Michigan is famous for amazing fudge shops -- especially Mackinaw Island, even Frankenmuth. Did you know there's a candy store that's nearly 120 years old?

Michigan's Oldest Candy Store

Pull out your hand-y "Michigan Map"... (that's your actual hand, in case it wasn't obvious). It's located right where your thumb knuckle and base of your index finger meet. St Laurent Brothers, or The Nut House as some call it, has been in business since 1904 in Downtown Bay City, right on the Saginaw River 1101 N Water St, Bay City, MI 48708. It's not far from the Liberty Bridge. They've been around longer than M&Ms (1940s).

Homemade confections and other treats

When you walk in the door, the fresh scent of homemade candies and a giant variety of nuts fills the air. They have everything from fancy hand-dipped chocolates, covered pretzels, homemade suckers and other treats-on-a-stick, three-foot chocolate bunnies around Easter and homemade peanut butter. They even have a hand-dipped ice cream counter.


Credit: Google Street View
Credit: Google Street View

Candy Store for sale in Bay City, MI

The iconic candy shop is actually for sale. The long-time owners listed the businesses in the beginning of 2023. It's still on the market -- asking price is around $1.7 million. It's an enormous space at almost 22,000 square feet. Plus, it's on the Saginaw River -- prime real estate.

99.1 WFMK logo
Get our free mobile app

Part-owner, Steve Frye, told MLive they'll remain open and operating as usual until the business is sold. Selfishly, I hope it remains the same forever because so many people have fond memories of walking in those doors and new customers discover St. Laurent Brothers every single day.

10 Best Mother's Day Brunch Restaurants in Michigan

Mother's Day Brunch locations all around Michigan

12 Popular, Must-Try Restaurants, Bar & Grills In Bay County MI

12 Popular, Must-Try Restaurants, Bar & Grills In Bay County MI

The House That Cereal Built - Step Inside the Kellogg Mansion

Taking a peek into the Kellogg Mansion is like stepping back in time. The home, built in 1925 was originally known as the Villa Marina in Dunedin Isles.

William Kellogg, who founded the Michigan-based Kellogg's company only lived in the sprawling mansion for about three years (during the winter months) before his death in 1951. Eventually, the home succumbed to structural damage and was demolished a few years ago.

In addition to the photos below, you can take a virtual tour of the home using virtual reality. A news story highlighting the University of Florida's program is included below.

More From 99.1 WFMK