Aviation Collectables Retailer Forges Unique Niche
Downtown St. Paul-Based DGPilot Has Plenty To Offer
January 1, 2022
Donnie Gardner is expanding the world of aviation retail one market niche at a time. He credits his dad for providing the creative spark behind DGPilot Aviation Collectibles & More, located in downtown St. Paul. "My dad is a huge aviation enthusiast, and I didn't realize
this until a few years back," Gardner explained. "I was visiting with him in Kansas City where I grew up and he pulled out his personal collection of diecast aircraft. He must have shown me 100 to 200 aircraft."
Gardner hadn't collected a model airplane in years, except for the aircraft he had personally flown. He's b...