brandon what it is that sets Evolution Muay Thai apart from their competition in New York. Here’s what he had to say:

“We’re more fun. We have very good instructors, and everybody who works here knows that their job is to teach as well as they can and make everybody laugh and have a good time. We strive to teach the best form of the styles that we offer, entertain people and keep everybody happy.”

We also wanted to know why they do what they do at Evolution Muay Thai and how they give back and make the world a better place. Here’s Brandon’s response:

“We give people confidence and help people with weight management, with positive body image and to learn a useful skill while having a good time doing it.”

Building Success by Creating a Positive Experience

When we asked Brandon about Evolution Muay Thai’s secret to such a strong online reputation, he said:

“We try to do the best by people when they come in and strive to give people a pleasant experience when they train, and people appreciate it.”

Outside of building the kind of online reputation any business owner would envy, Evolution Muay Thai has spread the word about who they are and what they do with the help of Marketing 360®:

“We have Marketing360. They have a program we’re running, and we have a YouTube account that we put videos on. We do a little bit of marketing through Yelp, Facebook and Google but most of our marketing is organic — people leaving good reviews.”

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Evolution Muay Thai has. Here’s the expert advice Brandon has for them:

“Make sure you have a good product; strive to hire the best staff that you can, and know your value. One of the biggest mistakes that first-time business owners make is trying to undercut their competition. That usually ends up backfiring. You’re better off knowing your value and charging accordingly, because perceived value is value. If people think you’re only charging a certain amount, and it’s below what the market price is, then people are going to value your service below the market price.”


Congratulations to the team at Evolution Muay Thai for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Brandon, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Evolution Muay Thai in New York. Visit their website today!

New York’s Top Rated Local® Fitness Centers Award Winner: TrainSMART Personal Fitness

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that TrainSMART Personal Fitness is a 2019 award winner for fitness centers in New York!

Get the support you need to reach your fitness goals with the help of the professional team at TrainSMART Personal Fitness in Buffalo.

TrainSMART Personal Fitness has received more than 100 reviews on four verified sites with an average rating of 4.97 stars, earning them a phenomenal Rating Score™ of 97.70 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five fitness centers in all of New York!

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

“TrainSMART is a personal training facility unlike I have ever seen before. Their belief is that you don’t have to lift heavy to get stronger. The exercises that are prescribed to the clients are catered to the individual and translate very well into activities of daily living. TrainSMART uses evidence-based training to help their clients achieve their goals. I believe TrainSMART will be the leader in sports medicine. No matter what your goal is — whether it is to be able to get back on your feet after an injury or you want to shed a few pounds — TrainSMART is the place. Don’t train hard, TrainSMART.” – Ajay G.

A One-of-a-Kind Fitness Center’s Secret to a Strong Online Reputation

TrainSMART Personal Fitness has managed to build the kind of reputation any business owner would envy, and to learn a little more about that reputation and this one-of-a-kind business, we sat down with the owner, Joe Fox.

The first thing we wanted to know was what makes TrainSMART Personal Fitness unique compared to the many other fitness centers in New York. Joe told us

“We have a relentless and unparalleled commitment to continuing our education, self-improvement and self-development. We are obsessed with constantly getting better at what we do so our clients can get better results.”

Joe went on to say:

“We have a great team that is really committed to our clients’ success and to constantly learning to become better at coaching. That caring and passion is not something you can fake; you cannot pretend. When it comes to fitness and strength conditioning, there is real strategy involved. It is not just about working hard but it is about working smart. It takes real customization, skill and intelligence to help people accomplish their goals in the most effective way possible.”

When we asked what the secret is to such a solid online reputation at TrainSMART Personal Fitness, Joe pointed to their extraordinary focus on their customers:

“One of our core values is that we always do what is in our clients’ best interests. We are very personally invested in their success. We have unparalleled expertise with the services that we provide.”

Making the World a Better Place by Helping People Feel Great, Be Strong and Thrive

We also wanted to know what their mission is at TrainSMART Personal Fitness and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s Joe’s response:

“Our mission is to help people feel great, be strong and thrive, so that they can live their life without limitations and into their 50s, 60s and beyond. We want to help create who people were born to be, and we do that by really listening to our clients and by constantly looking for ways that we can improve the work that we are doing every day and in every session.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, TrainSMART Personal Fitness has grown by doing workshops at companies and universities, by building relationships with doctors and other professionals in the sports medicine community, and through the referrals that come from their happy clients.

It’s clear that Joe knows a thing or two about growing a business and building an online reputation. Here’s his expert advice for the many other business owners out there:

“Frequency beats intensity. Regularly update your social media.”


Congratulations to the team at TrainSMART Personal Fitness for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner!

We highly recommend TrainSMART Personal Fitness in Buffalo. Visit their website today!