Oregon’s Top Rated Local® Award Winner: Robert Rust DMD

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that the dental office of Robert Rust DMD is a 2018 award winner!

It’s not every day that people love their dentist so much, they’re willing to take time out of their day to leave a positive review. That being said, Robert Rust DMD has impressed patients so thoroughly that they’ve received enough positive reviews to be one of the top 100 businesses in the entire state of Oregon! Here are just two examples:

“It seems funny to review my dentist, but if you are looking for a great dentist with a friendly and skilled staff, check out Dr. Rust and friends. I have been going there since I moved to Eugene in 1993. My husband and his parents also go here. We followed their old family hygienist to Dr. Rust when their previous ads retired, and now that hygienist has retired and we have had many years with Judy, and now we are edging over to Kelly as well (because now Judy is getting close to retirement)… They really aim for great, gentle, friendly service. I am in the middle of having my 3rd or 4th crown in that time, and though it isn’t exactly pleasant, Dr. Rust has a great touch and they have all worked out very well, and I have kept all my teeth and avoided root canals, etc… “ -Laura

“Dr. Rust and our hygienist are always very friendly and put you at ease whether it’s for dental work or a simple cleaning. The office is quiet, small and has a pleasant family-friendly atmosphere. I highly recommend.” -Chantel

Not Your Average Dentist

We spoke with Kara Dewitt, the marketing director over at Robert Rust DMD’s office.

So, what is it exactly that sets this dental office apart from the crowd? “It’s the patient relationships. People have been coming to him for 30 years, whether they have insurance or not because of how we make them feel,” Kara said. “Dr. Rust is also really good at making patients feel comfortable during the procedures. Even just being in there, we hear from everyone how comfortable they feel. Some people have had horror stories and they never go to a dentist… we can really change their experience.”

Building Success Through Unbeatable Care

It’s apparent how much this team cares about their patients. Throughout our conversation with Kara, we noticed just how much work they put into making them comfortable. When we asked Kara what their secret to success is, she said, “Really it’s just about patient care. Not just production. It’s really mostly taking care of them and creating a solid relationship with them. Making them feel as comfortable as possible.”
What does she believe is the key to an awesome reputation?

“Just being kind! I just realized that customer service no longer exists in certain places. So glad that here in Eugene, people are super nice!”


Thank you for speaking with us, Kara! Congratulations to the team at Robert Rust DMD for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner!

Oregon’s Top Rated Local® Eye Doctors & Optometrists Award Winner: Barnes Professional Eye Care

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Barnes Professional Eye Care is a 2018 award winner for eye doctors and optometrists in Oregon!

Whether you need to be fitted for new contacts or glasses, or you’re due for your annual eye exam, Barnes Professional Eye Care is the eye doctor to turn to in Portland.

Barnes Professional Eye Care has earned more than 850 online reviews from four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.95 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 98.54 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for being ranked among the top 10 eye doctors in all of Oregon!

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

“I’ve required corrective lenses for 15 years, and this was, hands down, the most pleasant experience I have had with an optometrist. From scheduling my appointment to having pre-appointment correspondence, arriving, seeing the assistant, then finally seeing Dr. Stasik, it was pleasant the entire time. The testing was thorough, the explanation was extensive, and it was very clear that they cared about my vision and overall health. I look forward to continuing my vision treatment with this office.” – Anna D

Not Your Average Optometrist

At Barnes Professional Eye Care, they try to go above and beyond to give every customer they see the best possible experience. Best of all, they have what it takes to help people of all ages, from infants to elderly people.

We asked the secretary at Barnes Professional Eye Care, Matt Schiller, about why they do what they do at Barnes Professional Eye Care and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what he had to say:

“We try to educate people on eye care and health. We also work to detect a lot of conditions early and start to treat them.”

Building Success Through Great Customer Service

Matt credits Barnes Professional Eye Care’s strong online reputation to their consistent focus on customer service. Customer service is a top priority for the team at Barnes Professional Eye Care, and that has led to great customer experiences and organic online reviews.

