Gus & Yia Yia’s cart joins Carnegie Science Center’s railroad display

November isn’t usually a thirty day period to believe about a refreshing ice ball.

That is not stopping the Carnegie Science Centre from honoring a classic Pittsburgh beloved. It announced Wednesday that Gus & YiaYia’s Ice Ball Cart is the most recent product to be included to the Miniature Railroad & Village.

The common bright orange cart with the rainbow-coloured umbrella is a staple at West Park on the North Facet considering that 1934.

The tiny duplicate will be unveiled to the media on Nov. 17. The show, which is at the moment remaining refreshed, will open up to the general public on Nov. 18.

“Gus and YiaYia and the ice ball cart are regarded and beloved by persons all over Western Pennsylvania, and especially to those people of us who do the job and stay in the North Side community and have been fortunate to have him so shut for so lots of yrs,” explained Jason Brown, Henry Buhl Jr. director of Carnegie Science Heart, via e-mail. “With all that his family members has performed for the community for the previous 88 decades, it is only fitting that he be a emphasize of Pittsburgh’s record at the Miniature Railroad & Village.”

The cart is nonetheless run by Gus Kalaris. It marked 7 many years this summertime. The business commenced with his mom and dad, George and Pauline, who offered popcorn, peanuts, and “ice balls” — flavored shaved-ice treats.

Gus Kalaris and his late spouse, Stella, took over the cart in 1951.

Their level of popularity grew to the point the place Pittsburgh Town Council declared April 25, 2012, as Gus & YiaYia Working day.

The initial YiaYia — a phrase for “grandmother” in Greek — was Gus’ mom Pauline, although the honorific was later offered to Stella. Stella cherished remaining around little ones so a great deal that the household proven the annual Stella Kalaris scholarship after her demise in 2016.

Gus Kalaris turned 89 in January.

Kalaris, who lives in Brighton Heights, helps make the flavors — a combine of easy syrup with meals coloring and extract. The ice arrives in 50-pound blocks from DiMartino Ice Co. in Jeannette.


JoAnne Klimovich Harrop | Tribune-Critique

Gus Kalaris shaves a 50-pound block of ice at Gus & Yia Yia’s on Pittsburgh’s North Facet in April. The legendary stand will be portion of the Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village.


Kalaris claimed his father billed 3 cents for an ice ball so he could compete with Isaly’s. The price today is $1.25.

Kalaris survived kidney most cancers in 1998 and a quadruple coronary heart bypass in 1999. He’s also experienced a knee substitution. He mentioned he shed 45 days of small business previous yr mainly because of the pandemic. His wife, their youngsters and grandchildren have labored with him. The pair experienced two daughters and 4 grandchildren. The initial fantastic-grandchild was born in July.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Evaluate workers author. You can get in touch with JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or by way of Twitter .

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