FiveStars

FiveStars

FiveStars

  • Oct 24 at 6:15 PM
    If you ever want to do something out of the ordinary, Shannon Loomis, owner of Kiln Creations, offers a fun and creative Paint-Your-Own Pottery and Mosaic, in her Noblesville, Indiana studio. Kiln Creations is a unique environment where adults and children can relax, create, and spend quality time together. Shannon tries to keep it a stress free zone for customers and make each visit as smooth as possible. Its meaningful for customers to have a functional piece of pottery that they can remember and the time they spent together. You cant say that about [other activities, like] a movie, bounce house, or bowling, Loomis says. For Loomis, giving back to her community is important, which is why she is a proud supporter of the #LoveLocal movement as a business owner and as a citizen. She does what she can to help out with local events and help bring people to the small downtown area, which she says is made up of amazing local shops and restaurants. She also spends much of her free time coaching and volunteering for her county Special Olympics program. As a business owner, Loomis uses FiveStars to build a feeling of community, and show her customers appreciation. She loves how its easy to track points so she can reward her loyal customers. What are her customers favorite reward? Loomis enjoys telling people when they spend $100, they get $5 back on their next visit, an incentive that motivates many of her customers. As a small business owner, Loomis faces many of the challenges that other owners may run into. Most business owners would agree that staffing and managing employees is one of the biggest challenges. I am really lucky and currently have an amazing staff, but that always hasn't been the case, so I don't take it for granted for a minute, she says. Another challenge that I personally have is turning it off. When you have your own business and enjoy what you do, it can easily suck up all your time and you realize you are working day and night. I try to make sure that I take a day off and take time for myself and relax. To celebrate success with her employees and leaders, Loomis took my staff to dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate making it through our busy and successful summer. It was great to relax and chat with them about non-work things. I also love leaving them fun notes and gift cards to let them know that their hard work is appreciated. Thank you Shannon! Check out their website: https://www.kilncreations.net/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kilncreations/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kilncreations?lang=en #KilnCreations #PaintYourOwnPottery #Mosaic #smallbusiness #localbusiness #Noblesville #NoblesvilleIN #Indiana
  • Oct 17 at 6:36 PM
    Calling all coffee lovers, tea enthusiasts, and bingsoo connoisseurs! If youre looking for something Coffee & Tea related with a Korean twist, youll want to check out Kudo Society Cafe in Palisades Park, NJ. Cherie Ryu, the owner, loves seeing new and regular customers that come to her cafe, and ensures her offerings satisfy all different tastes and what her customers are in the mood for in every category. The extensive menu ranges from housemade pastries and soups to Korean kimchi rice bowls. If you have a sweet tooth, try their bingsoo, a melt-in-your-mouth shaved ice fusion dessert made of milk, doused in condensed milk and various toppings like mochi and sweet red beans. They also sell award-winning coffee, over a hundred loose-leaf teas, and Korean flavored fruit and yogurt drinks to satisfy anyones taste buds. As a local business owner, Ryu faces challenges that many other business owners may go through. After losing her business due to a banking collapse, Ryu did some soul-searching, going through past mistakes to try to make her business better and more efficient. With these changes in place, old and new customers began finding Kudo Society on social media and by word of mouth. The rest is history. Kudo Society is breaking cafe records in sales, top reviews, and media attention. Now they are working on their second location and preparing to become a franchise again. Another challenge is, in Ryus words balancing a budget to advertise to get new customers while bringing back our loyal customers back. This is why we love FiveStars so much. The program is very cost-effective and gives great results. Ryu has been putting a Kudo Society twist on the rewards she offers customers. Our customers favorite reward to redeem is our famous Kudossant - a hybrid between and croissant and waffle, she says In just one year of using FiveStars, Kudo Society Cafe has around 2,000 members, which puts meaning to their social name. We love seeing our customers happy faces when they type in their phone number to get their points. We can really use this for our second location, too. Ryu and the team at Kudo Society create a #LoveLocal presence in their community by being active in local charity work, sponsoring little league teams and church fundraising in-store at their cafe. The team at Kudo Society believes that being passionate sets the tone of any business. Once a new customer comes in, we make them part of our Kudo Society and become lifetime customers. Fun Fact: Ryu went to FIT in NYC for fashion and merchandising. Also while growing up, she worked seven days a week over the summer managing her parents toy retail business. Every chance she gets, she loves to take a drive with her family to spend quality time and create new ideas. Just love life and kudos to life! Check out their website: https://kudosociety.com/ #KudoSociety #KudoSocietyCafe #localbusiness #smallbusiness #PalisadesPark #PalisadesParkNJ #NewJersey
