The city’s North Side, whose residents – just two short years ago – had been complaining about the lack of nut-sellers, now has all the nuts it needs thanks to the opening of the new Nut Hut, which will be sandwiched betweenNuts ‘R’ Us and Not For Nut’n. It has has many residents now referring to the street as “Nut Street,” says Not For Nut’n owner, Douglas Hahnmanson.
“I like to say that this street is completely nuts,” said Hahnmanson. “You’d be nuts to go anywhere else, and not for nut’n, but there are no nuts on this street….NUT!”
Tiresome nut puns not withstanding, the nut needs of the neighborhood have been more than met by these nut-tailers, as they’re calling themselves. But are the nut-pushers worried about this odd nut-cluster as it pertains to actual nut-needs within the neighborhood?
“We like to think of ourselves as that rare, three-chambered peanut,” said Phillip Wahl, owner of Nut Hut. “Let’s say Doug needs a pecan. Well, I got some pecans. And let’s say Louise (Kellog, owner of Nuts ‘R’ Us), needs some walnuts. Well, if I don’t got ‘em, then Doug probably will. I’m not saying he has a better variety of nuts than me, I’m just saying that as a for instance. My point is, we all help each other out. We’re like the three musketeers, but with nuts in the nougat,” said Wahl.
Asked if any of the store owners had safety concerns, given the number of children in the neighborhood, Hahnmanson recommended cutting nuts in half to prevent choking, while Wahl suggested children wear safety goggles to keep any nut shards or nut dust out of little eyes.
The nut stores plan on Friday evening nut–tastings in an attempt to introduce the neighborhood to their vast assortment of non-native nuts and accessories.