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“A must see for anyone in Pittsburgh”

Klavon's Twenty Eight Ice CRM
Ranked #8 of 51 Dessert in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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
Pittsburgh, PA
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“A must see for anyone in Pittsburgh”
Reviewed 9 August 2011

This is a great place. The atmosphere is great. The ice cream is fabulous. And the memorabilia is very cool.

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“Awesome”
Reviewed 16 July 2011

Awesome old time ice cream parlor complete with soda fountain. A must try!

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Heath, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Great Atmosphere!”
Reviewed 6 March 2011

Nice old fashion atmosphere, with original vintage decorations. There was always something to look at! It never got boring. The ice cream was great, too. They had many sundae options, but limited ice cream flavors. They had more flavors than just vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, but not a huge selection. This place is a "must visit", in Pittsburgh!

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Pittsburgh, PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Cute, old-fashioned soda fountain”
Reviewed 22 July 2010

We went here after seeing it on an old PBS special about Pittsburgh. It's a nicely restored, old-fashioned soda fountain, and the menu reflects that with sundaes, malts, egg creams, flavored cokes, ice cream sodas, and even old types of candy. Can you pay less for a sundae? Sure, but you won't get the really fun atmosphere. It's definitely worth a visit.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Just like the old days”
Reviewed 1 May 2010

We were looking for ice cream close to downtown and someone on the elevator recommended Klavon's. I real old fashioned soda fountain. Looks like the whole family works there and they know a lot of their customers. Great Sundays and real ice cream sodas. The banana splits looked awesome.

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