Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream Opening New Scoop Shop Downtown
Ice cream fans rejoice: Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream is coming to Market Square. Known for their unique flavors and fresh ingredients, Millie’s is sure to be an exceptional addition to the Downtown food scene.
Co-owner Chad Townsend has been in the food business for years, working in some of Pittsburgh’s finest restaurants including Salt of the Earth. He and his wife, Lauren, decided that they wanted to embark on a new endeavor, so they began making ice cream for fun with a commercial tabletop ice cream machine. What started as an opportunity to do something for fun quickly generated interest within the couple’s group of friends. Soon the couple was offered a space at the Livermore in East Liberty to get the word out about their products to a larger audience.
In order to expand their reach even further, Chad and Lauren built a dairy plant in Homewood, Pennsylvania. They started a community supported agriculture for their products, or a CSA for short, in which customers could buy a subscription in order to consistently get ice cream whenever the couple was ready to sell it.
In March of 2016, the first Millie’s Scoop Shop was opened in Shadyside. Millie’s opened to rave reviews, earning praise for their farm fresh ingredients, seasonal flavors, and for the fact they pasteurize their own mix to ensure the freshest product possible reaches their customers.
The latest Millie’s endeavor for Chad and Lauren is opening up their new location in Downtown Pittsburgh. While Chad said that the Shadyside Scoop Shop largely happened out of convenience, the new Downtown location provides new and exciting challenges. The decision to open up a second scoop shop was kickstarted by Lucas Piatt, the president of Millcraft Industries. The location that was agreed upon is in Market Square beside Revel + Roost. Chad said that while Downtown is a very segmented area of Pittsburgh, Market Square felt like a natural and appropriate place for their second scoop shop.
Bringing Millie’s to Downtown will surely increase their audience, and that is one of the reasons that Chad is looking forward to opening the second scoop shop.
“We like the dynamic of Downtown,” Chad said. “It aggregates people of all neighborhoods to one place.”
Chad said that he is looking forward to giving people the opportunity to visit Millie’s who may not have been able to get to the Shadyside location as conveniently. In order to ensure a similar experience between the two locations, both scoop shops will feature many of the same flavors, but Market Square will feature a few more. However, Chad said that there will be some flavors unique to each location.
Millie’s is on track for their goal of an early July opening in Market Square. Their new location will be at 260 Forbes Avenue. Until they open, you can visit their Shadyside Scoop Shop or their website to hear more about their story, order pints, and view some of the flavors that they have to offer that may make the move to Market Square.
TV Show Road Closures, Thursday, June 29
A TV show will be filming in Downtown on Thursday, June 29. Filming locations are from 3:00 p.m. until 3:30 a.m.
Italian Festival to Showcase Local Musicians
Along with booths stuffed with delicious Italian food, three local musicians will be performing at Highmark’s Italian StrEAT Festival July 8th and 9th: Chase and the Barons, Right TurnClyde – Pittsburgh’s Best Acoustic Rock Trio, and Bobby V.
Chase and the Barons
Chase and the Barons “bring rock ‘n’ roll back out onto the dance floor” with paisley ties and brightly colored jeans, creating a groovy look. The band formed when drummer Jake Stretch and bassist Jacob Rieger recorded their parts for front man Chase Barron’s second studio album. Soon after, lead guitarist Mike Saunders and saxophonist Tyler Handyside joined the mix. From there, they created a rock style filled with elements of funk, jazz, and psychedelia.
“The goal of this band is to create an atmosphere in which everyone is accepted and invited to have a good time,” said Barron. “We just performed on a float at the Equality Parade for Pride to further this message. I love to look out to a crowd of people from all demographics enjoying themselves, having a good time, and leaving their standards and preconceived notions at the door.”
Last spring they released their first EP, “Propose a Toaster,” with Pioneer Records, and it can be found online or at one of their shows. They also have a small release called “Panic-Wishaw,” which can be found at www.chaseandthebarons.com. They’ve won awards such as first place in Duquesne University’s Battle of the Bands 2016 and first place at Point Park Pioneer Star 2016.
