About Us

 

Being a locally-owned, family run store is a source of pride at Mangelsen’s.  David Mangelsen and his three children, Marla, David A. & Matt, work together with some amazing team members every day to provide an unforgettable shopping experience.

Mangelsen’s offers the community a family oriented place to shop for fun and sometimes, unusual items. Discover something new in our many departments including Crafts, Art Supplies, Home Decor, Candles, A Year Round Christmas Shop, Giftware, Wedding, Fabrics, Gourmet Foods, The Prop Room (Halloween), and Party Goods. We also offer custom services in our Floral, Framing and Party Goods departments.

For over 50 years, we have had the opportunity to provide a service to nurture bonding time within Omaha families. From hosting family events to selling crafting supplies – we thank you for letting us into your world! We look forward to serving you soon and while you’re here be sure to enjoy a bag of our famous popcorn!

P.S. We love to show off our new products – check out the great displays and sample projects next time you’re in the store. If you have a question – just ask – we’d love to help. We are passionate about our store and our customers.

Mangelsen’s History

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1961

New Ben Franklin Variety Store opens about Mangelsen's
Store opens as a Ben Franklin in Westgate Plaza by Harold and Berenice Mangelsen along with their four sons Bill, Thomas, David and Hal.

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1964

Papio Creek floods the store. Determination and dedication by the Mangelsen family and their employees keeps the store open. 

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1971

HW Mangelsen and sons, inc logo about Mangelsen's Store changes name to HW Mangelsen & Sons
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1973

The awful tunnel with cars about mangelsen's

Public hearing on removal of “That Awful Tunnel”. Mangelsen’s adopts the slogan “Mangelsen’s Unique”

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1974

HW Mangelsen and sons, inc. shopping bag about Mangelsen's

Harold Mangelsen creates the advertising campaign “Just North Of That Awful Tunnel” to become part of Omaha history.

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1978

Thomas D. Mangelsen opens the first of many Mangelsen®—Images of Nature Galleries

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1977

Children in line at the first witches tea about Mangelsen's

Mangelsen’s 1st annual Witches Tea is held in the parking lot.

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1977

the awful tunnel detour about Mangelsen's

“Just North Of The Delightful Detour” campaign is born.

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1976

Harold going through the awful tunnel about Mangelsen's

Harold Mangelsen is the last person to drive through the “That Awful Tunnel” on 84th Street before it’s torn down.

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1976

Mangelsen’s celebrates the Bi-Centennial of The United States

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1979

Mangelsen’s “Closet” opens with the selection of Halloween supplies, novelty items and practical jokes.

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1985

Mangelsen's Makins logo about Mangelsen's

Christmas Traditions year round Christmas room opens at the “Makin’s” store, Mangelsen’s second location.

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1986

Mangelsen’s celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

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1986

The Halloween Store

Mangelsen’s “Closet” becomes “The Prop Room”

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1991

Mangelsen's store front about Mangelsen's

Mangelsen’s expands to it’s current size of 37,000 square feet filled to the brim with fun merchandise.

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2011

Mangelsen’s celebrates the 50th Anniversary with a  free concert and family fun day including a free Barbeque feast. 

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2005

Mangelsen’s holds its 1st annual Big Art Event for current and budding artists. 

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1998

Th Farm House Cafe about Mangelsen's

The FarmHouse Cafe & Bakery opens next door to Mangelsen’s.

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1995

Fun Club rewards logo about Mangelsen's

Mangelsen’s Fun Club program is born. Making it among one of the first rewards programs in the Omaha area. 

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1993

David takes sole ownership of the store and the name changes to David M. Mangelsen’s.

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2014

Mangelsen's family photo about Mangelsen's

David’s three children, Marla, David A. and Matt continue Mangelsen’s legacy by taking on the day to day leadership of the store. David M meanwhile enjoys coming in and “playing store”. 

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2014

about manghoulsen's logo

The first Manghoulsen’s Halloween store opens on 72nd and Dodge street during the month of October.

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2015

Mangelsen’s celebrates the Fun Club Rewards Program 20th Anniversary. The program is updated to be more streamlined and user friendly in the modern age. .

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2016

Mangelsen’s celebrates it’s 55th anniversary.

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2017

The 40th annual Witches Tea is held in the parking lot for hundreds of children and families.

Mangelsen’s History

\

1961

New Ben Franklin Variety Store opens about Mangelsen's
Store opens as a Ben Franklin in Westgate Plaza by Harold and Berenice Mangelsen along with their four sons Bill, Thomas, David and Hal.

\

1964

Papio Creek floods the store. Determination and dedication by the Mangelsen family and their employees keeps the store open. 

\

1973

The awful tunnel with cars about mangelsen's

Public hearing on removal of “That Awful Tunnel”. Mangelsen’s adopts the slogan “Mangelsen’s Unique”

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1971

HW Mangelsen and sons, inc logo about Mangelsen's Store changes name to HW Mangelsen & Sons
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1974

HW Mangelsen and sons, inc. shopping bag about Mangelsen's

Harold Mangelsen creates the advertising campaign “Just North Of That Awful Tunnel” to become part of Omaha history.

