It may well be a mixed bag — with excellent news and poor news — for Highland Park, but Kari Guhl stated it is the proper news for Sally’s Nuts.
The mother-daughter organization is moving across town and out of the retail organization, at least for now. Sally’s Nuts plans to leave 481 Roger Williams Ave. in the Ravinia organization district by mid April and settle into a industrial place at 1480 Old Deerfield Road, stated Guhl, who co-owns Sally’s Nuts with her mother Sally Schoch, of Wilmette.
“It’s bittersweet for confident,” Guhl stated. “It was a clear choice but that didn’t make it any much easier. Speaking from it emotionally, we all sit right here sniffling a bit (simply because) we’re not going to see our regulars. It is the proper issue to do but man have we produced roots right here.”
Guhl and Schoch brought Sally’s Nuts to a Highland Park storefront in 2021 following spending 4 years as an on the net firm.
The Highland Park shop opened in 2021 and sold Sally’s Nuts and a quantity of other snacks and treats.
In the course of the pandemic, Guhl wanted to get Sally’s Nuts out of a shared industrial kitchen, and they located an out there storefront at 481 Williams Ave., the former household of Shelton’s Ravinia Grill, a Highland Park institution from the 1940s till the 1990s.
Shelton’s served diner classics — burgers, hot dogs, pot roast and far more — to generations of neighborhood diners, from latchkey children to parents searching for very simple dinner out. It was even the setting for a scene from the 1983 film “Risky Enterprise.”
Prior to Sally’s Nuts, the space was occupied by coffee shop and wine bar Hub and Spoke Provisions. It will quickly want a new tenant, and Guhl, who sold Sally’s Nuts merchandise as effectively as sandwiches and far more from the space, hopes to assistance locate one particular.
“We will do as a great deal as we can possibly do,” Guhl stated, adding the location requirements a sandwich shop. “We really feel obligated. Also, Shelton’s has such wonderful lore to it. Everyone in the neighborhood has a story about Shelton’s. … It was a super iconic spot.”
With Sally’s Nuts move across town, the organization will return to its “true purpose” of wholesale, partnering with grocers and other retailers to sell Sally’s Nuts.
Guhl stated that side of the organization has continued to develop, and she requirements far more space to accommodate present and future development. Presently, Guhl acts as the distributor, driving orders to retailers across the location.
Schoch, who is going on 89 years old, continues to perform several days per week, and Guhl stated the modify is not only the proper move for the firm but also for her mother, whose motto has turn into “just hold moving.”
“Realistically and emotionally, I couldn’t in excellent faith sign one more (lengthy-term) lease figuring out in 5 years she would be 94,” Guhl stated. “The organization itself is going to continue to develop in the way she actually wanted: to see her merchandise on far more grocery-retailer shelves.
“Having her have someplace to go and some thing to do has actually helped her keep with it and hold active.”
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