When we asked Matt what advice he has for business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation, he offered this simple yet powerful advice:

“Keep doing the best job you can do every day.”


Congratulations to the team at Barnes Professional Eye Care for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Matt, for taking the time to speak with us!

If you’re looking for a professional eye doctor who can handle all of your eye care needs in Portland, we highly recommend working with Barnes Professional Eye Care. Visit their website today!

Oregon’s Top Rated Local® Therapists & Psychiatrists Award Winner: Journeys…A Center for Your Soul

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Journeys…A Center for Your Soul is a 2018 award winner for therapists and psychiatrists in Oregon!

If you’re looking for caring, compassionate counseling in Salem, look no further than Journeys…A Center for Your Soul.

Journeys…A Center for Your Soul has earned dozens of online reviews with an average rating of 4.75 stars, a spectacular Rating Score™ of 93.50 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for being ranked number two out of all of the therapists and psychiatrists in Oregon!

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

“I finally experienced Journeys for the first time a few days ago, and I truly felt like I was being greeted like an old friend. The staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is welcoming. Lisa is a beautiful lady with amazing gifts, and I am incredibly grateful that she shared those gifts with me. Go experience Journeys for yourself. You will love it.” – Chey G

Not Your Average Therapist

Journeys helps their patients find healing with their signature blend of psychology and spirituality. They love connecting with people and helping them, and they’ve been doing so for nine years now.

When patients come to the team at Journeys, they aren’t viewed as broken or damaged individuals. They are viewed as whole and complete individuals who are being blocked or who are missing the tools they need. As a holistic healing center, Journeys helps their patients find the proper tools for health and healing.

We asked Lisa Solterbeck, an Intuitive LCSW at Journeys, why they do what they do and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what she had to say:

“Everybody needs to know there is someone out there for them. We do it because we want to touch a life.”

Lisa also shared her personal reasons for doing what she does with us:

“I love it, and I love connecting with people. I learned how to heal myself at a young age, and I’ve discovered tools as life went on to help others.”

Building Success Through Healing

Lisa credits Journeys’ strong online reputation to their unique approach of using both psychology and spirituality to help their patients find healing. This approach has been so effective that Journeys is overflowing with patients who rave about their experience and the life changes the team has helped them through.

We asked Lisa what advice she has for other business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here are her words of wisdom:

“Shine and stop worrying about what people think. Know what you have to offer and that there is an audience. Stop changing who you are to match the audience.”


Congratulations to the team at Journeys…A Center for Your Soul for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Lisa, for taking the time to speak with us!

Whether you’re going through a difficult time or you just need a little compassion and guidance, we highly recommend working with the team at Journeys. Visit their website to learn more!

Oregon’s Top Rated Local® Sign Company Award Winner: Signs Now

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Signs Now is a 2018 award winner!

“The folks at Signs Now take great pride in their work. They are very communicative, extremely prompt in production and installation, their signs are perfect, and they stand by their work. I would recommend them above any other sign company in the Rogue Valley. They also know how to work with all the strict rules that Ashland has about signs. Top notch!” -MaryAnn G.

“Greg and the Signs Now team did a wonderful job on our vehicle graphics — outstanding responsiveness, great turn around time, and straightforward, honest and friendly service. Greg really knows his trade and it shows in the quality of his work. He used the highest quality cast vinyl material to make sure our graphics last for the long run and installed them beautifully without a single bubble. He even suggested some options to make our graphics even more effective, such as using a matte white vinyl against the shiny black of our tinted back window, and changing the size and alignment of some graphics for even better impact. The Signs now team was an absolute pleasure to work with, and we will be ordering from them again soon for all our business signage needs!” -Helene

“I worked with Greg at Signs Now to create a decorative window film that would allow some privacy between an office window and a reception area. Greg was very knowledgeable, friendly, and easy to work with. He helped us get the look we wanted, and the finished product is just beautiful. I would highly recommend working with Signs Now!” -Brenda C.

