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West Coast's popular ice cream shop to open in two Seattle locations

Salt & Straw's annual Chocolatier Ice Cream Collaboration begins Feb. 2 and runs through Mar. 1. Photo courtesy Salt & Straw

SEATTLE -- The Portland-based ice cream company Salt & Straw is set to open in Ballard and Capitol Hill this month, according to a company press release.

The ice cream shop is known for its handmade ice cream made with local ingredients, as well as its unique flavors such as Pear and Blue Cheese and Bone Marrow and Smoked Cherries.

The Seattle shops will feature 17 flavors, the company said in the release. Some of the flavors will include collaborations with local companies such as Elm Coffee and Westland Whiskey, Beecher's Cheese, Ellenos Yogurt and Rachel's Ginger Beer.

Every month Salt & Straw creates new seasonal flavors made with locally-sourced ingredients.

For February and March, some flavors will be made with local chocolate such as Fran's Chocolates and Theo Chocolate.

Co-founder Tyler Malek is originally from Snohomish and went to Western Washington University in Bellingham. He said he sees similarities to Portland's agriculture and ingredients.

"I think Seattle is open to adventure and friendly to innovation," Malek said in the press release.

The company, which was founded in 2012, also has shops in Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.

The Ballard location at 5420 Ballard Avenue Northwest is set to open Feb. 9. The Capitol Hill shop at 714 East Pike Street will open Feb. 16.

The shops will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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