Kramarczukâ€™s has a long history in Minneapolis. A staple of Northeast, the family-owned sausage company got its start in the late-1940s and has become an iconic stop for those who live, work or visit here in the downtown area.
So iconic, in fact, that general manager Nick Kramarczuk said a lot of people visit the city just to stop by and see this well-known establishment.
With history and tradition mixed in with being a must-see destination, it only seems natural that Kramarczukâ€™s would team with Holidazzle to provide holiday season enjoyment for those coming to spend some time here in Minneapolis. Kramarczukâ€™s will be on-hand at Holidazzle selling their famous sausages in the heart of Loring Park. This yearâ€™s event will kick off Friday, November 27 and run Thursdays through Sundays through Sunday, December 20. Holidazzle is open Thursdays and Fridays from 5-9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
â€œThe Holidazzle tradition goes way back,â€ Kramarczuk said. â€œA lot of people have grown up coming to downtown Minneapolis to celebrate the holiday season. We are excited to be part of a new take on an old tradition.â€
As Minnesotans with European heritage, the Kramarczuks family can certainly appreciate the type of entertainment and activity that will be part of this yearâ€™s Holidazzle at Loring Park. Kramarczuk said he and his family embrace the idea of an outdoor holiday market destination, equipped with the sights, sounds and tastes of the season.
This yearâ€™s Holidazzle will have that feeling, but with a twist. It is a destination that will focus on locally-owned organizations coming together to help the community celebrate the holiday season. There will be prepared and packaged food, beverages and merchandise on site, but they will have a distinctly Minnesota and Midwestern feel. Holidazzle is as Minnesotan as a long winter, and the people who are part of this yearâ€™s festivities will be very well acquainted with what it means to be a Minnesotan.
Kramarczuk said he and his family put a huge importance on Minneapolis-based traditions given their long history as a staple of Northeast.
â€œWe are all about traditions here at Kramarczukâ€™s, whether it involves our cultural heritage, Minnesotan heritage or Minneapolis heritage,â€ Kramarczuk said.
Itâ€™s an important time for Kramarczukâ€™s. Like other retailers, the holiday season is an important time for them and for their business. What separates them, Kramarczuk said, is the importance they put on their relationships with the people who come through their doors.
The same can be said for their connection to Holidazzle.
â€œWe have customers who have been shopping here for six generation,â€ Kramarczuk said. â€œThey have become part of our family. When we see them during the holiday rush, we get a chance to catch up, and itâ€™s like a mini-reunion.â€
Thatâ€™s the type of family-run business and philosophy you can expect when you try your Kramarczuk’s sausage this holiday season.
â€œExpect a delicious traditional sausage made right across the river by local craftsmen using old-world techniques,â€ Kramarczuk said. â€œAnd it will be served with a smile.â€