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All-Vegan Sweet Shop Sugar Plum Is Coming to Capitol Hill

And the race for who can open Seattle's first vegan sweet shop has begun.


Makini Howell is transforming her tiny 15th Ave. Plum Cafe into Sugar Plum, a vegan ice creamery and sweet shop. The chef just launched a campaign with Community Sourced Capital (CSC) to find backers to help open the dessert concept. (For reference: Mike Easton wrapped up a campaign with CSC to help open Pizzeria Gabbiano, same goes for Nu:flours.) Howell, who operates a mini-vegan empire of Plum projects, including a burger truck and the five-year-old, Ben and Casey Affleck-approved Plum restaurant, launched The Cafe by Hillside Quickies in 2005 on 15th Ave.; the space that will house Sugar Plum has since morphed into various vegan concepts, including Sage Cafe.

It's a race to see who can claim the title of "first vegan sweet shop" in Seattle, with Violette Sweet Shoppe hard at work to open an all-vegan candy store in the former Mae's space on Phinney Ridge. Either way, vegans win.