  • Oct 4 at 10:18 PM
    Whats the difference between authentic Mexican tacos and Austin-style tacos? Tyson Blankemeyer: a New York-trained chef who ran a successful molecular gastronomy restaurant in Monterrey, Mexico then moved to Austin to open @tysonstacos. Blankemeyers shop is a little different than most taco restaurants because you wont find any authentic Mexican tacos here! His extensive menu is full of catchy, pop culture names and diverse ingredients that include fried egg yolks and crispy duck. Blankemeyer uses the loyalty program different than many other merchants, because while Tysons Tacos offers the typical free taco or drink, they also go much deeper. If customers have enough FiveStars points, they earn the right to choose what ingredients they want in their taco, hence Austin-style. Years ago while we were struggling to make it, customers would say things like, Hey Tyson, why dont you make a taco with these ingredients? Blankemeyer says, Not being one to turn away customers, we would make it and put it on the menu. More customers made me look at it as a way to turn this into a repeatable rewards system. We use FiveStars to let customers gain enough points to redeem and create their own taco. It has become so popular that we keep having to move the threshold of points higher. Customers now need 400 points to start getting creative with their tacos. In Austin, where tacos are king, Blankemeyer competes with numerous taco chains that have gone to open multiple locations around the area. FiveStars has helped me keep a loyal following while holding my own against the larger players. I love FiveStars because it has helped my business grow by driving repeatable business and customers. Im also able to send promotions via texts and emails to my while clientele base at any time. Blankemeyers sales have doubled over the past two years. As a small business owner, Blankemeyer actively promotes of a #LoveLocal movement - offering discounts and free food to local charities and organizations, buying ingredients at local places when possible, and using Austins very own delivery platform, Favor, which has helped them grow unbelievably. Located in the Live Music Capital City in the World, they also give free tacos to any musician who plays the ukulele to their customers. (Limit one taco per song. No limit on the songs played.) At Tysons Tacos, theres a unique story behind every taco made, which bring Austinities together. People looking for traditional Mexican tacos criticize Blankemeyer, saying the food served at his restaurant is not Mexican. He happily agrees, Its Austin! For a sneak peak of their menu, check out their website tysonstacos.com #TysonsTacos #AustinTX #Austin #smallbusiness #localbusiness #TexMex
  • Oct 4 at 10:18 PM
    Whats the difference between authentic Mexican tacos and Austin-style tacos? Tyson Blankemeyer: a New York-trained chef who ran a successful molecular gastronomy restaurant in Monterrey, Mexico then moved to Austin to open @tysonstacos. Blankemeyers shop is a little different than most taco restaurants because you wont find any authentic Mexican tacos here! His extensive menu is full of catchy, pop culture names and diverse ingredients that include fried egg yolks and crispy duck. Blankemeyer uses the loyalty program different than many other merchants, because while Tysons Tacos offers the typical free taco or drink, they also go much deeper. If customers have enough FiveStars points, they earn the right to choose what ingredients they want in their taco, hence Austin-style. Years ago while we were struggling to make it, customers would say things like, Hey Tyson, why dont you make a taco with these ingredients? Blankemeyer says, Not being one to turn away customers, we would make it and put it on the menu. More customers made me look at it as a way to turn this into a repeatable rewards system. We use FiveStars to let customers gain enough points to redeem and create their own taco. It has become so popular that we keep having to move the threshold of points higher. Customers now need 400 points to start getting creative with their tacos. In Austin, where tacos are king, Blankemeyer competes with numerous taco chains that have gone to open multiple locations around the area. FiveStars has helped me keep a loyal following while holding my own against the larger players. I love FiveStars because it has helped my business grow by driving repeatable business and customers. Im also able to send promotions via texts and emails to my while clientele base at any time. Blankemeyers sales have doubled over the past two years. As a small business owner, Blankemeyer actively promotes of a #LoveLocal movement - offering discounts and free food to local charities and organizations, buying ingredients at local places when possible, and using Austins very own delivery platform, Favor, which has helped them grow unbelievably. Located in the Live Music Capital City in the World, they also give free tacos to any musician who plays the ukulele to their customers. (Limit one taco per song. No limit on the songs played.) At Tysons Tacos, theres a unique story behind every taco made, which bring Austinities together. People looking for traditional Mexican tacos criticize Blankemeyer, saying the food served at his restaurant is not Mexican. He happily agrees, Its Austin! For a sneak peak of their menu, check out their website tysonstacos.com #TysonsTacos #AustinTX #Austin #smallbusiness #localbusiness #TexMex

