It may well be a mixed bag – of superior news and terrible news – for Highland Park, but Kari Gul mentioned it really is actual news for Sally’s Nuts.
The mother-daughter business enterprise is moving across town and out of retail, at least for now. Sally’s Nuts plans to leave 481 Roger Williams Ave. in the Ravinia Company District by mid-April and settle in a industrial place at 1480 Old Deerfield St., mentioned Gul, who co-owns Sally’s Nuts with her mother, Sally Schoch, of Wilmette.
“It is bittersweet for certain,” Guhl mentioned. “It was a clear choice, but it did not make it any much easier.” Speaking of emotional, we’re all sitting right here sniffling a small bit (due to the fact) we’re not going to see our regulars. It is the suitable issue to do, but man, we place down roots right here.”
Gul and Schoch brought Sally’s Nuts to a Highland Park storefront in 2021 just after spending 4 years as an on line firm.
The Highland Park shop opened in 2021 and sold Sally’s Nuts and a wide variety of other snacks and treats.
Through the pandemic, Gul wanted to get Sally’s Nuts out of a shared industrial kitchen, and they identified a vacant storefront at 481 Williams Ave., the former residence of Shelton’s Ravinia Grill, a Highland Park institution from the 1940s to the 1990s.
Shelton has served diner classics — burgers, hot dogs, pot roast and extra — to generations of nearby diners, from little ones with keys to parents seeking for a very simple dinner out. It was even a scene for a scene from the 1983 film Risky Company.
Ahead of Sally’s Nuts, the space was occupied by Hub and Spoke Provisions coffee shop and wine bar. It will quickly have to have a new tenant, and Gul, who has been promoting Sally’s Nuts solutions as properly as sandwiches and extra from outer space, hopes to support obtain 1.
“We’re going to do as considerably as we can,” Gul mentioned, adding that the region requirements a sandwich shop. “We really feel obliged. Also, Shelton has such fantastic understanding about it. Every person in the neighborhood has a Shelton story. … It was a super iconic location.”
With Sally’s Nuts moving across town, the business enterprise will return to its “correct objective” 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 requirements extra space to accommodate present and future development. Presently, Guhl acts as a distributor, delivering orders to retailers all through the region.
Schoch, who is 89, continues to perform many days a week, and Gul mentioned the transform is not only the suitable move for the firm but also for her mother, whose motto has turn out to be “just hold moving.”
“Realistically and emotionally, I could not in superior faith sign yet another (lengthy-term) lease figuring out that in 5 years she would be 94,” Gul mentioned. “The business enterprise itself will continue to develop in the way she seriously wanted: to see her solutions on extra shop shelves.”
“Getting someplace to go and some thing to do seriously helped her stick with it and keep active.”
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