1953 Ford F-100

Is it odd to follow a classic vehicle into a store parking lot just to get a closer look?

If so, I don’t want to be normal.

The owner was in the store by the time I made it there but I paused a moment to appreciate his 1953 Ford F-100 in terrific shape. Spotting cool old vehicles out in the wild is a priceless gift.

Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor

My friend took me to a time machine on Friday night. It’s called Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor and it is a portal into a gentler time.

In fact, it appears to have not been updated at all since the doors opened in 1923 when it was an apothecary and ice cream shop. It operated as such until the late seventies.

Twenty years later, descendants of the original owners revived the old neighborhood hangout. It changed hands again in 2011 and is no longer in the Klavon family but continues operating under that name.

Luckily, some things don’t change. The woodwork is magnificent. The lights are Art Deco. They still have the original wooden phone booths, tile floors, tin ceiling and a gorgeous marble counter.

There’s penny candy and cold drinks but the star of the show is the extensive menu of ice cream sundaes, shakes and floats. I tried the Tin Ceiling Sundae – vanilla ice cream plus chocolate sauce, whipped cream and fresh roasted peanuts complete with a cherry on top. My friend had this pretty little thing that’s pictured below.

They also serve some made-to-order paninis, soup and pepperoni rolls.

As you can imagine, I loved it there.

Their location on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh’s popular Strip District means that lots of other people love it too. It was busy the entire time we were there and was still busy when we left a few minutes before closing time.

Want to visit or maybe just drool over their menu? Click here to visit their website.

Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor

My friend took me to a time machine on Friday night. It’s called Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor and it is a portal into a gentler time.

In fact, it appears to have not been updated at all since the doors opened in 1923 when it was an apothecary and ice cream shop. It operated as such until the late seventies.

Twenty years later, descendants of the original owners revived the old neighborhood hangout. It changed hands again in 2011 and is no longer in the Klavon family but continues operating under that name.

Luckily, some things don’t change. The woodwork is magnificent. The lights are Art Deco. They still have the original wooden phone booths, tile floors, tin ceiling and a gorgeous marble counter.

There’s penny candy and cold drinks but the star of the show is the extensive menu of ice cream sundaes, shakes and floats. I tried the Tin Ceiling Sundae – vanilla ice cream plus chocolate sauce, whipped cream and fresh roasted peanuts complete with a cherry on top. My friend had this pretty little thing that’s pictured below.

They also serve some made-to-order paninis, soup and pepperoni rolls.

As you can imagine, I loved it there.

Their location on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh’s popular Strip District means that lots of other people love it too. It was busy the entire time we were there and was still busy when we left a few minutes before closing time.

Want to visit or maybe just drool over their menu? Click here to visit their website.

Nutcracker Family Restaurant

When I visited the Cranberry Bog at Buckeye Lake a few weeks ago, my pal directed me into Pataskala for an early dinner at the Nutcracker Family Restaurant. I have been a few times but find it such a delight that going again was a true pleasure.

This isn’t exactly the best place to find vegetarian or even healthy food but I do still eat some fish occasionally so I was happy to get the perch special. It was fried to perfection.

I didn’t take a ride!

As you can see in the picture at top, there’s lots of interesting stuff to study while you wait for your food.

I wrote about the Nutcracker Family Restaurant once before. You can read that story and find more pictures by clicking here.

Overlook The Wrinkles

The owner of this 1960 Thunderbird has a sense of humor. Can you read the sign?

The car is sharp and I didn’t notice any wrinkles. It was one of many beautiful and sometimes unusual vehicles entered in the Feast of the Flowering Moon car show last month. I’ll show you more pictures from that Chillicothe, Ohio event soon.

Adventure Day Close To Home

Yesterday was epic. I didn’t travel far or do anything expensive. Instead, I spent the day being a tourist in my own backyard in nearby Chillicothe, Ohio.

The truth is, I didn’t actually do anything I had planned. The original plan was to go for a walk, hit a car show and eat Donato’s plant based pizza at the park.

