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A Mini Version of Pike Place’s Retro Soda Fountain Heads to West Seattle

Plus, Whole Foods readies its Capitol Hill opening, Ugly Mug Cafe is expanding to Interbay, and more news

Shug’s Soda Fountain is opening a West Seattle location.
Genevieve Pierson/Courtesy of Shug’s

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  • Pike Place Market’s retro Shug’s Soda Fountain is planning a West Seattle shop. It will be called Shug’s Mini, and it’s set to open at 3800 California Ave SW by spring or summer 2019. The smaller space will mean fewer ice cream flavors, but the most popular menu items will make appearances.
  • Ugly Mug Cafe will add a sibling to its U District original. The new cafe is set to open in the former Starbucks at at 1609 W. Dravus St., hopefully by year’s end. It will serve as the company’s main roastery, giving customers the chance to watch the process. And food menus are in the works, with brunch and sandwiches planned.
  • Zylberschtein’s, the planned Jewish deli in North Seattle from Standard Bakery owner Josh Grunig, exceeded its $50,000 Kickstarter goal by $1,900 just before the campaign ended. Grunig can now start building the deli, which will open in the same North Seattle shopping center where Standard Bakery operates.
  • Whole Foods opens its Capitol Hill grocery store, at Madison and Broadway, on October 30 at 9 a.m. To celebrate, the company will give away coffee from its Allegro Espresso Bar. There will be other giveaways, product demonstrations, and samples all day.