Washington’s Top Rated Local® Lawn Care Companies Award Winner: Washington Lawns

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Washington Lawns is an award winner for lawn care companies in 2018.

If you are looking for a lawn care company that will not only create the yard of your dreams, but will also teach you how to care for it, look no further than this award-winning company!

Washington Lawns has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across three different verified sites with an average rating of 4.74 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 94.44 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for ranking as the number one lawn care company in Washington!

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

“I had my entire front yard overhauled by Brian and his crew. They were friendly, courteous, and finished the job on time and, even better, on budget! I would definitely recommend Washington LawnScapes to any of my friends and family.” – J.H.

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

Not Your Average Lawn Care Company

We were excited to learn all about how Washington Lawns has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the owner, Zak Venturo.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Washington Lawns stand apart from their competitors. We learned that they are focused on education and even have an educator on staff. They embrace teaching their clients about environmental facts and system management, which they believe is important for the plants.

After hearing about their focus on education, we wanted to know more about the company’s mission, which we learned was multi-faceted. Zak told us about their focus on both customer service as well as being environmentally conscious. Zak said:

“My mission is great customer service, to always be there for my clients and understand their needs. My entire team is on the same page with this. The company’s mission is to be eco-friendly, from our approach to the products we use.”

Building Success Through Consistency

Washington Lawns has managed to create an impressive reputation, so we were excited to learn about some of the ways they have marketed themselves. Zak told us about the efforts they have put into creating an excellent website. They make sure to fill that site and their social media pages with valuable content, and use them to reach out to their community. They have also recently added a tool to their site that allows people to self-schedule appointments. Offline, Washington Lawns has been involved with community magazines, both in advertising and content.

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

“Be truthful, and be consistent. Hire the best people. Don’t snap low-quality pictures on your phone to use on your website; hire a photographer. You’ll get better quality work and help them build a portfolio. You will have to do what works, so you’ll be doing the same things as everyone else, but make an effort to stand out from the crowd.”


Congratulations to Washington Lawns for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Zak for taking the time to speak with us!

Washington’s Top Rated Local® Self Storage Center Award Winner: Lyons Self Storage

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Lyons Self Storage is the number one self storage center in Washington for 2018!

Tons of positive online reviews have earned Lyons Self Storage a 97.35 Rating Score™, a 4.94 average star rating on verified review sites, and a 2018 Top rated Local award! Here’s just one of the fabulous reviews they’ve received:

“Well, I have dealt with storage places before and seen some shady things done. We looked at a couple of storage places before we decided on Lyons Self Storage. For us, it was a no-brainer; the complex was clean, great lighting and a storage manager named Heather. She is awesome! Heather took care of any problems that we had. She always has a smile on her face and really looks after us renters. We totally recommend Lyons Storage and Heather, thank you for all you have done!” -Michael P.

Not Your Average Self Storage Company

We spoke with Heather Sullivan, the manager of Lyons Self Storage, about the business’ outstanding online reputation.

First, we asked Heather how she and the Lyons Self Storage team set themselves apart from other self storage centers in Washington. “Well, the easiest answer is probably that our rates are the best in the area, and we offer great security,” she said. “We take things one tenant at a time, meeting each individual tenant’s needs. We find out where they’re at, we work really hard on not up-selling people. We also work really hard on finding ways to help people save money so that they are not locked in a contract that gets out of control for them.”

Building Success By Focusing on Client Satisfaction

Of course, we also wanted to know the Lyons Self Storage secret to success. According to Heather, it’s all about the customer and treating them well. She said, “[It’s] customer service. We try to make clients as happy as possible and follow what our clients are looking for.”

Here’s Heather’s advice to other businesses that are looking to grow, maintain, or improve their online reputation:

“Give people something that’s worth their time to share, because there are no kickbacks for sharing your experience. It just has to be worth it to them to share that experience. People’s time is valuable and we don’t want to waste it.”


Congratulations to the team at Lyons Self Storage for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Heather, for taking the time to speak with us!

Washington’s Top Rated Local® Photographers Award Winner: Ryan Erlandsen Photography

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Ryan Erlandsen Photography is a two-time award winner in Washington for 2018!

From senior photos and family portraits to wedding photography, Ryan Erlandsen Photography in Vancouver can capture life’s most precious moments.

