Three summers ago, Nancy Niezgocki and her husband were vacationing in Homer from Detroit, Mich. Nancy operates Old World Nuts in Detroit, and couldn’t help but notice a cozy building under construction on the Homer Spit.
“I looked at it and thought, ‘that would be perfect for a small business on the Spit,’” she said. “We had just fallen in love with Homer.”
On impulse, she purchased the building, located in the front of the cluster of shops around Spit Sisters Bakery.
Two years went by before Niezgocki was able to do anything with her business. Then, this summer, her idea turned around and with partner Sue Haidys, she opened Nancy’s Snack Shack.
The business specializes in nuts cooked in the Old World recipe. They don’t add anything different from what ancients in Germany likely used to candy pecans, walnuts, cashews and peanuts: a little sugar, vanilla and cinnamon spun in a low-tech copper kettle. The shack also features nachos, hot dogs, popcorn, pretzels, candy, cookies and beverages. Niezgocki said they would also like to eventually offer box lunches for fishermen.
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