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Published July 5th 2013
Sweets, Treats and Beads
Its not unusual now days for cafes and stores to multitask and offer more than one reason for you to visit. Think nurseries with cafes for example, or in this case a lolly shop that offers jewellery making. Unusual combination but quite a winner. You enter Bayside Sweets with the intent to buy lollies and treats and you come out wearing your own bracelet creation... and you still have lollies too of course.
You can sit and play a rainy day away
You see the smart folk at Bayside Sweets in Mentone clearly understand the connection between lollies, chocolates and kids. It's an unbeatable partnership. So to encourage visitors, preferably those with a sweet tooth and children, they set up a beading table. For the teeny price of $2 for a bracelet, kids and grown ups can design away, choosing from small, plain, patterned, wooden and dazzling beads to lockets, keys and hearts to finish off their gorgeous creations.
The alphabet beads are a huge hit. We all know kids love their name on everything so vowels are tricky to find, but with many tiny coloured buckets to peruse through, you might get lucky. Surprisingly the act of picking through hundreds of beads is actually very therapeutic.
Buckets of beads
Everything you need is supplied; a couple of thread choices including a stretchy variety, a jewellery mat to experiment with colour and shape combinations and, obviously, beads galore. Its nice to just sit and play and you can stay as long as you like, no one makes you feel pressured to leave or even buy sweets for that matter. They do encourage a smile and some laughter however.
Of course, its not always easy to concentrate when you are surrounded by walls of candy and buckets of chocolate. The sweet smells linger in the air and and the rainbow colours call for your attention. Lollipops, boxes, bars, sweets with novelties and delights from around the world are are just a small sample of what you might find. There's an extensive variety from the USA, New Zealand and the UK just to name a few. There's a very good chance you will find something amongst all the foils and wrappers that appeals to you whether it be for a gift or your own personal stash.
Rows and rows of tempting treats
Rainbow swirl giant lollipops
Did I happen to mention there was glorious little kids gifts too? Tutti frutti tutus and fairy wings, personalized capes for wizards and witches, and bug backpacks to get you to and from kinder, play dates or day trips in style, all at very reasonable prices (tutus for $9.95, backpacks ranging from $11.95 to $14.95 depending on size and fairy wings and wands priced under $5).
Gorgeous gifts at super low prices
It's quality, quantity and affordability down in the beachy suburb of Mentone. Whether you are looking for a cool place to hide after a splash in the waves or a warm hideaway on a rainy day, Bayside Sweets will keep your kids, your taste buds and your wallet perfectly happy.