Ryan Erlandsen Photography has received dozens of reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.91 stars, earning them a phenomenal Rating Score™ of 98.13 and two 2018 Top Rated Local awards — one for ranking among the top 100 businesses in Washington and one for ranking among the top 10 photographers in Washington!

Here’s just one of Ryan Erlandsen Photography’s many five-star reviews:

“Ryan is awesome. He’s personable, friendly and professional. Just tell him your ideas and he takes it up a notch. Ryan did our family photos and we just get tons of compliments. We never imagined they’d really turn out so well. He over delivered by far. I then hired Ryan to do some photography for our business and the end result was equally as exceptional. We did product photos, business headshots and some shots of the office spaces and made our project turn out miles better than using typical stock photography. We couldn’t recommend anyone higher than Ryan.” – Andrew S.

Not Your Average Photographer

We took a few minutes to talk with Ryan Erlandsen, owner of Ryan Erlandsen Photography, to learn a little more about the business and how he managed to build such an impressive online reputation.

The first question we had for Ryan was what sets Ryan Erlandsen Photography apart from the many other photographers in Washington. Ryan points to his years of experience and his knowledge in photography, and told us that choosing an experienced, knowledgeable photographer ensures that you’ll get the best results and a better product.

We also wanted to know what Ryan’s mission is at Ryan Erlandsen Photography and how he works to make the world a better place. Here’s what he had to say:

“My mission is to give great photography to people, so they can create lasting memories.”

Building Success Through SEO and Reviews.

Ryan credits Ryan Erlandsen Photography’s strong online reputation to his website’s strong organic presence due to search engine optimization, as well as tot the many reviews he gets on Thumbtack.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Ryan has grown Ryan Erlandsen Photography largely through referrals from the many clients he’s worked with over the past 10 years of being in business:

“Do good work for people, and they will send their friends and family to you.”


Congratulations to Ryan Erlandsen Photography for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Ryan, for taking the time to speak with us!

For all of your photography needs in Vancouver, we highly recommend Ryan Erlandsen Photography. Visit their website today!

Washington’s Top Rated Local® Barber Shops Award Winner: Weldon Barber

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Weldon Barber is a 2018 award winner for barber shops in Washington!

If you’re looking for a barber shop in Spokane Valley that will leave you looking and feeling your best, look no further than Weldon Barber.

Weldon Barber has received dozens of reviews on four verified sites with an average rating of 4.76 stars, earning them a superb Rating Score™ of 95.59 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 barber shops in all of Washington!

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

“Great service, genuine people, and I come out looking and feeling good every time. Get the scalp massage if you go. It’s well worth it, and it makes my head feel like it’s been to the spa.” – Trent D.

Not Your Average Barber Shop

We took a few minutes to talk with Ashley Hisghman, Team Lead at Weldon Barber, 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 Weldon Barber apart from the many other barber shops in Washington. Ashley points to the one-of-a-kind experience they offer, which they cater to every person they are tending to. She also told us that at Weldon Barber, they offer more than just a haircut; they offer an experience, and they want to be their clients’ barber for life.

We asked Ashley what their mission is at Weldon Barber and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what she had to say:

“Our number one goal is to make sure that we address any needs the customer has. We’re the best barbers, and we’re available every day of the week. We really try to build a relationship with our clients rather than just focusing on finishing the haircut.”

Building Success by Making Clients the Top Priority

Ashley credits Weldon Barber’s strong online reputation to the fact that their customers are always their number one priority, and they make sure that their customers are happy before they leave the shop.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Weldon Barber has grown by hiring the right barbers and by making sure that their barbers share the same goal and have a passion for helping people and love what they do.

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

“Cater to the clients you are looking to pull in, and don’t underestimate word-of-mouth referrals.”


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

For a great haircut in Spokane Valley, we highly recommend Weldon Barber. Visit their website today!

Washington’s Top Rated Local® Catering Company Award Winner: Simply Thyme Catering

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Simply Thyme Catering is not only one of the top three catering companies in Washington, but one of the top 100 businesses in the state overall!

“Outstanding! Simply Thyme saved the day. Last minute, Tammy helped put together some food for a customer lunch. Not only was the food wonderful, but her staff also delivered and picked up the dishes. My customers were raving about the food ,and they really felt that we treated them well by having the event catered. I had an idea of what I wanted for the food, and they sure did deliver. I’m so grateful for Simply Thyme’s willingness to work with our short time frame and within our budget. Thank you so much.”