\

1976

Harold going through the awful tunnel about Mangelsen's

Harold Mangelsen is the last person to drive through the “That Awful Tunnel” on 84th Street before it’s torn down.

\

1977

“Just North Of The Delightful Detour” campaign is born.

\

1976

Mangelsen’s celebrates the Bi-Centennial of The United States

\

1977

Mangelsen’s 1st annual Witches Tea is held in the parking lot.

\

1978

Thomas D. Mangelsen opens the first of many Mangelsen®—Images of Nature Galleries

\

1985

Christmas Traditions year round Christmas room opens at the “Makin’s” store, Mangelsen’s second location.

\

1979

Mangelsen’s “Closet” opens with the selection of Halloween supplies, novelty items and practical jokes.

\

1986

Mangelsen’s “Closet” becomes “The Prop Room”

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1986

Mangelsen’s celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

\

1993

David takes sole ownership of the store and the name changes to David M. Mangelsen’s.

\

1991

Mangelsen’s expands to it’s current size of 37,000 square feet filled to the brim with fun merchandise.

\

1995

Mangelsen’s Fun Club program is born. Making it among one of the first rewards programs in the Omaha area. 

\

1998

The FarmHouse Cafe & Bakery opens next door to Mangelsen’s.

\

2011

Mangelsen’s celebrates the 50th Anniversary with a  free concert and family fun day including a free Barbeque feast. 

\

2005

Mangelsen’s holds its 1st annual Big Art Event for current and budding artists. 

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2014

The first Manghoulsen’s Halloween store opens on 72nd and Dodge street during the month of October.

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2014

David’s three children, Marla, David A. and Matt continue Mangelsen’s legacy by taking on the day to day leadership of the store. David M meanwhile enjoys coming in and “playing store”. 

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2016

Mangelsen’s celebrates it’s 55th anniversary.

\

2015

Mangelsen’s celebrates the Fun Club Rewards Program 20th Anniversary. The program is updated to be more streamlined and user friendly in the modern age. .

\

2017

The 40th annual Witches Tea is held in the parking lot for hundreds of children and families.

Mangelsen’s History

\

1961

New Ben Franklin Variety Store opens about Mangelsen's
Store opens as a Ben Franklin in Westgate Plaza by Harold and Berenice Mangelsen along with their four sons Bill, Thomas, David and Hal.

\

1964

Papio Creek floods the store. Determination and dedication by the Mangelsen family and their employees keeps the store open. 

\

1971

HW Mangelsen and sons, inc logo about Mangelsen's Store changes name to HW Mangelsen & Sons
\

1973

The awful tunnel with cars about mangelsen's

Public hearing on removal of “That Awful Tunnel”. Mangelsen’s adopts the slogan “Mangelsen’s Unique”

\

1974

HW Mangelsen and sons, inc. shopping bag about Mangelsen's

Harold Mangelsen creates the advertising campaign “Just North Of That Awful Tunnel” to become part of Omaha history.

\

1976

Harold going through the awful tunnel about Mangelsen's

Harold Mangelsen is the last person to drive through the “That Awful Tunnel” on 84th Street before it’s torn down.

\

1976

Mangelsen’s celebrates the Bi-Centennial of The United States

\

1977

Mangelsen’s 1st annual Witches Tea is held in the parking lot.

\

1977

“Just North Of The Delightful Detour” campaign is born.

\

1978

Thomas D. Mangelsen opens the first of many Mangelsen®—Images of Nature Galleries

\

1979

Mangelsen’s “Closet” opens with the selection of Halloween supplies, novelty items and practical jokes.

\

1985

Christmas Traditions year round Christmas room opens at the “Makin’s” store, Mangelsen’s second location.

\

1986

Mangelsen’s celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

\

1986

Mangelsen’s “Closet” becomes “The Prop Room”

\

1991

Mangelsen’s expands to it’s current size of 37,000 square feet filled to the brim with fun merchandise.

\

1993

David takes sole ownership of the store and the name changes to David M. Mangelsen’s.

\

1995

Mangelsen’s Fun Club program is born. Making it among one of the first rewards programs in the Omaha area. 

\

1998

The FarmHouse Cafe & Bakery opens next door to Mangelsen’s.

\

2005

Mangelsen’s holds its 1st annual Big Art Event for current and budding artists. 

\

2011

Mangelsen’s celebrates the 50th Anniversary with a  free concert and family fun day including a free Barbeque feast. 

\

2014

David’s three children, Marla, David A. and Matt continue Mangelsen’s legacy by taking on the day to day leadership of the store. David M meanwhile enjoys coming in and “playing store”. 

\

2014

The first Manghoulsen’s Halloween store opens on 72nd and Dodge street during the month of October.

\

2015

Mangelsen’s celebrates the Fun Club Rewards Program 20th Anniversary. The program is updated to be more streamlined and user friendly in the modern age. .

\

2016

Mangelsen’s celebrates it’s 55th anniversary.

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2017

The 40th annual Witches Tea is held in the parking lot for hundreds of children and families.