Marylhurst alum Andee Hess ’03 is designing yet another ice cream store, this time in Lake Oswego, for the rapidly expanding Salt & Straw.
Salt & Straw is the beloved Portland-based ice creamery recognized for innovative flavors like Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper. Lake Oswego residents have been enjoying the treats served from a mobile cart for several summers at the Lake Oswego Farmer’s Market.
Now they’ll be able to indulge year-round and commune in a space designed by Andee Hess. Hess is a graduate of Marylhurst University, also in Lake Oswego.
“In a lot of Portland suburbs, it’s hard to find really thriving, walkable community centers,” Salt & Straw CEO Kim Malek told The Oregonian. “I love that about this part of Lake Oswego, and we just decided that it would be a good fit for us to take Salt & Straw on the road.”
Malek and co-founder Tyler Malek (Kim’s cousin) clearly appreciate the design aesthetic Andee Hess and her firm Osmose Design brought to their store on SE Division Street and the Wiz Bang Bar in Old Town. Hess also lent her creative vision to out-of-state Salt & Straw locations: five shops in Los Angeles, two in San Francisco, one in San Diego, and two shops opening soon in Seattle.
Should we expect a similar look and feel for the new space in Lake Oswego? Or will its suburban location call for a different direction?
Each shop design is tailored to its location, Hess said.
“We are excited that the Lake Oswego shop design will highlight how Salt & Straw’s aesthetic has developed with the brand in becoming established and iconic,” she said. “It will be a playful and sophisticated environment that showcases all of the effort and attention behind their classic flavors and ever-changing monthly specials.”
Thankfully, we won’t have to wait long. The newest Salt & Straw is slated to open before “ice cream weather” hits; the first retailers will move into their spaces at The Windward between mid-March and mid-April 2018, according to the website for Lake Oswego’s much anticipated mixed-use development project.
Andee Hess earned her bachelor’s degree in interior design from Marylhurst University in 2003. She worked four years at Skylab Architecture before starting her own firm, Osmose Design, in 2007.
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