Cosmic Soda Pop & Candy Shop
Sarah Leonard says she and her husband, Shawn, wanted to open a space "that would include family-friendly simple pleasures and indulgences." Behold egg creams, ice creams, 37 flavors of hand-stirred sodas, and 300 labels of bottled soda. And for Halloween candy? Check out their 1,000-plus varieties of imported and old-fashioned candies.
Jami Curl was the first tenant to settle into new digs at the recently renovated Union Way arcade in Portland's West End. And she's turned her eye toward candy, partnering up with other local artisans—Bee Local (honey), Steven Smith (tea), Water Avenue Coffee (coffee, natch)—to make small batches of sweets like like old-timey caramels, lollies, gum drops, chews, and marshmallows by the foot.
The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium
If you've yet to visit this off-the-beaten-path museum of oddities, you might be wondering what exactly is a Peculiarium? Well, what isn't it? It's home to an alien autopsy exhibit, a 10-foot Bigfoot, a working theremin, an ice cream bar where you can get sundaes topped with stingerless scorpions, as well as tequila-flavored candies (that include the worm).
Happy Halloween, Portland! Still need treats for tonight? Try Cosmic Soda Pop & Candy Shop, QUIN or The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium. They’ll have what your trick-or-treaters will want.