Small Business Profile: Ruby Jewel
Friday, August 07, 2015
Lisa Herlinger, owner of Ruby Jewel and culinary school graduate, not only put in the hard work to see her vision come to light but she also included several other Portland businesses in that vision.
You may have seen Ruby Jewel's products in the freezer isle of your local Whole Foods, Zupans and New Seasons or maybe you are one of the lucky ones who have stopped in to their storefront locations on Mississippi Ave or in the heart of downtown Portland on 12th Ave & Washington Street. Ruby Jewel takes an artisianal approach to a favorite childhood treat: the ice cream cookie sandwich.
In an effort to create a community-building sustainable product, Ruby Jewel participates in the collaborative business model that has created a way for so many of our businesses to succeed. Bee Local, Bobs RedMill, Nossa Familia Coffee, and Freddy Guys Hazelnuts have shared their products and input to help Lisa Herlinger see her vision. Collaborating together, they are able to produce a finely curated product that lights up your senses with great flavors from fresh, local and organic sources.
Oregon strawberry, singing dog vanilla bean, caramel with salted chocolate. These are just a few of their “standard” flavored ice creams. Where Ruby Jewel does its best work is creating craft seasonal favorite ice creams with some of Portland’s best farms, gardens and food producers. Brown Sugar Sour Cream with Peach Jam, Double Chocolate with Marionberry Caramel Sauce and a dairy free Cherry Almond Ice round out just some of the new flavors you will find through August at their various locations.
Ruby Jewel is proud to announce their new location on Hawthorne Blvd, an area that is known for small businesses.
Related Slideshow: Oregon Business Rankings in US
See how Oregon stacked up against the other states in the U.S.
Oregon gets a C+ for small business friendliness from Thumbtack, in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation.
According to the ranking:
Overall friendliness C+
Ease of starting a business B
Ease of hiring D+
Health & safety D
Employment, labor & hiring D
Tax code D+
Training & networking programs B+
Oregon has been ranked as the 2nd most eco-friendly state in the country, according to a recent study by WalletHub.
Oregon ranks eighth in environmental quality and first in Eco-Friendly Behaviors landing them in second overall.
Oregon is behind Vermont and ahead of New York and Minnesota who land in the third and fourth spots respectively.
Small Business Friendliness Grade: C+
The Economist grades states on an A+ to F grading scale for its small business climate. Oregon is one of 4 states that earned a "C+"
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