Hello Robin’s Robin Wehl Martin with a tray of Mackles’mores. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel
Hello Robin Bakery
Hello Robin Bakery: cookie and ice cream shop on Capitol Hill
Find it: 522 19th Ave. E., Seattle, 206-735-7970 on Capitol Hill; 2570 N.E. University Village St. at University Village
The first day Robin Wehl Martin opened her bakery, her kids had a scheduled two-hour early dismissal from school, an unscheduled two-hour delay for snow and she forgot to pick up her 4-year-old from preschool. From that hectic start in 2013, Robin’s eponymous cookie bakery has steadied the course and built up a sizable following. When we first visited, she was wrapping a heap of "Mackles’mores" for an event where Macklemore was appearing.
Hello Robin offers a dozen kind of cookies a day, rotating some 14 or so regular flavors, some seasonal specials and leaving room for a “baker’s whim.” Her three kids love the classic chocolate chip, the flourless Mexican chocolate and that Mackles’more made with Theo chocolate.
Robin opened the bakery with a nudge from her friend, Molly Moon Neitzel, and now offers ice cream sammies made with a scoop of Molly Moon’s ice cream. This can also be ordered as a single open-faced sammie. Robin offers a special treat to those who prefer cookies to cakes: full-size cookie cakes. You can get a special message written on them, too.
We lucked out on timing during our visit and tasted a chocolate chip cookie right out of the oven. Gooey, melty, perfect.
Also try: Everything at Nuflours (518 15th Ave. E., Seattle) is a gluten- and peanut-free bakery (and products with eggs and dairy are clearly labeled). Nuflours puts brownies, tiramisu and chocolate éclairs back on the table for people avoiding gluten. The bakery now offers a selection of products for online ordering and delivery where you are.
Pair it with: Just a short walk down from the Capitol Hill location of Hello Robin Bakery is the Miller Community Center and Playfield (330 19th Ave. E.), a hub of the neighborhood. In pre-COVID times, its free and well-stocked toddler gym on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and the toddler playroom were a big hit with the littles. For now, head to the playfield for some space to run, kick a soccer ball or enjoy the nice play area.