BIZNOTE: Shug’s Soda Fountain opening ‘mini’ outpost in West Seattle

Thanks for the tips! First we heard a rumor – now a sign is up, and we have confirmation: The West Seattleites who run Shug’s Soda Fountain at Pike Place Market are opening a “mini” version here. We talked today with co-proprietor Colleen Wilkie, who says they’re “excited to be in the neighborhood” since it’s where they live – “we feel we could fit right in.” The space is at 3800 California SW, the north corner at Rally, in one of the live-works that have drawn an eclectic collection of businesses (including WSB sponsor Welcome Road Winery, as well as Olympia Coffee and several retailers) to the outer ring of townhouses on the ex-Charlestown Café site. Colleen says they’ve already become friends with some of the other entrepreneurs in the complex. But now the big question: What will they serve? Ice cream (Lopez Island Creamery is their supplier), with some sundaes (Shug’s makes its own toppings), maybe sodas, hopefully (license pending) champagne floats as they do downtown – they’re hoping to be an all-ages establishment, not just families for ice cream, but grownups out for a treat too – “date night,” ladies’ night out, etc. And coffee (no decision yet on whose coffee they’ll serve on this side of the bay), which means they can offer affogatos too.

Shug’s won’t open in West Seattle until spring/summer next year – Colleen has another project in the works, a baby due in March! – but when they do, they’re planning to be open until 9 nightly.

15 Replies to "BIZNOTE: Shug's Soda Fountain opening 'mini' outpost in West Seattle"

  • Scott October 3, 2018 (4:51 pm)

    Great news for the neighborhood, although dangerously close to home… Welcome!

  • Lindzee October 3, 2018 (5:53 pm)

    This place is SO GOOD. They catered an event at my work and brought guava sorbet — I think it might’ve actually changed my life. It’s just as good with champagne, too. So glad they’re opening a WS location!!

  • HS October 3, 2018 (6:05 pm)

    OH YUM!!!!

  • KM October 3, 2018 (6:45 pm)

    OMG I love this place!

  • Christine in Gatewood October 3, 2018 (8:21 pm)

    We LOVE Shug’s! We are frequent visitors to their Pike Place Market location and have hired them to cater a school event which was a big hit. So excited to hear that Colleen is expanding her business to West Seattle AND expanding her family. Congratulations!

  • Raised in WS October 3, 2018 (8:27 pm)

    Oh hell yes!!! So excited to have a new ice cream place!

  • justmet October 3, 2018 (9:14 pm)

    Nice little community coming together on this block.

    • John October 4, 2018 (8:49 am)

      Agreed, JUSTMET!
      Gives lie to all those posts about live-works being empty, only attracting national chains and degrading communities.

  • JanS October 3, 2018 (10:29 pm)

    Damn, I have a sheltered life. I have never heard of the place. Of course, when I worked, I worked in West Seattle from home, played in West Seattle, so I didn’t spend much time downtown. I’ll be sure to go there when it opens. :)

    • KM October 4, 2018 (8:56 am)

      JanS, it’s such a great treat–I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! I don’t often make it down to Pike Place either, so having it close to home is fantastic…and dangerous.

  • Yessssss! October 4, 2018 (3:30 am)

    Hoooraaayyyyyyy! This is great news.

  • NH October 4, 2018 (8:14 am)

    Great news and so close to my house!

  • M October 4, 2018 (9:49 am)

    How come all the fun stuff is opening up north. The Morgan Junction / Gatewood needs some love.

  • KT October 4, 2018 (9:38 pm)

    Yay! This is fantastic news!

  • Reeve October 6, 2018 (6:32 pm)

    Very excited that there is so much energy farther north on California! Yay for WS growth!

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