That’s just one of the many outstanding reviews Simply Thyme has received, making them a 2019 top Rated Local award winner with a 96.64 Rating Score™ and a 4.76 average star rating.

Not Your Average Catering Company

Tamara Leibfarth, the owner and executive chef of Simply Thyme Catering, took the time to speak with us about her business’ stellar online reputation.

When asked what it is that sets Simply Thyme apart from other catering companies in the area, Tamara pointed to their delicious food and dedication to service, saying, “Our food is the voice of our company, serving people places and causes. We are a woman-owned business that likes to serve the community.”

Tamara and her team have dedicated themselves to unparalleled quality. “Our mission is to serve good quality food with the NW flare using local products as much as possible,” she said. “I am conscientious of the earth and her resources. We forage local berries and edible plants. We are also always recycling, composting, and repurposing as many things as possible.”

Building Success Through Visibility

Tamara and her team know that marketing is an incredibly important part of any business’ success. In fact, when we asked what her secret to success is, she said, “I have a marketing team who does a lot of posting about our seasonal offerings, like Valentine cookies and Christmas dinners, and our involvement in the community. We love to post photos of the events we attend to show our food displays, people enjoying our food, and our staff enjoying the events we are involved in.”

Here’s Tamara’s advice to other businesses that are looking to boost their online reputation:

“Be consistent with your visibility and be consistent when connecting with friends and groups. Post often. The more your name gets shown, the more people will think about you when they need your services.”


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

Washington’s Top Rated Local® Carpet Cleaner Award Winner: Hammond Knoll

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Hammond Knoll is not only one of the top three carpet cleaners in Washington but one of the top 50 businesses in the state overall for 2018!

“Excellent company! Their customer service is simply the best. Their knowledgeable and professionalism is top notch. We can highly recommend Hammond Knoll for your carpet repair and cleaning, as well as furniture cleaning.” -Ingrid T.

That’s just one of the more than 600 fantastic reviews Hammond Knoll has received on verified review sites, giving them a perfect 100.00 Rating Score™, a 4.90 average star rating, and a 2019 Top Rated Local award!

Not Your Average Carpet Cleaning Company

Lori O’Haleck, the marketing manager at Hammond Knoll, took some time to speak with us about the business’ success.

According to Lori, the key difference between Hammond Knoll and the other carpet cleaners in town is their ability to provide an outstanding experience to each and every customer. “The reason we stand up above the rest, like our reviews always say, from the beginning of the first touch with the customer to the end of the touch with the customer, every experience is amazing. We really work on that with all of our employees,” she said. “Being in business for 80 years, we have built up a pretty good name for ourselves in the community here. That says something.”

Building Success With Happy Customers

We wanted to know Hammond Knoll’s secret to success. In Lori’s words, it’s all about “delivering an outstanding experience for ratings, for reviews and for our customers. We do blogging and PPC campaigns.”

Here’s Lori’s expert advice to other businesses that want a terrific online reputation:

“Work on providing a great experience for customers and building the reviews; that’s huge.”


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

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.

Washington’s Top Rated Local® Nail Salon Award Winner: D B Nails

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that D B Nails is a 2018 award winner!

With more than 100 reviews averaging at 4.66 stars on verified review sites and a 90.60 Rating Score™ on Top Rated Local, D B Nails is one of the top five nail salons in Texas for 2018! This is just one of the many phenomenal reviews they’ve received:

“[I] got a simple white tip set. I have bigger nail beds on the thumbs and always had an issue getting tips that fit. Well, they had the exact size I needed. I have a feeling that they would have great tip options for acrylic toenails. Overall, [it was] a good experience…they do offer more options, like gel power and polish as well as ombre, which I have heard they do a great job with! [I] also ran into a lady [I work with] there. We both went on lunch. She’s been a customer for years and highly recommends the place” -Kellie S.

Not Your Average Nail Salon

We spoke with Doan, the owner of D B Nails, about his business’ impressive online reputation.

Of course, we were particularly interested in finding out what Doan considers to be his business’ secret to success. When asked what it is that he believes sets his business apart from other nail salons in the area, Doan credited it to the overall atmosphere of the salon, as well as his team’s high level of experience. “We have a nice-looking salon, and the service is great. People love our clean and inviting atmosphere. We have a lot of experience and knowledge,” he said.

