Freedom Interiors creates the kind of workspaces that make people excited for Monday morning. The company figures out exactly how clients want their offices to feel and function, then translates that vision into reality.
For the longest time, though, Carol Espinosa and her team couldn’t do the same thing for themselves. As a young, growing company, Freedom rented space in other people’s buildings.
That changed late last year, when Freedom moved into its new home at 4000 Washington St. in Kansas City. The 7,000-square-foot brick structure — at one point, home to Westport’s old post office — has been completely transformed into a showroom for Freedom’s interior design and the furnishings the company sells. (more…)
According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, these entrepreneurs pay more than $264 billion in wages to more than 8 million employees, and their companies contribute more than $1.4 trillion in sales to the U.S. economy. (more…)
When Western Fireproofing opened in the 1930s, its name indicated exactly what the business offered, using plaster and gypsum blocks to make buildings safer.
After World War II, the company got out of the fireproofing business and expanded into other subcontracting services, such as building roof decks and floor underlayments and installing glue-laminated timbers and folding wall partitions.
Despite its evolution, its name remained the same until recently. (more…)
Designing the perfect playground for its customers is based on one very important element for ABCreative — listening to its customers and meeting their needs.
“A lot of companies focus just on selling equipment as cheap as they can get it,” said ABCreative President Karen Herren. “We always consult our customer and look at what they want. We look at what they have and don’t have and design from there. We create enjoyable community spaces.” (more…)
Carrie Kiefer and Morgan Georgie met as graphic design students at the University of Kansas. Today, they run Ampersand Design Co., which creates designs that appear on products ranging from textiles to stationery to home décor to fashion for companies such as Crate & Barrel, West Elm, Target and Chatbooks.
Ampersand also has its own line of products sold online and in shops across the world, including the company’s first brick-and-mortar space, which opened this year in the Made in KC Marketplace at Country Club Plaza. (more…)
When it comes to the health care industry in Kansas City, there are some big players—Cerner Corp., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City and several hospital systems. These organizations are often in the headlines.
Yet some smaller companies are carving a niche for themselves by providing patient-centered care in their own way. (more…)
As one of our oldest institutions, the mail process has surprisingly been able to maintain an air of mystery for many of us. How much will this cost to mail? How long will this take to get there? Will the packaging hold up?
In a world reliant on ROI, these unknowns can quickly squash the soundest direct mail strategies—and that’s even before we’ve received pushback from our printer.*
Unconventional ideas will always be challenged, as what’s standard and comfortable is usually cheaper and easier. (more…)