Salt & Straw Opens New Location in Vancouver

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A Salt & Straw ice cream cone

The Vancouver ice cream shop opens its doors Jan.5, and will feature the company’s dairy-free January flavors.

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Last week Portland-based Salt & Straw Ice Cream announced that it will open a new retail location in Vancouver in January.

“It’s a wonderful gathering space, and we feel incredibly lucky to be a part of it,” said co-founder and CEO Kim Malek in a press release announcing the move. “Washington is near and dear to our hearts, and we are beyond excited for our continued growth in the area. Thank you to our Pacific Northwest Community for their continued support, without which none of this would be possible.”

Malek said the company had been looking for the ideal spot in Vancouver for several years.

The 1,200-square-foot location at 740 Waterfront Way will be the company’s fourth in Washington. (A fifth will open in Bellevue in spring 2024.) The company says it will be hiring between 20 and 25 local employees. According to the press release, the company is particularly focused on providing career opportunities for people with barriers to employment, particularly BIPOC people, LGTBQIA+ people, people with disabilities, and those with a criminal justice system background.

Upon opening, customers will be able to buy all 13 of the company’s classic flavors, as well as Salt & Straw’s dairy-free January monthly menu, which includes flavors like dairy-free red velvet cake, chocolate chip cookies in oat milk and Bananas Foster.

The new location will open Jan. 5 with free hot chocolate from 11 a.m. to noon, and a visit from Clark College mascot Oswald the Penguin, as well as live music in the evening.