Black Door Creative is a Rhode Island-based web design and digital marketing agency.

We have one goal in mind: to grow our clients’ businesses one challenge at a time…


At Black Door, we don’t do checklists or paint-by-numbers websites. Instead, we get to know every client and develop customized solutions that meet their unique challenges. We produce award-winning creative work, but measure our successes by the amount of revenue and leads we generate. You will know we’ve done our job when you can see your business growing.

Whether you need a strategic partner who can see the big picture or a team of skilled content creators who can bring your vision and research to life, you are in the right place. We treat every project as if our own business and reputation depended on it, because ultimately they do. 


We aren’t new to our work, and we wouldn’t want you to trust the future of your business to a team without the right experience and perspective. Since we first opened our doors in 2005 we have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of clients – from local startups to national franchises – helping them improve their bottom lines. 

How have we kept growing in an industry where agencies appear and disappear every few months? Integrity, innovation, and unmatched creativity have set us apart from our competitors. But don’t take our word for it: check out our portfolio and testimonials for yourself.

Our team

Rob Arel


Rob founded Black Door Creative in 2005 with the vision to provide local businesses with the highest quality marketing services in Rhode Island. Over the course of his career, Rob has worked with many leading local brands to develop a well-rounded marketing strategy and online presence.

In his spare time, Rob enjoys spending time with his wife and three children as well as trying to create perfect bread recipe.

Thalia Lopez


Thalia is the VP of Client Services at Black Door Creative, which means she oversees each client from the start of their project to kickoff. She considers her work “digital storytelling” and is dedicated to building engaging marketing strategies that authentically represents the soul of a brand. When she’s not staring at her phone, you can find her sipping on her fourth tea of the day or obsessing (shamelessly) over her two adorable French Bulldogs. 

Heather Clarke

Social Media creator

Heather is Black Door Creatives first social media intern! She works alongside Thalia assisting with the creation and execution of content for their clients. She’s excited to be utilizing the skills learned at BDC in her own social media business endeavors. Her love for social media stems from the continual need to learn and the passion for helping small businesses thrive. On the weekends, you’ll likely find her in downtown Providence sipping on cocktails with friends.