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Welcome: Michelle Cormier, Store Manager

31 August, 2017

The team at Cromer's P-Nuts is delighted to welcome Michelle Cormier to our retail team!  Michelle has over 20 years of retail and even owned and operated her own home decor store in Massachusetts.

Michelle is bringing a great knowledge to the table with her valuable experience and passion for the retail industry.  Michelle now calls Lexington home, where she loves to spend time with her daughter, Olivia and her two pups, Buffett and Casper!

When asked about joining the Cromer's team, Michelle said, "I love being part of the Cromer's family with its amazing history and putting smiles on peoples faces selling the Guaranteed Worst!"

When you get a moment, stop by our store to say hi to Michelle and welcome her to South Carolina and to the Cromer's P-Nuts family!  

Total Solar Eclipse Party - August 21, 2017

01 August, 2017

 

Of all the parties for the Total Solar Eclipse in Columbia, we have to believe that Cromer's will have the best snacks available, right?

Enjoy our Eclipse Corn (candy corn in COSMIC colors), delicious snow cones in out-of-this-world flavors and variations on many more of our favorites.  If you don't have plans yet, grab your chairs and blankets and head to 1700 Huger in downtown Columbia and camp out on our lawn to watch this unique experience with the Cromer's Family, and the guaranteed worst snacks in town!  If you DO have plans, break them and we'll see you August 21!

New Crop Vs. Valencia Boiled Peanuts

19 July, 2017

We often get a lot of phone calls and visitors in the store asking what New Crop Boiled Peanuts are, and how they differ from the year-round variety.

New Crop peanuts (a.k.a. green peanuts) are pulled from the ground at the end of the growing season, and boiled before ever being dried out. These peanuts have a lighter color inside and out, and are also easier to get out of the shell. New Crop are the freshest of boiled peanuts, which is why they are only available May through mid-October. Luckily, Cromer's is one of only a few places that offer New Crop Boiled Peanuts in the state of South Carolina!

Valencia peanuts are the most common form of peanuts that people sell year round: athletic games, fairs, and road side booths. They are dried once pulled from the ground, allowing them to be boiled year round. These peanuts have three or more kernels per shell, and are most commonly used for peanut butter. Valencia peanuts are grown mainly in New Mexico and account for less than one percent of U.S. production. Cromer's offers hot boiled Valencia Peanuts year-round, which many of our customers enjoy a cup on their way out.

Of course, the best way to find out is to stop by and have a sample of each and pick your favorite.  Any day of the week during new crop season, we are happy to share this special treat with you as a sample so you can know the difference.  What are you waiting for?  Stop by today before New Crop Boiled Peanuts are gone!

Godspeed: Saying Goodbye To Retiring Friends

28 June, 2017

This week, we are saying goodbye to dear friends of ours; employees who have been at Cromer's P-Nuts for decades.  Brother and sister duo, Lynn and Kathy Willis, are parting ways after more than three decades of service apiece to the Columbia, South Carolina community.

When asked about his experience at Cromer's over the past several years, Lynn shared his account:

I began my time with Cromer's in the 80’s part time helping out with gift tins and whatever else James and JD wanted me to do. I came on board full-time in the early 90’s. My primary focus was to organize and manage a food processing department. I had the pleasure of having great people to work with such as HD, Louise, Buck, Wade, Ruby and Cleve; together we made a successful department. My duties expanded to include assisting shipping, purchasing, packaging, costing and pricing. 

Some of my fondest memories are the relationships built with my Cromer's family. I will list a couple examples: 

(1) We had an old outdated peanut bagging machine that continuously had maintenance problems and one day the machine went down around lunch time so JD came up to help me get it back operating. He pulled up a chair and had me removing parts and adjusting tensions, etc. We worked on the machine about 1 ½ hours then JD got up and said he was going to the house and for me to put the machine back together and if I had any problems to give him a call. I looked at the pile of parts in front of me as JD was leaving thinking, "How will I ever get this thing back together?" I stayed until 10:00 that night working on that machine before I finally got it operating because of the confidence JD had in me. He taught me so much about the daily operations of our business.

(2) James came to me one day and told me we needed to go to Spartanburg and look at some equipment. I asked him what type of equipment we were going to check on and he stated he did not know but would find out when we get there. When we got to the location and walked in the front door, I saw commercial kitchen stoves, refrigerators, blenders and more and told James I do not see anything we need and he told me I was right and we headed back to the store. On the way back, we got close to the Newberry exit and he asked if I was hungry, I told him we would be back in Columbia shortly and then we could eat. He asked if there was a good place to eat at this exit and I told him there is a Quincy’s Steak House there so he wanted to stop. I was only thinking about what we could order quickly so we could get back to the store. We entered Quincy’s, placed our order and James began entertaining the customers and staff. The people were coming to the table to watch his magic tricks and listen to his stories. James sent me to his car to get some peanuts that he always had with him and proceeded to pass out the peanuts and tell the Cromer's story. James taught me so much about margins and pricing but most of all how to be a true ambassador for our business. We got back to Columbia 2 1/2 hours later.

I have a lot of great memories, but the above I treasure. James and JD valued their employees but they also expected a good work ethic and honesty. James used to preach the importance of working hard and playing hard. JD did not like to see someone standing around and would say, "If you've got time to lean, you've got time to clean."

I will miss the challenges, relationships with employees, customers and vendors but it is time for a new adventure. Thanks for the memories!

