This Neighborhood Candy Store In Washington Will Make You Feel Like A Kid Again
Who doesn’t want to feel like a kid in a candy store now and then? There are worse places to be than in a big building surrounded by all kinds of sweet treats. Washington is home to quite a few tempting candy shops, and one in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood is especially charming. The next time you’re in the area, stop by Sweet Mickey’s.
Randy Brinker, the owner of Sweet Mickey’s, named the store after his beloved grandmother. Randy’s mother passed away when he was young, so he and his siblings went to live with her. She was apparently quite an amazing woman who sold her freshly baked sweets and homemade candy in a little neighborhood shop. Her recipes were very popular, as was she - Randy can remember everyone from the local baseball team to the mayor coming over for dinner.
Grandma Mickey’s recipes were so highly coveted that she was asked to publish a weekly recipe in the local Sunday paper. Randy thought that by opening a sweet shop of his own that focused on the community as much as the candy, he could honor her properly.
Sweet Mickey’s regularly hosts events and activities for neighborhood kids: egg hunts, outdoor movie nights, trick-or-treating, readings of "The Grinch Stole Christmas." They also have some geared more toward the kid at heart, like November’s Wine and Fudge Pairing.
Speaking of fudge… it’s handmade. And it’s delicious. The store also has plenty of bulk candy, licorice, classic favorites like Jelly Belly and Pop Rocks, and ice cream is served in freshly made waffle cones.
In 2015, Travel + Leisure Magazine recognized Sweet Mickey’s as one of America’s best candy shops. Even on such an outstanding list, this place stands out as one of the sweetest.
As a community-oriented candy store, Sweet Mickey’s also has space for hosting birthday parties. Their party package includes an ice cream cone for each kid, a special tote bag or t-shirt for the birthday boy or girl, and even a few "Mickey bucks" to spend on some candy.
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