Sharing a little progress report from the ABM headquarters today! As some of you might remember, the official ABM offices are located above the Golden Girl Rum Club in downtown Springfield, MO. Our office team moved in last fall. Given that we are a small team with a LOT going on all the time, we didn't get to devote much time to this space for some months, but we've been adding some touches here and there. I thought it would be fun to update you all on our progress.
Last time we shared this space, it was just an itty bitty mini tour during a Casual Friday post last November. So I thought I'd share a few photos I snapped of this part of the building just after we bought it last year.
The previous building owner had been trying to rent out this space as a one bedroom loft. But given that our business partners from the bar and we ourselves needed office space, we all knew that we'd be converting this space into offices soon.
The building was already in great shape throughout. The upstairs loft already had lovely wood floors, high ceilings, and big beautiful windows. So mainly we just refreshed the walls with white paint, added a cement floor to the front which was something required by the city, and then moved in. Since then we've been trying to add our own touches to the space AND make it more functional as a shared office area.
In the front of the loft, just as you walk in from the stairs leading up to the space, we've created a kind of common room area that can also be used for meetings when necessary. We have a break room spot with a refrigerator (from our last studio), sink and bar area, and coffee cart. There are already a few great coffee shops near the offices, so this space doesn't get used as often as our last studio, where you could not walk to a great coffee shop around the corner. :)
There is a sofa that Jeremy left us from his previous studio before he moved to Nashville, and it's actually the SAME sofa Trey and I have in our home. Ha!
And then there is also this overflow work desk with a big, blank wall above it. The blank wall is actually intentional as we installed a projector on the opposite wall. Our thought was you could show presentations or other meeting materials from this spot, but so far we've mainly used it to watch movies and music videos after office hours. 🙂
Again, this space was already pretty great with really nice wood floors and a built-in shelf unit that actually works really well as desk and storage space. Mainly we've added some aesthetic touches and refreshed the walls with white paint to brighten everything up a little.
Trey built his own desk, and then we had an identical one built for Claire before she started. Now you might be wondering, who's Claire? We will be updating our About page soon – I promise! But she is our new business development manager. She is taking over Trey's previous position as he is transitioning to focus all his time on our apps. We feel SO lucky to have found Claire, as she is already a great fit and I'm SO excited to see more time get devoted to our apps. I think this is a total win, win for our companies.
Jacki and Philip use the desk areas near the built in. Although Philip wasn't there the day we snapped these photos. I love how Jacki added this adorable print of her dog, Kingston, to her space. She is a gal after my own heart – dog people unite! :)
This space already feels 100x more functional as a shared office area than when we moved in, but I think we've still got a bit more work to do before it will feel "finished". If a space is ever truly finished, that is.
Thanks for letting us share a little update on our ABM offices! xx. Emma + The ABM team
Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Janae Hardy and Emma Chapman. Sources: grey couch/UO, office chairs/Amazon, yellow chairs/Amazon, curtains/Bed, Bath, and Beyond, wallpaper/Murals your Way