Updated: Sep 22, 2021
Edina, MN, July 12, 2021–
Women have long dominated the field of Interior Design, but their growing clout in the building industry is undeniable. A case in point: The District Edina. The building and design-focused showroom property in the Twin Cities’ Western suburbs boasts several woman-owned showrooms.
(Pictured: Marie Lamere, Andrea Johnson, Carolyn Johnson, and Dede Schoepke)
Among them are Immerfall Window Treatments and Floors, which is owned by the Andrea Johnson. Ms. Johnson, who has held a Minnesota General Contractor’s License since 2004, cut her teeth in the South Dakota construction industry. “I learned construction at my family’s flooring and woodworking facility in Webster. I took those skills to my family’s building and remodeling company, Vogl contruction.” Vogl likewise is opening a showroom at TDE from which they intend to launch an aggressive expansion into the Twin Cities.
Another construction-focused woman-owned showroom is Satoree Kitchen and Bath. Owner Carolyn Johnson is moving her showroom and offices from St. Louis Park to the Edina property in August. With product offerings ranging from traditional to modern, Satoree’s 3000 sq ft main-level showroom will greet customers from behind a wall of glass overlooking Nine Mile Creek and is sure to awe shoppers.
But women’s domination of The District Edina doesn’t stop in the building trade. Finance is included. Dede Schoepke, owner of Title Specialists, Inc. has opened an office on the Creekview level of the property. “Title companies tend to be in traditional office spaces. One of the things that appealed to us is the scenery of the site and the general feel of the building.” No doubt its location at the intersection of 169 and 494 played a helpful role.
And finally, Marie LaMere, a partner in Artanis Property Management, is looking forward to its upcoming offices on-site. Artanis, which manages The District Edina property, will use the building as its main office. “Managing a beautiful, historic building like this is a fantastic experience” says LaMere, “It’s critically important that we maintain the property in pristine condition. Our partners, clients, and tenants expect nothing less.”
District developer Gregory Rich added that there is still available space in the project noting that he is in conversation with potential tenants in the lighting, fine art, real estate sales, and architectural design industries. Currently, about 5,000 sq ft remain available on all three floors.
Details about The District Edina and interviews with showroom owners can be heard on Rich’s locally broadcast radio program Drink in the Style, Saturdays at 7 and Sundays at 5 on AM950. The broadcast is also available as a podcast on iTunes, Spotify, and other podcast platforms.
Questions about the District or inquiries about vacancy can be directed to Gregory Rich at 952.426.3548
About The District Edina™:
Located at 7777 Washington Ave. South, The District Edina building is situated on 3 beautiful acres at the end of a wooded, winding drive conveniently accessible from both Hwy 169 and Hwy 494. Nine-mile creek, which flows through the property, is a wonderful compliment to the exceptional 3-story mid-century modern architecture of the building.
Gregory Rich, The District Edina, Habitation Furnishing + Design, and Drink in the Style:
Gregory Rich is the owner of Habitation Furnishing + Design, host of locally broadcast radio program Drink in the Style, and developer and owner of The District Edina.