Tell us about your business.
Blinebury Design provides a personal experience for projects big and small. Based in East Kensington, BBD specializes in web design, development and brand identity. Beth, along with her husband Andy McGowan, works with a small team of designers, developers and studio mascot Buckus.
We’re Fun. And we’re not talking frivolous (your business deserves more than that). We mean our designs are joyous and filled with life. BBD strives to translate the passion you have for your business into a vibrant and highly functional design.
We’re No-Nonsense. As fellow entrepreneurs, BBD realizes the value of your time. We tell it like it is, and make sure you understand where we’re coming from. We’ll also play it straight with you on our prices, and always give you a full range of options to meet your needs efficiently.
We Educate & Empower. Don’t worry about needing BBD to update every bit of information on your website. We preach tech empowerment, and that means giving you the platform and tools to update your site, including full tutorials on content management, image formatting and social media. And, we’re always an email or phone call away.
We Love Philadelphia, and what it offers. We’re a local Philly small business, and we get an incredible charge from helping other local businesses, big or small, realize their potential growth through these media. We’re in this together!
What do you feel you offer that some of your competitors may not?
Out of everything mentioned above, I think the education and empowerment is our most unique offering. Getting into the nuts and bolts of just how a website works, and realizing how different it is from print, can be intimidating. We not only teach our clients how to control this technology, but also instill in them the confidence to use it to grow their businesses.
Do you live in the Fishtown area (Fishtown and its surrounding neighborhoods) as well? What do you like as a resident?
Beth & I were renting in Fishtown since 2008, which is about the same time she went from freelance design to a sole proprietorship, after completing her MFA at MICA in Baltimore. After working in marketing and graphic design for about eight years, I joined her full-time in 2011. We then moved into a home in East Kensington.
What do you like about working and (if you do) running a business in this area?
There is a strong sense of community here, and a very “up-and-coming” feeling, but it’s not without its tension. There are people and businesses that have been here for years and years, mixed with a lot of new arrivals over the past 10 years. While each faction often misunderstands or prejudges the other, my favorite part about living and working here is when they get along and work together for the betterment of the neighborhood.
What do you think are the advantages that business owners have in the Fishtown area?
That sense of community. People here either want things to go back to the mom-and- pop traditions of personalized service, or they want to reinvent that feeling for the present day. Provide excellent service to just one local customer, and he or she will reward you with not only loyalty but also referrals.
What obstacles do we as a business community need to overcome?
Maybe that sense of tension of tradition versus modernization. I know from experience that businesses running “old school” (say, without an email or website) and newer, “online-only” operations have so much to learn from each other. If we can all just get together with an open mind, it’ll be amazing what could come from it.
What are two (or three) of your favorite businesses in the neighborhood and why?
We’ve been huge fans of Lloyd ever since it opened (and since we developed a taste for Manhattans!). Delicious cocktails and always a nice atmosphere.
While cocktails are wonderful, if we’re in the mood for a brew, the selection at Kraftwork is wonderful, and we dub their burger with bacon red onion marmalade the best in town.
We are also huge fans of Whipped Bakeshop. We have gotten many delicious delights there and were thrilled to recommend them to friends. As designers, we also love their branding (done by fellow designer and ginger Robert Estes).
I’m also a big music nut (Andy, that is), and I was thrilled to see one of my favorite places, The Philadelphia Record Exchange, relocate to Fishtown.