At the corner of Chestnut and Main Street, Mara-Mi served as a landmark for downtown shoppers for years.

Going forward, this will not be the case. A “store closed” sign was posted to the door last Sunday, indicating the storefront will no longer be open for business.

Parent company Gartner Studios has multiple offices and locations, but their corporate office was founded and has been located in Stillwater since 1998. They have operated out of two locations – both their corporate office on Myrtle Street and the building on Main Street which housed both corporate employees and a retail storefront.

“Based on the growing needs and strategy for Gartner Studios, our corporate office of 60-plus team members will come together operating out of our 201 Main Street location with the closure of the retail store,” the company said in a statement.

Consolidating to one corporate location will be convenient for employees from product development to information technology. Gartner Studios also expects the influx of commuters from surrounding areas will benefit the local economy.

“The majority of our employees commute from all over the Twin Cities metro area and Wisconsin, bringing commerce to Stillwater restaurants, local Co-op and retail,” the company said in a statement.

Although the physical storefront is closing, Mara-Mi brand products including stationery, journals and accessories can still be purchased online, as well as in Target stores.

“We have several brands across our consumer goods products some of which include Gartner Studios, MaraMi, russell+hazel and Style Me Pretty. Consumers can continue to enjoy our Mara-Mi brand of stationery, journals and accessories products which can be found at Target stores and gartnerstudios.com,” said the company in a statement.

“Several of our other brands and products are located across national retailers such as TJMaxx, Homegoods, Walmart, Container Store, William Sonoma, Staples, Indigo and many others. We also continue to operate our russell+hazel flagship store, an eclectic retail experience comprised of our brands and others located at 219 N 2nd Street, Northloop Minneapolis,” said the company.

Contact Jaimee Hood at jaimee.hood@ecm-inc.com

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