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GILBERT - In business for more than 90 years, people at Koshar's Sausage Kitchen in Gilbert know the importance of local customers.
"It's been passed down from generate to generation," Adam Ferkul said. "It just keeps on going and getting bigger."
The holiday season is a busy time for the market, as they send some of their hottest items across the world.
"We ship that all over to California, Florida, Texas, I shipped some stuff out to Alaska," Ferkul said. "I've shipped some pepperoni and salami over to Iraq for a couple troops."
The holiday season also keeps Sandra Gahn busy assembling pieces of jewelry in her Eveleth home.
"I just started doing art fairs locally and I got a good response from people," Gahn said.
Both businesses are featured on the IRRRB's MadeOnTheRange.com, a website that has been promoting local businesses for a year.
"We always want to promote our local businesses," IRRRB Commissioner Tony Sertich said. "Keeping money local in our economy; it's good for jobs and you can get some really unique gifts out there that are Minnesota–made and Iron Range–made."
Sertich said that for every dollar spent on an item at a locally-owned business, 68 cents stays in the local economy.
It is something to consider during the holiday season: keeping money local and getting something completely original.
"You're getting something different and unique and more personal than if you go to a department store," Gahn said.
Whether it's an item new and funky, or something old and traditional, the best gift may be just around the corner.