A History of Ampersand

Welcome to our new website and our new blog Ampersand Everyday. We are excited to bring to you the same elegance and coordination that exists in our store. Online you will find the same edited market picks from our expert buyers and seamless adjacencies of our branded shops.

Ampersand was opened in 1995 by Barbara Armajani on France Avenue in the historic downtown Edina, Minnesota. Customers were attracted in by the yellow and white striped awning- a pattern that to this day represents Ampersand.  The name Ampersand was chosen as the symbol and monogram of the store to illuminate the multiplicity of products that have grown into the current branded shops.

Ampersand moved to our current location the Galleria, also in Edina, in 2005. Here, Ampersand opened the first standalone apothecary in the Minneapolis scene. Our Apothecary introduced our customers to brands that were brand new to Minneapolis, such as Kiehls.

 Ampersand has become known for our edited market picks that are desired by the customer for their lifestyle and entertaining needs. Additionally, Ampersand knows the importance of gift giving, and our customers know they can always find the perfect gift at Ampersand. Brides and Grooms who have registered through our Wedding Registry have found today’s most desired brands, almost all exclusively at Ampersand throughout the Minneapolis scene.

Ampersand has evolved into the store it is today through expertise in customer needs and desires. We are proud to bring you the newest addition to Ampersand Shops, an online shop!


“If you like one thing at Ampersand, you like it all!”
-Barbara Armajani, Owner and President

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