Previous Investments

Below is a list of Gart Companies previous investments. Please click on the title to reveal more information.

Bag N' Baggage


Colorado Bag’n Baggage and Magellan’s recently joined forces to form the nation’s leading specialty retailer of travel goods. Both companies have catered to the elite traveler for more than 30 years and, today, the combined company offers a wide variety of branded and exclusive travel related products. The company carries Tumi, Hartmann, Victorinox, Rimowa, Briggs & Riley, Vera Bradley, Antler, Magellan’s and many more top brands, with an unmatched selection and many exclusive products. With over 30 locations in 10 states, our sales staff offers years of travel experience, extensive product knowledge and the industry’s finest customer service. Whether you are looking for luggage, business cases, travel clothing, accessories or more, we’re prepared to meet your every need. Our mission is to make your travel more comfortable, safe and rewarding. In addition to all this, Colorado Bag’ n Baggage and Magellan’s guarantee the best prices in the industry. |

Running Specialty Group


In March of 2012, Finish Line (Nasdaq: FINL) and Gart Capital Partners (GCP) officially launched a strategic partnership and formed Running Specialty Group (RSG), a leading specialty running retail business with 19 stores. GCP will manage the day-to-day operations of the stores and an ecommerce business, will offer runners at all levels a best-of-breed digital experience that marries content, community and commerce. The mission for is to help customers LEARN, SHOP & RUN!

Running Specialty Group is one of the largest specialty running retailers in the country and offers the finest selection of footwear, apparel and accessories from top name brands. The experienced staff is always on hand to provide excellent service and support to runners of all levels. They will analyze your entire fitness regimen and be sure to provide you with the clearest, most subjective information to assist in your decision making process. Additionally, through regular group runs and hands on support at local events, the team is always active in each community served.

With over 10 years of experience in the specialty sports industry, Gart Capital Partners is determined to aggressively expand the business organically while simultaneously implementing a successful acquisition strategy. |

SSV - Specialty Sports Venture


The Gart name was synonymous with sport retailing – Specialty Sports Ventures is a unique concept in the ski and outdoor business.  A dominant specialty retailer in a narrow niche.   SSV is the largest ski and snowboard retailer and rental operator in the United States.  Specialty Sports Ventures owns more than 120 shops, generating over $100 million in annual sales with stores in every major ski resort in Colorado, as well as in Heavenly, Lake Tahoe and stores along Colorado’s Front Range.

Specialty Sports Ventures combines nationally recognized, large metropolitan Denver stores such as Colorado Ski &* Golf and Bicycle Village with premier resort locations.  Each shop employs staff that love and actively participate in the sports they sell, and who deliver a high level of service.  All transparent systems are centralized and buying is handled within each market to cater to local preferences.

Swoozies / Beau-coup

Swoozie’s is a specialty retailer with 8 stores in 7 states and is one of the most prominent chains in the gift and social paper industry. The company is a leading destination for products that celebrate life’s events and social occasions, from weddings and baby showers to birthdays and dinner parties. Superior customer service, convenience and product selection keep customers coming back to find the perfect hostess gift or simple thank-you note. Swoozie’s is known for its unique assortment of party goods, house wares, personalized gifts, invitations, stationery and accessories. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Atlanta, GA. Swoozie’s is run by Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Kelly Plank Dworkin.

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Beau-coup & Swoozie’s merger.

Swoozie’s has officially merged with Beau-coup , a California-based premium online retailer of party favors, supplies, decorations, and special occasion gifts.

The new combined company will maintain the brand names of Swoozie’s and Beau-coup, as well as retaining all staff. Thomas Cole, the CEO of Beau-coup since 2009, and Kelly Plank-Dworkin, co-founder and president of Swoozie’s since its launch in 1999, will serve as co-CEOs of the new combined company.

We really feel that Swoozie’s and Beau-coup are a natural fit for each other. Both companies have been successful in filling a retail niche for specialized products related to special occasions and entertaining.

The merger is projected to strengthen the reach and awareness of both brands. Beau-cup products will gain a wider audience and exposure with presence in Swoozie’s retail stores throughout the southeast and Denver while its online retail site benefits from the addition of Swoozie’s merchandise. At the same time, Swoozie’s will expand its online sales utilizing Beau-coup’s well-established e-commerce technology platform and capabilities.