These are just a few of the dozens of terrific reviews Signs Now has received on a wide variety of verified rating sites. Reviews just like these have given Signs Now a 4.80 average star rating, a 93.96 Rating Score™, and a spot among the top 10 sign companies in the entire state of Oregon.

Not Your Average Sign Company

We spoke with Greg Darnell, president of Signs Now, about his business’ magnificent online reputation.

He and his team have built up quite the reputation as a stand-out sign company in Oregon. “It is in the name. We do good work fast,” Greg said, when asked what sets Signs Now apart from other sign businesses. “We do most of our work within a day. Our team has a real sense of urgency and does good work. We work hard to get back to our customers and just stay in touch.”

Building Success Through Focus and Trust

As an award-winning business with a phenomenal local reputation, the team at Signs Now has an impressive level of industry experience and knowledge. However, they also have a firm grasp on what it takes for any business to succeed. Greg’s advice to other businesses that are looking to create a good online reputation? “Just stick to what you do best. Take ownership for what you do, good or bad. Be honest and take care of business the best way every day!”


Thank you for speaking with us, Greg! Congratulations to the team at Signs Now for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner!

Oregon’s Top Rated Local® Award Winner: Lara House

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Lara House is one of the top 10 businesses in the entire state of Oregon!

“We came to Bend for the first time for a wedding, and this place was gorgeous. The location is perfect, right by the lovely Drake Park, and walking there even in 90-degree heat was comfortable because of the lovely breeze and all the wonderful shade trees. We met another couple at the happy hour with complimentary wine and beer, and ended up walking a few blocks to the downtown area for a delicious meal. The owner and her staff made the stay very pleasant and easy. We will definitely be going back!”

“Beautiful rooms and property. The owner and staff make your stay as pleasant as enjoyable as possible. [They offer] complimentary drinks during their happy hour and excellent breakfast. [They have a] great location, [with] downtown restaurants and shops within walking distance. [They] partner with other businesses, providing guests with opportunities to receive discounts. Out of the B&Bs we stayed in during our vacation in Oregon, the Lara House was our favorite. If we are ever in Bend again, we will be back.”

These are just two of the more than 500 phenomenal reviews Lara House has received from happy customers. Reviews just like this, alongside a 100.00 Rating Score™ and an average 4.99-star rating, have led to Lara House becoming a 2018 award winner.

Not Your Average Bed and Breakfast

Sandy Griffin, the owner of Lara House, took some time to speak with us about her business’ impressive online reputation.

We wanted to know what it really is that makes Lara House different from other bed and breakfasts. “Location! [We are] a block and a half to downtown Bend. [We are the] closest lodging in town, and also across the street from a park and walking distance from everything. This is also a home built in 1910, so this is a very unique place to stay with a lot of history,” she said. “We offer cookies, a local wine and beer hour, and a full, multi-course breakfast. We pride ourselves on giving a lot to our guests, all the little extras. [You get] more than just a room.”

Working Hard and Building Upon Success

So, what’s the secret behind Lara House’s success? Sandy says,“[Our success was] built up over time from previous owners. We purchased from them six years ago and have continued to maintain and build upon the foundation they built.”
Sandy has some wisdom to pass on to those trying to build their online reputation. It goes as follows:

“Just keep at it and keep working. Social media helps, but it takes daily posting and creating a lot of content. It can be a challenge sometimes. Getting the name out there continually is how people can make the business work.”


Thank you for speaking with us, Sandy! Congratulations to the team at Lara House for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner!

Oregon’s Top Rated Local® Locksmith Award Winner: Bend Lock and Safe

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Bend Lock and Safe is a 2018 award winner, thanks to their impressive online reputation!

