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Web Makeover for Traditionally Trendy

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We have had the privilege of working with one pretty unbelievable entrepreneur these past several weeks. Taryn is the proprietor and creator of Traditionally Trendy, a company that combines sacred, unchanging—albeit sometimes a little boring—tradition with uniqueness and total customization. Traditionally Trendy's product, the Peppy Ploma, is a brilliant twist on the old-at-heart diploma framing process.

The quote above from comedian, Robert Orben really serves to explicate the mission of Traditionally Trendy. There is no better way to showcase your individuality and your reverence for time-honored tradition (as well as your intelligence and perseverance, of course) than by transforming your diploma into a Peppy Ploma! Don't let the name deceive you, though. The final product is polished, sophisticated, flawlessly constructed and can range from peppy (proudly displaying your school colors) to priceless (worthy of being displayed among your personally curated art collection).

Taryn is an aesthetically astute client, to say the least, but her business offers products that can appeal to almost any on the spectrum of artistic tastes. We were practically drooling at the opportunity to work with her and at the challenge of giving her website a makeover. We hope that we rose to the occasion with this project and that her new website adequately showcases the scope of what Peppy Plomas can become. Custom graphics, meticulous attention to detail, loads of bells and whistles (like popups & live chat assistance) and a beautiful online marketplace all combined to make what we think is a pretty great website! Without further ado, here's the link:

We'd love for you to let us know what you think—be honest!—in the comments section following this post. Thanks!

Leave it to the Pros


It is probably pretty obvious that we make professional networking a priority at Calliope (see this previous blog post and about half of the posts on our Facebook page for examples), but what does that actually look like? Well, one of the most significant aspects of networking is giving people business. We don't pretend to be experts on everything and when it comes to things like printing, we leave it to our professional friends over at Able Printing. This brings them more income (duh) and helps to solidify our good rapport with them (bonus!).


Don't Be an Amateur

One of our new clients, Traditionally Trendy uses a diligent, perfected (and top secret, shhh!) process for framing their Peppy Plomas. Like printing, framing is something we could certainly attempt from the comfort of our own home offices, but the finished product would pale in comparison to the professional and polished Peppy Ploma. But most importantly, the little bit of money we would have saved from our botched DIY project would be nothing compared to the benefit to our own and our client's businesses.

Utilizing and promoting other small businesses in your own business endeavors is a great way to live out your principles and build a professional network with endless possibilities for growth.

It Worked for Us

We can personally attest to the benefit of supporting fellow small businesses. Our business is growing quickly and has become successful without any paid advertising—seriously! Not only do we and our clients end up with a better product, but through it, we connect people who never would have otherwise crossed paths and build an organic network of generally amazing entrepreneurs and creators.

Stay posted for a fully redesigned site for Traditionally Trendy and some exciting updates as we venture into new territory at Calliope - Presence in Media!