The snow is here, and the holidays are getting closer. So what will be buying your loved ones this year. Well, why not keep it local?
It's a phrase that we hear all the time "shop local", and this holiday season a group of woodworkers in Randolph County are asking you to consider buying something that will give back to the people that live and work right here in the Mountain State.
"I make primarily Christmas ornaments, plaques, magnets," says Kent Armentrout.
"I make plaques that have photographs. I started out making cremation urns for pets, and then it turned in for people," says Mike Pizzino.
They all have their own story, but what they share is a workspace at the Wood Technology Center in Randolph County.
"A group of 30 individuals call the Wood Technology Center their home as far as their woodworking hobbies, and also many people run businesses out of the wood tech," says Randolph County Development Authority Director Robbie Morris.
The tech center is housed alongside the Randolph County Development Authority, and woodworkers say what's great about the facility is all the available resources.
"Here for a small price for a membership, you can join and have all the tools, heat and light," says Willett.
We're always hearing the phrase shop local, and the products made here are as local as they get.
"Most of these guys are all from Randolph County. They're buying products here in Randolph County. They're selling products all over the United States, and it's just a great thing to have here in Randolph County," says Morris.
So as you get ready to do your holiday shopping, why not invest in the Mountain State and keep your gifting local.
"When people by the things that we make it's more of an investment and an appreciation for the product. They're not just buying a piece, a bowl or whatever. They're buying something because they enjoy it," says Stuart Strong.
To find out where you can purchase the different products you can call the Wood Technology Center at (304) 637-7500.
Courtesy of WDTV.