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Posted on April 30, 2011 by in Bloordale

4 stars

- If the word ‘bulk’ conjers up images of dusty old ethnic shop food bins or soulless Bulk Barns, then you need to check out Nuthouse for a second opinion. Sitting in a little space out in the Bloor and Lansdowne, Nuthouse has established itself with Blansdowne locals as the best place around to pick up all sorts of interesting products.

First thing you’ll notice about Nuthouse is that it smells good…it smells really good…it smells like an incredibly nice mix of high-quality nuts, cereals, grains, teas, dried fruit, lentils, dried fruit, spices, cake, and coffee. It’s a smell that right away makes you feel comfortable and assures you that what you’re getting is filled with quality. Don’t expect to see the typical bulk fare with hundreds of bins full of overly processed and mass-produced stuff; you’re in the wrong place for that sorta thing. Nuthouse is full of nothing but always high quality and sometimes organic products.

Ok. That might not be the very first thing you notice. Chances are, if you’re walking down Bloor looking for this place, or even if you’re not looking for it, the first thing you’ll notice won’t even be inside the store; it’ll be the big, plastic walnut hanging above the front doorway. That big walnut has become somewhat of a landmark item on this stretch of Bloor, even though they’ve only been in business for a few months.

Nuthouse isn’t just about nuts. They carry all sorts of things, from organic candy and fair-trade coffee to raw cereals and handmade soap. And its healthy too. A lot of the stuff they carry is the sugar-free, vegan, raw, organic type of stuff, which makes it a super option for more health conscious people. And if you have dietary restrictions, Nuthouse has got you covered too with tons of gluten and wheat free products, like their spiced carrot cake. If that’s your bag and you live in the area, you no longer need to travel far to get these kinda things.

Personally, when I think of organic or locally-sourced or handmade or any other related adjective used to describe stuff in a store like this, I unfortunately also think expensive. At Nuthouse though, that really isn’t the case. The prices are actually fairly down-to-earth and mostly afforable. In fact, a lot of the products they sell are actually cheaper than the bulk stuff you find at No Frills, with an obvious element of quality you may not find at bigger places.

Wanting to try out interesting varieties of stuff you already love, like lentils or rice or yes, even nuts? Nuthouse has got you covered. They carry a ton of different kinds, some of which you probably didn’t even know existed. And that brings up one of the best things about buying in bulk in a place like this: you can buy in smaller amounts purely just because you want to try something. Buying in bulk doesn’t have to be about being able to get more for less, it’s about being able to also get, well, just less. The fact that Nuthouse just happens to make it also affordable is just the icing on the organic carrot cake.

- Andre

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3 Responses to “Nuthouse”

  1. Margaret 2 May 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    I live in the neighbourhood, and I must say, this is a great addition! Anyone local that enjoys healthier options should definitley have a look at Nuthouse!

  2. Roger Dodger 5 May 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    I dunno… the store is great, the staff seem to emit overwhelming vibes of snobbery/faux-coolness every time i’m in there.

  3. Uhclem 16 March 2013 at 6:59 am #

    Tremendously friendly and knowledgeable staff, and a great range of hard to get comestibles: bulk palm sugar, coconut oil, etc. Prices are lower than Fiesta Farm’s on many of the same products. Wonderful addition to a trending neighbourhood.

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