Right TurnClyde – Pittsburgh’s Best Acoustic Rock Trio
Sponsored by ICLight Beer, Right TurnCylde – Pittsburgh’s Best Acoustic Rock Trio is a mix of modern and classic rock with “a little country sprinkled in for flavor.” They consider their genre “everyone from 25 to 50.” They’ve been together for three years, and their members consist of Robert Jacob on standup bass, Mathew “KOZ” Kozlovac on lead vocals and guitar, and Clyde Callicott on rhythm guitar.
Callicott founded the band and met his partner through Craigslist. After collaborating together, they auditioned musicians to join them. They were originally called Duane and Clyde, but then someone suggested the name Right TurnClyde, from the Clint Eastwood film “Every Which Way But Loose.” However, Callicott’s partner left to pursue other interests. This lead to Robert Jacob and Mathew Kozlovac joining the band.
Right TurnClyde has a selection of about 300 songs, and they usually play 30 to 35 a night. As an example of a setlist, the band might play “What I Got” by Sublime, “She Talks to Angels” by The Black Crowes, then “Hanginaround” by Counting Crows. They also take requests. You can learn more about them by visiting their facebook page.
Bobby V performs as a one-man-band, playing the acoustic guitar, harmonica, and percussion. He usually performs alone, but sometimes he puts on shows with a duo or a full band. He has also performed with other artists, such as Dave Matthews and Zac Brown. His musical style is similar to those of the 1960s and 1970s, and his biggest influences are Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Bob Seger. He’s been performing professionally for more than 20 years and plays in Florida in the winter and in Pittsburgh and Nashville in the summer.
Bobby V mainly performs at private parties, but he also performs at resorts and music festivals. His shows include a conglomerate of cover songs and his own compositions. He can cover over 1000 songs from the 50s to the present day and has written over 200 of his own songs. Because he focuses on making every show an audience-centric experience, he has been voted one of the best one-man bands in the country.
He’s currently working on his new CD, which will feature musicians from western Pennsylvania and southern Florida. To learn more about Bobby V and his music, check out his website.
Penn Avenue Fish Co. to Move to New Location Downtown
Penn Avenue Fish Co. announced they will be moving their downtown location to Liberty Avenue and 7th Street, the former location of Sal’s City Deli. Their primary location is in the Strip District, and their former downtown location was 308 Forbes Avenue, until they had to close in January due to sewage backups in the building’s basement and ongoing construction on the sidewalk outside.
Founded by Angela Earley and Henry B. Dewey, Penn Avenue Fish Co. offers a variety of seafood including fish sandwiches, fish/crab tacos, shrimp and crab pizza, sushi, and more. They also wholesale fresh fish, cater, and sell shirts and hats.
With the idea of moving to a new location in mind, co-owner Henry Dewey told The Pittsburgh Post Gazette in March that moving on meant broadening their horizons.
“Trying to rebuild with everything that was going on, we just decided we wanted to do something bigger and better,” Dewey told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette in March.
The new location is scheduled to open in September, but until then you can visit their Strip District location to reel in your seafood cravings.
Big Changes Ahead for Strip District’s Produce Terminal
After three years of deliberation, the produce terminal in the Strip District will undergo a transformation. In March, Chicago developer, McCaffery Interests, and the city of Pittsburgh signed a memorandum of understanding to push the renovation plan forward. The agreement states that McCaffery Interests will lease at least 40,000 square feet to local or regional businesses focused on artisan food, crafts, produce, meats, and creative arts. The goal is to create a space for local markets and the citizens of Pittsburgh.
The produce terminal was built in 1926, originally serviced by the Pennsylvania Railroad. In the heart of the Strip’s Historic District, it stands at one story, stretching 1533 feet along Smallman Street from 16th Street Bridge to 21st Street. It is currently vacant except for Society for Contemporary Craft, an internationally renowned arts center, taking up the 21st Street end section.