Oct 24, 6:15 PM

If you ever want to do something out of the ordinary, Shannon Loomis, owner of Kiln Creations, offers a fun and creative Paint-Your-Own Pottery and Mosaic, in her Noblesville, Indiana studio. Kiln Creations is a unique environment where adults and children can relax, create, and spend quality time together. Shannon tries to keep it a stress free zone for customers and make each visit as smooth as possible. Its meaningful for customers to have a functional piece of pottery that they can remember and the time they spent together. You cant say that about [other activities, like] a movie, bounce house, or bowling, Loomis says. For Loomis, giving back to her community is important, which is why she is a proud supporter of the #LoveLocal movement as a business owner and as a citizen. She does what she can to help out with local events and help bring people to the small downtown area, which she says is made up of amazing local shops and restaurants. She also spends much of her free time coaching and volunteering for her county Special Olympics program. As a business owner, Loomis uses FiveStars to build a feeling of community, and show her customers appreciation. She loves how its easy to track points so she can reward her loyal customers. What are her customers favorite reward? Loomis enjoys telling people when they spend $100, they get $5 back on their next visit, an incentive that motivates many of her customers. As a small business owner, Loomis faces many of the challenges that other owners may run into. Most business owners would agree that staffing and managing employees is one of the biggest challenges. I am really lucky and currently have an amazing staff, but that always hasn't been the case, so I don't take it for granted for a minute, she says. Another challenge that I personally have is turning it off. When you have your own business and enjoy what you do, it can easily suck up all your time and you realize you are working day and night. I try to make sure that I take a day off and take time for myself and relax. To celebrate success with her employees and leaders, Loomis took my staff to dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate making it through our busy and successful summer. It was great to relax and chat with them about non-work things. I also love leaving them fun notes and gift cards to let them know that their hard work is appreciated. Thank you Shannon! Check out their website: https://www.kilncreations.net/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kilncreations/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kilncreations?lang=en #KilnCreations #PaintYourOwnPottery #Mosaic #smallbusiness #localbusiness #Noblesville #NoblesvilleIN #Indiana

Oct 17, 6:36 PM

Calling all coffee lovers, tea enthusiasts, and bingsoo connoisseurs! If youre looking for something Coffee & Tea related with a Korean twist, youll want to check out Kudo Society Cafe in Palisades Park, NJ. Cherie Ryu, the owner, loves seeing new and regular customers that come to her cafe, and ensures her offerings satisfy all different tastes and what her customers are in the mood for in every category. The extensive menu ranges from housemade pastries and soups to Korean kimchi rice bowls. If you have a sweet tooth, try their bingsoo, a melt-in-your-mouth shaved ice fusion dessert made of milk, doused in condensed milk and various toppings like mochi and sweet red beans. They also sell award-winning coffee, over a hundred loose-leaf teas, and Korean flavored fruit and yogurt drinks to satisfy anyones taste buds. As a local business owner, Ryu faces challenges that many other business owners may go through. After losing her business due to a banking collapse, Ryu did some soul-searching, going through past mistakes to try to make her business better and more efficient. With these changes in place, old and new customers began finding Kudo Society on social media and by word of mouth. The rest is history. Kudo Society is breaking cafe records in sales, top reviews, and media attention. Now they are working on their second location and preparing to become a franchise again. Another challenge is, in Ryus words balancing a budget to advertise to get new customers while bringing back our loyal customers back. This is why we love FiveStars so much. The program is very cost-effective and gives great results. Ryu has been putting a Kudo Society twist on the rewards she offers customers. Our customers favorite reward to redeem is our famous Kudossant - a hybrid between and croissant and waffle, she says In just one year of using FiveStars, Kudo Society Cafe has around 2,000 members, which puts meaning to their social name. We love seeing our customers happy faces when they type in their phone number to get their points. We can really use this for our second location, too. Ryu and the team at Kudo Society create a #LoveLocal presence in their community by being active in local charity work, sponsoring little league teams and church fundraising in-store at their cafe. The team at Kudo Society believes that being passionate sets the tone of any business. Once a new customer comes in, we make them part of our Kudo Society and become lifetime customers. Fun Fact: Ryu went to FIT in NYC for fashion and merchandising. Also while growing up, she worked seven days a week over the summer managing her parents toy retail business. Every chance she gets, she loves to take a drive with her family to spend quality time and create new ideas. Just love life and kudos to life! Check out their website: https://kudosociety.com/ #KudoSociety #KudoSocietyCafe #localbusiness #smallbusiness #PalisadesPark #PalisadesParkNJ #NewJersey

