Kim Malek


Empire Builders

Kim Malek always wanted to open an ice cream scoop shop. After a lucky reconnection with her cousin, a lot of strategic thinking, and cashing in her 401(k), the former Starbucks executive co-founded Salt & Straw as a cart in Portland, Oregon. Today Salt & Straw is one of the fastest growing ice cream brands in the country and focuses on building strong local community—both in the neighborhoods where they do business and by purchasing as many local products as possible. With flavors like Salted Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Cracked Black Pepper, and Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, it’s no surprise Salt & Straw Ice Cream is attracting legions of fans from coast to coast.


Lauren Goldstein