Sally’s Nuts to vacate former Shelton’s space to develop wholesale business enterprise
It may possibly be a mixed bag — with excellent news and poor news — for Highland Park, but Kari Guhl mentioned it is the proper news for Sally’s Nuts.
The mother-daughter business enterprise is moving across town and out of the retail business enterprise, at least for now. Sally’s Nuts plans to leave 481 Roger Williams Ave. in the Ravinia business enterprise district by mid April and settle into a industrial place at 1480 Old Deerfield Road, mentioned Guhl, who co-owns Sally’s Nuts with her mother Sally Schoch, of Wilmette.
“It’s bittersweet for certain,” Guhl mentioned. “It was a clear selection but that didn’t make it any less complicated. Speaking from it emotionally, we all sit right here sniffling a bit (mainly because) we’re not going to see our regulars. It is the proper issue to do but man have we created roots right here.”
Guhl and Schoch brought Sally’s Nuts to a Highland Park storefront in 2021 immediately after spending 4 years as an on the net organization.
The Highland Park shop opened in 2021 and sold Sally’s Nuts and a quantity of other snacks and treats.
Throughout the pandemic, Guhl wanted to get Sally’s Nuts out of a shared industrial kitchen, and they located an offered storefront at 481 Williams Ave., the former house 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 extra — to generations of neighborhood diners, from latchkey little ones to parents hunting for easy dinner out. It was even the setting for a scene from the 1983 film “Risky Business enterprise.”
Prior to Sally’s Nuts, the space was occupied by coffee shop and wine bar Hub and Spoke Provisions. It will quickly require a new tenant, and Guhl, who sold Sally’s Nuts goods as effectively as sandwiches and extra from the space, hopes to aid uncover one particular.
“We will do as a great deal as we can possibly do,” Guhl mentioned, adding the region desires 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 business enterprise will return to its “true purpose” of wholesale, partnering with grocers and other retailers to sell Sally’s Nuts.
Guhl mentioned that side of the business enterprise has continued to develop, and she desires extra space to accommodate existing and future development. At the moment, Guhl acts as the distributor, driving orders to retailers across the region.
Schoch, who is going on 89 years old, continues to operate numerous days per week, and Guhl mentioned the transform is not only the proper move for the organization but also for her mother, whose motto has grow to be “just maintain moving.”
“Realistically and emotionally, I couldn’t in excellent faith sign an additional (lengthy-term) lease figuring out in 5 years she would be 94,” Guhl mentioned. “The business enterprise itself is going to continue to develop in the way she genuinely wanted: to see her goods on extra grocery-shop shelves.
“Having her have someplace to go and one thing to do has genuinely helped her keep with it and maintain active.”
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