With a 93.91 Rating Score™, an average 4.79 star rating on verified sites, and dozens of positive reviews, Bend Lock & Safe is one of the top three locksmith companies in Oregon. Here are just three of the fantastic reviews that got them here:

“Just the greatest people. So understanding, so kind, and so helpful. They helped my boyfriend and I get a new key for our car while we were visiting from Portland because we lost the only one we had in the river. Paul is the best, he was so nice and knew what he was doing. Such a sweet little family business, with such understanding and amazing guys. Now we know where to go/who to recommend if we run into some trouble. Best guys in the business!” -Sana J.

“I wish I could give Bend Lock and Safe 10 stars! My husband and I lost the keys to our travel trailer, which means we lost six keys that function for the trailer. The gentleman who helped us was kind, courteous and had an amazing work ethic. While I was waiting for our keys and locks to be finished, another gentleman was helping another customer. He was also extremely helpful to his customer. I highly recommend Bend Lock and Safe for any lock or key needs.” -Dani M.

“If you need a good safe, whether it’s for personal items, or guns, Bend lock and safe has a very good mix at all price ranges and quality levels. I was able to find a used safe for half of the price that they go for new, and it’s a top-of-the-line, American security safe. They also move safes, which is a very nice thing to have around town. I had a very large safe moved from one side of town to the other for about $275, which was well worth it considering it would’ve taken five people and a truck and trailer to do.” -John L.

Not Your Average Locksmith Company

Bryan, owner and locksmith at Bend Lock & Safe, took a while to speak with us about his business’ online reputation and success.

Bend Lock & Safe has been in business for more than 30 years, both mobile and storefront, giving them a substantial amount more experience than their competitors, and making them Bend’s resident locksmithing experts. During our conversation with Bryan, it became abundantly clear just how intensely dedicated he and his team are to providing good, honest service. They truly enjoy working with people and helping them get out of tough situations.

Building Success Through Integrity

Bryan believes wholeheartedly in an honest business approach. In fact, he’s even been called “the most honest man in Bend.” In 2012, Bryan found $50,000 in a safe that he bought back from a customer and, being a man of integrity, returned it immediately. That level of honesty and consideration certainly shines through in the work he does, assuring his customers that they’re in great hands.


His advice to other business owners? “Do honest work that you’d expect yourself.”

Thank you for speaking with us, Bryan! Congratulations to the team at Bend Lock & Safe for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner!

Oregon’s Top Rated Local® Nail Salon Award Winner: The Nail Niche

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that The Nail Niche is one of the top 10 nail salons in Oregon!

Thanks to tons of rave reviews from happy clients, the team at The Nail niche has received a 97.25 Rating Score™ on Top Rated local, making them one of our 2018 award winners! The reviews they’ve received are overwhelmingly positive, often citing high-quality work and a friendly environment as a couple of the best aspects of The Nail Niche. The following are just two of those reviews:

“Bri is an amazing artist who also cares about nail health. My nails and cuticles are so much stronger and less prone to breaking since I started seeing her. My hands feel amazing after a manicure, which is important because I teach piano for a living! On top of that, her designs and nail art are so cute and unique. My students come to their lessons eager to see what my nails will look like next.” -Phoebe G.

“This is a very professional salon where every person there is committed to a quality product and a quality finish. Highly recommended.” -Lyn L.

The Nail Niche’s Secret to a Strong Online Reputation

Deanna Westover, the owner of The Nail Niche, took a bit of time to chat with us about her business’ spectacular online reputation.

First things first, we wanted to know what Deanna believed to be her business’ secret to online success. She said, “We don’t do walk-ins. We’re basically referral-only, so we want customers that have seen our work or know us personally that want to come to our salon. So, I don’t really advertise for just anybody, I want people to want to come and have our work done on them.”

She credits much of their success to repeat business from happy clients, saying “The clients know what they’re going to get. They’re coming in every two weeks. We know them, they know us, the clients know each other. It’s really a good pleasant atmosphere.”

