Studio 27 creates a mom-and-pop web design business


By Anna Skinner

Spencer and Heather Sokol own Studio 27, a web design and mobile app business. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

Spencer and Heather Sokol own Studio 27, a web design and mobile app business. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

Like most husband and wife teams, Spencer and Heather Sokol enjoy spending time together. But instead of just incorporating family hobbies into their lifestyle, they decided to take their passions and combine them into Studio 27, a local business that creates websites and mobile apps.

Heather calls it the “new mom and pop.”

“Spencer is a computer developer, software and web developer,” Heather said. “I’ve been a blogger since blogging was a word. A few years ago we decided those two things converged very nicely, and it would be a good idea if we put those together.”

The pair works at the Union, a co-working space at 136 N. Union St.

“We are not the traditional husband and wife team. I’ve got my tattoos, and he’s got his music,” Heather said. “We work together in the digital age, which is something people are still grappling with and what to do and how to get there. One of the things I hear a lot is, ‘I can never work with my husband,’ but that used to be the thing. The mom and pop stores were a family that worked together. It’s a whole different concept, and it’s a whole new era. We aren’t sitting on the front porch of our country store, but we work at the Union.”

Spencer designs the websites, and Heather writes content and creates a social media strategy, such as updating Facebook pages.

“We really like to work with small businesses similar to us,” Heather said. “We enjoy working with family-owned businesses and what makes them tick and what’s the story behind what they do and how we can help them use that to draw people in.”

“That’s the part I like,” Spencer said. “Big corporate clients are really hard to work with as far as from a freelancer’s perspective. We like to get to know the people behind the business.”

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