To all of the Yelpers out there (and you know who you are!), we say THANK YOU to YELP!

Yelp is such an interesting Internet invention. It’s a search engine that was destined to fail (after all, who could compete with Google?) and for some reason it didn’t. Wonder why? I know! Yelp lists only local businesses! That means you don’t see pretenders on Yelp.

What are pretenders? I could name a lot of them. In our industry, they are businesses that pretend to be a local flower shop. They’re 1800flowers, proflowers, ftd, teleflora, avas flowers, wesleyberry flowers, fromyouflowers, flowerdeliveryexpress, just flowers, flowershopping, to name a few. There are hundreds (or thousands more) who spend money to convince you to that they are a real local flower shop but they are not. Sometimes you have to read the small print at the bottom of the page to ascertain if the website you’re visiting is from a real flower shop! Here’s an example:

“Just Flowers offers flower delivery anywhere in Phoenix AZ for any occasion by our experienced local florists.” You see, Just Flowers isn’t a real flower shop! They are an on-line order taker, happy to take your money and process your order, and then they have to find a real local flower shop to fill the order! Then, if they find one, they pay only 70% of the money to the real florist! That means for every $10 you spend with a pretender, the real florist only gets $7. AND THEY KEEP THE REST!

You can avoid the middle-man by reading the website and looking for a real local address or by Yelping!  Yelpers know better! Yelpers know the business listed are real, local businesses.

What does this mean for you? It means if you’re looking for a real, local business, then you should consider using Yelp. It also means the reviews placed on Yelp are from real people, just like you.

We are so honored that our customers have taken the time to write great testimonials about us on Yelp. We have 30 review with 5 STARS and we thank you for that!

Yelp testimonials

You can read our reviews here!

(and don’t forget to add your own 5-star review!)


We have received quite an award from Yelp! They awarded us the “People Love Us On Yelp 2016 Award”! We are so excited and pleased!

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Please feel free to join our circle of friends who use Yelp as their search engine of choice! You won’t be disappointed when you choose a real, local business and read the reviews!

Tina and Pamela

Roadrunner Florist




  1. That is awesome that you are getting so many good reviews on Yelp. It’s always the first place I go to check out reviews.

  2. I’ve read so many bad reviews on Yelp, I haven’t used it in a while. Maybe I could give it a try again. Congratulations on the award!

  3. So happy for you that you are getting good reviews. I always turn to YELP to find new places when visiting different areas.

  4. huh, I’ve never realised that there were pretenders out there. What a sneaky way to make money.

  5. I lvoe going on Yelp to find great places adn events.

  6. Congrats on your good reviews. Thanks for telling me how to see someone isn’t local. When I order flowers I like to call a local florist in the area, skipping the middleperson. An added benefit is you can get a more personalized arrangement,

  7. I always end up checking reviews online, Yelp and Google are the ones I usually check first. They have so far been correct.

  8. This is interesting. It’s more convenient to talk to the company or the business itself than having someone to contact so you can avail their services. I think this will benefit a lot of people.

  9. It is great that they were able to withstand competition from Google and not fail. What a brilliant search engine.

  10. It’s great when people read reviews and tend to chose local businesses over ordering online. I am working every day with local businesses, helping them turn up before the big online collections, on Google. And in my experience 9 out of 10 people will choose the local business.

  11. I haven’t visit yelp but sounds a nice internet invention. I am always looking for honest reviews but I am having a hard time.

  12. Thank you for directing mew to Yelp. I hadn’t heard of it until now.

  13. I have heard about Yelp, but I have not used it. This is worth taking a look.

    • Thanks for letting me know you haven’t yet tried Yelp! I think you’ll like it once you use it. Why not go there and look us up!! And try it for a restaurant. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the local listings! Let me know how it works for you!

  14. I heard of yelp, but I haven’t used it. Good thing I can find genuine reviews via yelp.

    • Nikki, Thanks for letting me know you haven’t used Yelp! I think, if you’ll try it for flowers or a restaurant, you won’t ever go back to Google! Give it a shot and let me know OK?

  15. WOah, I didn’t actually know that and have always wanted to know more about Yelp but never got around to it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks for telling me that you haven’t yet tried Yelp! I think, if you’re looking for a local business, you’ll find Yelp to be your search engine of choice. Give it a try, for flowers or a restaurant, and then let me know!

  16. I heard about this way back then but haven’t tried it

    • I think you should give Yelp a try! Find us and then look around and you can see other local flower shops in Phoenix. Then use Google and you’ll see the “pretenders”. There are even flower shops who pretend to be local!! You won’t be disappointed if you learn to use Yelp! Thanks so much for letting me know that you have heard of it and that maybe you’ll give it a try!

  17. Yelp is new to me but I will try it. Sounds like a nice option especially if you are looking for great stuff and reviews.

    • Lexie, Yelp is an alternative to Google that promises to provide the user with local businesses. If you are making a purchase and you want to be sure you are working with a real small business instead of an on-line-order-taker, then Yelp is for you!

  18. Tina and Pamela,

    How exciting! I’m so happy for both of you!

    I am very familiar with Yelp. The 30 review with 5 star reviews are a tremendous honor and testament of the outstanding service that you both provide. Congratulations!

    I am also aware of the pretenders out there.

    Great post and again congratulations!

    • Thank you so much for the compliment and for understanding the value of Yelp!! We have learned it is one of the best and easiest way to choose a real, local business and we work hard to maintain high standards there. I am very surprised at how many people have never heard of Yelp, which is evident by the other comments made to this blog. I hope I was able to educate them a little bit on how vital it is not to choose a “pretender” when they do business on line. Thanks, too, for this great plug-in! I can hardly wait to see it in action!!

      • Hi Tina,
        You are so welcome! I am surprised at how many people have not heard of Yelp as well. I hope you enjoy the plugin!
        ~ Robin

        • Thanks again, Robin!! I, too, am surprised at hoe many people have not heard of Yelp. When I get a chance I’m going to see where these people live (aka country) and I will certainly have more ammunition when the Yelp people call and want me to pay them!!

  19. I love Yelp! As an advertising specialist, it helps me understand my clients by the reviews they get from Yelp.

    • Thanks, Amer. Do you find it’s a worthwhile investment for your clients to advertise on Yelp?

  20. Great reviews for yelp is important! You are doing an amazing job! Congrats!

    • Thanks, Ana! We find Yelp to be a marvelous on-line tool and we hope this blog has explained it a little bit to people who have never heard of Yelp!

  21. I actually forgot all about Yelp! I use to use this site all the time too. I need to get back to checking it out. I’ll be giving them another try for sure! I can’t believe I forgot about them!

    • Kathy, I think you’ll rediscover Yelp is another great tool, and yes, a place for you to check for reviews and local businesses!

  22. So happy for you that you are getting good reviews. I always look for YELP to find reviews on people I’m looking to hire!

    • I’m glad you are a Yelper!! I think you’ll find most of the reviews are accurate and helpful.

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