Making the World a Better Place By Making Clients Happy

Deanna and her team spend every day making people feel beautiful. “I love making people happy and that’s a great job,” she said. “I’m happy that I’ve got that job.”

According to Deanna (and quite a few of The Nail Niche’s online reviewers), what sets them apart from other nail salons in the area is that “We do outstanding work. We use the highest quality of nail products. Our sanitation is over the top and we have a very fun and friendly atmosphere.”


Thank you for speaking with us, Deanna! Congratulations to the team at The Nail Niche for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner!

For gorgeous nails in Oregon, we highly recommend The Nail Niche.

Oregon’s Top Rated Local® Catering Company Award Winner: Twist Cocktail Catering Co.

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Twist Cocktail Catering Co. is a 2018 award winner!

“We used Twist for a surprise birthday party and although we had hired them for only one night, they were willing to help us days before (planning, scheming, etc.). Not only did they show up exactly when we had asked them to, they were patient enough to wait since the birthday boy hadn’t left the building. We stayed in constant communication and they were so responsive. We had established a financial amount that we wanted to be made aware of and the team was quick to let us know when they thought we had reached the amount (as we had two bars). Towards the end of the night, the team walked through the area as we had rented glassware and they wanted to be sure we found every one which we did. They dress professionally, treated our guests with kindness and check in with my throughout the night to ensure all was going as expected. I couldn’t recommend them enough…they were incredible!” -Kelly

“My guests were blown away with how amazing the bartenders and drinks were! They were still talking about it at brunch the next day! The bartenders were very professional and friendly and went above and beyond every expectation I had! They kept the tables free of clutter and even helped put away our catering just because they are awesome! They were also very helpful leading up to the event, answered any questions I had very quickly and worked with my budget to find what would be best for us and our guests. I cannot recommend Twist enough!” -Alexandra

These are just a couple of the reviews that contribute to Twist Cocktail Catering being one of the top three catering companies in the entire state of Oregon.

Not Your Average Catering Company

Tirzah Matthews, owner of Twist Cocktail Catering Co., about her business’ impressive online reputation.

When asked what makes Twist different from other catering companies, Tirzah said “Twist is a beverage catering company, we have the ability to curate your beverage experience in addition to provide your food. Top tier cocktails and top tier food. We are the 4th year in a row Oregon Bride’s Magazine – Best Beverage Caterer. They offer tastings and custom menus if the clients want that and we love to get the clients involved with the beverage menu.”

Building Success By Going Above and Beyond

So, what’s the Twist secret to success? “Definitely customer service, we are first and foremost a team known as awesome human beings. We are known for going above and beyond the call of duty, we will do anything that it takes to make the customer happy.”

Like any award-winning business owner, Tirzah has wisdom to share. Here’s the advice she has for other businesses looking to build or improve their online reputation:

“Reviews are super important, reviews are your customers saying how you did for their event that was important for them. We take our reviews very seriously!”


Thank you for speaking with us, Tirzah! Congratulations to the team at Twist Cocktail Catering Co. for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner!

For all of your event catering needs, we highly recommend Twist Cocktail Catering Co.!

Oregon’s Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: FOMO Chicken

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that FOMO Chicken is a 2018 award winner for restaurants in Oregon!

If you have a hankering for mouth-watering Korean or southern fried chicken in Portland, it’s time to try the delectable eats at FOMO Chicken.

FOMO Chicken has earned hundreds of online reviews from six different verified sites with an average rating of 4.81 stars, a spectacular Rating Score™ of 98.12 and two 2018 Top Rated Local awards — one for being ranked among the top 100 companies in Oregon and one for being ranked among the top 10 restaurants in Oregon!

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

“Absolutely outstanding food! Had both the sweet garlic and spicy Korean fried chicken, and they were fantastic. Incredibly crispy, the perfect amount of coating and sticky. Sides were inexpensive and good (especially the mashed potatoes!). If you’re looking for awesome food…definitely hit this place up.” – Benjamin B

Not Your Average Restaurant

We talked to the owner of FOMO Chicken, Sun Kim, to find out what makes them different. He told us that one of the main things that sets them apart is that they use organic and locally sourced chicken. They also provide gluten-free options, and they serve both Korean and southern fried chicken. At FOMO Chicken, guests enjoy a healthy but tasty option.

