David Mangelsen first began working at Mangelsen’s (started by his grandparents) when he was seven years old, pricing what seemed to be endless boxes of candy (and taste testing a few, of course).  Over the years, he spent his summers helping in the departments with product pricing and enjoyed growing up in the business as a third generation Mangelsen.  Mangelsen’s is now operated by the second generation (David’s dad) and the third generation (David and his sister Marla and brother Matt).  Mangelsen’s, started in 1961 by Harold and Berniece Mangelsen, is a 38,000 square foot variety store that houses crafts, fabrics, framing, floral, candles, art supplies, Christmas traditions, gourmet foods, party goods, a year round masquerade shop and The Farmhouse Café, a full-service restaurant and bakery.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve face professionally? – Filling the shoes of my grandfather and father, David.

What has been your most important achievement professionally? – Continuing and adding to what my grandparents saw in their dream in 1961.  Over the years I have grown into the business, from pricing candy to graduating from Wayne State College with a degree in marketing to now being one of the current owners.

Tell us a little about your family. – I work with my dad, sister and brother.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – On days off, I enjoy hunting, fishing and camping.  I love spending time at my cabin along the Platte River with my yellow lab Chip.

What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?  – I am a certified scuba diver.

What are you most proud of? – The ability my family has to work so close together on a day to day basis without any problems or conflicts with one another. The four of us are a team!

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – Always keep a smile on your face, it makes people wonder what you are thinking.

What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish? – To continue on the Mangelsen’s legacy with being the Midwest’s largest independently owned store of its kind.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? – I would probably like to fly.  Growing up I was a Superman fan.

What are you plans for retirement? – I haven’t thought much about retirement.  Owning your own business means lots of hard work and dedication.  I will never retire…I love what I do!

What is your favorite movie?  – I enjoy comedy and adventure movies.

What is your favorite TV show? – I enjoy watching the History channel…there is always something to learn.

What is your favorite local restaurant? – There are several local restaurants I enjoy dinning at.  Here are a few:  La Casa Pizza,  Upstream, M’s Pub and of course The Farmhouse Café.

If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Tom Hanks

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? – Please feel free to contact me at davida@mangelsens.com or call me at the store (402) 391-6225.