Appalachian Outdoors: Outfitting Happy Valley since 1974

Since 1974, Appalachian Outdoors has been a part of the Heart of Happy Valley. They may have moved locations throughout the years, but their heart is here. Geoff Brugler, the owner of Appalachian Outdoors, started his business back when “The Old Guard” (the older generation of Happy Valley business owners) were still large and in […]

For the Love of Art: Uncle Eli’s & Douglas Albert Gallery

For 50 years, Uncle Eli’s Artist Marketplace and Frame Shop has been supplying artists in State College. For 39 years, Douglas Albert Gallery has been sharing the love of art with our State College community. Douglas Albert started Uncle Eli’s while he was still a student, and he prides himself on having something for every […]

McLanahan’s: Getting to Know You for 117 Years

For 117 years, McLanahan’s has been “doing the blue” in Downtown State College. While their location has changed several times and they’ve expanded, the quality of this State College staple has not changed. Ray Agostinelli, the current owner of McLanahan’s, has been in State College since 1958 when he attended Penn State. After he graduated […]

Growing Tree Toys & The Animal Kingdom: Fostering Family Fun

The State College community has always been family friendly. Growing Tree Toys and The Animal Kingdom have been bringing the childlike spirit to the Heart of Happy Valley for years. While the businesses were here before her, Lindsay Williamson, the current owner, is proud to have continued the legacy of having family friendly places to […]

The Tavern: Honoring Tradition & Embracing Innovation

Back in 1948, The Tavern was started by two KDR fraternity brothers who were World War II veterans. Today, The Tavern stands strong and is a key part of the heart of Happy Valley. Pat Daugherty, the owner of The Tavern, wants the public to have a place to feel comfortable and celebrate their big […]

The State Theatre: An Historic Landmark & Cultural Hub

When The State Theatre reopened in 2006, it has become a huge part of the Heart of Happy Valley. The State Theatre prides itself on having something for everyone. With the largest screen in the county and being Centre County’s only non-profit performing arts center, The State Theatre is a hub of arts and culture […]

Joy, Nostalgia & Sentiment make The Nittany Quill Noteworthy

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. […]

Balfurd Cleaners has been Tailoring to the Community for 93 Years

For 93 years, Balfurd Cleaners has been helping the State College community look great and save time. This fourth-generation family owned business is a big part of the Heart of Happy Valley. As a local business, the main goal and key to their success has been meeting the needs of their customers. “We started as […]

The Creative Energy of The Makery

For five years, The Makery has been bringing joy and creativity to Downtown State College. Amy Frank, the owner of The Makery, is thankful to be a part of this “very special community.” Owned and operated by all women, The Makery contributes to the community in many ways, bringing 200 to 300 families downtown every […]