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Cousins Kim and Tyler Malek are the dynamic duo behind Salt & Straw, Portland’s most talked about ice cream company. Envisaging a friendly neighborhood hangout that just so happens to offer the city’s most inventive ice cream flavors, Kim endeavored to open her own scoop shop since 1996. Hellbent on bringing her goals to fruition, she cashed in her 401K, sold her house, and followed her dream with a custom push cart.
Today, Salt & Straw boasts six brick and mortar locations in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Anaheim, where loyal customers pack parlors across the West Coast for a taste of the unusual handmade ice creams that have since made Salt & Straw a phenomenon. Classic flavors include roasted strawberry coconut, pear and bleu cheese, honey lavender, and almond brittle with salted ganache, while their seasonal choices range from sweet potato casserole with maple pecans to spiced goat cheese and pumpkin pie, even salted caramel with crispy thanksgiving turkey.