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Millie's Homemade Ice Cream Set to Open Second Location

Pittsburgh's excellent ice-cream maker starts scooping Downtown this weekend.

photo by Adam Milliron

Downtown is set to get a lot cooler Sunday when Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream debuts its second location, a small scoop shop just off of Market Square. 

“There’s energy down here that wasn’t here even two years ago. People live here now. Rick (DeShantz) is generating a ton of business with his places,” says Millie’s co-owner and president Chad Townsend.

Millie’s Downtown will serve 16 flavors of ice cream, and several of them always will be unique to this location. The opening roster features year-round hits such as Chad’s vanilla and salted caramel, seasonal treats such as blueberry sorbet and roasted peach, plus Downtown-only flavors cherry-coke, peanut butter and Szechuan-roasted peach. The only winter that is coming locally on Sunday is to HBO, but Townsend already is planning for real Pittsburgh winter — ice skaters, winter market shoppers and anyone else Downtown will be able to purchase hot chocolate from the shop. 

Townsend says that his original idea for a second location was Lawrenceville, but developer Herky Pollock convinced him otherwise by taking Chad and his wife, co-owner Lauren Townsend, for a walk through Downtown. “It’s ripping down here. And now we can help add to the fun,” he says.

To kick off the fun on opening day Downtown, Townsend said that Millie’s will serve free scoops of its popular Birthday Cake ice cream. 

[246 Forbes Ave., Downtown; millieshomemade.com]

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