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Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor in Pittsburgh’s Strip District
Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor opened as a soda fountain and pharmacy in 1923 and ran for more than 50 years before closing. It was revived in 1999 and has been tried and tested since then, serving Pittsburgher’s sundaes, scoops, and other classics in its Strip District location.
And now the popular ice cream parlor is expanding into Cleveland, hoping the expansion doesn’t stop there.
Jeff Hanchar, the cousin of Klavon owner Jacob Hanchar, will lead the new Cleveland franchise. Klavon has not yet announced an official opening date for the new Cleveland store.
“It’s like going back in time to go to a place like Klavon’s,” Jeff Hanchar said in a press release. “And the quality of the ice alone really stands out. Cleveland has a lot of ice cream shops but I think it’s more unique and a better product than what you see in Cleveland. The delivery service is also missing here. ”
Klavon’s is now also accepting franchise applications to open locations in other cities. According to Klavon’s social media, the goal is to share the atmosphere, delicious ice cream, and love of history in the United States. Some Pittsburgh companies have successfully expanded into Cleveland, such as Arsenal Cider House, which opened a location there in 2020.
In May, Klavon’s raised its employees’ wages to $ 15 an hour to find more workers, and then Jeff Hanchar reported that the store received more than a thousand applicants and that retention has been easier since then. The story of Klavon garnered national attention and praise from proponents seeking to raise the state minimum wage.
“When I speak to people who are interested in a franchise, I can tell them that this is an attractive business,” Jacob Hanchar told TribLive on November 26th. “It’s COVID safe, and if it can survive this, it can survive.” Anything. Ice cream is also fun. “
Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor: 2801 Penn Ave., Strip District. klavonsicecream.com