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Christian Book & Gift Shop

815 N Broadway
Rochester, MN 55906
Phone: 507-289-2590
Toll Free: 800-937-1520

Store Closing - Press Release

We will be closing our doors on December 31 of this year, after 57 years of serving the community.

Owner and manager Karen (Mulholland) McKenzie and co-manager Judy Mulholland say, “We would like to thank the many loyal customers we have enjoyed knowing over the years. We’d also like to express our deep sense of grief over no longer being able to provide this service to our customers and our community that chose to shop in-store other than our competitors like the internet. Our prayer is that a young business person with a heart for this type of store will come to the area and open a great shop that will meet the changing needs in the current buying culture.”

The Christian Book & Gift Shop has been owned by the Mulholland family since 1957. The 7,500-square-foot store is one of the largest of its kind in the region, and sells books, Bibles, music, DVDs, apparel, cards and lifestyle gifts as well as church supplies. Earlier this year, the 800 N. Broadway block that the store occupies was sold to the neighboring Samaritan Bethany nursing home. The Mulholland family approached several Christian retailer chains looking for a buyer for the store, but was unable to find one. So we will be hosting a closing sale through the end of the year.

Our store has a staff of 11 dedicated employees, many of whom have been with the bookstore through several building expansions and countless story times, summer tent sales, and events with local and national Christian authors.


In 1957 Dennis and Elaine Mulholland bought the Home Book Shop from Harry Boyer and opened Christian Book & Gift Shop (CB&G). They operated the store for years out of the family’s home on North Broadway, continuing to live next door after the store expanded and a conventional retail space was built at 815 N Broadway. Elaine managed the store, raising their four children at the same time, while Dennis worked at a wholesale bakery. Eventually, the business grew enough for Dennis to quit his job and be in the store full-time.

CB&G has gone through several expansions throughout the years, and most recently, a renovation due to roof damage. The store has been managed by several members of the family, including Kelvin Mulholland, Judy Mulholland, and Karen McKenzie, who took on ownership of the store after Dennis Mulholland passed away in 2008 and Elaine Mulholland passed away in 2013.

Glenn Miller Laser
Looking for a wonderful custom gift?
Meet Glenn Miller, a local engraver, who is passionate in his works.
And, he is happy to meet your custom engraving needs.

He is able to make Custom Laser Engraved:

  • Name Tags - including tag attachment options and with or without a frame
  • Pens & Post-it Note Holders - in Maple Wood or Rosewood
  • Wooden Key Chains and Wooden Nickels
  • Picture Frames for all Occasions - in Red Alder
  • Baby's First Block
  • Square Ceramic Mugs
  • Nameplates - with or without the wooden wedge
  • Music Boxes
  • And More

Visit his website at for a preview of his works and to print the order forms. Or, drop
in-store and we would be glad to show you our Glenn Miller section.

Store Hours: 
Monday-Friday: 9am-8pm
Saturday: 9am-6pm
Sundays: CLOSED

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