Kowalski’s Nabs National Retailer Award

How does a small business stay competitive? Sometimes by helping other small businesses. Kowalski’s, named national Outstanding Independent Community-Based Retailer of the Year by Progressive Grocer magazine, credits the honor in part to product selection that emphasizes local products, like Gramps and Sammy’s Pesto, which got its start at the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market. “We’re small enough to introduce many local new products and trends to our consumer base, while helping local entrepreneurs bring their products to market,” cofounder Mary Ann Kowalski tellsProgressive Grocer.