Sprouts & Shutters: Sugar High, Favorite Indian, Color Me Mine and More

Here’s your monthly roundup of retail, restaurant and other business news and happenings in the Fremont, Newark, Union City and Milpitas.

Wondering what new businesses are opening up in your town? Our new monthly “Sprouts & Shutters” column highlights restaurant, retail and other business news in Fremont, Newark, Union City and Milpitas.


Fremont now has a new place that serves "snowflake" or "snow ice," the popular Taiwainese dessert made with shaved ice. The new Snowflake Tea House also serves coffee and tea drinks, such as hot green tea or chilled boba dessert drinks. The new eatery replaced Yoswirl on Boscell Road. See what locals think on Yelp and learn more at snowflaketeahouse.com.

Big I Café recently replaced Big I Sushi in Fremont. The new Korean restaurant serves such dishes as braised short ribs, grilled mackerel and tofu with stir-fried kimchi and pork. The new eatery, open from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m., also features draft beer, soju cocktail and karaoke after 9 p.m. Learn more at bigicafeca.orengeo.com.

Did you miss earlier coverage about Fremont’s new Blackhorn Skateboards? Catch up here on Fremont Patch.


Treat yourself to a sweet treat as you shop at NewPark Mall this holiday season: Sugar High Dessert Dispensary recently opened on the upper level between Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and Jamba Juice. The new dessert shop sells freshly baked cupcakes, small-batch gourmet ice cream, dessert “fundu” plates and other sweets. The new store’s sister company is the popular mobile ice cream and dessert truck “Truckin Sweet” found at Food Truck Mafia events.

Looking for a perfect gift for movie buffs? The new seasonal store American Idols specializes in all things Hollywood, such as Marilyn Monroe posters, life-size cutouts, film memorabilia and other collectibles. The new store is open through the holiday season and is located on the lower level near Macy’s.

The new Young at Art studio offers programs for budding artists of all ages. Read all about the new Newark business in earlier Patch coverage.

A NewPark Mall spokesperson says they’re still waiting for the play structures to arrive for the mall's new children's play area. Meanwhile you can get a preview on all the new play area features in Patch’s earlier story.


Favorite Indian Restaurant is set to open this week in Union City, replacing Muskaan on Decoto Road. The new Indian restaurant, which also has locations in Hayward and San Ramon, will offer full menu service featuring traditional North Indian cuisine, a lunchtime buffet and beer and wine. For restaurant detaisl and to view a menu, visit favoriteindia.com

Roots Kickboxing opened last month in Union City on Horner Street. Get the details in Patch’s earlier story about the new studio that emphasizes kickboxing technique and training.

Just in time for last-minute holiday shopping: Union City recently launched its Shop Union City campaign, which encourages residents to "shop local" and rewards them with cash back from participating stores. Learn more here on Patch and at shoplocalunioncity.com.


A new Vietnamese eatery, My Tho, recently replaced Thanh Duo in Milpitas. The new restaurant, located on South Abel Street, serves the expected pho noodle bowls, rice plates, grilled meat and veggie dishes. My Tho also has locations in San Jose and Newark.

Color Me Mine opened last month in the Great Mall. The “paint your own ceramics” studio offers 400 designs in unfinished pottery and more than 60 colors. Now you can discover your inner artist and create a holiday gift for grandma. Learn more at milpitas.colormemine.com.

Want to find out what else is opening in the East Bay? Sprouts & Shutters now covers 21 cities on 18 Patch sites. Read the latest columns for the Central Contra Costa, Berkeley/Oakland and Tri-Valley communities.

Did you miss Patch's last retail and restaurant roundup? Read about these and more in our last Sprouts & Shutters column:  

  • Go Chaatzz and Dogfather Tattoo in Fremont
  • Pho Saigon Noodle & Grill and Rasputin Music in Newark
  • OK Cafe and Chloe Urban Chic Boutique in Union City
  • Texas Style BBQ and Journeys in Milpitas

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About this column: A monthly roundup of retail, restaurant and other business news in the Tri-Cities area and Milpitas.


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