Department 56

Some twenty-five years ago, Department 56 began as part of Bachman's, a premiere retail florist in Minneapolis. Bachman's used a numbering system to identify each of its departments. The number assigned to wholesale gift imports division was, you guessed it, 56. Now headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Department 56 has become a leader in the giftware, collectibles and holiday decorating industry and is best known for their hand-crafted lighted villages, Snowbabies figurines, Possible Dreams clothtique Santa figurines and extensive lines of holiday and home decorative products.