GALERIE® is the brainchild of Richard Ross, a creative entrepreneur who has a passion for candy. His mission is to provide outstanding customer service while delivering fresh and innovative quality confectionery gifts to consumers. GALERIE® continues to be a design-driven enterprise, creating exciting, fun, and fashionable gifts that surprise and delight people of all ages. He opened his first store in 1980 at the Cincinnati Union Terminal, followed by a larger store in the Cincinnati Westin hotel in downtown Cincinnati. In 1989, Rick made the leap from retail to wholesale – and GALERIE® was founded, taking the company’s product offering from a small number of candy items to thousands of products, most of which combine candy and gifts. GALERIE® is best-known for creating original, on-trend keepsake gifts such as plush characters, ceramics, candy-filled tins, and interactive toys and collectors’ items, dreamt up in-house by an innovative and creative staff designing products from initial concept through to packaging. GALERIE® is now headquartered in a 270,000 square-foot corporate office near the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, having relocated in 2002, housing the design department, production area, distribution center, and retail outlet store. GALERIE® is a category leader in the candy/novelty gift industry – designing, assembling, selling and distributing over 1,500 confectionery gift products each year, including premium private-label products for top retailers. Products include a year-round candy line, as well as seasonal items for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas. GALERIE® also holds the license to produce products for the popular Hershey’s, Peanuts, Disney and Star Wars franchises.