Another sign that spring is here and summer is soon around the corner, is the Portland Malt Shoppe opening. Although I never see a date published, everyone seems to know and congregate at the open ordering windows for a taste of Duluth and creamy delights.

According to their website they are open every day 11a to 9 p, until May 16th, then they are open till 10p, serving up malts, ice cream and other desserts. On their website they also answer the question why they are called the Portland Malt Shoppe. The neighborhood they are located in used to be called Portland.

The history of the building from their website is, in 1921, the building was built as a gas station for Northwestern Oil Company. Harry and Edith Rogers managed the gas station for many years. In the 1970's, the building was purchased for a small dress boutique called the Portland Village. Following tradition, when we purchased the building in 1989, it became the PortLand Malt Shoppe.

Now, when can we get Mother Nature to turn up the thermostat?