Cold Front is a unique neighborhood space that combines the old-fashioned values of community and with today's discerning palettes for exceptional taste experiences in the heart of St. Paul. Cold Front provides an unforgettable customer experience combining made-to-order fountain drinks, premium ice cream and exceptional coffee with superior customer service in a warm & welcoming space from morning until night.
We are proud to partner with local and regional businesses at Cold Front. We serve Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, a family owned business making super-premium ice cream out of Madison, WI. We also proudly serve locally roasted Dogwood Coffee, and locally made Gray Duck Chai. Our unique soda fountain allows us to create old and new favorite soda concoctions. We also custom make natural signature soda syrups right in store.
We look forward to serving you soon!
Steve Willis and Laurie Drake – Steve and Laurie are co-owners and daily operators of Cold Front. Hailing from Nebraska and Wisconsin, Steve and Laurie found their way to the Twin Cities and fell in love over their mutual love for ice cream, doughnuts and music. Steve, has spent the last twelve years living and working in various parts of St. Paul in various food and beverage, and customer service roles, even spending a short stint in Iowa as a radio DJ before finding his way back to St. Paul. Laurie, lived and worked in Los Angeles and London in Brand Marketing before finding her way back to the Midwest and settling across the river in Minneapolis. The newly engaged couple are still fighting over which side of the river to live on while living out their dreams of being small business owners.
Ho Kye and Matt Drake - Ho and Matt are also co-owners of Cold Front. While working in engineering on either American coast for The Walt Disney Company, Matt and Ho met when their theme park project brought them to Hong Kong in 2003. Ho is from Georgia while Matt is from Wisconsin (and is also Laurie's brother). They both worked in project management for a major casino developer in Macau and Singapore before striking out on their own with their own respective companies. Ho and Matt live in Macau (the gambling enclave of China) with their two spirited daughters Charlotte and Sophia. In their limited spare time the Drakes enjoy eating at casino dim sum haunts (as they tend to be the most kid-friendly) and traveling to the most idyllic beaches in Southeast Asia.