In the beginning...
epicShops actually began as epicFlowers.
Brandon Kirkland started creating websites in the floral industry in 2008, when he and his wife owned and operated a flower shop in Ashland, Oregon. In 2010, Brandon made it official and started the company, Real Time Flowers Inc., named after his innovative webcam solution that showed florists working on flower designs half-way across the US, in real time.
The more familiar Brandon became with the online florist website community, the more he realized how limited the options were. There was a huge lack of good quality, affordable florist websites. At the time, there was only one company designing and operating florist websites well, but they charged an exorbitant rate. Far more than the average florist could afford.
Around the same time, BigCommerce launched “Software As A Service” (a distribution model in which a third-party provider hosts applications and makes them available to customers over the internet). SaaS was much more affordable, and you got access to upgrades and support. With this model, customers could “pay-as-you-go” for a superior product.
It made so much sense, and Brandon knew that this would be the future of floral web hosting.
Brandon started a website for his own floral business, and then several other businesses followed and hired him to manage their new floral websites under the SaaS model.
In late 2017, epicFlowers became epicShops. A lot of non-florists were asking for help, too, so it made sense to expand services. It was also at this time epicShops started offering more than website design: we began to also offer online marketing services.
In 2020, epicShops started offering self-developed and designed themes on the BigCommerce theme store, with much success. Additionally, Epic develops and sells web apps in the BigCommerce app store.
Epic, as it’s now called, works with over 70+ businesses on a monthly basis, and is still steadily growing.
One of the first images created for clients at epicFlowers:
Epic has a lot of plans and goals right now.
We’re focusing on our BigCommerce themes and apps, and constantly developing new online marketing strategies for our clients.
One of our favorite mottos is, “If you’re not moving forward, you moving backwards” – Tommy Boy
We strive to always be on the cutting edge, and never rest on our laurels. If there is a better way to serve our clients, we will find it.
Our business goal is to become the best digital agency in Oregon for small to medium sized companies. We, as a team, believe in that goal, and take steps everyday to accomplish it.