Dan McCaffery, CEO of McCaffery Interests agreed to lease the building for 99 years from the city’s Urban Development Authority, paying the URA $2.5 million. The remodel is expected to cost $62.6 million and to be carried out over as many as four phases. McCaffery Interests anticipates construction to begin in the third quarter of 2017, and the first phase of development would start at the public market on the 16th Street end.
McCaffery is allowed to buy the building 15 years after the first phase has been completed. However, the URA has the right to refuse him if he gives up their interests. Some of their interests include the public market, commitments to using local or regional vendors, first-refusal rights, and keeping Society for Contemporary Craft.
Originally Society for Contemporary Craft wasn’t able to afford the rent hike that would be a result of the renovation, so they made a deal with McCaffery so that they could still afford it. It’s been one of the many setbacks of this project, as McCaffery has disputed with the city as to what the building would be used for. However, now that the purpose of the terminal building has been hammered out in the memorandum of understanding, 2017 will be pivotal in seeing what the future of the produce terminal holds.
Music City Downtown Weekly Calendar
Music City Downtown Weekly Calendar
In an effort to promote all the incredible live music Downtown, we are compiling a list of places where you can catch some tunes in the upcoming week, every week.
Andys @ Fairmont Pittsburgh
Thursday, June 29 – Shari Richards from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Friday, June 30 – Peg Wilson from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Tuesday, June 27 – JazzLive in Katz Plaza with Kenia at 5:00 p.m.
Free, live music every Saturday starting at 7 PM at the Barrelhouse in the Northside! The Mash Bill series runs through September. A food truck will also be on-site at each Mash Bill.
Saturday, July 1 is New Orleans Night at the Barrelhouse featuring music from Greg Jones. Food Truck Feature: Pgh Po’Boys.
Wednesday, June 28: Groove along to some free tunes at Midweek Music in Market Square by CBS Radio from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. through August 23.
The Garden Cafe at Heinz Hall
Wednesday, June 28 – Shari Richards from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m., weather permitting
Revel + Roost
Friday, June 30 – Joel Lindsey from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 2 – Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers with Billy Price
Monday, July 3 – Beatlemania Magic
Tuesday, July 4 – No Bad JuJu with special guest Chris Jameson
Salsa and Bachata nights at Seviche every Tuesday from 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. and a live DJ every Friday from 10:00 p.m. – close.
Live jazz every night of the week at various times. Check out Eddie V’s website for a full calendar.
Live music every Friday and Saturday from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Howl at the Moon
Live music on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Fridays at 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit Howl at the Moon’s website here.
Downtown Events this Week:
Pup Night: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Tampa Bay Rays – PNC Park, 7:00 pm
Diana Krall – Benedum Center, 8:00 pm
The Second Step – Developing a Business Plan – Mervis Hall, University of Pittsburgh, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 am
Dirty Heads & Soja – Highmark Stadium, 7:00 p.m.
The O’Jays – Heinz Hall, 7:30 pm
Tam O’Shanter Drawing Session: PGH Photograms – Carnegie Museum of Art, 6:00 pm
In Honor of Service – An Americana Concert – Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, 7:00 pm
An Evening with Vivian Reed – August Wilson Center, 7:00 pm
New Kids on the Block with Paula Abdul & Boyz II Men – PPG Paints Arena, 7:30 pm
Art + Time at the Mattress Factory – Mattress Factory, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Concerts in the Park – Hartwood Acres, 8:15 p.m.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs San Francisco Giants – PNC Park, 1:35 p.m.
An Act of God, O’Reilly Theater, through July 2
Beauty of the Burgh with Bike the Burgh Tours, 500 First Ave., through December 31
Downtown’s Best Walking Tours, Thursdays through August
Past Present Future: Western Pennsylvania’s People and Places – Silver Eye Center for Photography, through August 19
Green Market at Phipps – Phipps Conservatory, Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Night Markets – Market Square, Saturdays through October 28
Surface – James Gallery, through July 29
CASH AND CARRY SAMPLE SALE SPRING & SUMMER 2017 WORTH NEW YORK – 100 Fifth Avenue at Liberty, 10th Floor.Saturday July 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m and Monday July 10th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Contact Bear Brandegee at 412.877.0464 for more details