Is there a name for a store that mainly sells nuts and seeds? Like this one:

Nut shop

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    Maybe a nuthouse? Jun 22, 2017 at 18:44
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    @Cascabel "Nuthouse: a home or hospital for people with mental illnesses."
    – Laurel
    Jun 22, 2017 at 18:46
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    I think it's just called a nut shop. That actual business is called "The Nut Shop" lol
    – Hank
    Jun 22, 2017 at 19:02
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    If it also sold bolts I would call it a hardware store. (Just kidding). :-) Jun 22, 2017 at 19:07
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    @Laurel Hence Cascabel's not using an 'answer'. Jun 22, 2017 at 20:16

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There isn't a widely recognized term like butcher or pharmacy, but nut shop would describe the store and nut seller the shopkeeper. The Oxford English Dictionary has the latter listed under "nut, n.1 and adj.2," referring to the person (the monger) selling the nuts:

nut seller n.

1648 H. Hexham Groot Woorden-boeck Een note-menger, a Nut-seller.

1851 H. Mayhew London Labour I. 201/1 These almond nut-sellers are, for the most part, itinerant.

1990 Chicago Tribune (Nexis) 25 June (Business section) 5 The tentmakers share a street, as do the nut sellers, the gold merchants, and those selling silk or coffee or discount underwear.

Nut shop does not have a similar entry, but the same pattern exists: the nut shop is where nuts are sold. Some results also point to its use:

  • the above image and many others can be found in Alamy under "nut shop,"
  • Now-closed New York City nut shop "We Are Nuts About Nuts" was called a "nut shop" by both an Eater New York article ("by the time the nut shop opened, the area had a sexy, new TriBeCa moniker") and interviewee David Dyssegaard Kallick: "I like that nut shop. I’m sorry to see it going. There’s some loss to the character of the neighborhood without it."
  • The Chicago Tribune reported on another place opening last year: "Octogenarian and her daughter open nut shop in Highland Park amid pandemic." In the article, one of the founders says: “But I think that people are really looking for something positive and even if it’s just this tiny little nut shop, they just want something to feel good about.”

The word nuttery is defined as:

: a place where nut trees grow; also : a place for storing nuts.

So, a "store" for nuts is a nuttery.

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    Now, in the words of Shakespeare, "Get thee to a nuttery, go!" Jun 22, 2017 at 20:38
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    You're erroneously using amphiboly. A store as a storage place is not at the same thing as a store where things are sold.
    – Mitch
    Jun 22, 2017 at 22:42
  • @Mitch you have to store the nuts in order to sell them don't you? Jun 22, 2017 at 23:41
  • I think it's kind of a false dichotomy. If you look up the word "store" in M-W it's defined as "a business establishment where usually diversified goods are kept for retail sale." It specifically says where goods are kept. That's exactly what the OP is referring to. Jun 23, 2017 at 0:18
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    It's worth keeping in mind that there is quite some degree of difference in the use of 'store' between British and American English. Almost any sales outlet can be a store in American, while in British 'shop' is the usual word, with 'store' typically being reserved for very large shops, especially warehouse-like one such as DIY stores. Consequently, the primary meaning of 'store' when encountered out of context would be 'shop' for an American but probably the warehouse meaning for a Brit. Jul 31, 2017 at 23:30

"Nuts & Coffee Roastery"
Where brewed coffee is not served, it is only for selling grounded or whole grains coffee beans and roasted or raw nuts

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    I've only hears the word "roastery" used for a place that roasts coffee beans, not nuts. Using it for a nut shop would be like using "brewery" for a shop that brews coffee and tea — massively misleading. May 21, 2021 at 13:35

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