Sweet Mickey’s in Ballard. Credit: Nancy Chaney
Recently reopened along trendy Ballard Avenue, cozy Sweet Mickey's has the welcoming feel of a neighborhood hangout. Named after owner Randy Brinker’s Southern grandmother, the quaint mint-striped space keeps the fuss factor low and the spotlight on the candy. There's an impressive array of licorice — a nod to the 'hood's Scandinavian roots, nostalgic penny candy, saltwater taffy, artisan caramels and decadent house-made fudge. (Parents, don’t miss the dark chocolate sea salt caramel version).
Play pit stop: Burn off that sugar at newer Ballard playgrounds Gilman Playground or Webster Park; one of these makes for a perfect pairing with a tasty treat. And in case they didn’t get enough sugar, Full Tilt Ice Cream which is a few steps away combines cones with a cool line-up of pinball machines to play the afternoon away.