Notes from Newcastle: A bittersweet decadence farewell

December 5, 2013

I woke up Nov. 9, startled by a frightening nightmare.

It involved Sandra Wixon and the Sweet Decadence team. I dreamed that the “living room” of Newcastle was set to close.

“Oh, good,” I thought to myself as I awoke, “it was all a dream.”

Then, a moment later, I realized it wasn’t a dream; and the nightmare was no coincidence, given that I had heard just a day earlier the iconic business was relocating to The Landing in Renton.

As reality began to set in, a knot formed in my stomach. Read more