SYCAMORE – An upstairs office space in the Sycamore Center is now home to Greenfield Creative, a graphic design and creative services company Denny and Maria Boynton are eager to bring to the city's downtown.
The husband-and-wife business partners and their oldest daughter, Zoe Boynton, moved the business out of their Clare home and into Suite 302 of the city hall building at 308 W. State St. Their lease agreement with the city began Saturday.
“We thought it would be a little more professional [to meet clients] than sitting around our kitchen table with our dogs licking your hand,” Denny Boynton joked.
Not only is Maria Boynton looking forward to having a prime view of the Sycamore Pumpkin Parade from the conference room, but she also said her dream has always been to open a storefront in downtown Sycamore.
"Even growing up in Clare, born and raised there, I always felt like I was part of the Sycamore community,” she said. “Until now, I’ve never had a good reason to have a storefront; I just always really wanted one.”
In addition to creative marketing services, like designing company logos, developing website and mobile applications, and creating promotional products and apparel, Greenfield Creative also will have a small retail component. The business will sell items such as Maria Boynton's 2015 novel “Ruthlessly Aadi,” her line of dog-training leashes and clever T-shirts.
Denny Boynton said Greenfield Creative has grown since they started it at the beginning of the year, and he hopes the trend will continue in the new office.
"One of the reasons we’re in this office is we’ve simply outgrown a home-based business," he said. "And it got to be where the amount of creative work that needed to be done was overwhelming her, so having Zoe come in to help with that side of it was fantastic."
Zoe Boynton said she will be a creative specialist and sales associate for her parents’ company.
“I think that I’ll be really good as far as communications and marketing,” she said. “I’ve studied sociology, mostly art. I got a lot of that from my mom, so when this opportunity to work with my parents at this new job came up, I was really excited.”
Denny Boynton said he and his wife both have 20 years of experience in the business world, and they wanted to combine their skills into a company where they would have creative and professional freedom as well as the added benefit of being able to work together everyday.
“I’m the engineer; she’s the artist,” he said. “She can make things look fantastic, and I can make them do things.”