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The Flying Squirrel in Carnegie offers local ice cream, retro candy and a green ethos

For Earth Day, customers could make their own milkshakes using a bicycle-powered blender

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Ice cream, candy, toys and games. The Flying Squirrel in Carnegie is like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory or something out of a childhood fantasy. But it’s also more adult than meets the eye.

“Everything we do is green. Everything’s compostable. We don’t do any plastics,” says Melanie Luke, who owns the shop, which will be celebrating its one-year anniversary in July. “We really deliberately wanted to be a green business.”

As part of its standing as Sustainable Pittsburgh gold members, the ice-cream cups at this emporium are biodegradable. And the ice cream itself is made locally: Leona’s ice-cream sandwiches and hard dips from the Pittsburgh Ice Cream company.

“Everything is locally made, locally sourced, high organics, all-natural goodness and all that stuff,” says Luke.

Flying Squirrel’s ice cream is small-batch with a rotating list of six to eight flavors every week. Past flavors have included Honey Nutter, Sturges Cider and Salty Goat Caramel. The ice-cream-sandwich varieties include blueberry/oatmeal and chocolate/whiskey fudge.

And you never know what other treats you’ll find on a visit. For Earth Day, customers could make their own milkshakes using a bicycle-powered blender; Luke says root-beer floats are in the shop’s future.
“It’s very fresh,” says Luke. “Every time someone comes in, there’s something new to taste.”

And don’t forget the candy. The Flying Squirrel sells retro and nostalgic penny candy, gum and mints. “We have a great selection of pop-culture candy,” says Luke. “It’s really strange out-of-the-box stuff.”

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