Oct 4, 10:18 PM

Whats the difference between authentic Mexican tacos and Austin-style tacos? Tyson Blankemeyer: a New York-trained chef who ran a successful molecular gastronomy restaurant in Monterrey, Mexico then moved to Austin to open @tysonstacos. Blankemeyers shop is a little different than most taco restaurants because you wont find any authentic Mexican tacos here! His extensive menu is full of catchy, pop culture names and diverse ingredients that include fried egg yolks and crispy duck. Blankemeyer uses the loyalty program different than many other merchants, because while Tysons Tacos offers the typical free taco or drink, they also go much deeper. If customers have enough FiveStars points, they earn the right to choose what ingredients they want in their taco, hence Austin-style. Years ago while we were struggling to make it, customers would say things like, Hey Tyson, why dont you make a taco with these ingredients? Blankemeyer says, Not being one to turn away customers, we would make it and put it on the menu. More customers made me look at it as a way to turn this into a repeatable rewards system. We use FiveStars to let customers gain enough points to redeem and create their own taco. It has become so popular that we keep having to move the threshold of points higher. Customers now need 400 points to start getting creative with their tacos. In Austin, where tacos are king, Blankemeyer competes with numerous taco chains that have gone to open multiple locations around the area. FiveStars has helped me keep a loyal following while holding my own against the larger players. I love FiveStars because it has helped my business grow by driving repeatable business and customers. Im also able to send promotions via texts and emails to my while clientele base at any time. Blankemeyers sales have doubled over the past two years. As a small business owner, Blankemeyer actively promotes of a #LoveLocal movement - offering discounts and free food to local charities and organizations, buying ingredients at local places when possible, and using Austins very own delivery platform, Favor, which has helped them grow unbelievably. Located in the Live Music Capital City in the World, they also give free tacos to any musician who plays the ukulele to their customers. (Limit one taco per song. No limit on the songs played.) At Tysons Tacos, theres a unique story behind every taco made, which bring Austinities together. People looking for traditional Mexican tacos criticize Blankemeyer, saying the food served at his restaurant is not Mexican. He happily agrees, Its Austin! For a sneak peak of their menu, check out their website tysonstacos.com #TysonsTacos #AustinTX #Austin #smallbusiness #localbusiness #TexMex

Oct 4, 10:18 PM

Whats the difference between authentic Mexican tacos and Austin-style tacos? Tyson Blankemeyer: a New York-trained chef who ran a successful molecular gastronomy restaurant in Monterrey, Mexico then moved to Austin to open @tysonstacos. Blankemeyers shop is a little different than most taco restaurants because you wont find any authentic Mexican tacos here! His extensive menu is full of catchy, pop culture names and diverse ingredients that include fried egg yolks and crispy duck. Blankemeyer uses the loyalty program different than many other merchants, because while Tysons Tacos offers the typical free taco or drink, they also go much deeper. If customers have enough FiveStars points, they earn the right to choose what ingredients they want in their taco, hence Austin-style. Years ago while we were struggling to make it, customers would say things like, Hey Tyson, why dont you make a taco with these ingredients? Blankemeyer says, Not being one to turn away customers, we would make it and put it on the menu. More customers made me look at it as a way to turn this into a repeatable rewards system. We use FiveStars to let customers gain enough points to redeem and create their own taco. It has become so popular that we keep having to move the threshold of points higher. Customers now need 400 points to start getting creative with their tacos. In Austin, where tacos are king, Blankemeyer competes with numerous taco chains that have gone to open multiple locations around the area. FiveStars has helped me keep a loyal following while holding my own against the larger players. I love FiveStars because it has helped my business grow by driving repeatable business and customers. Im also able to send promotions via texts and emails to my while clientele base at any time. Blankemeyers sales have doubled over the past two years. As a small business owner, Blankemeyer actively promotes of a #LoveLocal movement - offering discounts and free food to local charities and organizations, buying ingredients at local places when possible, and using Austins very own delivery platform, Favor, which has helped them grow unbelievably. Located in the Live Music Capital City in the World, they also give free tacos to any musician who plays the ukulele to their customers. (Limit one taco per song. No limit on the songs played.) At Tysons Tacos, theres a unique story behind every taco made, which bring Austinities together. People looking for traditional Mexican tacos criticize Blankemeyer, saying the food served at his restaurant is not Mexican. He happily agrees, Its Austin! For a sneak peak of their menu, check out their website tysonstacos.com #TysonsTacos #AustinTX #Austin #smallbusiness #localbusiness #TexMex