About Us

GC Buying Group has been dedicated to the success of the independent retailer since 1981. We are the leading and original Buying Group in the housewares industry. We currently have over 350 store locations across the nation. Our mission is to keep the independent retailer independent, while providing solutions for competition and alleviating big box advantages. Our goal is your success.

Gourmet Catalog negotiates merchandise discounts with over 150 vendors, and freight allowances and special dating for members. Multiple Member Meetings are held each year with an exclusive member trade show in January. Store networking opportunities and the Members-Only website allow members to stay ahead of their competition.

Janis Johnson

Founder & President

Janis Johnson has a natural instinct to challenge and reinvent norms, propelling GC programs to new heights and driving her team to attain individual success within the Group.

Maryann Samsa

Buying Group Director

With years of retail experience, Maryann’s firsthand knowledge helps her act as a liaison among the Store Members, Vendor Members and the Group.

Stephanie Rogers

Operations & Technology Director

Stephanie has gained firsthand knowledge of the many layers of technology, specifically online marketplace shopping, and guides Store and Vendor Members through all processes of

Jill Robinson

Team Coordinator

Jill has past experience working with both stores and vendors, bringing an added level of knowledge to the GC Group. At ease interacting with buyers on merchandising, assortment planning, and category evaluation, Jill also assists vendors with data entry for dedicated webpages – making her the ideal go-to for team support.

Larae Salcedo

Graphic Designer

With a background in design, Larae creates all GC eBlasts and marketing pieces for the company. She also keeps an eye on the GC Social Media platforms.

Elyssa Barnett


Manages and reports GC's financial data.

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