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“Vintage storefront, Modern ice cream”

Klavon's Twenty Eight Ice CRM
Ranked #6 of 55 Dessert in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$20
Description: Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor and Confectionery is a Pittsburgh tradition. James and Mary Klavon first opened Klavon’s in 1923 as a neighborhood apothecary and ice cream shop. After years of serving the community, the shop closed in 1979 and sat dormant for two decades. When the old drugstore soda fountain was reopened in 1999, it was like stepping into a time capsule. James and Mary’s eight grandchildren and a cousin teamed up to transform the old pharmacy into a full-service ice cream parlor, conserving the original features that made it such a colorful place to visit. With its original marble countertops, stainless steel fountain equipment, revolving stools that were originally fashioned to look like Coca-Cola bottle caps, and wooden phone booths, Klavon’s is reminiscent of the kind of place in which a young George Bailey worked in It’s a Wonderful Life. Visitors of all ages will enjoy seeing the apothecary jars displayed along the walls and shopping at the old-time candy counter still stocked with penny candy. While you're visiting, be sure to look for the mark above the phone booths that shows how high the floodwaters reached on St. Patrick's Day of 1936. As the story goes, James and Mary's son, Raymond, was in early that morning to move the basement stock and equipment to the safety of the first floor. Back then, spring thaws generally brought a foot or so of water into the basement for a few days, but that year the waters rose much higher and faster, driving Raymond and his cousins to the top floor. They were rescued the following morning by rowboat, and had to exit through the windows above the phone booths that still stand in the parlor today. Jacob and Desiree Hanchar and their children fell in love with the local ice cream parlor when they visited this popular spot during the summer of 2011. Two years later, the couple purchased Klavon’s. They continue to carry on the tradition of creating delicious treats ingredients at a reasonable price. In 2015, Jacob took the famous Penn State Ice Cream Course and now we make our own delicious ice cream straight from the Creamery tradition! SUMMER Hours (St. Patrick's Day to Halloween) M-Th 11a–9p F-Sa 11a–11p Su 12p–8p Non-Summer Hours (Halloween to St. Patrick's Day) M, Wed, Th 11a–7p F-Sa 11a–9p Su 12p–8p Closed Tuesday
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Description: Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor and Confectionery is a Pittsburgh tradition. James and Mary Klavon first opened Klavon’s in 1923 as a neighborhood apothecary and ice cream shop. After years of serving the community, the shop closed in 1979 and sat dormant for two decades. When the old drugstore soda fountain was reopened in 1999, it was like stepping into a time capsule. James and Mary’s eight grandchildren and a cousin teamed up to transform the old pharmacy into a full-service ice cream parlor, conserving the original features that made it such a colorful place to visit. With its original marble countertops, stainless steel fountain equipment, revolving stools that were originally fashioned to look like Coca-Cola bottle caps, and wooden phone booths, Klavon’s is reminiscent of the kind of place in which a young George Bailey worked in It’s a Wonderful Life. Visitors of all ages will enjoy seeing the apothecary jars displayed along the walls and shopping at the old-time candy counter still stocked with penny candy. While you're visiting, be sure to look for the mark above the phone booths that shows how high the floodwaters reached on St. Patrick's Day of 1936. As the story goes, James and Mary's son, Raymond, was in early that morning to move the basement stock and equipment to the safety of the first floor. Back then, spring thaws generally brought a foot or so of water into the basement for a few days, but that year the waters rose much higher and faster, driving Raymond and his cousins to the top floor. They were rescued the following morning by rowboat, and had to exit through the windows above the phone booths that still stand in the parlor today. Jacob and Desiree Hanchar and their children fell in love with the local ice cream parlor when they visited this popular spot during the summer of 2011. Two years later, the couple purchased Klavon’s. They continue to carry on the tradition of creating delicious treats ingredients at a reasonable price. In 2015, Jacob took the famous Penn State Ice Cream Course and now we make our own delicious ice cream straight from the Creamery tradition! SUMMER Hours (St. Patrick's Day to Halloween) M-Th 11a–9p F-Sa 11a–11p Su 12p–8p Non-Summer Hours (Halloween to St. Patrick's Day) M, Wed, Th 11a–7p F-Sa 11a–9p Su 12p–8p Closed Tuesday
Reviewed 19 July 2017

I grew up in the 70s and 80s, when mass-produced, low-quality ice cream was the norm at road-side custard stands and grocery store freezers. Fortunately, the lapse of time and engines of capitalism have given us better quality, more choice, and, happily, in the case of Klavon’s, the ability to resurrect history in the process. The original Klavon’s opened in 1923, closed for business in 1979 - a sign of the times in then-declining Pittsburgh - only to be resurrected in 1999 on the outskirts of Strip District proper.

The original counter, tables and wooden telephone booths lend a time capsule atmosphere to the shop. The current owners, trained in Penn State Creamery tradition, offer locally-sourced, high quality ice cream, as well as local favorites like the Strip District Split. While less avant-garde than Millie’s selections, Klavon’s is a family-friendly destination where modern and old Pittsburgh come alive.

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Reviewed 2 July 2017

Wow wow wow! Came here after dinner on a Saturday night. I had an ice cream craving so we looked up the closest place. I wasn't prepared for how adorable this place would be.

This parlor looks straight out of the 20s. Yes, tons of ice cream shops try to be retro but this one was authentically so. We ended up researching the history the entire time we were there enjoying our cones. It was an apothecary and ice cream shop originally opened in the 1920s. The art deco details, phone booths, pharmaceuticals and apothecary bottles are all still in the shop! My absolute favorite part, though, was the stunning marble tables.

The ice cream was fantastic!! The owners took the classes offered by Penn State's Berkey Creamery and you can tell they know how to make a delicious ice cream. I really enjoyed my mint chocolate chip.

When I return I will definitely get a sundae. They looked cute but also the whipped cream looked homemade!

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Thank caitpre
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Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

Klavons was bought by new ownership a few years ago and has really been improving. The inside of the shop is awesome, service was fast even when it was very busy inside, and prices and ice cream was reasonable for a city.

Thank _A_Traveling_Dude_22
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Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Love this place! Huge menu of ice cream choices, or custom make it yourself. Also, variety of coffee and tea drinks. Nice way to end the day, definitely worth a trip if you're visiting Pittsburgh.

Thank debbtatro
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Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Our family is in town for a baseball game. Stopped at Klavon's for ice cream. Sooooooo glad that we did!! Hot fudge sundae and chocoholic delight were amazing. Make sure that you ask for the chocolate whipped cream!!

Thank Betzzzz
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