For 36 years, The Nittany Quill has been providing Downtown State College with all of their stationery needs. They are an integral part of the Heart of Happy Valley.
Joy Rodgers-Merin, the owner of The Nittany Quill, believes in the unique offerings that local businesses bring to the table
“What I do here is specialized. It’s about expressing sentiments, reading, and writing. You can find something here you won’t find in a big box store. I work with small companies and get hands on products.”
Despite being able to operate online during the COVID-19 shutdown, Rodgers-Merin missed the front door being open. She is incredibly grateful to be back in her store.
“I’m brick and mortar for a reason. I want to create an environment that people can come to and enjoy.
Rodgers-Merin’s key to success has been her consistency throughout the years.
“It’s about showing up, turning on the lights. I’ve been able to adjust to the trends and pay attention to what the customers want.”
The sense of community that Downtown State College brings is important to Rodgers-Merin, which is something she missed while her doors were shut.
“Physically we’re here in the community. Downtown is a central place. When we think about us as Downtown State College, we have the type of businesses that make us cohesive. People are invested, proud, enjoying their place and have found their pride and joy.”
Rodgers-Merin wants her community to know that she is here for them in any way she can be.
“I know people by name here. We all have connections. That’s what makes a community.”
You can visit The Nittany Quill at 111 South Fraser Street in Downtown State College.