Buckeye V.A.

I recently had the pleasure of working with Stephanie Fish of Buckeye V.A. on her new website design for her Virtual Assistant business.  Her previous design was very dark with a black background and a bright white contrast.  It wasn’t portraying the look and feel that she wanted for her business.

I suggested that we try to soften things up with Stephanie’s new custom WordPress Theme and make it pretty while keeping it very professional-looking.  The gray pinstripes of the background is a symbol of a suit (professional) with pink accents (pretty), throwing a few swirls in just for fun.  Stephanie was very pleased with the result.  She wrote:

It’s taken many website designs and designers, but finally, I have a website that I’m thrilled about! It’s so nice to start the new year off with a great looking website (it makes a world of difference as a business owner when you are thrilled about your web presence) 🙂

Stephanie Fish of Buckeye V.A.

New Clients and Redesigned Sites

It has been an amazingly busy couple of months for Dramatic Design with new clients and redesigns. I’ll start by welcoming our new clients and telling a little about their businesses and sites.

Sarah and Warren Ulrich are the owners of Jessco Real Estate, located in Hastings, Michigan. They have just recently opened Jessco, but have been in the real estate business for quite some time. They really seem to love what they do and I can tell that they treat their clients with great care and respect. They would be a great choice if you’re looking to buy or sell a home, looking for an investment property or a cottage to rent. Sarah and Warren have also earned a free month of Hosting and Maintenance for the referral of our next client!

DOD Transport (Deal of the Day) is owned by Jon Kobe. This is a brand new business, but Jon has been in the business for many years. He has an entrepreuneral spirit and decided to launch out on his own. He seems to be doing great so far–he had 3 new clients on his first day of business! Way to go Jon! DOD Transport is a transportation broker. If you need something shipped, Jon will arrange for it to happen–whether by truck or rail–in the least expensive way for you.

Our next new site is Soggy Bottom Labs. Paul & Sandy Spittka breed, sell and show labrador retrievers. Their puppies are very friendly and learn early on to love children and other animals because they are in an environment from birth with lots of children and other animals. Soggy Bottom Labs sell AKC registered puppies for pets, as well as for show. Sandy will be updating frequently to tell about the puppies and show pictures of new litters as they are born.

Creagious Kids isn’t a new site, per se, but the owners, Dan and Jackie Thompson, have been so busy with a very successful business that they hadn’t had time to work on their website. So, Elizabeth Crowder, Creagious Kids Website Project Manager, has taken on this project with enthusiasm and skill. Thanks to Elizabeth, Creagious Kids now has a great website, filled with content and a regularly updated blog, which is great for the parents. Parents can see what activities the children are involved with, upcoming news and events, and soon, they will be able to view and order pictures of their children from the photo gallery.

Another site that has been with Dramatic Design for a while, but again, too busy with business to work on a website, is Thornapple Financial Center. (This is such a great thing, that these businesses are so successful!) Kris has played a big roll in helping get this site up and running for owner, Susan Foster. The site opens with a blog to keep clients and visitors updated with frequent updates. This will be especially important after January 1, when all the tax deadlines start coming up. You can email each person at Thornapple Financial Center right from their staff profile pages.

Dr. Greg Randall and Hastings Family Dentqal have a great newly redesigned website. It is much more contemporary than their old site, with some JavaScript rollover buttons and a blog. That’s right, Dr. Randall is blogging! Check out the dental advice and new products that Dr. Randall will review on his blog.

Also redesigned, The Faith Journey takes on a travel theme look. We congratulate The Faith Journey on entering into its second year of ministry in the Howell, Michigan area. Pastor Stephen Cottle will also be blogging, and we will hopefully be getting some sermons online that anyone can download and listen to on their iPod, MP3 player, or computer. Those who want to, can also burn the sermons to CD to listen to in their car or give to a friend.

We would also like to mention that Wendy’s Angels has recently moved from wendysangels.info to wendysangels.com, which is a better fit for the site, since it is a commercial site. Best wishes to Wendy, as she supplies the rubber stamping needs of people in the Binghamton, New York area, as well as those of the WWW. Congrats on your new domain, Wendy!

Keep up the great work everyone!

Exciting month!

It’s been a fun and exciting month for Dramatic Design. Lots of fun, new projects in the works. Wendy emailed, “I just have to tell you I am doing the happy dance. I was just contacted by a lady who saw my website, YEP you read that right, website (that YOU made), and asked for information about TAC and might be interested in signing up with TAC. WAHOO!!!!!! Look at all your hard work working for little old me. I thought you might like to hear about this. I will have to let you know what becomes of it.” This happened within only a week of posting “real” content on her site, which was a real encouragement for her.

I have been working with a couple of new clients on their blogs (web logs, in case you’re not familiar with the term). Lois has been blogging for a while, but has just taken a couple of big steps–her own domain and private hosting. She has purchased the domain SoCloseToReal.com (formerly “Ruminations of a Headless Horse[wo]man” hosted at the Blogger free hosting). We found a perfect picture to use on her blog. Special thanks to Dave Shields at Devilgas Photographic for the use of his artwork! Jeanette is a brand new blogger, but is very excited about keeping an online journal. We decorated her blog with yellow roses–one of her favorite things. Much of the site is still under construction.

Jenni also has some great new drawings posted. Be sure to check her What’s New blog to read all about the Featured Print for January.

New Projects and Client News

It’s been a very busy 2005 for Dramatic Design already! Several new projects are in the works.

One of the new sites I’ve had the pleasure to work on has been Sharon Walker Ministries, which is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sharon has been a joy to work with and has a truly unique ministry. We will also be working on a second website for Sharon. One for her church’s ministries. Look for details on Shekinah Rain Ministries in the near future.

Another new client is Susan Foster of Thornapple Financial Center in Middleville, Michigan. TFC specializes in tax preparation, accounting and financial planning. Work is in process for this site, but will have to move slowly…at least until after April 15th.

Kim Voshell of NBT Wear Screen Printing and Embroidery was recently featured in our local newspaper for her generous contribution of more than 300 t-shirts to a local elementary school. Each year, every student receives a t-shirt with the school name and logo on it so they can wear to show pride in their school. The generous contribution by NBT Wear has become an annual giving tradition. Thank you Kim for giving back to your community!

Additionally, Dramatic Design has started a newsletter for clients and other interested parties. The newsletter will focus on tips that will make your website better and things that will attract new and returning visitors. The first issue was on the topic “Getting Noticed Online”. If you would like to receive these periodical mailings, please sign up by clicking here.

Welcome to any visitors that may have stopped by as a result of the flyer sent to all Barry County Area Chamber members in the most recent newsletter. If you have any questions about Dramatic Design, or would like to find out how we can help your business establish a very inexpensive, yet professional website presence, please don’t hesitate to email or call!