Notes from Newcastle: A bittersweet decadence farewell

December 5, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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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.

Where would I meet to interview people? Where would I get a cup of hot chocolate before an early City Council meeting? Where would I sit outside with my laptop when I had downtime between Newcastle appointments?

As I continued to reflect, I realized that Sweet Decadence wasn’t my preferred interviewing spot just because it was conveniently located beneath City Hall.

No, I went to Sweet Decadence for my most important interviews because it felt like home. I felt safe in this cozy little living room where its caring homeowner, Wixon, cooked up treats for her guests.

As sad as we may all be that it will now take an extra 15 minutes to get our favorite sweet treats, baked goods and hot chocolate, it’s even sadder that the community is losing an icon in Wixon.

The good thing is Wixon assured me she won’t be disappearing, but it likely won’t be the same without the chance to see her every day working in the back of the kitchen.

Alas, Newcastle will have to find a new living room — a comfortable, centrally located place to gather. I don’t know where exactly that will be, or if it even exists, but I do know it has one heck of an act to follow.

Thank you, Sandra, for all that you’ve done for this community, and good luck in the future. I can’t wait to visit you in Renton.

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