City Peanut Shop’s Story

Dan Balluff opened City Peanut Shop in downtown Boise after enjoying a high-tech career that took him all over the world.  As a child growing up in the midwest, Dan’s family would visit the classic peanut store in his hometown.  After he moved to Boise his father would visit and they’d hang-out downtown.  His father kept saying “you should open a peanut shop here. Everybody who comes into a peanut shop is happy”.  Years later, in the heart of the recession, Dan decided his father was right and left the corporate world for one that was even more nutty.

It was a gamble.  The classic nut shops were centered mostly in the Midwest, East Coast and the South.  A nut shop was a new concept for the Northwest.  Dan got creative and began roasting nuts in his kitchen.  They were good.  Really good!  And it was fun.  He signed a lease and six years later City Peanut Shop has helped establish downtown Boise as a vibrant center for “foodies”.  We pay homage to the classic peanut shops of the past, while exploring new territories through collaboration with breweries, wineries, chocolatiers, restaurants  and local craft food makers.   Our peanuts, tree nuts, mixes, corns and chocolates are uniquely flavorful.  Our hand-pulled nut brittles are thin, crunchy and full of nuts.  We especially enjoy pairing our nuts with local and regional craft beers.

Everything we create is hand-crafted in small batches and absolutely Nut-tastic.  You will find City Peanut products featured on the menus of Boise’s finest restaurants, in local pub/breweries and now online. You can also find a selection of our products at Whole Foods Market Boise and the Boise Consumer Co-op along with other fine retailers.


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