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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