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GoShelf™ Stone Corner Shelf System

GoShelf™ is a stone corner shelf system created by Ian Stefenack. Ian is the owner of ISC Remodeling here in Philadelphia and he invented this patented system for installing a corner shelf after years of experience working on tile projects. He is often asked to add corner shelves to an existing tiled wall and this gave him the idea for GoShelf. On sale now you get the complete kit to install a shelf yourself including the corner shelf, anchor plates, grout saw, glue, and instructions.

We worked with GoShelf to create an online store for the sale of the GoShelf product. eCommerce projects have their own unique challenges but this one was fairly straightforward. It is a single product with style options of different colors and patterns. Along with the standard online store features, we included testimonials, some about pages, photo galleries, and a homepage featuring a large “Hero” area.

If you are in need of corner shelf in your kitchen or bathroom definitely check out GoShelf. It is great as a DIY project!

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New Website for Breezy’s Cafe

Very excited to announce that we have completed work on the new website for Breezy’s Cafe here in Point Breeze, Philadelphia! I can not recommend this place enough. They are great people serving awesome food including delicious sandwiches and are known for their vegan and vegetarian options. Go visit them at 1200 Point Breeze Ave or order delivery.

I like to say I am Breezy’s number one customer and probably more pork roll sandwich than man at this point. When Kristin and Scott opened over two years ago at their original location on Reed St I had just recently move to the neighborhood. I was pretty excited that a sandwich shop that served coffee was going to be only a few blocks from my door. Lucky for me their little cafe turned out to be not just good but awesome! Many meals and coffees later I still go there whenever I can.

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Point Breeze Community Development Corporation

The website for the Point Breeze Community Development Corporation is now live! It was great working with an organization that is working to help my neighborhood here in South Philadelphia. There have been many changes in Point Breeze but the “The Breeze” otherwise known as Point Breeze Ave is still in need of business revitalization. Point Breeze CDC Executive Director Steve Sabo has many goals but I know helping to get more businesses on the Breeze is up near the top. Their work in the community is doing great things for everyone living and working here.

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Wildwoods Hydrofest Gets a Colorful New Website

We completed another project working with Ann Fitzgerald and the Wildwoods Hydrofest. Ann has a love of color and we went kind of nuts with bright colors on the new design. I think it works well and should be an attractive home online for this exciting boat race event. The Wildwoods Hydrofest happens every fall on the back bay of Wildwood Crest, NJ at Sunset Lake. It is a great event that I have personally attended and participated in many times. If you have never been to an inboard hydroplane boat race this is a great one to check out as Ann and her many volunteers work hard to create a fun and FREE event every year.

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Risk Management and Compliance from Pine Street Financial Group

I have been busy with a number of recent projects including a new website for Pine Street Financial Group (PSFG). Based here in Philadelphia, PSFG is a risk management and compliance consultancy serving clients in the financial services industry. It is always a pleasure building a website for a great client like PSFG and their President and CEO Adrienne Yost Hart.

The goal with this website was to create a clean corporate style to reflect the professional services offered by PSFG. The website is responsive as is the case with almost all our projects now. There is nothing too flashy going on in the design but just subtle gradients and textured patterns.

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New Website for Goldstein’s in Philadelphia

Another day, another completed website project. I just finished work on Goldstein’s Men’s and Boys’ Clothing of South Philadelphia. Goldstein’s is one of the oldest businesses in South Philadelphia having first opened in 1902. Owner, Vinny Talotta’s family has owned and operated the store since 1949 and continues a great tradition. I was happy to help create a new modern website for a small business with over 100 years of history.

Goldstein’s specializes in boys’ suits including those for special occasions such as communions and bar mitzvahs. It is increasingly difficult to find suits in boys’ sizes as department stores seem to no longer carry them. Luckily Goldstein’s continues to stock kids sizes and even has suits for toddlers. The Queen Village store also has men’s suits and casual wear like jeans and leather jackets.

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Philadelphia Dog Trainers The Philly Pack

logoI just finished work on a website for Philadelphia dog trainers The Philly Pack. I am always happy when a project is complete and goes live but I am particularly happy to be associated with Krista and Jeremy at The Philly Pack. Working with them was a pleasure and they are simply put the best dog trainers in Philadelphia. I guess I am not alone in this opinion because they were recently voted Best of Philly 2014 in Philadelphia Magazine in the Dog Trainers category. They run an awesome small pet store in Grays Ferry here in Philadelphia and are soon to open a dedicated Canine Enrichment Center also in South Philadelphia.

I have been busy with a number of website projects recently and regret neglecting the blog. I hope to keep this updated more regularly with news and some thoughts on web design and development with WordPress.

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Philadelphia Real Estate Agent Elizabeth Clark

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Screenshot of The Clark Collective website.

Philadelphia real estate agent Elizabeth Clark came to me looking to create a home on the web for her and her team of agents. We worked on a templated WordPress design with some minor changes to the theme and ended up with a clean and concise website. This was not a full blown real estate website but more simply a landing page for her team with the appropriate contact information and relevant links.

The Clark Collective are dedicated to offering creative and ethical real estate representation for buyers and sellers in the Philadelphia market. Led by Elizabeth Clark the team includes Daniel Baer and James Johnson and is partnered with CITYSPACE a well known independent real estate firm here in Philly. Daniel Baer specializes in new construction, investors and first time home buyers while James Johnson focuses on West Philadelphia, Fairmount and the Northwest neighborhoods.

I know Elizabeth Clark personally and highly recommend her as a real estate agent. She has helped a number of my friends in purchasing their homes and is very professional but also an incredibly friendly person. Her speciality is in sales in the Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods of Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill and Germantown.

 

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South Philadelphia warehouse to become a nanobrewery

When I graduated college, which seems like forever ago, I ended up taking a job at a company bizarrely named Zanzabar Bazaar. We eventually changed the name to ZBsports to avoid having to constantly correct people on how to say and spell the name. The company sold sporting goods (running shoes mostly) from a small storefront on 16th near Pine in Philadelphia and used an apartment around the corner for an office where we ran online sales. This was 2005-2006 and while Zappos was ascending we were able to find our very small niche online and were somewhat successful.

The reason I am thinking about this today is because eventually we moved our office and inventory into a large warehouse in South Philadelphia. Well many years and tenants later, most recently eModa, there is the potential that the warehouse will become a nanobrewery. Having been inside this building I can see there will certainly be challenges in developing the space. The building has entrances on both Moyamensing Ave and Moore St but there are a few row homes on the Moyamensing side that the building wraps around. It is a bizarre configuration. When ZBsports occupied the space we actually only used the office space on Moore St and used the neighboring warehouse on Moore for inventory. I certainly look forward to seeing this move forward.

 

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Gavin’s Cafe Chef Jezabel Careaga

Earlier this year I worked on a website project for Philadelphia chef Jezabel Careaga. It was a collaborative project with my designer friend Pat Cleary with a lot of input from Jezabel herself. We wanted to reflect Jezabel’s personal style and attitude in the look of the website and in the end I think we achieved that goal.

Jezabel Careaga is the owner and chef of Gavin’s Cafe in the Filter Square neighborhood of Philadelphia. The cafe and her catering service offer a delectable selection of Argentinian dishes.  Jezabel’s Empanadas are well known throughout Philadelphia as some of the best. I can personally attest to the empanadas awesomeness but my real favorite are her Alfajores de Maicena which are filled with dulce de leche.

As someone who has worked in his fair share of kitchens I enjoy working with food service clients. They bring a creative energy to a project that I find inspiring. Also I like helping to promote good food and the people who make it.