Plus, the 411 on outdoor beer spots in the 412.
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Plus, the 411 on outdoor beer spots in the 412.

It’s Throwback Thursday, everybody.

Have you ever been to Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor in the Strip? This city treasure dates back to 1923. And starting today, Klavon’s is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour, plus tips. Managers also get equity in the company. It’s perfect timing for our TBT feature, bringing the 1920s to the 2020s. Read on for the scoop.

In other news: All Pennsylvanians will soon be able to book a vaccination, breweries offering outdoor seating, three very Pittsburgh things all yinzers will laugh at, and freaky finds on Facebook.

What Pittsburgh is talking about

Pink and purple in the black and gold | Tag #theinclinepgh to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @1wheelken)

4 things to know today

💉 All Pennsylvania adults will be able to schedule vaccination appointments starting April 19. Here’s more on the vaccine rollout timeline. (Associated Press / Commonwealth of Pennsylvania)

📈 Pennsylvania is set to loosen restrictions, but COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise. Yesterday, the state reported its fourth day in the past week with COVID-19 cases totaling more than 4,000. (90.5 WESA / TribLIVE)

➡️ Related: Watch this video of C.D.C. Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky urging Americans to remain vigilant as there is a potential for a fourth surge of cases. (New York Times)

🚰 The state Public Utility Commission’s ban on service shut-offs during the pandemic ends today, and utility companies are advising that debted customers sign up for assistance programs or set up a payment plan. Customers could qualify for relief through the American Rescue Plan Act, the Dollar Energy Fund, or the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. (TribLIVE)

💛 Rest: A Day of Healing and Art is offering free wellness services at Carnegie Music Hall today to give Pittsburgh’s communities a space to grieve and heal following the Atlanta shooting. (90.5 WESA)

4 things to make you smile

🌎 This sidewalk chalk art at the Grandview Overlook on Mount Washington is drawing attention to clean energy investments in the city. The local artists wanted to make a statement as Joe Biden visited Pittsburgh to announce an infrastructure package. (KDKA-TV)

🐊 Looking for an alligator head? Or free cake? Amanda Waltz reported on the freaky finds of Pittsburgh’s Buy Nothing Facebook groups. But don’t let that deter you from joining; these groups help reduce waste and money spent on common items like kitchenware and appliances. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

🍻 Enjoy some (socially distant) suds with your buds at this list of Pittsburgh breweries with outdoor seating. (Very Local Pittsburgh)

😂 Have you spotted the Pittsburgh holy trinity? A street porta-potty, a flooded dumpster, and a crashed boat … what would you add to the list? (Mitchell Nagy on Twitter)

🍨 Throwback Thursday with Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor

📸: Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor; photo courtesy of owner Jacob Hanchar.

When you step into Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor in the Strip District, you’ll see original marble countertops, tin ceilings, revolving stools, and a wooden phone booth in the back. It’s almost like nothing has changed since James and Mary Klavon opened it as a drugstore soda fountain in 1923.

For current owner Jacob Hanchar, it’s not just one of those things that make this shop a Pittsburgh treasure. “It’s the sum of everything together that gives you the experience,” he said in an interview this week with The Incline.

He and his wife Desiree bought the parlor in the summer of 2013 after falling in love with the spot during a visit a few years earlier. Jacob took the famous Penn State Ice Cream Course to carry on the building’s sweet legacy.

But creamy treats aren't all it was known for. The building was apparently built by philanthropist Mary Schenley 1885 and used as an office building, Jacob said. Most of the stories that Jacob hears about Klavon’s history harken back to its days as an apothecary and when it was operated by James Klavon’s son, Ray, who was a physician.

“People tell stories of coming here for an appointment and getting an ice cream cone,” Jacob said. And in a news archive, Jacob recently discovered that the shop once doubled as a speakeasy during prohibition.

If you visit, don’t forget to look for the mark above the phone booth that shows the height of the floodwaters on St. Patrick’s Day of 1936. Ray and his cousins were rescued the following morning by rowboat and had to exit through the window above the booth.

If you have any historical facts, stories or memories from Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor, hit reply. We’d love to hear from you.

I Spy Pittsburgh

The Clark Bar sign in the Upper Hill District (📸: @ghostsigngrrl)

Put your yinzer knowledge to the test

Want in on next week’s puzzle? 

Today our members — a.k.a. Incline Insiders — got the answer to an exclusive round of I Spy in their newsletters. That's it above, the Clark Bar sign in the Upper Hill District.

Here's how it works: Yesterday we showed Insiders a closeup photo of the sign and asked them to tell us where the photo was taken. Today, we shared the answer, the winner (shout-out to Donna H.), and some info about the spot.

Put your yinzer knowledge to the test, and join us as an Incline Insider today.


🌸 Step into spring at the opening of Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s new Welcome Center and Auto Garden (Oakdale)

💗 Honor the lives lost in Atlanta at REST: A Day of Healing and Art at Carnegie Museum of Art, co-organized by the Sex Workers Outreach Project Pittsburgh (Oakland)

🏞️ Scavenger hunt in Pittsburgh's parks with the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, today through April 30, on the virtual gameplay database (Online)


🐰 Try a high-tech Easter egg hunt as you geocache for eggs in Highland Park (Highland Park)


💃 Stream the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre performance of Boléro at the Carnegie Museum of Art, along with a guided tour in the Hall of Sculpture (Online)

📜 Take a peak inside the City’s Vault, and learn how this historical material is preserved with archivist Nick Hartley and Doors Open Pittsburgh (Online)


🌳 Grab your boots and help clean up Lake Elizabeth in Allegheny Commons Park at "What the Muck?!" with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (North Side)

One more thing …

You won’t want to miss tomorrow’s all-food edition of The Incline, where we update you on all of the new eateries opening around town. Tell your foodie friends to subscribe so they can get in on the fun.

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