Our story began in Staten Island, NY in the summer of 1982. After many years in the greeting card business, Jack Gimbelman seized the opportunity to open his own business with his wife, Vickie. Jack ran the sales and purchasing functions, and Vickie managed the office. The company was small - only 5,000 sq. ft. and 5 employees but Designer Greetings was passionate about its product, its customers and its employees.
And it's because of this passion that it grew. In fact, the company had grown so much that by 1990 it needed bigger and better facilities to best serve its customers. Jack and Vickie opened a brand new office and warehouse facility of about 22,000 square feet. By this time, their children, Fern and Steven were working in the family business. They also had a terrific team of several dozen dedicated employees many of whom are still with Designer Greetings.
Many memorable events occurred over the years, with one watershed moment being the acquisition of the Card$mart® trademark in October, 2006. Before the ink was dry, the family began creating and introducing several thousand new greeting card designs – for a total surpassing 18,000 – with more titles, greater depth and many specialty captions. Staff increased to 180 to support these customers as well.
The Designer Greetings product lines, staff and facilities have all continued to grow to support the business. In September, 2008, the company moved to a 120,000 square foot, state-of-the-art headquarters office, showroom and warehouse in Edison, New Jersey. Greeting card designs surpassed 22,000.