At Gone Local, our community comes first. We wouldn't be here without our makers, small businesses, and incredible network of supporters.
It is our mission to promote Erie’s "shop local" movement by uniting its diverse artists, makers, and small businesses in one place.
ABOUT THE TEAM
As the second owners of this business, we're committed to making our hometown better. We took over this business during the March 2020 pandemic with the hopes of bringing Erieites together. Erie is experiencing a renaissance and a rebrand, and there's never been a more exciting time to live and work here.
As the reasons to shop local become increasingly more crucial, we're proud to utilize our platform to not only create visibility for local makers, but also to provide a convenient place for the community to support their neighborhood businesses.
Owner, Store Manager
As an Erie native and small business owner, Kristen Mueller Santiago has built her life around supporting the artists and entrepreneurs of the region. She’s spent the last eight years as co-owner of Santiago Knives with her husband, five years as President of Erie ClaySpace, and is currently on the board at the Erie Art Museum.
Kristen is also the founder and owner of Ivy + Atlas, a business consulting agency focused on helping small businesses, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs make improvements to their organizations.
Logistics Specialist, Idea Man
An 8-year small business owner and lifelong maker, David’s no stranger to the complexities and challenges that come from starting and growing a business from scratch. Through Santiago Knives, David has sold his work to high-end retailers, individuals with million-dollar collections, and purveyors of luxury goods. His talent and attention to detail have given him recognition as one of the top knife makers in the world, with accolades from the USN and the California Custom Knife Show/Friday Night Blade Affair.
Shipping Specialist, Good Doggo
A tiny gal with a ridiculous bark, her oversized ears ensure she never misses an order. We’re still working on her love/hate relationship with the mailman!