Salt & Straw, easily Portland’s most famous ice cream brand, started as a push-cart in 2011. Cousins and co-founders Tyler Malek and Kim Malek went on to open a shop on NE Alberta soon afterward, serving ice creams in flavors like brown ale and bacon or melon and capicola.
Now, just past the brand’s ten-year anniversary, Salt & Straw has become a national phenomenon. Salt & Straw now operates scoop shops in Florida, California, and Washington, including six locations in the Bay Area and seven in Los Angeles. Salt & Straw sells its own line of perfume, candles, and its ice cream cookbook, as well as pint-packs shipped nationwide. But as it rapidly expanded around the country, Salt & Straw has focused less time on its home state in recent years: The Lake Oswego location, which opened in 2018, was the last Salt & Straw to open in Oregon, and there are only four locations statewide.
Next year, that will change: Salt & Straw will open two new locations in Oregon, specifically in Eugene’s Oakway Center and Beaverton’s Cedar Hills Crossing. There’s not a ton to know about the new locations yet: Salt & Straw’s Eugene location will open next spring at 135 Oakway Road #B, while the Beaverton shop will open at 2735 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. in the summer. The Oregonian, who first reported on the incoming shops, says that both locations will have specific areas for customers to spend time, whether it’s a “park-like” outdoor area outside the Beaverton locale or a fireplace-warmed seating area in Eugene. Kim Malek told the O that the Lake Oswego location’s success instigated the cousins’ renewed interest in Oregon investment.
“It’s always been a dream to open a shop in Eugene and we’re so excited to see this location come to fruition,” Kim Malek said in a press release. “We’ve spent years collaborating with the University of Oregon and other local businesses, like Singing Dog Vanilla and Red Ape Cinnamon. It’s unbelievable to get to open such a special shop in our backyard.”