When we spoke to Kathy about her time here, she shared her history as well:

I am thankful for the opportunity to have worked for Cromer’s P-Nuts, LLC for over 32 years. I started in the Packaging Department where I was promoted to Assistant Manager. After the fire, I was given the opportunity to move into Customer Service/Sales where I would eventually be promoted to Manager. We have the best customers in the world and some of them have been with us since the Assembly Street store.

Some of my greatest memories are of the store on Assembly Street during October/Halloween. People would be lined up out the door to get costumes and accessories, novelties and candy apples, cotton candy and more. We worked some long hours but we had so much fun doing so!

I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years but Cromer’s, now managed by Carolette, has remained faithful to the business and treating their employees like family. It has been a joy working for and with them. I’m looking forward to retirement but will certainly miss my work family and our wonderful customers. I wish the best for Cromer’s and look forward to seeing them at the new location on North Main Street in the future. If you’ve never been to Cromer’s you don’t know what you’re missing! 

Carolette Cromer-Turner, who has worked with the Willis siblings over their careers said, "Lynn and Kathy have each been such an asset to Cromer's. They have certainly made my owning the business the past eleven years much easier. I wish them both a happy, relaxing retirement, but I expect them to keep their phone lines open in case I need them!"  

We will certainly miss these two dedicated, passionate characters in our lives each day at Cromer's, but as Lynn said, it is time for a new adventure.  Godspeed to our dear friends, Lynn and Kathy, as they embark into retirement!  

We are bringing back the twelve days of Cromer's

07 December, 2016

Stay away from the usual:

12 Drummers Drumming
Eleven Pipers Piping
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

And visit our store or shop online for our twelve awesome days of super discounts!

First, It’s all about Thirst! Enjoy 10% off our old-timey soda foursome (NEHI peach, orange, grape and an RC Cola!)

Second day is for Sweets – 15% off our bulk candy (Fantastic stocking stuffer)

Third Day – Three is for our Threesome and 15% Off one of our coolest gift boxes!

Fourth day – What serves 40 and is delicious? Our bushel of freshly popped buttered popcorn of course! Enjoy 25% off in store and online

Fifth day – Buy two one-pound popcorn bags and get the third one free!!!

Sixth day – It’s taste of Cromer’s Day – A gift basket that has some of our most popular products 20% off

Seventh-day - Online only – 20% off 7ounce bags!

Eight day -  Buy 2 hotdogs and get one free – Is it lunch time yet?

Ninth day -  All about the stuffers: Any of our popcorn and peanut bags 16oz or under 20% off

Tenth day – We will be offering 2-gallon threeway tins at 25% off

Eleventh day - Cream of the crop at 25% off (in store and online), this is the biggest basket in our collection!

Twelfth day - We are going crazy - All Holiday gifts 30% Off

We will be posting daily about our specials to keep you in the loop!

Cromer's at Dutch Square Mall - by Rob Turner

29 August, 2016

Always a fun trip down "memory lane" for me - thinking about Cromer's P-Nuts store at Dutch Square Mall. From the time my parents would park their car, I was ready to run through the Dutch Square Mall parking lot to get inside and go to Cromer's P-Nuts. Walking past the Eckerd Drugs soda fountain & Orange Julius, and making that right turn to walk to Cromer's P-Nuts.

History of Cotton Candy

28 July, 2016

In 1897, Nashville candy makers William Morrison and John C. Wharton invented cotton candy. They invented a device that heated sugar in a spinning bowl that had tiny holes in it. It formed cotton candy and they called it Fairy Floss. As the bowl spun around, the caramelized sugar was forced through the tiny holes, making feathery candy that melts in the mouth.

 

Morrison and Wharton introduced Fairy Floss in the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. They sold a lot of boxes for 25 cents each, which was a lot back then. The term cotton candy began in the US around the 1920s. The UK use the term candy floss.

 

5 Things You Only Find at Cromer's

21 July, 2016

Cromer's has been a tradition in the Columbia area for generations. Here are 5 things that make Cromer's unique:

  1. We're the only place in Columbia with hand-dipped corndogs
  2. We have a bunch of vintage candy (Necco Wafers, Mary Janes, Squirrel Nut Zippers, etc.)
  3. We have the most courteous and dedicated employees. Some have been here over 40 years!
  4. Fresh, hot boiled peanuts
  5. You can rent/buy concession equipment. We also sell everything you need with your rental so it's just a 1-stop shop

Snokones- The Beginning

14 July, 2016

Snokones were invented in 1919 by East Dallas resident Samuel Bert, or "King Sammie" by the locals. He sold his snokones at the State Fair and patented his ice crusher machine the following year when he had a huge success. By the 1950s, he was selling an average of 1 million snokones a year at the state fair. The snokones were served with flavored syrup in a wax cone. 

 

That was how the snokones got their start. Mondays-Thursdays from 4-6 PM we have  $1 snokones. Fridays and Saturdays we give your kid a free snokone when you spend $20 or more.

 

New Coffee Flavors

30 June, 2016

At Cromer’s, we love coming up with new and innovative ways to make our customers happy! So we created more coffee flavors for you to enjoy. 

  1. S’mores Latte- served iced or hot this delicious coffee is made with toasted marshmallow syrup, chocolate, and espresso.
  2. Shamrock Iced Late- made with Irish Cream and Crème de Menthe syrup and espresso. Making sure to remind you of Ireland with ever sip.
  3. Coco Loco Latte- made with Coconut syrup and your choice of white or milk chocolate. It takes you to your own tropical paradise.
  4. The Brexit- made with English Toffee and Vanilla syrup and espresso. It won’t leave you bitter like the UK leaving the EU

Come by Cromer’s today and try them all! We also have an Iced Coffee Happy Hour. From 4pm to 6pm iced coffees are half priced

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