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The Peanut Shop: 80 years of great smells

Monday, May 1, 2017  
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If you have ever been walking down South Washington Square in Lansing and smelled something cooking that you could not resist, you may have found yourself strolling into one of Lansing’s hidden treasures, The Peanut Shop. Originally a Planters shop, the Peanut Shop has been around since 1937 and is family owned and run. The Peanut Shop has an assortment of nuts that includes everything from inhouse roasted inshell peanuts to almonds. The Peanut Shop has been a staple in the community for anything from a quick snack for Lansing’s working class to a weekend visit for families.

“We are celebrating our 80th year, and we believe our success comes from not changing much about the way the shop was originally laid out as a Planters shop. Our father always taught us to be honest and fair so great customer service is a point of pride for The Peanut Shop,” said co-owner, Tammy Melser.

The Peanut Shop weathered the storm of The Great Recession like many small businesses in the Greater Lansing area. The Peanut Shop was able to survive the down years thanks to the support of long-term customers who not only continued to patronize the shop but also introduced younger customers to The Peanut Shop.

“We have seen third generations coming into the shop. The smell catches their attention and their curiosity brings them inside. Almonds have been popular lately due to their health benefits,” said Melser.

Melser has seen the ups and downs of the family owned and run businesses in her forty-two years working at The Peanut Shop. She believes that small business plays a critical role in the success of the Greater Lansing area.

“We believe that being independently owned makes the difference to our old and new customers alike. Recognizing faces and making customers feel like they belong creates generation after generation of new customers,” said Melser.

The Peanut Shop has been a recurring spot to visit for multiple generations of Lansing residents and celebrities alike. It is worth the visit to see what the magic of a passion for peanut roasting and a love for the Lansing community entails.

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