Founded in 1998, Gartner Studios is a stationery company headquartered in the historic river town of Stillwater, Minnesota. The main office is the town’s 100-year-old Post Office, and houses a team of unique creative professionals.
We have offices and employ talented professionals worldwide. We have grown due to a focus on great designs, high quality manufacturing, attractive pricing and an entrepreneurial spirit. As we like to say, it’s about “ideas, products and people!”
Gartner Studios is a leader in creating do-it-yourself products to celebrate special occasions, offering more than 7,000 products through most major retailers and specialty stores in North America. Best known for its expansive line of customizable party goods and stationery products, the company designs, manufactures and distributes celebration assortments that inspire customers to connect with loved ones – from wedding invitations, to party favors to cake decorating supplies for every occasion. Gartner Studios, Inc. divisions include: Gartner Greetings, Mara-Mi, and Russell+Hazel. Premier brand licenses include BRIDES and Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios.
MARA-MI began as a two-person (Marilyn + Mimi) start-up, with a line of social stationery marketed to independent boutiques and specialty chain stores. The mission is to enhance social connections through lovely, colorful, innovative designs and formats. An acquisition by Gartner Studios, Inc in 2006 allowed MARA-MI to write a new chapter; reaching new customers and expanding their brand into adjacent categories.
The Mara-Mi store+studio+café opened the latter part of July 2010 in historic downtown Stillwater, Minnesota at 201 Main Street South. Here, you will find the largest assortment of MARA-Mi favorites, current and past, along with some of our favorites from Gartner Studios. The Café offers the finest in baked goods including cupcakes, cake pops and fully decorated occasion cakes along with delicious lunch and light dinner options and a selection of beer and wine.
The world of russell+hazel lies at the intersection of color, function and light- heartedness. Our philosophy is that good design is not over-design or design for design’s sake, rather pleasing design with loads of functionality. Launched in 2003, when file folders were manila, post-it® notes were canary yellow and binders were something to hide in the cabinet, russell+hazel achieved a new freshness with color and pattern, creating an instant appeal. Since then, that small collection of office and school tools has grown to include journals, note cards and totes.
Design studio headquarters are in Minneapolis, MN where the residents of the Twin Cities are treated to the only russell+hazel Flagship store. Here, the newest pieces, past favorites and design inspirations are found. Equally at ease in the world of home/office décor and fashion, russell+hazel is one of the truly innovative and creative teams working in the world of design today. Visit russellandhazel.com to purchase our innovative products online.
russell+hazel, one of the industries most highly recognized and esteemed brands, is part of the Gartner family of brands. Known for their clean, fresh approach to design, russell+hazel has developed national and internationally acclaimed products for the office, classroom and home. With Gartner Studios strong management team, coupled with distribution and operational capacities, russell+hazel we will be able to focus on delivering affordable well designed products for work and home.
About Duff Goldman
Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios is available at Michaels stores nationwide and online at www.duff.com or www.gartnerstudios.com. So who is Duff Goldman? Duff formed the famed Charm City Cakes in Baltimore in 2000 – a 6,000 square-foot cake compound with a staff of eleven friends who make cakes, listen to music, and eat a lot of sushi. In June 2011, he opened a new West Coast bakery in Santa Monica, California. Together they bake sculptural cakes that truly amaze. After starring in Ace of Cakes on the Food Network for 10 seasons, cake “ace” Duff stars in a new show, Sugar High, also on the Food Network. For more information on Duff, visit www.charmcitycakes.com, become a fan of Duff on Facebook or get updates by following Duff on Twitter: @Duff_Goldman or follow his product line: @BakingDuff.