Bianca N V is a freelance writer, PR guru, lover of shoes and all things girly, Mum of four and life-long explorer of Melbourne's south east and more. 'Like' and subscribe for updates to keep you and your kids entertained for a little or even less.
Published March 7th 2015
Could this be Melbourne's best lolly shop?
You can't miss the colourful windows of Bayside Sweets and Treats, located in Mentone Parade - as the address suggests - right in the heart of Mentone; and if you can resist the temptation to peek inside, then you've got much stronger will power than most of us.
Offering a ginormous range, including ye olde sweets like boiled lollies, rocky road and Dutch fudge, through to the latest treats, faraway favourites from the UK and US, and classic chocolates - if you've got a craving, they've got you covered.
Ye olde style and today's most popular lollies can be found at Bayside Sweets and Treats.
If you're looking for very particular treats for your kids' birthday party bags or for a special occasion or corporate event, chances are, you'll find it here. Bayside Sweets and Treats also has an adorable range of colourful tutus, hair berets and wands that are very reasonably priced.
Check out these super cute tutus and accessories from just $3 to $12 a piece.
Owner Joe Salanitri prides himself on being local and giving back to the community that supports him. Each week, Bayside Sweets and Treats hosts in-store treasure hunts for the local littlies, hiding a miniature character from Joe's Super Mario Brothers collection somewhere in the shop, and placing a clue on the clue board for kids to decipher.
The mini Super Mario Brothers figurines hidden for the treasure hunts.
Coming up to Easter, daily treasure hunts are being launched, with the prize jackpotting if not won, getting bigger and better every day that passes. Plus, anytime from now until Easter, drop by the store and make a gold coin donation to guess the number of mini Easter eggs in the jar, with all proceeds donated to the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal and the lucky winner of course taking home the jar.
The rules of engagement, clue and tally boards for the treasure hunts.
While Good Friday is "all about the spirit of giving," as Joe says, "beyond Easter it is still important to give." So under the banner of Bayside Sweets and Treats, Joe is sponsoring a child through World Vision and asking locals to pledge not dollars, but written letters throughout the year, to help keep in touch and show them the whole community cares. After all, it takes a village to raise a child.
Bayside Sweets and Treats first opened its doors in December 2008. In January 2014 Joe took over, continuing to provide a sweet tooth's paradise with an ever-growing product range. The story doesn't end there though; Joe plans to expand the range further to include custom made birthday cakes in partnership with local suppliers, so will virtually have a one stop shop covering all your party needs.
Inside the store you'll find your favourite treats from the UK and US among the huge product range.
Pop in and say hello, try your luck guessing the number of Easter eggs in the jar for the Good Friday Appeal, let your kids search for the hidden mini Mario or Luigi and support a local trader doing his bit to be a real part of the community.
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Photographs by Bianca N V.
The colourful shopfront of Bayside Sweets and Treats makes it impossible to miss.
Why? Bayside Sweets and Treats has a humongous range of old-fashioned lollies, international favourites, classic chocolates and the latest popular sweets, ideal for customising your kidsí birthday party bags or for corporate events and special occasions.