Celebrating a neighbor: Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor


Klavon’s is just down the hill; have you been there recently?  And did you know that they serve lunch?  Klavons’ summer hours began on May 1, hours are now  Mon-Tue 10-5, Wed-Fri 10-9, Sat and Sun 12-9.  That presents a lot of opportunities to have a fine ice cream sundae or a malted.  Check out Klavon’s lunch menu on their website.  The site also has an ice cream menu and features a nice history of Klavon’s, with family photos.


There’s a great article about Klavons in the Tribune-Review.

Watch the video.

New resident's culinary adventures in the Strip


Left to right:  Keith Fuller, Elaine Labalme, Kevin Sousa

We’ve been following a new blog called New Girl in Town, written by Elaine Labalme.  In her own words, she “…moved to Pittsburgh from San Francisco after an 18-month search for the best city in which to live. (I am) now exploring my adopted city with a passion reserved for transplants.”

In her latest blog installment, she samples the variety of the Strip District, from Primanti’s to Mon Ami Chocolates, and ventures slightly downtown to visit with two of our Polish Hill neighbors, chefs Keith Fuller at Six Penn and Kevin Sousa at Nine on Nine.

Polish Hill view at the Heinz History Center


One of our neighbors just visited the Heinz History Center in the Strip District and reports that one of their long term exhibitions, on the 4th floor, features a large blow-up of the above photo of Paulowna Street in 1928.  The exhibit also includes artifacts and items from Pittsburgh’s ethnic communities, including a lot of Polish items.  A lot of us probably haven’t been to the History Center yet , but knowing that Polish Hill and the Polish heritage in Pittsburgh has a presence there might give us a reason to make a visit.

The Heinz History Center is located at 1212 Smallman Street.  Phone 412.454.6000.

This photo, and other historic photos of Polish Hill (and Pittsburgh, and Western PA) can be viewed from the Heinz Center’s online photo archives page.

Cooking classes at the new grocery store in the Strip



You did know there was a great new grocery store in the Strip, right?  Right by Nature, at 22nd and Smallman, is a full-sized grocery store selling organic and natural foods.  There are meat and cheese counters, a bakery and cafe, and the produce section is the best in the Strip.  The weekly specials are amazing–recent examples include broccoli for 79 cents a pound, two avocados for a dollar, apples for a dollar a pound, and celery for 69 cents.

On Sunday, Feb 8th from 1-3 pm, Right by Nature premieres a new series of cooking classes with chef Greg Alauzen, of Cioppino.  Seating is limited, so sign up in advance by calling 412.454.6200.  Right by Nature has free parking with purchase (entrance to the parking garage on 23rd street).

New Polish Deli opens in the Strip District!

The S&D Deli is open!

A couple emigrates from Poland to Western Pennsylvania and after getting established opens a storefront to sell to fellow immigrants and others many of the Polish foods they dearly miss from home. Read the Post Gazette article

They offer a wide range of Polish treats.

The 1500 square-foot store offers hard to find Polish products like fresh sauerkraut, sausages, European juices and chocolates and the deli offers hot lunch from 11am-2pm and seats about 20. Lunch offerings include Hunter’s Stew made with white cabbage, sauerkraut and kielbasa, pork stew with dumplings, halushki, stuffed cabbage, and of course pierogies. For dessert, try crepes with fresh farmers cheese, yum. Read the Pop City article

S&D Polish Deli, at 2204 Penn Ave., is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Phone: 412-281-2906.

Wanna listen to some music?


Free Brown Bag Opera! The Pittsburgh Opera holds a brown bag special on Saturdays through December 20th! It’s just a few blocks away from Polish Hill, right on Liberty Ave. in the Strip District.

Brown Bag Opera
12:15 – 12:45
Nov 29, Dec 6, 13 and 20
@ The Pittsburgh Opera
2425 Liberty Ave
for more information, call 412-281-0912

Rothschild Doyno Architects Open House

Celebrate Rothschild Doyno Architects’ new associates, logo, website and especially, their new work place!

Image: Pittsburgh City Paper

Through roughly 20 years of practice, Rothschild Doyno Architects has embraced the practice of lucid documentation, not simply in the construction drawings that contractors use, but in separate sketchbooks compiled for every project. Explanatory diagrams with accompanying text address a range of issues — matters of interest to the community, nearby landmarks and patterns of use, and contemporary construction practices — making the firm’s ideas explicit to clients and interested observers. These documents have been especially helpful in maintaining community dialogue surrounding housing developments, such as the Hill District’s Lou Mason residences. Says Rothschild Doyno principal Ken Doyno, “We’ve founded our firm on a systematic communication of that process.” Read More on Pittsburgh City Paper

Rothschild Doyno Architects
June 19, 2008 from 4-8pm
Penn At 29th in the Strip District
2847 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh Pa 15201