North Dundas developer gives Amber Marshall an online makeover

Sandy Burns of Sandfire Design. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Nelson Zandbergen
Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER — Sandy Burns has hitched up Canadian TV celebrity Amber Marshall with a new online presence.

From her exhibit space at the May 13 Local Business Expo ’17, the Winchester-based website creator exuded palpable excitement as she showcased the brand new Launched just a day earlier, the site is all the handiwork of the Sandfire Design proprietor.

The Alberta-based Heartland star now enjoys the latest in glossy website style with wide image sliders and quick fade-in photos. Specializing in the WordPress platform, Burns also proved her website-building chops with a robust and eye-catching merchandise section for the actor, singer and equestrian.

“She approved the mock-up in January,” said Burns, seated between two computer screens proudly displaying the new site’s homepage. The local entrepreneur added it took four months to complete the site because of her famous client’s “very busy” schedule.

The celebrity website gig was sparked when Burns met Marshall’s Toronto-based publicist last August. Jody Stockfish happened to be in the Township of North Dundas with another of her actor clients from the same CBC show — Shaun Johnston, aka Grandpa Jack — for a special meet-and-greet event in Inkerman.

As a result, Sandfire Design was commissioned to redo the product “shop pages” on the old website of the 28-year-0ld star, whose personal retail brand includes a magazine, calendars, autographed photos and lines of jewellery and pet collars. Those improvements went live in October, and the resulting surge in online sales clinched a total rebuild of the website for Burns.

She’s also redone the site for Stockfish’s publicity firm, Amperbr@nd, and has revamped portions of Johnston’s website as well.  “I’d love to do more of the Heartland cast,” said Burns, a former local newspaper editor. “I’m basically their web design person now. It’s been a really awesome partnership.”

The debut of Marshall’s new website represented the ninth online project rolled out this year by the 2013 graduate of Algonquin College’s interactive multimedia program, with a tenth site due to arrive imminently.  “This year has really ramped up,” said the mother of two, smiling.

Amber Marshall’s new website is the handiwork of Sandfire Design in Winchester.