Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor, a Pittsburgh ice cream tradition since 1923, dedicated to serving local community members with exquisite sundaes, ice cream, soda, floats, and splits, this week announced they will be hosting their first-ever Small Ice Cream Shop Competition on July 16th, National Ice Cream Day.
Excited to be doing something completely original, Klavon’s competition will feature female leaders in the ice cream industry, including well-known entrepreneurs Natasha Case from CoolHaus, Cris Freeman from Phin and Phebes, and Jennie Dundas from Blue Marble.
Equipped to judge the entries based on the mouth feel, look of the ice cream and textual appeal, uniqueness, taste, and the catchiness of the flavor name, the three judges will decide the competition winner, who will have their flavor featured at CoolHaus Scoop Shops for a season.
“Klavon’s is a city treasure, and I’m happy to see them celebrating women in the ice cream business. I wish all competitions could be decided by ice cream,” Mayor William Peduto said.
Small standalone shops across the country that have more than one location, but are not franchises, will be invited to compete. Large corporations or non-ice cream related businesses will not be admitted to the competition. The winner, in addition to the CoolHaus feature, will win a $10,000 cash prize, and national bragging rights.
Jacob Hanchar, co-owner of Klavon’s said, “We at Klavon’s are extremely excited to provide a place where small ice cream shops across the country and can show off their talent!”
The first of the featured judges, Natasha Case, a Forbes 30 Under 30 entrepreneur, is nationally known for building up an ice cream empire from scratch. Today, her company, CoolHaus, serves architecturally inspired gourmet ice cream sandwiches through their trucks and two Los Angeles shops. Through the company’s expert use of social media, they have amassed over 100,000 followers.
In 2007, Jennie Dundas ignited a movement when she opened Blue Marble Ice Cream, NYC’s first-ever source-driven, eco-conscious ice cream company. Based in Brooklyn, Blue Marble remains the only certified organic ice cream company in NYC. Blue Marble has been the exclusive brand at jetBlue Mint, The Barclays Center, and Smorgasburg, and has made Best Ice Cream in America lists including Food & Wine, Yahoo Travel, Men’s Journal, Epicurious, Refinery29, and more. Its pure, elemental flavors are offered on the distinguished menus of NY hot spots such as Tavern on The Green and Burger Joint; and corporate clients include Google, Facebook, Saturday Night Live, and many more. In 2010, she and co-founder Alexis Gallivan launched Blue Marble Dreams, a non-profit initiative to provide jobs and promote joy in post-trauma regions through the unlikely medium of ice cream. So far, Blue Marble Dreams has opened shops in Butare, Rwanda and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Blue Marble can be found on retail shelves in 15+ states, or ordered online for home delivery nationwide.
Jennie said, “I am so honored to participate in Klavon’s inaugural national ice cream competition, especially with fellow female entrepreneurs. I cannot WAIT to do what I like best: eat lots and lots of ice cream!”
Lastly, Crista Freeman from Brooklyn’s Phin and Phebes, committed to creating the market’s most unique and creative flavors, using local dairy and non-GMO and organic flavorings. All of their dairy comes from family-owned and run cooperatives within a 20-mile radius of where they make their ice cream. Phin & Phebes can now be found across the U.S. in grocers like Whole Foods, Walmart, Safeway, Shop Rite, H.E.B and Central Markets to name a few. Her creative and tenacious spirit has built a team and brand that continues to push the boundaries in innovation within the grocery channel that is dominated by Big Food players like Unilever & Nestle in the frozen space. Like Jennie, Crista is making significant improvements in the sustainability and responsibility behind ice cream creation.
Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor has been around since 1923, when James and Mary Klavon founded it as a pharmacy and ice cream shop. The parlor was in operation until 1979, when it closed down for two decades. In 1999, James and Mary’s eight grandchildren teamed up to transform the old building into a full-service ice cream parlor. Today, it is owned and operated by husband and wife duo, Jacob and Desiree Hanchar.
For more information, visit: http://www.klavonsicecream.com/
Company Name: Klavons Ice Cream Parlor
Contact Person: Jacob Hanchar
Country: United States