Shopify Food Sales Website Design

Sinclair Smoked Salmon needed a custom Shopify website to sell smoked salmon online. We created an modern website design using custom illustrations from local artist Matt McDole, and a platform that is easy to manage and use for the client.

Case Study: Building a Successful eCommerce Presence for a Smoked Salmon Business


In the bustling city of Louisville, Kentucky, a home-based smoked salmon business transformed into a prominent local establishment, all thanks to a well-designed website. This case study delves into the journey of this business, highlighting the importance of a strong online presence, especially in the food industry.

The Challenge

Starting a food business from home comes with its unique set of challenges. The primary concern was how to reach a wider audience and convince them to purchase a food product without tasting it first. The client needed a platform that was user-friendly, customizable, and could handle online orders and pre-orders seamlessly.

The Solution

  1. Choosing the Right Platform: Shopify was selected as the platform for the website. Known for its ease of use, customization options, and a seamless checkout process, Shopify is considered ideal for restaurants and food businesses.
  2. Incorporating Local Art: To give the website a unique touch and resonate with the local audience, artwork by a renowned Louisville artist, was integrated into the design.
  3. Prioritizing Packaging and Design: Recognizing the critical role of packaging in the food industry, a professional designer was hired. This ensured that the packaging not only preserved the quality of the smoked salmon but also appealed to potential customers.
  4. Professional Photography: To further enhance the website’s appeal, professional food photographers were recommended. Their expertise in styling and lighting food made the smoked salmon look irresistible.


The website became more than just a sales platform; it was a tool to connect with customers and share the brand’s story. Even if the majority of sales didn’t come directly from the website, it played a pivotal role in brand awareness and customer engagement.

The client’s business saw significant growth, moving from a home-based setup to a prominent location in Louisville. The website’s design, combined with the quality of the smoked salmon, convinced customers to make a purchase without tasting the product first.


Starting a food business online might seem daunting, especially for those whose expertise lies in cooking rather than coding. However, with platforms like Shopify, businesses can establish a strong online presence without any technical experience. This case study underscores the importance of a well-designed website in the food industry, emphasizing branding, packaging, and professional photography.

For those looking to embark on a similar journey, remember: you don’t have to do it alone. With the right tools and guidance, you can build a successful online food business that resonates with your target audience.

Shopify Website Design

Beaded Treasures and the Volunteers of America needed help with updating their existing Shopify site, and we were more than happy to support the great work they do with Shopify website maintenance.

About Beaded Treasures and the Volunteers of America: Volunteers of America has a mission is to change lives. They are one of our region’s largest, most diverse not-for-profit behavioral health organizations. They reach people through more than 40 programs across four states; Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Clark and Floyd Counties in Indiana. Beaded Treasures is a retail shop connected to a program that trains women in jewelry making and other home-based skills, as well as basic financial literacy to build self-confidence and promote economic self-sufficiency. The objective is not merely to teach a crafting skill but to use art-making as a medium of empowerment. Beaded Treasures has trained 300 underprivileged women with the tools and resources to overcome barriers to success.