Saturday, April 21, 2012

Charleston's Roadside Oddity: The Peanut Shoppe

One of the first things I do when I go someplace I've never been before is find some postcards.  You can tell a lot about what and how a city thinks of itself by the post cards they sell.  They tell you what they want the world to know about and see.  I didn't have time to look at post cards before I stumbles across this incredible little store on Capitol Street in downtown Charleston, West Virginia.  I knew there would be post cards of it.  I was right. 

This store has been around since the early 1950's.  The lady inside pointed to the peanut roaster and said it has not moved since the store opened.  How's that for a talking point?

The chrome plated cylindrical peanut roaster takes 20 minutes to roast a batch of shelled peanuts.   The lady running the shoppe was gracious enough to let me take as many pictures as I wanted inside. 

All kinds of nuts and candy are sold in this little store, most made on the premises.  Talk about a niche market.  This place seemed to have a very strong customer base, mostly made up of locals.   My son and I bought some of the Peanut Candy (Peanut Brittle to a former Midwesterner like me).  If you ever get to Charleston, West Virginia (which I highly recommend, by the way) stop by The Peanut Shoppe. 


  1. I had to go the Charleston for a conference. We walked arounf town for several hours taking pics (cellphone, pre "real" camera). I loved it. Now I want to go back and re-do all of them!!!