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West Seattle Expansion of Shug’s Soda Fountain Hits Delays

Plus, Cubes Baking Company goes all-in on tres leches desserts and a fruit market in Bothell fights for survival

A chocolatey drink with a scoop of ice cream sits on a counter at Shug’s Soda Fountain.
Shug’s Mini in West Seattle was originally supposed to open this spring or summer.

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West Seattle Expansion of Shug’s Soda Fountain Hits Delays

Since last fall, Pike Place Market’s retro Shug’s Soda Fountain and Ice Cream has been planning a smaller West Seattle shop appropriately called Shug’s Mini, with an eye on opening this spring or summer. But it looks like it may be a bit longer before it’s ready. Co-owner Colleen Wilkie told West Seattle Blog, “We are STILL waiting on the City of Seattle for permits.” When it does arrive, there will be fewer ice cream flavors, but customers can expect some of the most popular menu items (such as the Shugsicle with orange soda and vanilla ice cream) will make appearances.

Wallingford Bakery Ready to Go All-in on Tres Leches Desserts

Wallingford’s Cubes Baking Company — known for its geometrically consistent pastries since it opened in 2017 — is about to switch things up a bit. As Seattle Met reports, the bakery is changing its name to Tres Lecheria, and will narrow its focus to the Mexican tres leches dessert, which its offered in only part of the menu so far. Customers can expect sheet cakes, tiered cakes, and other concoctions all made in tres leches varieties. There will even be a self-serve station where those feeling creative can personalize their treats with a selection of different frostings, milks, and toppings.

Popular Bothell Fruit Market Threatened By Bus Line Expansion

The Yakima Fruit Market in Bothell — which has been family-run for the past five decades — may be in danger. Sound Transit plans to expand bus routes in the city (part of a $54 billion plan voters passed in 2016), and some of the proposed construction would cut into the market’s parking lot, while forcing the family that owns the place to make costly renovations. There’s still time to make adjustments, though, since the final details aren’t expected to be done before next spring, with work on the lanes to start the following year.

Shug's Soda Fountain and Ice Cream

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