Our Ten Year Birthday

By vitamin

10 Year AnniversaryHere we find ourselves a decade deep. Still crafting. Still creating. Still on the grind. It’s been a really fun roller-coaster ride. The best part of it all? We’re still riding. A fact that few know: Vitamin has never taken on a single bank loan. We’ve grown organically. Bought and renovated our building with our own money. The money we earned by doing a good job. We thank our clients for the hires, and our team for the hard work. It keeps getting better and better so we plan on sticking around for a while. We hope you’ll enjoy the ride as much as we do.

Check out this timeline for a date stamped view into how we got to where we are today.

Vitamin 10 Year Timeline

Nov. 2002Vitamin was founded to provide clients intelligent, creative graphic design, web and brand deliverables.
Dec. 2002Our first contract comes in. 10k total. It became our seed money.
Jan. – March 2003We worked out of a 10’x20′ row home basement in Baltimore city. We met with vendors at the kitchen table. And we always had a good excuse at the ready for why we had to meet our clients on their turf.
April 2003Vitamin moves into the Broom Factory [photos: 1 2 3] on Boston Street in Baltimore City. This mixed-use, come-as-you-are building was eclectic, fun and creative. We customized our 500 sq. ft. space to suit our style. With Pat Moran casting in the building, we often saw the likes of John Waters and drones of actors answering open casting calls. This place became home.
2005Amanda Karfakis joins the team bringing public relations and marketing strategy to Vitamin thereby rounding out the firm’s brand deliverables as fully integrated and holistic. With Amanda on board, sales increase and dollar value per account begins to climb.
Early 2006Vitamin eyes Highlandtown in Baltimore City as its new home. As the city’s largest designated arts district, with an up-and-coming business district, we were sold. We found a 100 year old row home commercially zoned right on Main Street and bought it.
Mid 2006As the custom renovation on our building commences, our volume of business increases steadily. This enables us to design the building exactly the way we want it without cutting corners.
2006 / 2007We move into our new building at 3237 Eastern Avenue and hire more team members. Accounts continue to grow in volume as well as in dollar value.
July 2007The iPhone launches. Vitamin cited by Information Week as the first company to outfit all employees with an iPhone.
2008The public begins to recognize us as an integrated boutique. Public relations engagements increase. Alaz, the German Shepherd, is brought on as Chief Security Officer.
2009Amanda Karfakis purchases majority ownership. We become an MDOT Certified Minority-Owned business. This opens the door for more opportunities to partner with the State of MD on brand, web and public relations work.
2010Our built industry portfolio exceeds 50 clients. A/E/C firms seek us out in greater numbers.
2011-2012Since our foundation, we’ve seen gross revenues grow year over year with 2012 being our best year to date. It’s a blessing. We keep our nose to the grind and our ears to the street. Can’t wait to see what 2013 brings.

10 Comments on: Our Ten Year Birthday

  • Congratulations to Vitamin for celebrating its 10th Anniversary! What an outstanding accomplishment for Mike and Amanda and their team.
    We are very proud of your accomplishments and look forward to another ten years of growth and creativity!
    Kathy & Jonathan

  • Janet says:

    congratulations on the 10 year anniversary Mike & Amanda! I remember when you moved into the building on Eastern- so excited for you!! Here’s to many, many more years of success!

    • Mike Karfakis Mike Karfakis says:

      Thanks Janet!! You’re a great friend and we appreciate the support so much : )

  • Mike, Amanda and Team–You make 10 look really good. What’s your secret?
    We congratulate you all, for adding such a touch of class to your industry. So much talent in that Vitamin “machine”
    Here’s to 10 more “10 year” anniversaries!
    from your friends at the Belvedere

    • Mike Karfakis Mike Karfakis says:

      What a nice comment! Thanks so much Sondra. The same to you and Bob and your team over at Truffles, Owl Bar & 13th Floor!

  • Congratulations on 10 Years! I still get compliments on my site 5 years later. You have worked so hard and I can’t wait to see what the next 10 will bring!
    Cheers,
    Jordan
    SGN, Vietnam

    • Mike Karfakis Mike Karfakis says:

      Thanks Jordan! Hope things are well with you in ‘Nam! Stay in touch…

  • Brian Andrzejewski says:

    Congrats on taking your business to the next level from the Impreza/G1440 days!

    • Mike Karfakis Mike Karfakis says:

      Really good to hear from you Brian. Thanks for the kinds words. How have you been?

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