None of this actually happened.

The lovely thing about solo adventures is there’s no one to complain when you go off script. What’s even better is that off script is often where the magic happens.

I started my day at Adena Mansion and Gardens, the historic home of Thomas Worthington. He was Ohio’s sixth governor, a founding father of Ohio who did so many things in his lifetime that he and his home will require their own story this week.

Ten dollars buys you a guided tour of the home, admission to a museum and access to explore the grounds. Here you’ll learn about life in Ohio when the state was young, about the life and career of this important figure in our history, and about others like Tecumseh and Henry Clay who visited here.

After that I hit up downtown Chillicothe which has experienced a rebirth in recent years. There are several nice specialty shops and restaurants here and the business community has done a great job of advocating for themselves. They have made improvements in the historic downtown and worked hard to draw in visitors who have money.

Downtown was busy as there were a couple of events in town and some stores were taking advantage of the extra foot traffic with sales. I don’t enjoy crowds so I didn’t dwell here but having live music was pretty cool

I had lunch at Carl’s Townhouse which is a 1939 era dinner that began life at the New York World’s Fair. A quick grilled cheese and fries were just the ticket to provide sustenance for the rest of my day.

Then it was a stroll down the street to Apollo Records where I chatted with the owner about the Flying Burrito Brothers and an amazing up and coming artist named Charlie Crockett. I found a great vintage Aretha Franklin album and a Roseanne Cash that I didn’t know but literally purchased for the cool cover art.

Then it was up the street to Grandpa Joe’s Candy Store for a cold drink and dessert before heading to Wheatberry Books for a new title and a chat with the clerk. She was excited about the Wendell Berry book I had chosen. Wheatberry is a small independent bookstore but their shelves are lined with all the books I either own or want to own. They even have a robust section for kids. Here’s something I once wrote on Wheatberry.

After that, it was a stroll through Yoctangee Park to see the swans, geese and ducks. I followed the sound of music to the ice cream truck because it was hot and humid and everyone’s a kid when the ice cream truck is nearby!

Afterward, it was a quick browse through Chillicothe Antique Emporium where I located a bargain and chatted with the owner about the old time soda fountain he assembled and added to his store. He collected the various pieces over time and from places as far away as Georgia. It is well done and you can sit for a cold drink, some ice cream or fresh popcorn! Click here for something I once wrote about that place.

Chillicothe has a lot of history and there’s much more than you can accomplish in a day. Hopewell Culture National Historical Park is an interesting stop to learn about the mound builders of this region. It has become internationally renowned and we are lucky to have it. In the summer, the outdoor drama Tecumseh tells the story of the Shawnee Chief who promoted intertribal unity to push back against the US Expansion into tribal lands.

Chillicothe has carved out a place for itself for specialty interests. The bookstore and record shop are practically unicorns in this day and age but there are other specialties. There’s an old school bike shop, a music store, a stained glass shop, a dojo and a place that specializes in aromatherapy. Plus antiques, clothing boutiques and a place where you can buy specialty toy soldiers designed for the serious collector. There is literally something for everyone in a tidy space along downtown streets lined with some very cool architecture. There’s even a great bike path and tons more to see and do than you can fit into a day.

Along the way yesterday, I had meaningful conversations with people who I never imagined I needed to meet. My Adena docent was fantastic and I met two retirees on my tour who I could have chatted with for hours. They didn’t bat an eyelash when I struck up a conversation and, as it turns out, they were open to talk about topics that I’ve never quite been comfortable discussing with my own friends.

It was an enriching and rewarding day, not necessarily for what I did so much as who I met along the way. More on that soon. For now, know this: the price of admission will get you into a place. The act of learning comes from talking to people about things that are new to you, talking to people about things that are important to them, talking to people about things that enlighten you.

Always, always, always be open to hearing someone else’s perspective.

Check back this week for stories about yesterday including more on Thomas Worthington and his Adena.

Here’s one more picture from the park.

Isn’t it peaceful?