Vegan dessert shop Kate’s Ice Cream opens Friday in Portland

Kate’s Ice Cream will bring vegan scoops and gluten-free waffle cones to an auspicious location on Friday — Ruby Jewel’s former home on North Mississippi Avenue.

Kate Williams, the creator of Kate’s Ice Cream, started making vegan ice cream in a Boston basement eight years ago, first for her sister who couldn’t eat dairy, then for an audience of wider and wider.

In 2019, after moving to Portland, she started selling Kate’s Ice Cream at PSU Portland Farmers Market. His product was a success.

Now Williams, 32, is opening her first permanent boutique.

“It’s very exciting to have a roof over my head,” Williams said last week.

This rooftop is the completely renovated space that housed Portland’s iconic ice cream sandwich shop, which has now moved to the wholesale market. The counter moved and the walls were painted with pastel patterns. But the location, in the center of the Mississippi, remains ideal for the strolling ice cream lover.

And Kate’s ice cream isn’t just for people who don’t want or can’t eat dairy or gluten.

“I really want to make an ice cream that everyone can have,” Williams said, adding that while she doesn’t use animal products, “the number one goal is that you don’t even know it. “.

To that end, she makes creamy, fatty ice cream made from coconut milk. Her most popular flavor, which she also sells with several others at New Seasons and Providore in Portland, is Marionberry Cobbler, packed with berries and nutty oats.

Another popular choice is Peanut Brittle, a subtle peanut butter ice cream topped with a sweet crunch.

The new store will also feature special flavors like Mississippi Mayhem, a purple cake-flavored ice cream with everything from brownies to sprinkles to cookie dough, depending on the day.

Williams also plans to have a “mystery flavor” on the menu, which customers can eat and try to guess.

Her goal is to start simple, with scoops and cones, and expand into more vegan and gluten-free desserts like brownies and ice cream sandwiches.

And for those still worried about the loss of Ruby Jewel’s milkshakes, here’s some good news: “We’ll be adding milkshakes later in the spring,” Williams said.

If you go: Kate’s Ice Cream, 3713 N. Mississippi Ave., opens at noon on Friday, March 18.

-Lizzy Acker

503-221-8052, [email protected], @lizzzyacker

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