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“Wonderful ice cream”

Klavon's Twenty Eight Ice CRM
Ranked #5 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 3 October 2017 via mobile

Nostalgic atmosphere of ice cream parlor of yesteryear. Great service. Amazing homemade waffle cones!

Thank cathy b
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Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

This is a convenient location, to taste the best scoop or two of ice cream. The employees are so happy and friendly! When you have a moment stop by and see what other treats Klavon's has in store for everyone!

Thank Charlotte G
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

I loved this ice cream shop. Its so retro. Great variety of candies, old and new. The ice cream is delicious. They even have old phone booths which make for nice pictures. Must try!

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Thank Adriana R
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

Such a cool place to visit! Ice cream is great and the atmosphere is even better. Love the feel of the place - worth the stop!

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Thank J4Mc
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Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

This place had delicious ice cream. I have been going to the Strip District for decades and never knew it existed! My nephew did a walking tour of the are for a field trip. He loved it and wanted to go back. It was well worth the trip. I had the mellow cup sundae. It was the best I have had in a long time! We definitely be back!

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