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.