About Us

Midwest Design Imports, Inc. began 20 years ago and is a one-stop-shop for everything you need for your craft, party, and home decor store. Our imports and merchandising company offers a variety of products, custom merchandising, planograms, and more to help with all of your business needs.

Hal Mangelsen brings over 40 years of retail, imports, wholesale, and merchandising experience to our company. We excel in sourcing, packaging, printing, and custom manufacturing of unusual and difficult to find items.

Our company is based on the fundamental rule that the customer is the most important part of our business. We strive to meet your needs and are happy to help you find the products you’re looking for. Please contact us at 1-877-292-3665 to get your questions answered and learn more about the services we offer.

Dear Dad,

As we look forward to celebrating 20 years of business on August 9, 2019, I have to thank you. I was only six-months-old when Grandpa passed away, but I can see his passion for his customers through you. You have followed in your father’s footsteps, carrying on his mission of exceptional customer service. We all have the “Eleven Commandments of Good Business,” framed on our desks. You have also included it in the back of our catalogs. It reminds us that the customer is the most important person in our business.

Although the customer is important to our business, the family is important to you. Even though Eric isn’t working at Midwest Design Imports, Inc., he is an integral part of our family. He believes in and supports us unconditionally. Eric and Allison’s three children, Monroe, Ford, and Stella, remind us to carry on the legacy of the family who came before us and to leave something better for those who will come after us.

As we celebrate 20 years of ups and downs, I thank you for keeping Midwest Design Imports, Inc. going. Working for a family isn’t always the easiest, but it is definitely the most rewarding. I have learned so much from your leadership. With you and all my cousins as mentors, I have a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw from for years to come. Thank you for the legacy you have inherited, embodied, and passed on. I promise to put all my heart and soul into continuing to run the company for another 20+ years and to pass it on to the next generation. What you have taught me is immeasurable and I continue to learn from you daily. Thank you for what you have done for Midwest Design Imports, Inc. and for your family. I never knew Grandpa, but more than ever, I can feel him as a part of me as I follow in your footsteps.

This year’s logo is dedicated to you, dad.
Happy 20 Years! I love you, Kristin

As a tribute to our founder, this year’s catalog is dedicated to the memory of Harold W. Mangelsen, Sr. (1916-1988)

Harold Mangelsen, Sr. was a true entrepreneur. He began his retail career at a young age, learning from others and from there, he became an independent retailer. He created a business for himself and as a legacy to leave to his sons. While not all of his sons work at the original business, each son has stayed in some form of retail. Harold’s vision and values are what keeps these businesses innovating.

Harold’s retail career spanned nearly 60 years. From the beginning, he was a model for customer service. When he opened his first retail store in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1961, his motto was, “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it. But if you need it, we can get it.” Harold built his business on the belief that customer service should always be the primary focus.

As the retail business grew, Harold and his wife Berenice, along with his sons, decided to expand into wholesale. While never losing sight of his customer service foundation, they quickly became a nationwide industry leader in the arts and crafts field. As the years went on, the sons expanded in their own directions, creating and growing their own businesses. The oldest son, Bill, began Makin’s Clay and Makin’s USA with his family. Tom pursued a photography career and began selling his prints through many of his own galleries. David took over the original retail store in Omaha, Nebraska, with his family. Harold Mangelsen, Jr. (Hal) created Midwest Design Imports, Inc. with his family.

Harold Sr. built his business on honesty, integrity, and respect for the individual. His love for family, his passion for business, and his appreciation for the customer has left and will continue to leave a lasting influence in the art, craft, and floral industries.

We are always happy to take on new customers and help old ones with anything they need. We carry a huge collection of products that are fun, unique, and hard to find. We can also have custom products made for you and help you create beautiful displays in your store. Be sure to learn more about our services and check out our products to get started. Contact Midwest Design Imports today to get your questions answered!

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