Making Portland Happy With Ice Cream: Cloud City Ice Cream, A Hidden Portland Treat

What makes you happy? Do unicorns and giraffes make you happy? Perhaps it is ice cream that makes you happy? Maybe just good happy people with smiles on their face make you happy. What if you can have all these? That is the thinking of Bryan, the owner of the ice cream shop Cloud City Ice Cream in the suburban area of Woodstock Portland, Oregon.

When I meet the shy Bryan for the first time, his cheeks filled with a redness that made him glow. You can tell that Bryan did not speak to man people who did interviews. But Bryan made an exception this time because of what PathlessTravel does and the story interesting story he wanted to tell.

The quaint shop of Cloud City Ice Cream where people flock even when it rains.
The quaint shop of Cloud City Ice Cream where people flock even when it rains.

A few years ago Bryan found out the ice cream shop that he visited when he was younger was for sale. He decided to jump right on in and take his chance at making others happy with ice cream. After all this place crated happy memories for him and his family as they grew up. It was now time to bring happy memories to others through the magic of ice cream.

Bryan wanted to do something different than the previous owners had done. Instead of buying ice cream and selling it, he wanted to do something very Portland like. In the city known for its artisan and craft foods he took the approach of creating his own ice creams. Taking his idea and the advice of other ice cream shops he opened Cloud City Ice Cream. His unofficial mascot Sophie the Giraffe, a toy giraffe, currently looks over the whole store.

The sign not the created by a local artist representing the theme of unicorns.
The sign not the created by a local artist representing the theme of unicorns.

The place has also a interesting unicorn theme to it as well. You can have a your ice cream in a cup or even a “Uni-cone” (I love the pun). Pictures of unicorns also hang in the window colored by the local kids from the elementary schools that cloud city donates time and effort into. Why you ask? Well like Bryan told me “It is another way to make others happy and to do good.”

The largest challenge he had was trying to consistently have 32 flavors of ice cream to try from, despite not always having room to store all 32 flavors after making them. Of the 32 different flavors Bryan says the Cinnamon Brown Sugar is his favorite. Other noteworthy ones are the JamEarl Grey, Honey Green Tea and Black Currant Tea. They are  great because I LOVE TEA!

My Salted Caramel Swirl with Chocolate Stout on a Unicone
My Salted Caramel Swirl with Chocolate Stout on a Unicone

But my favorite was  the Chocolate Stout Ice cream made with 7 Grain beer from Hopworks Urban Brewery where we visited their their bike bar, Hopworks BikeBar, after an interview with another Portland icon. I also had it with a scoop of salted Caramel Swirl. The combo of bitter and salty sweet made a great layer of flavor in my mouth. I was happy. There are so many flavors to choose from. Check out the 32 different flavor options on Cloud City Ice Cream website.

I guess the idea of ice cream just makes everyone happy. Bryan was right to start up an ice cream to make others have fond memories. Like unicorns, ice cream is just magical, it just makes you feel good. Ice cream can make a person feel so good that Bryan told me of a story of an elderly couple who just got up and danced in the middle of the store from their excitement.

I know the ice cream made me feel good. Afterwards we walked outside into the rain and headed to our next destination while getting wet. We didn’t care, the ice cream made us feel good. To the hidden garden we went drenched in the rain with no care. I want to thank Bryan and his helpful staff for putting a smile on our faces.

Bryan’s Recommendations To Do Around Portland

Check out the amazing pizza at The Gladstone Street Pizza or Giants NY Pizza & Convenience

It is your turn.

Tell us what your favorite ice cream flavor is. Or do you have any hidden places that just make you happy in portland or anywhere else in the world?

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