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Sally’s Nuts to vacate former Shelton’s space to develop wholesale organization


Mar 17, 2023

It might be a mixed bag — with great news and terrible news — for Highland Park, but Kari Guhl mentioned it is the correct 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, 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 (for the reason that) we’re not going to see our regulars. It is the correct factor to do but man have we created roots right here.”

Guhl and Schoch brought Sally’s Nuts to a Highland Park storefront in 2021 soon after 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 identified an out there storefront at 481 Williams Ave., the former property 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 nearby diners, from latchkey little ones to parents hunting for very simple 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 want a new tenant, and Guhl, who sold Sally’s Nuts solutions as properly as sandwiches and far more from the space, hopes to assistance come across a single.

“We will do as substantially as we can possibly do,” Guhl mentioned, adding the region requires a sandwich shop. “We really feel obligated. Also, Shelton’s has such excellent lore to it. Everyone in the neighborhood has a story about Shelton’s. … It was a super iconic location.”

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 mentioned that side of the organization has continued to develop, and she requires far more space to accommodate existing and future development. Presently, Guhl acts as the distributor, driving orders to shops across the region.

Schoch, who is going on 89 years old, continues to perform several days per week, and Guhl mentioned the adjust is not only the correct move for the firm but also for her mother, whose motto has grow to be “just maintain moving.”

“Realistically and emotionally, I couldn’t in great faith sign one more (extended-term) lease recognizing in 5 years she would be 94,” Guhl mentioned. “The organization itself is going to continue to develop in the way she seriously wanted: to see her solutions on far more grocery-retailer shelves.

“Having her have someplace to go and a thing to do has seriously helped her remain with it and maintain active.”

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