Sprout Creatives web development studio was germinated in February 2007. The name 'Sprout’ originated from the nickname my stepfather Jack called me when I was a kid. Jack is also the person responsible for introducing me to the wonderful world of Apple Computers. I remember that glorious day in 1984 when he brought the Apple IIe in to our home. I have been an Apple geek ever since!
Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from Salisbury University, I landed a job as an entry-level graphic designer for The Maryland Coastal Dispatch in Berlin, Maryland. Two years later, I took a position with Ocean City Today newspaper and quickly became the art director. After four years I left the newspaper business to be the creative director for a start-up national hotel marketing and management company called Innteractive Hospitality, where I honed in on my web design, Internet marketing and email marketing skills. I eventually left Innteractive to pursue other challenging opportunities with the Carl M. Freeman Companies Real Estate Division. Due to the slumping real estate market and corporate cutbacks, I was laid off after only eight months of work.
With few work opportunities on the horizon in the area, I set my sights on a freelance design business - and thus, Sprout Creatives was born! I'm a firm believer that things happen for a reason and I saw this as an excellent opportunity to open my own design studio that would produce quality creatives at a reasonable price. During the initial year I was lucky that my Carl Freeman colleagues loved my design talents and contracted Sprout Creatives to perform various design tasks.
During its first five years, Sprout Creatives has grown by leaps and bounds. In early 2010 we started offering web hosting to our website customers. In March 2011, Sprout Creatives and JQ Hospitality Solutions built a strategic partnership to provide the hospitality industry with a complete, all-in-one location for sales, marketing, and printing solutions. We offer hotels, motels, and restaurants all the sales and marketing tools they need to make their business a success - from website design and email marketing to printing rack cards and graphic design. And for our graphic design customers we now offer high quality, full-color commercial printing services.
In early 2012, we began working with Adobe to provide restaurants with a solid website platform. We researched many of the Content Management System (CMS) platforms on the market but none could compare to the functionality and stability that Adobe provides. We were able to develop custom features specifically designed to help restaurants. Later that year, we expanded by partnering with former account executive and restaurant veteran Vincent Gisriel. Sprout Creatives then incorporated under the name Sprout Group Inc. and launched a new product called Restaurant Website Platform.
What makes Restaurant Website Platform different? Simply put, we are restaurant people. So when it comes to creating, managing and advertising your website we understand your business. This company was founded with one clear mission, to provide the best website solutions for the restaurant industry.
In 2014, we invested in a small office in downtown Berlin Maryland. Although we never thought anyone would come see us, this has made a significant difference in the way that we communicate with our clients. We want our clients to experience a fun, creative and beneficial process with us. In the summer of 2015, we acquired the oldest web design firm in the Ocean City area, At The Beach Enterprises Inc. Our creative team has now grown to include additional web designers, content managers, creative writers, professional photographers and videographers.
Working with Sprout Creatives is all about your future. Their team can come up with fresh new ideas to help move anyone's business forward. So many more people now visit my website weekly. This increase in numbers has proven to book me more gigs and at different bars I was not playing prior to them launching the new website. It's a very simple and straightforward process. They also came up with a really cool new logo for me. I would highly recommend Sprout Creatives if you are looking to grow your business.Lauren Glick
Sprout Creatives came into our lives at just the right time. 3rd Wave Brewing's original website worked for a while but as we were entering into our 4th year in business, we soon realized we needed to step up our game and have a more professional, mobile friendly, higher ranking website for our loyal patrons and our new and established accounts. The last 5 months of working with Sprout Creatives has made us realize how many little details and sparks of creativity go into all of our beers. Our craft beers now shine on our new website.Suellen Vickers
During the entire process Paul Starkey at Sprout Creatives was always easy to contact and he was responsive. He was quick to react to accommodate our thoughts and input. No pride of authorship there, he’s willing to work closely with clients to ensure the end result is to their liking. We did most of our work over email etc. but he always made time for personal meetings and took as much time as we needed. And I guess the proof, as they say, is in the pudding. We are thrilled with our new website and already have noticed a huge increase in hits, as well as numerous compliments from customers. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.Carl Grimm
From the very start, the team at Sprout Creatives was very professional in their approach and very reasonable in cost. They were most helpful and creative in their ideas. We were in constant contact during the building process and all my questions and concerns were addressed immediately. They completed the work within the timeline we agreed on and we have received many compliments on our new website.Andrea Lingwood
Sprout Creatives helped our radiology practice create a custom, stylish and intuitive website. It is now truly a marketing and business driving tool rather than a simple informational site. Their team is very patient and highly responsive to any questions, concerns and changes. We could not be happier with our decision to use Sprout Creatives to design our site.Vicki Parikh
Sprout Creatives understands the demanding schedule of a restaurant owner and they will go out of their way to help you. Because both of their backgrounds just happen to be in the restaurant industry, they are fully aware of how a restaurant runs, what a potential guest wants to see on your website and the importance of superior customer service. If you own or manage a restaurant, look no further. You have found the right design team to take your restaurant to the next level.
When addressing your website and branding needs you must find the best people to work with. When defining “best people” you must always consider not only the quality of the work but the quality of the people doing the work. Everyone at Sprout Creatives is very patient and true professionals through what is an always evolving project. It is a great help to know that you can reach out through multiple channels of communication to stay on the same page while creating and managing the now self-generating lead machine of a website. Contact the pros at Sprout Creatives today to create your brand.Robert M. Montgomery
Launched: March 13, 2017
Launched: March 13, 2017