The Peanut Shoppe was established in September 1950 by Delbert Moore. Mr. Moore was originally from Daybrook, WV which is around Morgantown. He was also well known for being a Charleston police officer whom walked the beat in downtown. Mr. Moore also established a Peanut Shoppe in Morgantown on High Street.
In 1986 Mr. Moore passed away and left the shoppe to his beloved wife Tillie Moore. She owned and operated the shoppe for more than 20 years. She worked in the shoppe along side her daughter Debra Kimble. Tillie worked part time until she was in her late 80’s. She was loved and well known for her big heart and infectious smile.
Around 2008 Tillie handed the shoppe over to Debra. Debra ran the shoppe with the help of her son Adam Kimble. Adam came to work in the family business when he was 19 years old. He stepped up to help his family out when his mom, Debra, broke her leg and had to be off for an extended period of time. Debra had many years of running the shoppe as she worked there for more than 50 years. Debra decided to retire and leave the shoppe to Adam in late 2012.
Adam has owned and operated the shoppe from December 2012 to present. He worked in the shoppe for approximately 20 years before he decided to pursue a career in blacktop. He still owns the shoppe but has left his wife Kandi Kimble in charge of the day-to-day operations.
You will find that the shoppe has a lot of the original equipment and memorabilia. The original peanut roaster is used several times a week to roast peanut in the shell. They cook the nuts in house and use the handcrafted salt shakers from the original owners. The shoppe thrives on using the original, old fashioned and handmade recipes from Papaw Moore (the original owner). The grandson loves and wants to keep everything as simple and old fashioned as possible with a few modern technologies. The shoppe still has a payphone inside that doubles as their office phone. It is still located in the original location on Capitol Street. If you would like to step back in time then stop in the shoppe and take a look and smell around.
Smells are free and they are our secret weapon to draw people in.