A little more than a year ago, PrestaShop crossed the Atlantic and opened its office doors in beautiful Miami, Florida. Since that time, our revolutionary software has become a household name in the American e-commerce market. PrestaShop’s U.S. team has quickly gained the reputation of being youthful visionaries committed to delivering the world’s best open-source e-commerce solution to an area showing incredible industry growth.
When we first arrived in Miami, we chose to situate ourselves in the heart of Mary Brickell Village. PrestaShop’s U.S. offices are located on the penthouse floor of the Chase building, and the view from our floor-to-ceiling windows is nothing short of spectacular. That said, for the first year or so after the move, the inside of our office was more in sync with that of most young IT companies; barren walls, state-of-the art computers on cafeteria-style desks, a few chairs, minimal decorations and left over architecture books from the previous tenant.
Shortly after arriving in Miami, all our efforts were focused on work with little to no time left to worry about the interior design of our new office space. But after we became established in the U.S., we thought it was time to redesign our workspace into something worthy of our physical surroundings.
Two months ago, PrestaShop’s great inner-office makeover project began. And instead of outsourcing a designer, painters, laborers and the like, all members of PrestaShop’s U.S. team volunteered their time and effort to make our new interior vision a reality.
For several consecutive nights after the typical work day was over, PrestaShop’s crew collaborated, rolled up their sleeves and got busy. After endless hours of planning, organizing, painting, decorating and just about everything else you can imagine, our vision started to take form.
When all the hard work was out of the way, it was time to fill the inside of our office with the necessary essentials every young IT company should have. That’s when we brought in large flat screen T.V.’s — for conferences with partners, co-workers and our Community — modern book shelves, numerous aquariums, a foosball table and even a few over sized couches for when our employees want to nap. We even created a Wall of Fame, which proudly showcases 24 of the best PrestaShop-powered websites to date.
When all things were said and done, the inside of our office was finally worthy of the natural beauty of Miami. And perhaps the best part about the redesign rests with the knowledge that PrestaShop’s U.S. team is responsible. From every painted desk and wall to every to picture hung, our great office makeover wouldn’t have been possible without their willingness to make it happen.
In the coming weeks, we will be returning to our Paris roots to introduce you all to our fantastic European team. Their work is the driving force behind all things PrestaShop, and we want to introduce you to the mad genius’ behind the world’s best e-commerce solution. Stay tuned… this is one blog post you won’t want to miss. Next stop, Paris!