April 11, 2019
Designer Greetings acquires Kristin Michaels Greetings
Designer Greetings is expanding with its recent acquisition of Kristin Michaels Greetings. Established in 1984, Kristin Michaels Greetings is an independent greeting card distributor, wholesaling products from several small studio card manufacturers from Chicago. A few years later, they began distributing Gibson Greetings products, quickly becoming the largest volume Gibson distributor in the US.
In 1994, Kristin Michaels started buying product from a greeting card company based in Staten Island and ironically, in 2019, that Staten Island company (Designer Greetings) now has acquired Kristin Michaels.
“Kristin Michaels provides excellent product and service to a variety of grocers throughout Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey,” Steven Gimbelman, president and CEO of Designer Greetings, said. “We look forward to continuing and building upon the success that they have forged over the past 35 years.”
With Kristin Michaels, this marks the 11th acquisition for the greeting card company since 2006.
Others include: Card$mart, Glitterwrap, Red Farm Studio, Royal Greetings, Mike’s Distributing, enGreet, Treasure Greetings, Madison Park Greetings, Northern Exposure Greetings and V&M Sales.