nut tree's history

july 3
1921

The Nut Tree is born! As a last resort in a terribly bad crop year, Helen & Ed “Bunny” Power set up a small fruit stand on the side of the road under the walnut tree Helen’s grandfather had planted and sold fruit to passers-by.

1923

By its second year, Nut Tree was serving an average of 950 cars per day!

1947

The flower shop opened in the main Nut Tree building.

1949

Nut Tree Restaurant was serving 1,000 meals a day.

1950

Due to its free pineapple appetizer, the Nut Tree grew to be the 3rd largest importer of pineapples from Hawaii.

1952

The train and toy shop were opened.

1953

Don Birrell was hired as Design Director, and his ideas would shape the look of Nut Tree from then on.

1955

Nut Tree Airport opened.

1958

Retail Store opened.

1959

Nut Tree Airport recorded 25k fly-in passengers.

1961

Grand Opening of the Nut Tree Plaza.

1962

Richard Nixon visited during a campaign stop.

1964

The 72 foot high Nut Tree Tower sign was installed. Each of the six panels was hand crafted and weighed 12 tons.

1965

Coffee Tree opened to accommodate customers looking for a faster meal off the newly built I-80.

1971

Nut Tree celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Its 500 employees dedicated the founders’ tree to Bunny and Helen Power.

1980

The first annual “Great Scarecrow Contest.”

1984

Nut Tree catered the luncheon given by Governor Deukmejian for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at the State Capitol.

1996

Unable to compete in the fast paced, consumer and technology driven 1990's, Nut Tree closed its doors, ending an era rich in atmosphere and innovation.

2006

Nut Tree re-opened as a mixed use development, nodding to its past with historical elements while reaching into the future with new shopping and restaurants.

2021

100 years later, Nut Tree continues to grow, offering timeless moments to a whole new generation of visitors to Vacaville.