My mother Marjorie Christiansen, who many of you knew, had a gift shop for 12 years, Bright Ideas Gifts! One of her reps, Pete Peterson, was interested in selling his business so my father, Dick Christiansen, left 3M after 25 years of service and bought it in 1976. Christiansen and Associates was born! My dad bought the business right when Dick Roethe started selling for Pete in Wisconsin. Dick Delude started with the company shortly thereafter and off they went. Apparently my dad only hired guys named Dick! Too funny! While there were many other people that came and went over the years, Dick Roethe is still with us and he is part of our family.
In 1993 my dad passed away after fighting cancer for 2 years. My mom took over the company and ran it for another year. Then she realized this wasn't for her and put the business up for sale. At that point, something clicked in me. I had not been interested in this business, but now all of a sudden, our family business was going to go away. For some reason, I could not let that happen and bought the business from my mom in 1994..... I have never looked back!
Mom (10/27/29 - 8/30/16) and Dad (2/3/27 - 4/11/93)
Serving Your Giftware Needs Since 1976!
Decor - Jewelry - Lodge - Custom - Gift
Minneapolis Gift Mart - Green 485
2019 Show Schedule
January Show - January 18 - 22, 2019
March Show - March 8-12, 2019
April Show - April 28-30, 2019
June Show - June 23-25, 2019
August Show - August 2-6, 2019
October Show - October 5-7, 2019
Todd Christiansen - Principal, Minnesota, North and South Dakota Rep
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