Building Success Through Word Of Mouth

Doan and his team have been doing nails for a long time, and their reputation certainly reflects their impressive credentials. He knows what it takes to earn a loyal customer base, so we wanted to know what advice he has for those of you reading this. Here’s what he told us:

“Choose a location with a lot of traffic. Focus on delivering superb service, which will translate to great word of mouth”


Congratulations to the team at D B Nails for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Doan (as well as his translator, Tammy), for taking the time to speak with us!

Washington’s Top Rated Local® Roofing Contractors Award Winner: Skagit Roofing

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Skagit Roofing is a 2018 award winner for roofing contractors in Washington!

When you need a professional roofing company you can rely on in Bow, you need Skagit Roofing.

Skagit Roofing has received dozens of reviews on four verified sites with an average rating of 4.84 stars, earning them a phenomenal Rating Score™ of 96.36 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 roofing contractors in all of Washington!

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

“Amazing company! Jim, the owner, came out and provided me with a quote to roof a new addition on my home. [The] price was very competitive. He made sure the new roof matched the existing roof (a not-so-easy task that he handled with ease). The install team showed up promptly and were very professional and courteous. Great customer service all around from this company. I would recommend Jim and his team to anyone! Thank you, Skagit Roofing!” – Jay D.

Not Your Average Roofing Company

We sat down with Ty Price, the general manager at Skagit Roofing, to find out what sets them apart from other roofing companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“We don’t sell roofs; we do roofs. We aren’t here to hold you hostage and present you with an hour’s long presentation to sell you. We provide real numbers and transparency throughout the process. We are a family-oriented business that takes care of our employees, so that they, in turn, can take care of our customers.”

We also asked Ty why they do what they do at Skagit Roofing and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s his response:

“We knew we could produce a better roof with better quality than anyone else.”

Building Success Through Excellent Customer Service

When asked about Skagit Roofing’s secret to such a strong online reputation, Ty had this to say:

“We care about every one of our customers from start to finish. We take special care from the time they call us until the job is complete to provide an excellent service.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Skagit Roofing has gotten their name out there through billboards, their website and Facebook primarily. They are also very involved in their community, and some of their Facebook campaigns are even geared toward helping their community. For example, they did a campaign for Meals on Wheels where they donated a dollar for every ‘Like’ they got on Facebook.

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

“Develop credibility with your customers, and do what you say you’re going to do.”


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

For all of your roofing needs in Bow, we highly recommend working with Skagit Roofing. Visit their website today!

Washington’s Top Rated Local® Architect Award Winner: Hybrid Architecture

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Hybrid Architecture is a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner!

Our team at Top Rated Local® is thrilled to say that, with a 91.05 Rating Score™, a 4.91 average star rating, and tons of positive reviews, Hybrid Architecture is a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner! This team has worked tirelessly to ensure that their clients are absolutely thrilled with both the process and the finished product. Focusing on ideas before objects, they put one project at a time, always with a keen eye on quality. Being in a cyclical industry, the Hybrid Architecture firm has all the steps covered, as they are able to provide both design and building services to their valued clients.

Helping The Community Grow Sustainably

We got a chance to speak with Robert Humble, the owner, principle, and founding partner of Hybrid Architecture, about his business’ impressive online reputation.

Robert and his team take immense pride in making Hybrid Architecture a force for good in their community. “Our region is in the midst of a housing and affordability crisis, and architects need to be on point because they control how it’s physically and economically developed,” he said. “Our background is in creating spaces and creating cities. All of the townhouses we develop have a ground floor flux space that can be used as a social dwelling or an Airbnb. The majority of the buyers we work with use flux spaces for Airbnbs or home offices. The design allows for a nuclear family, and it’s a unit that can adapt to changing needs. If you have a child, you could have space [for a nursery], or if you wanted to start a home-based business, they have the capacity for that. It helps people stay in the units longer. ”

A One-of-a-Kind Architecture Firm’s Secret to a Strong Online Reputation

So, what exactly is the secret to Hybrid Architecture’s success? If you ask Robert, it’s simple: “Thought-provoking projects and content.”

As an award-winning business owner, Robert has quite a bit of wisdom to pass on to other business owners, especially that of architecture firms. Here’s the advice he gave us to pass on to you:

“Create a project that is outside the norm. A lot of our work was competition work where we drew attention. [It’s] not about generating income, but about generating interest.”


Thank you for speaking with us, Robert! Congratulations to the team at Hybrid Architecture for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner!