I’m a bit heartbroken. After walking into The Peanut Shoppe, at 46 N. High Street, getting the scoop on its 70-year-plus history, and taking numerous pictures of the the vintage Planters and Mr. Peanut memorabilia collection within…I accidentally deleted almost every image on my memory card! Oh well—more reason for YOU to visit the place for yourself. The shop owner, Pat, pointed out a 1940’s-era Mr. Peanut costume sitting on the counter in a way-back corner—which her husband wore when he started working at The Peanut Shoppe back in the early 70’s. (Eventually, the two bought the business and have run it together since.) I had an interesting conversation with Pat about how store traffic has changed since the year 2000—people just don’t walk far for lunch anymore, and since direct deposit has become the norm, they certainly aren’t walking to the bank on Fridays to cash that paycheck and pick up a snack while at it. The Peanut Shoppe is truly an old-style business, where not much appears to have changed for decades; but it’s also the only nut roaster in the U.S. still operating with its original neon Planter’s sign above the storefront. I’d like to add that the fresh, roasted-in-house nuts are GOOD. Visit The Peanut Shoppe Columbus on Facebook for special hours and give this long-standing landmark a little love this February.
Now excuse me while I eat deez nuts and read a magazine. I got a heart-shaped container filled with freshly roasted cashews for myself. <3