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Klavon's Ice Cream soft-opens Sunday

Written by Melissa McCart on

klavons-sign 420Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor in the Strip will soft-open on Sunday for National Ice Cream Day, says co-owner Jacob Hanchar, who will run the business with his wife, Desiree. The couple bought the building from the Klavons at the end of June. 

"You can feel the love and passion he had for the place," said Mr. Hanchar, referencing Raymond J. Klavon, the former owner of the shop who died at the age of 64 in January. "We don't intend on changing the look of the place at all. There's good karma here."

The building served as Klavon's Pharmacy from 1920 to 1979, when it was boarded up until Mr. Klavon reopened the space as Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor in 1999.

The new Klavon's will be the only shop in Pittsburgh to sell ice cream from Penn State Creamery, the largest university creamery in the U.S. Founded in 1865, the creamery offers more than 100 flavors and boasts founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's among alums of its ice cream course.

At the start, it will offer a baker's dozen, with one flavor on rotation each month, said Mr. Hanchar. Eventually, Klavon's will make some flavors in-house.

After the soft-opening, the official debut will be on August 25 -- National Banana Split Day. Summer hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

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