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Pleasant Surprises

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San Diego, ca

"Can a straight former Marine and gay bon vivant find happiness and success opening a gift basket company during the worst recession in 50 years?" That was the question facing Dan Nagel and Mark Faulkner when they started Pleasant Surprises. Five years and thousands of gifts later the answer is a resounding “Yes”! They exploited their differences and combined their individual experiences in art, design, marketing, and technology to build a company that provides high-quality, stylish products along with exceptional, personalized customer service. What a Pleasant Surprise!

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