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Anne Marie Boedges, 39

How a Forty Under 40 winner transformed a police station into the ultimate showroom. 

April 05, 2021
Anne Marie Boedges

Owner

Anne Marie Design Studio / Wildwood, Mo.

2020 Revenue:  $2 MillionAnne Marie Design Studio

An Innovative, Unusual Showroom:

We needed a showroom, so my husband and I found an abandoned police station. I mean with bulletproof glass and everything. We saw the potential to make it cool and industrial. The old men’s locker room is now my conference room. There are tons of electrical outlets in spaces where they charged their walkie-talkies and battery packs.


My husband and I found an abandoned police station. I mean with bulletproof glass and everything. 


And if you go around the back through the side door, you can go into a jail cell. That first year we tripled in everything: employees, sales, clients. I knew we needed to expand again, but I didn’t want to take on triple the space. The building came up with a plan where I could expand over a period of time. In the end, we got exactly what we wanted. I felt like I could breathe again. 

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