In a time when many small businesses are struggling to survive – people have found ways to help. Whether ordering takeout from a local restaurant, donating relief funds, or participating in email campaigns like #saveourstages, showing local support can make all the difference.
Yoshi's, the beloved Japanese restaurant and jazz club, is one of the many Bay Area businesses forced to close temporarily. Unable to outlast the pandemic, Yoshi's turned to its patrons for help by launching a GoFundMe campaign in December 2020.
Eager to open after being closed for over a year, the restaurant faced an unexpected problem. Similar to the UC Theatre, Yoshi's website provider unexpectedly retired its services, leaving customers with 90 days to find a new provider and rebuild the website from scratch. With the vaccine roll-out gaining momentum and the hope of re-opening on the horizon, Yoshi's needed a solution – fast.
As Bay Area locals and existing business partners, WSD was happy to help a small business in need. With only six weeks to duplicate and improve the existing website, we rallied to ensure Yoshi's online presence didn't skip a beat. Our team of expert developers, project managers, marketers, and designers collaborated closely with Yoshi's to create and host an e-commerce platform for Yoshi's branded merchandise. We also created a custom event manager, menu component, and calendar solution that makes it easy to manage, maintain, and book events. The newly rebuilt website went live on March 30th, just days before Yoshi's re-opened on April 8th, 2021.
With the support of patrons, Yoshi's has almost met its original relief fund goal. Whether you wish to show your support by donating, sharing social posts, or dining on Yoshi's delicious Japanese cuisine, we hope you find a way to contribute to local businesses that could use the help.
Want to read more about the Covid relief bill and its impact on live music venues? Check out this RollingStone article or visit www.saveourstages.com to learn more about the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund.