There’s a stereotype that Greek-Americans make their livings in one of two ways: owning a restaurant or owning a store. Byron and Stacy Smyrniotis, owners of Mound City Shelled Nut Company, are proud to embrace that stereotype.
Mound City originally opened in 1917 in the Delmar Loop. After the passing of founder Henry Kessel, his wife sold the company to Byron Smyrniotis in 1973. An engineer by trade, Byron planned to own the company only for a year or two before selling it. Four decades later, he and Stacy are still running it and have no intention of letting it go.
After Byron purchased Mound City, its location was moved from the Loop to the Olive Link. Both he and Stacy love doing business in the Link and can’t imagine their store being anywhere else. According to Stacy “Olive is great for its diversity, and the people who shop here take pride in supporting U City’s small businesses. They want to see us succeed.”
It’s no surprise that people from U City want to see Mound City succeed. The store is a rare gem in that it is completely focused on selling salted and unsalted varieties of every popular variety of nut, from almonds to pistachios to pecans. You can also find several chocolate covered offerings. Additionally, the store has its own exclusive peanut butter that is made from toasted fancy peanuts. The peanut butter is all natural. No preservatives. No artificial flavorings. Just creamy deliciousness.
Mound City serves more than just U City and the St. Louis area. People from all over the United States order cases of nuts from them via its toll-free number or its website. So whether you live in the area or across the county, you have no reason not to try Mound City’s fantastic offerings, and we strongly encourage you to do so. It will, pardon the pun, drive you nuts, in the best possible way.
7831 Olive Blvd.
University City, MO 63130
Phone: (314) 725-940