Local entrepreneur, Barbara Armajani, opened Minnesota’s premier store for tabletop, and tabletop accessory in 1995. Barbara's vision for Ampersand Shops is to create a collection of branded shops giving our customer a convenient way to shop the widest selection of premiere designers in the tabletop market.  Get lost in our beautiful assortment in our Edina, MN store or online!  We are proud to offer something beautiful for your everyday by offering all of the brands we know our customers love.

“If you like one thing at Ampersand, you like it all.” – Barbara Armajani 

 


Our Staff

Jan Harrison
Kathy Martin
Susan Thatcher
Claudia Olson
Rosie Gellman
Angie Arends
Carly Winslow
Sarah Eckert
Jason Winslow
Bella Marple

Jan Harrison

Director of Presentation ~

Jan has been a part of our Ampersand Shops team for four years now, working endlessly to keep our beautiful store looking refreshing and updated with each visit! She has a passion for creating new stories with all different brands, giving our customers multiple opportunities to see products in difference settings. She especially loves Caspari, our paper goods department. All the colors & patterns help her create a new painting every time we receive new merchandise.

If you were invited to a famous person's dinner party, who would you attend?
Tom Barnard, from the KQRS morning show- he is so intelligent, knows many people, and treats everyone equal. I would learn so much from him!

What is your staple item when you entertain?
A round or oval platter, it can hold a variety of things, such as cheese and veggies or use it for your main dish.

Any tips for a couple when they are registering?
Don’t be afraid to register for something extra special, it can give your family an opportunity to all chip in and feel confident that you will appreciate for a long time to come.

Kathy Martin

Brand Specialist Fine Tableware & Flatware ~

Kathy has become a staple to Ampersand Shops, being an asset to our team for 16 years. She loves to help clients determine their needs and be able to help inspire and complete their homes. Kathy is well-rounded in our larger departments at Ampersand Shops, including flatware, décor, and dinnerware. If you would like to contact Kathy Martin for Ampersand Shop inquiries: Kathy.ampersand@gmail.com

If you were invited to a famous person's dinner party, who would you attend?
Jackie Kennedy, for her sense of style and grace.

What is your staple item when you entertain?
One of my favorite dishes to entertain with is a nice cheese and fruit platter.

Any tips for a couple when they are registering?
Brides should be reviewing magazines, websites, etc. to find categories and styles they would like their home to reflect.

Susan Thatcher

Sales Associate ~

Susan has been inspiring our customer’s homes for 15 years, and has become a major part of our Ampersand team. She lives to find the best item for her customer and making everyone happy with their home. She enjoys Simon Pearce, a beautiful glass brand Ampersand has had since day one of opening.

What is your staple item when you entertain?
I love the versatility of serving platters and trays.

Any tips for a couple when they are registering?
Having a flexible price range in your registry is great to have in mind, especially if your guests would like to go in on a group gift. Or on the other side of the spectrum, having plenty of smaller gifts for wedding showers.

Claudia Olson

Sales Associate ~

Claudia has spent 3 ½ years at Ampersand Shops, quickly becoming an expert on all our favorite things. She has a passion helping her clients find special items that are not easy to come by. Her favorites include Mariposa and Apothecary items, such as Diptyque & Nest candles.

If you were invited to a famous person's dinner party, who would you attend?
I would attend Princess Diana’s dinner part, she radiated charm, a good time & sincerity.

What is your staple item when you entertain?
My favorite item to serve to a classic cheese and cracker tray, you can’t go wrong!

Any tips for a couple when they are registering?
Make sure you mix up dinnerware and add pieces to accent. Also, an important question to ask is what items are and are NOT dishwasher safe!

Rosie Gellman

Sales Associate ~

Rosie has recently joined our Ampersand Team, and has easily become a customer favorite! She loves to be surrounded by beautiful things that can make any home even prettier. She has a knack for putting together unique place settings together, playing with our Table Linens department. If you would like to contact Rosie Gellman for Ampersand Shop inquiries: rrg420@aol.com

If you were invited to a famous person's dinner party, who would you attend?
I would love to meet Ina Garten from Barefoot Contessa. She is so relaxed at entertaining, a great cook and sets a gorgeous table!

What is your staple item when you entertain?
I love using beautiful serving pieces, mixing my new and “old”. My mother and mother-in-law would be happy to see I’m still using their pieces!