We asked Sun why they do what they do at FOMO Chicken. He told us that his is the only Korean fried chicken spot in his area, and he wanted to provide this delectable dish to the Portland area.

Building Success Through Delicious Food

Sun says there really is no secret to FOMO Chicken’s strong online reputation, and he credits it to the great product they provide for their customers. People simply love their food, and the reviews and referrals happen organically.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Sun has gotten his company’s name out there by being an active part of his community and participating in events and festivals. He’s also done a lot of networking.

We asked Sun what advice he has for other business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here are his words of wisdom:

“Find the right mentor, someone who has been through the challenges before, and follow their advice.”


Congratulations to the team at FOMO Chicken for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Sun, for taking the time to speak with us!

If you have a taste for amazing fried chicken in Portland, we highly recommend FOMO Chicken. Visit their website today!

Oregon’s Top Rated Local® House Cleaning Companies Award Winner: Molly Maid of Central Portland

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Molly Maid of Central Portland is a 2018 award winner in for house cleaning companies in Oregon!

With more than 30 years of experience, the team at Molly Maid of Central Portland provides a variety of house cleaning services that can’t be beat.

Molly Maid of Central Portland has earned dozens of online reviews with an average rating of 4.79 stars, a glowing Rating Score™ of 93.93 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for being ranked the number two house cleaning company in all of Oregon!

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

“Excellent work, professional, respectful, trustworthy, good price and much faster than I thought possible — all of the things I had hoped for but did not expect when I reached out for help. Thank you, Team #1…and to the wonderful person on the phone! I was dreading coming home from the hospital after a sudden illness, knowing I left behind a mess that would have been too much for me to deal with alone and on the mend. I didn’t remotely appreciate, until tonight, what an absolute relief it would be to come home to a clean house. While today’s services were a necessity, the next time’s are going to be because it would be insane for me to not have you back.” – M.J.

Not Your Average House Cleaning Company

Molly Maid of Central Portland is a company that truly cares about giving their customers the best possible experience. And it all starts with having actual, face-to-face conversations with their clients, in their homes, when they do the walk-through. During this time, they’ll also give the client an upfront and honest quote, and they’ll talk to them about the high level of service they can expect from Molly Maid’s services.

Katie, the owner of Molly Maid of Central Portland, also makes it a point to always take great care of her employees.

“As a boss, I feel I truly have to be flexible and understanding. Great service starts by hiring the right people who care, because you can’t train someone to care.”

We asked Katie why she does what she does and how she works to make the world a better place. Here’s what she had to say:

“Coming from the medical industry, I was able to make a difference in people’s lives through their medical care. Now, I can still make a difference by helping those who are either disabled or busy and running around trying to make ends meet with their business or their kids keep their house clean. Now, they can have a clean and healthy home! We work to make the world a better place, one house at a time.”

Building Success By Truly Caring

Katie credits Molly Maid of Central Portland’s strong online reputation to the fact that her team truly cares. They also make it a point to ask their happy customers to share their thoughts on review platforms.

Furthermore, if there’s ever a problem, Katie makes herself available to her clients by text, email and phone call, and they’ll always do their best to fix it!

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, word of mouth has been a key part of growth at Molly Maid of Central Portland. However, they are active on Facebook and run an Adwords campaign as well.

We asked Katie what advice she has for other business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s what she had to say:

“Don’t think that everyone is out to get you; the majority of people need or want to help you.”


Congratulations to the team at Molly Maid of Central Portland for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Katie, for taking the time to speak with us!

If you’re in need of house cleaning services in Portland, we highly recommend working with the talented team at Molly Maid of Central Portland. Visit their website today.