The new year will bring one big change, in address, for I.B. Nuts & Fruit Too in Downtown Washington. After Christmas, the business will move from its Front and Lafayette street location to 200 Elm St.
Co-owners Kristy Stoyer and mom, Barb Hillermann, said they hope to be up and running the first week of January.
“We are going to try to move in small phases each day so if anyone needs a basket between Christmas and the new year we can still accommodate them,” said Stoyer, adding that she hopes to only be closed for a day or two.
The new location will provide more room for the growing business, Stoyer said.
Since purchasing the business from Margaret Horn in 2011, Stoyer and Hillermann have added new product lines and gift items.
“We are just out of space and wanted a place were we could continue to add new products and better serve our customers,” Stoyer said. “We have also increased the amount of corporate gifts we make and need a larger work area to accommodate our orders.”
At the request of customers, Stoyer and Hillermann have expanded its line of sugar and gluten-free products. The shop sells sugar-free candies, jams and dessert mixes and will continue to add new items. Also new is gluten-free soups.
“People looking for gluten-free products typically have to go to St. Louis for a good selection,” Stoyer said. “We decided to try to bring additional options closer to home.”
Stoyer said the shop has been taking specific requests for items and if customers want something specific they are happy to try and help. People may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the store at 636-390-4438.
In addition to the new food lines, the shop is expanding its gift selection with new prints and gifts from Slava Bowman Photography and additional soaps from Wash Your Worries Away.
Stoyer said she’s excited to be able to implement new ideas and have the space to carry the ideas out.
“We have had so many ideas, but did not have the space available to act on any of them,” she said.
Prior to the move, the new location is being spruced up with new flooring and painting.
“We are excited for our customers to walk into the store and see what we have been working on,” Stoyer said.
The mother-daughter team said they’re most excited about the expansion of food and gift items and to be able to enjoy larger events throughout the year.
Hours at I.B. Nuts & Fruit Too will remain the same — Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Hours may be adjusted after the move.
A grand opening celebration is planned for the end of January. More details will be announced at a later date.
Building for Lease
Once I.B. Nuts & Fruit Too relocates, its current space on Front Street along the riverfront will be for lease. The 1,200-square-foot space can be used as either retail or commercial space, said Tami Morton, owner.
For more information, people may call Morton, 636-583-3113.