Any tips for a couple when they are registering?
Think of the whole picture. Include dishes, glasses, placemats, napkins, anything to enhance your table. Register for a lot, your guests like to have choices!

Angie Arends

eCommerce & Accounts Payable Manager ~

Angie has been a part of the Ampersand Shops team for five years, managing both AmpersandShops.com & our Accounts Payable department. She has a passion for keeping our website fresh and continually updated as well as making sure Ampersand Shops is operating on all cylinders. She loves to work in our beautiful dinnerware department, especially Juliska for their versatile designs and easy everyday use. If you would like to contact Angie Arends for Ampersand Shop inquiries: angiearends@ampersandshops.com

If you were invited to a famous person's dinner party, who would you attend?
I would love to attend Elton John’s dinner party. His unique sense of style and fun music would keep me entertained all night!

What is your staple item when you entertain?
A great full-bodied wine glass, preferably with red wine poured and ready for your guests.

Any tips for a couple when they are registering?
I encourage mix and matching between all different brands, that way you will have a unique collection that speaks only to you!

Carly Winslow

CFO & Vice President ~

Carly has been part of Ampersand for almost 10 years, being an asset in all departments. She loves how her career gives her ample opportunities to have the perfect balance between creativity and business. Carly gravitates most to our Wedding Registry Department, having it custom-designed to tailor our every bride’s needs. If you would like to contact Carly Winslow for Ampersand Shop inquiries: cwinslow@ampersandshops.com

If you were invited to a famous person's dinner party, who would you attend?
The Editorial Staff of Rolling Stone…in my next life I am going to be a music critic!

What is your staple item when you entertain?
My Juliska Pewter Triple Server, it’s perfect for appetizers or the bar. I always receive a compliment when using it!

Any tips for a couple when they are registering?
You will only have one time like this in your life, and people want to treat you. Registry for what you want and most importantly make it fun!

Sarah Eckert

Wedding Registry Coordinator ~

Sarah has recently joined Ampersand Shops, coordinating with registrants to make their wedding day even more special with our Wedding Registry. She loves to help couples find their aesthetic, creating their everyday into something beautiful. One of her favorite dinnerware lines is Juliska for their versatile and timeless design. If you would like to contact Sarah Eckert for Ampersand Shop inquiries: seckert@ampersandshops.com

If you were invited to a famous person's dinner party, who would you attend?
I would love to meet Ellen Degeneres, she would be fun to talk with- a goofy & good person!

What is your staple item when you entertain?
The Berry and Thread Cheese Board is my staple, I always have fun creating a unique assortment of cheeses and fruit.

Any tips for a couple when they are registering?
Be in tune with your personal style & stick to it! It’s your wedding, you’re registering for.

Jason Winslow

Operations Manager ~

Jason has been part of the Ampersand Shops Shipping & Receiving Department for two years now, and a great asset in making sure that Ampersand Shops is a smooth operating machine. He enjoys being a part of providing something beautiful for your everyday, as well as being able to work alongside his wife. He has most experience in our barware department, favoring the rustic style of Vagabond House & Simon Pearce. If you would like to contact Jason Winslow for Ampersand Shop inquiries: jwinslow@ampersandshops.com

If you were invited to a famous person's dinner party, who would you attend?
Neil de Grasse Tyson, I find his intelligence and energy inspiring.

What is your staple item when you entertain?
When I entertain I find my vinyl records and turntables to be the best addition.

Any tips for a couple when they are registering?
Keep it simple!

Bella Marple

eCommerce Assistant ~

Bella has been with Ampersand for two years, gradually working as a seasonal sales associate to now a detail-oriented e-Commerce assistant. She loves to make AmpersandShops.com look its best! Bella gravitates to all of our Match Pewter in our store, the classic and timeless Convivio Plate is her favorite.

If you were invited to a famous person's dinner party, who would you attend?
Molly Ringwald, she stars in some of my favorite movies!

What is your staple item when you entertain?
A nice cheese platter! You can be creative and have plenty of options for your guests.

Any tips for a couple when they are registering?
Keep it simple & chic.


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Minnesota

Plush Pumpkins

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Mexico

Mariposa

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Portugal

Juliska

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Czech Republic

Moser

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