1. Yelp was founded in 2004 to help people find great local businesses like dentists, hair stylists and mechanics
2. As of December 2009, more than 26 million people visited Yelp in the past 30 days
3. Yelpers have written over 9 million local reviews, over 85% of them rating a business 3 stars or higher
4. In addition to reviews, you can use Yelp to find events, special offers, lists and to talk with other Yelpers
5. Every business owner (or manager) can setup a free account to post offers, photos and message her customers
6. Yelp makes money by selling ads to local businesses – you’ll see these yellow, clearly labeled “Sponsored Results” around the site
7. Paying advertisers can also promote a favorite review at the top of their Yelp page, but can never change or re-order their other reviews
8. Yelp has an automated filter that suppresses a small portion of reviews – it targets those suspicious ones you see on other sites
9. You can Yelp on your phone at http://m.yelp.com, or use Yelp for iPhone, Yelp for BlackBerry, Yelp for Palm Pre, and Yelp for Android
10. The Weekly Yelp is available in 30 city editions to bring you the latest business openings and other happenings

First and Foremost Yelp is a website where you can write reviews about the businesses that you love and hate. But you can also go on talk threads where you can ask questions about things that you want to know about in your city or beyond, rant and rave about interesting topics, or just talk pop culture and music with like-minded people. Take it a step further and post local events like concerts that you want to see, host your own Unofficial Yelp Gathering, or even attend regular events like Film and Book Clubs. Do enough of all the above, have a photo, and use your real name, and you might qualify for Elite status; where you can enjoy perks like free parties and lunchboxes.

Yelp is a site that has a lot of interesting things going for it.But on Saturday March 20th Philadelphia Yelp is set to take it one step further with it’s Homegrown Party!

Envision yourself in a grand, historical 3-story mansion built and designed by the masterminds behind City Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Wandering through its nooks and parlors to discover Philadelphia’s craftiest, most organic, and creative businesses. Getting to sample fresh food and delicious cocktails, all while getting your cuticles done, your mustache trimmed, your shoes shined, and your hair consulted in the grand Beauty Parlor room.

DJ QiCommand will be skillfully mashing up your favorite songs, and if you feel so inclined, have a game at the ping pong table or try your artistic hand in one of the many interactive workshops.

Mix and mingle with the city’s finest local businesses and move and shake with folks in the know.

This party is free to attend!! Must be 21+

*Complimentary rides from the party courtesy of Zipcar!

Saturday, March 20, 2010
2200 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

National Mechanics
Elevation Burger
The Pita Pit

The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co
ROOT Liqueur
Organic Spirits
Canadian Club Whiskey
Victory Beer
Honest Tea

Retail Installations and workshops:
Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Square Peg Artery and Salvage
Magic by Trickzone

2 B Groomed Barbering Studio
Tierra Mia Organic Nail Spa

Michael Ferry Photography
Thomas Robert Clarke Photography

Donations to benefit:
Mill Creek Farm

*Carpooling necessary and we can’t promise everyone a ride!

RSVP now, but stay tuned as we add more action to the party!

The Homegrown Party is free, and all it takes to attend is having a Yelp Account. To Learn more about Yelp, and the Philly Homegrown Party, check out the Event Listing.

Community Yelp’s Philly Homegrown Party is Coming to CITYSPACE on March 20th.