We were on the boulevard for the Sidewalk Sale on Friday last week, and passed by the new Salt & Straw ice cream shop just as the store’s designer was directing the hanging of a giant Sunbrella canvas atop the storefront.
Designer Andee Hess of Osmose Design in Portland Oregon, home of Salt & Straw, was here on Larchmont Boulevard seeing to the finishing touches of the newest store on the block that could be one of the most popular with kids and adults alike: an old-time ice cream parlor.
“The shop’s design is really about that handcrafted, nostalgic design, using local resources. Just like the ice cream,” Hess said, noting that all the products and ingredients in the ice cream and in the storefront are result of local ‘collaborations’ and products.
The storefront has a broad, clear floor-to-ceiling window surrounded by warm planks of wood cut and hewn in patterns, and topped by a soft fabric awning that lies flat on the face of the building. We got a peek inside to see a wall of old-fashioned looking wooden shelving and a waffle patterned plaster ceiling bringing more of the hand-crafted feel to every inch of the place. There will be very limited seating inside – it’s a take out eatery after all.
Hess told the Buzz that her design shop does commercial and residential design. They won a “Best of the Year” award in 2013 from Interior Design Magazine for a Salt & Straw shop in Portland, Oregon.
Salt & Straw will open this week on Saturday, September 13th while the sun still burns, making ice cream a special treat.
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