It wouldn’t be the holidays in San Diego without a local holiday shopping party that we like to call, Yelp's Totally Bazaar. This was a joint effort by two Yelp communities (San Diego and North County San Diego), organizing a memory-filled evening for nearly 1,000 Yelpers, vendors and guests at SILO in Makers Quarter. This one-night celebration of everything local SD included plenty of eats, drinks and entertainment, while some of the best local artisans set up shop for locals to get some festive shopping done and explore what this great city has to offer.
In the words of Yelp Elite Jeff S, "it was a beautiful night in the East Village, the night was cool and clear, the street was lined with anxious Yelpers waiting to gain entrance to the bazaar in order to indulge in great local food and merchandise vendors. It was sure to be another great night to be downtown. Outside events are so cool."
No Yelp party is complete without festive drinks, delicious food and entertainment to make it a night to remember. We had complimentary bites from generous community-minded businesses including Bub's At The Ballpark, Devine Pastabilities, Harney Sushi, Luche Libre Gourmet Taco Shop, Luna Bar, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pretzel Crisps, Puesto, Red Oven Pizza, Royal India, San Diego Paella, Slater's 50/50, and Spike Africa's. On the booze tip, Lorimar Winery and Aztec Brewery made spirits bright, James Coffee Co was full of festive feelings, and cheery thanks to our good friends at Alchemy and their crafty cocktail skills.
And of course there was shopping... lots of it! The space was twinkling with lights, merry making and the shop-ortunities abounded with more than 30 vendors. Community artisans and some of the coolest cats living in SD from http://Etsy.com came offline to sell their creations in real life! For a full list of who came and sold awesome local goods check out links here.
Providing a break from the ho ho hooplah was our Christmas Tree decorating competition: It was glam vs grunge with Fashion Week San Diego and North County's House Of Motorcycles going head to head in a jolly battle. The winner is.... drumroll please! Fashion Week San Diego! You can see their winning creation here!
We got the warm and fuzzies by supporting the San Diego Hunger Coalition through our raffle. We're excited to report we raised over $1,200! Each gift bag won was worth over $200 and full of local gifts and treats from our partners. Speaking of gifts, the on site free wrapping station was courtesy of 6 Degrees San Diego! A Yelp event would not be complete without our dear friend DJ Noel 2033 spinning the yuletide cheer and our BFF's from The Fotobox provided the winter wonderland of a photo booth: Better than a Christmas card!
Ben S' take on the event: "This event embodied everything that Yelp is about! Locals enjoying everything that local businesses have to offer, right in their own backyards." And for that, thanks to Silo in Makers Quarter, the East Village Association, everyone behind the scenes and of course all of YOU who helped to make this event a massive success! Click the following links to see all the Picutres snapped by ace photographer Jonothan Bagalso and to read all of the glowing Reviews from the evening!
From the bottom of our lil' Yelpy hearts, we thank you!
Senior Community Managers