A Long And Storied History

A historic landmark, Whale City is a cozy bakery, bar and grill in the tiny beach town of Davenport. Located right off of California's Highway 1 up the coast from Santa Cruz, they serve awesome baked goods, organic coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's a local favorite and a must-stop if you're passing through.


Screen displays of Whale City Bakery Bar & Grill, whalecitybakery.com

So, What Did We Do Exactly?

In business since 1982, Whale City never got around to putting up a website. They recruited us to do it right the first time to extend their reach to both locals and tourists alike. We designed a beautiful responsive design interface to compliment their new branding and professional photos, built out a custom CMS, and topped it all off with a WordPress blog.


  • Web Design
  • WordPress
  • Sleepless CMS
  • Print

Setting Them Apart

Whale City is a one-of-a-kind restaurant, so they needed a unqiue site to adequately represent them. While many restaurants these days seem to think they can get by with a cheap off-the-shelf template, we did them right with a carefully crafted layout backed by our custom Sleepless CMS. Whether you're talking about their food, or their site—no one has what they have, and they wouldn't have it any other way.

Whale City Bakey Bar & Grill homepage design

Visual Storytelling

We took extra care in designing a robust gallery system that showcases their bakery, grill and Davenport itself. The gallery pages boast a card-style layout, making it flexible for all different image sizes and super conducive to their site's responsive nature.

Whale City Bakey Bar & Grill interior page design

Mobile City

Restaurants rely heavily on mobile traffic and they need to make sure their site comes up great as users find them on mobile apps like Yelp, Foodspotting and Open Table. Whale City's site is optimized for mobile, with a tranformative mobile experience across all devices.

Whale City Bakery Bar & Grill Responsive Layout

Our beautiful site continues to draw in new customers from all over the world.

“Setting up the site was painless and the staff always responded in a timely manner to any questions we had. They were thorough and very helpful in training our team to update and maintain the site. We see a clear correlation between our site traffic and an increase in customer visits. We are very pleased with our customer reach. We loved working with Sleepless Media so much we tapped them to create business cards, stickers, and stamps as well!”

Chris Raugust of Whale City Bakery, Bar and Grill

Chris Raugust

Owner, Whale City Bakery


Launch Project
  • Location: Davenport, California
  • Project Type: Custom Web Design + Print
  • Platform: Sleepless CMS + WordPress
  • Industry: Bakeries, Restaurants
  • Launched: December 2014

Print Design

To ensure Whale City's branding is kept consistent across the board, we remain on tap to help them out with miscellaneous print design projects as needed including business cards, stickers and more.

Whale City Bakery Bar and Grill Business Card Design
Whale City Bakery Bar and Grill Sticker Design

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