Carrying on the Community Connection

Since 1996, Connections has been styling State College and giving some flair to the heart of Happy Valley. Bob Steinbach, the original owner of the business, has been operating businesses in State College since 1969. However, in the last few years, Theresa Ritzman took over the business and has continued what Steinbach started. Ritzman was […]

Welcome Crust & Crumb Cafe!

Downtown State College welcomed Crust & Crumb Cafe, located on 115 E. Beaver Avenue, on August 25, 2020. Amber Winkler, the head chef and owner of Crust & Crumb Cafe, did not always have this cafe in her plans, but one chance internet search later, and she had found somewhere to indulge in her culinary […]

A Well Honed Craft, a Local Family Tradition: Custom Shoe Repair

Since 1966, the Card family has been in business with Custom Shoe Repair in Downtown State College, bringing something different to the heart of Happy Valley. Even in 2020, there is still a cobbler here in State College. Angelo Card, the owner of Custom Shoe Repair, is a State College local. “It’s home. We were […]

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 […]