Things are really getting nutty on Madison Avenue.
In a really good way.
That’s Nuts, a gourmet nut butter and dried fruit store, opened Tuesday in the space most-recently occupied by LaBella Cupcakes.
There’s classic peanut butter; honey roasted, cashew, almond and walnut spreads.
But the renovated shop at 15208 Madison Avenue is appealing on several levels.
There are sandwiches, toys and gifts — a little something for everyone.
...With a vintage TV playing 1950s commercials in the background all day long.
“Basically, I am looking for a place for people to have fun and get something to eat,” said That’s Nuts owner Meilio Bakich.
The menu features traditional deli offerings — think corned beef, Reuben and roast beef — but there are also “healthy and vegetarian” options including “Tofurkey” and veggie sandwiches.
“I want to offer things to people that you just can’t find anywhere,” said Bakich. “One of those things is just a healthy meal.”
He said that shopping local is an important aspect of the business.
The bread comes from the Elmwood Bakery next door; the nuts are supplied by Hillson Nuts, a mom-and-pop nut company based in Cleveland; and other ingredients are sourced at local businesses, including Nature’s Bin.
There’s also coffee, supplied by Cleveland-based Phoenix coffee.
“This is all as local as we can get it,” Bakich said.
That's Nuts also offers an eclectic toy collection — for children of all ages.
“It’s fun. Some of it’s for when you’re waiting and milling around,” he said. “Everyone likes to have things that whiz across the room or see a Godzilla monster that roars.”
That’s Nuts is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; for a few hours on Sunday; and closed on Monday.