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Inside the Creative, Frosty Lair of SF’s First Salt & Straw

Pac Heights won the ice cream lottery

San Francisco, no stranger to exceedingly excellent ice creams, will welcome its first outpost of Portland’s Salt & Straw ice cream in Pac Heights tomorrow. The menu (see here) is full of eccentric flavors like green apple mayo sherbet, and olive oil and lemon custard, all form the minds of co-founder/cousins Kim and Tyler Malek.

The store itself is the work of designer Andee Hess, and follows the quirky-cute design aesthetic of the chain’s other locations in Portland and Los Angeles, featuring red and white striped awnings, blonde wood, purple ceilings, and pints to go. There’s also a display of all the local producers that made it into their SF flavors, like Dandelion Chocolate, and Sightglass Coffee.

Merchant wall

Another local maker art installation hangs above the cash register, a colorful wooden string of shapes created by SF artists Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall, in collaboration with Osmose, and Jason Rens of Portland.

Salt & Straw

2201 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94115 Visit Website
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