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Jigoshop Showcase #24 New Mexico Pie Company

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There are a number of self-proclaimed food and drink lovers in the Jigoshop team, from Director Andy’s home-brewed beer down to regular supplies of home-made cakes and biscuits in the office. So when the New Mexico Pie Company was submitted for the showcase, we were torn between admiring the design, admiring the food, and wondering how we could get a delivery to the UK from the Albuquerque-based business.

 

Jigoshop Showcase #24: NMPieCompany.com

The New Mexico Pie Company was founded by Andrea Schulte, who has an impressive range of experience, and she’s helped by her parents in the kitchen and an farmers markets. By the same token, the website is a team effort, with design by Lori Patton and development by Kevin Donnigan. It looks to have been a pretty successful collaboration!

New Mexico Pie Company Homepage

 

The light blue and yellow design gives a nice clean and airy feeling to the site, and also associates it well with the kind of farmers markets where the New Mexico Pie Company operates retail outlets.

The image slideshow is larger than many we’ve seen on Jigoshop sites – and for good reason. Just looking at the huge images of fantastic food makes us hungry every time we’ve checked out the site, and if you can make a prospective customer hungry, they’re not only going to order some food, but probably order more than they need!

It really shows the benefit of devoting some time and effort into the images your customers will see as soon as they arrive at your site.

 

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The Order page is nicely laid out, and the important information on ordering, collection and where you can purchase is clearly laid out so customers are aware before they’re seduced by the range of food on display.

The sidebar is also relatively clean – in addition to the login and cart information, you get a quick update on What’s New with a highlighted product, and the social networking icons for Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Keeping the additional options focused means less chance a customer will end up distracted before they’ve placed an order.

 

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The individual product pages contain a short description and reviews. As a new site there aren’t any reviews yet, but we’d happily volunteer as taste testers.

Additional Information is currently empty – this would be a great place to repeat the information on the About page regarding the company using cage-free eggs, local produce, and never using artificial colours and flavours etc.

But that’s a minor tweak now the site is live, and we’re sure plenty of pie orders are being placed. After all, as it says on the homepage ‘Life is short. Eat pie.’

 

 

 

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We love to see the great online shops which are being created using Jigoshop, and this is a series highlighting the amazing stores that have come to our attention. If you’ve gone live with an implementation of Jigoshop, and would like to be featured and promoted, email [email protected]

 

 

Jigoshop Showcase #19: Art and Mabel

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We love to see the great online shops which are being created using Jigoshop, and this is a series highlighting the amazing stores that have come to our attention. If you’ve gone live with an implementation of Jigoshop, and would like to be featured and promoted, email [email protected]

 

Showcase #19: Art and Mabel

Art and Mabel is a small business based in Devon, England, which offers a range of personalised gifts for children. And as the company outgrew selling on sites like Etsy, there was a need for a site which was clean, simple and easy-to-use. With that in mind, freelance developer Ben Davis chose Jigoshop to create a website which fits with the ethos of the company.

After looking around at other solutions, I found Jigoshop was by far the best choice for me. Perhaps the most important feature of Jigoshop is its ability to be completely customised. I had a very specific design in mind for the site, so I needed a plugin that wouldn’t force me to display the content in a certain way – Jigoshop was perfect for this.

 

The homepage of Art and Mabel

The Art and Mabel homepage

 

Ben certainly succeeded in a clean and stylish homepage which feels welcoming without being overloaded with elements which would distract potential customers from the great products on sale. The use of icons on the images helps to guide visitors to the most suitable products for boys, girls or the home, saving time if anyone isn’t sure what they’re looking for.

 

The Main Shop Page for Art and Mabel

The main Art and Mabel shop page

 

Another good feature of Jigoshop is that it’s very user friendly. It’s obviously very important that things like adding products and viewing orders should be very simple for the client to do, and with Jigoshop it absolutely is. Even using the more complex features, like variable products, is very easy with Jigoshop. Also, its extensibility and flexibility means that in the future, when the site needs new features, adding them will be straightforward.

 

Individual Product Page for Art and Mabel

An example of a product page – something for Twitter fans?

 

Overall, we’re very impressed with the site and it really works well with the products on offer – the parents within the Jigoshop team have certainly been caught browsing for potential purchases, so it definitely works for us.

Other features of Jigoshop, like the constant flow of updates, made it a great plugin to work with, and I’m very happy I chose to go with it.

And we’re happy Ben chose Jigoshop – hopefully we’ll be able to showcase more of his work in the future.

Edenbox Products Page

Jigoshop Showcase #16 Edenbox

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We love to see the great online shops which are being created using Jigoshop, and this is a series highlighting the amazing stores that have come to our attention. If you’ve gone live with an implementation of Jigoshop, and would like to be featured and promoted, email [email protected]

Edenbox – Edenbox.co.uk

Edenbox is a great store which allows you to buy an allotment in a box – perfect if you want to grow your own vegetables on your balcony, patio, or even if you can’t be bothered to sort your garden to cultivate your own food. And we’re really pleased that they’re growing their own business by using Jigoshop.

Edenbox Homepage

Their main product is a box set which comes with everything you need, including a water can and your choice of plants (not seeds) which include carrots, cucumbers, spinach, tomatoes, or even chillis. There are a few fans of spicy food in the Jigoshop office – we might have to try growing a ‘jigochilli’. Edenbox have made great use of Jigoshop’s ‘Attributes’ functionality to allow customers to customise their order with the plants etc they want.

Edenbox Shop Page

And at the same time, you might want to buy extra supplies and tools, so you can also individually select trowels, forks, or even a spare ‘dibber’, along with gift tokens to give a present to someone with greenfingers.

 

Edenbox Plants Page

We asked Edenbox Director, Tim Middleton for how he found using Jigoshop:

We needed to create a low cost e-commerce website as soon as possible and we are thrilled we chose Jigoshop. We chose a theme and worked around that customising and enhancing it to suit our products. We have had some brilliant feedback about the look of our site, so we know we made the right choice.
Potentially the most useful part of Jigoshop has been the Jigoshop Forum. Whenever we had a question or query we would find use the forum to post a question and it was always responded to really quickly. Brilliant stuff!
Edenbox Products Page

 

We really like the Edenbox site – it’s clean and stylish to show off the great product photography, and the process for selecting the plants and watering can for your allotment in a box is really simple, clear and fun, with a lot of good information on the right seasons to grow your plants.