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I own a new business on Bancroft since February. I too have been approached to advertise on Yelp.
Since we are not able to spend money on advertising just yet, I turned the offers down. Suddnely three negative reviews (two from friends of an employee we had to let go) became the top ones listed. The 'featured' review on our page changed to a negative one and displaced the first review we got (which was a positive one). I wrote and complained, but they said they had no insight on the 2 anonymous writers of the bad reviews to know if they were friends of my ex-employee so couldn't help me. But 2 days later the 2 ads disappeared and I was called a short time later about advertising.
One of those two has reappeared. At least 5 happy customers swore they wrote reviews for us that were glowing, but said they kept disappearing. I never related the weird disappearing acts with the fact that I can't afford to advertise.
I have been approached three times so far. I don't think Yelp is at all objective, and their filters are a hoax.. otherwise they would openly share them with business owners. And if a review disappears and then reappears what is that saying about their process?
I am very disappointed.
It's been a long time since I walked into a gallery and had a phrase from a Batman TV episode be the first to burst into my mind..."Holy Amazing Works of Art!"
Last night's Grand Opening of the Alphonse Berber Gallery was an affair to remember for those of us longing for Berkeley to recapture its past investment and promotion of high-end innovative Art.
Margolin's kinetic sculptures on the main floor drew us in and awakened our curiosity about the principles of motion. Once able to pull away, up the stairs one found a feast of creativity.. from painted sneakers, nervous system's latex and silver jewelry, felt zippered totes, oil on wood collages, and charred wood sculptures, to incredibly beautiful pig gut, wood and yarn creations.
Further back a room flaunting amazing graphite landscapes and a separate light sculpture presentation which spilled on three walls.
The owners were gracious and attentive, impassioned with their love of art and elated by the turnout, confirming their hunch that Berkeley was indeed thirsting for a Gallery to call their own.
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