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Downtown Businesses Featured Prominently in State College Magazine’s “Best of State College 2016”

Every year the November issue of State College Magazine highlights “The Best of State College,” and every year we are thrilled to see so many Downtown State College businesses taking honors.  2016 is no different as 55 Downtown businesses appeared in 60 different categories with 27 gold, 30 silver, and 23 bronze finishes.  Congratulations to all these businesses who make Downtown State College so spectacular!  We appreciate you!


Appalachian Outdoors, Best Local Clothing Store
Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Best Community Event
Champs Sports Grill, Best Bloody Mary & Best Sports Bar
Chipotle, Best Burrito
Designer’s Denn Salon & Spa, Best Spa & Best Place for a Manicure
The Deli Restaurant, Best Dessert
Fiddlehead, Best Salad
Gemelli Bakers, Best Artisan Bread
The Hopshop, Best Bottle Shop
India Pavilion, Best Ethnic
Irving’s, Best Bagel & Best Breakfast Sandwich
Jersey Mike’s Subs, Best Sub
Kitchen Kaboodle, Best Place to Buy Gifts
Lauren Vaught, Evolve Studio, Best Hairstylist
The Makery, Best New Business
Moyer Jewelers, Best Jewelry Store
PNC Bank, Best Bank/Credit Union
Rapid Transit Sportswear, Best Shoe Store
The State Theatre, Best Place to see Live Music
Viva Bella Salon, Best Hair Salon for Women
Woodrings Floral Gardens, Best Florist
Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar, Best Fine Dining, Best Romantic Dining & Best Wine List


Allen Street Grill, Best Place for a Business Lunch
Avant Garden, Best Florist
Baby’s Burgers & Shakes, Best Kids’ Menu
Barefoot Shoes, Best Shoe Store
Central PA 4th Fest, Best Community Event
Champs Sports Grill, Best Local Hot Sauce & Best Wings
Chuck Fong, Studio 2 Photography, Best Local Photographer
Designer’s Denn Salon & Spa, Best Hair Salon for Women & Best Massage
Green Bowl, Best Vegetarian Offerings
Harper’s, Best Local Clothing Store
Herwig’s Austrian Bistro, Best Ethnic
Kendra Schriefer, Designer’s Denn Salon & Spa, Best Hairstylist
Liberty Craft House, Best Beer Selection
Local Whiskey, Best Bar for the Over-30 Crowd (tie), Best Lunch Special & Best Mixed Drink
Mad Mex, Best Burrito & Best Mexican/SW Grill
The Makery, Best Community Space
Panera Bread, Best Bagel & Best Soup
Primanti Bros., Best Sports Bar
Sadie’s Gourmet Waffles, Best Pancake/Crepe/Waffle
Saint’s Café, Best Coffee Shop & Best Cup of Coffee
Schlow Centre Region Library, Best Place for After-School Activities (tie)
Viva Bella Salon, Best Place for a Men’s Haircut
Your Cigar Den, Best Customer Service


Bagel Crust, Best Bagel
Champs Sports Grill, Best Appetizer & Best Happy Hour
Connections, Best Local Clothing Store
Downtown State College Farmers Market, Best Farmers Market
Erica Kauffman, Lila Yoga, Best Yoga Instructor
Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Best Burger & Best French Fries
India Pavilion, Best Vegetarian Offerings
Irving’s, Best Breakfast Place
Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Best Sub
Kranich’s Jewelers, Best Jewelry Store
Little Szechuan, Best Asian
Looks Hair Design, Best Place for a Men’s Haircut
Panera Bread, Best Artisan Bread
Schlow Centre Region Library, Best Community Space
Spats Café & Speakeasy, Best Romantic Dining
Starbucks, Best Cup of Coffee
Tadashi, Best Sushi
The Corner Room, Best Kids’ Menu
Your Cigar Den, Best Place to Buy Gifts
Zeno’s Pub, Best Beer Selection & Best Place to See Live Music

To see the complete list of Gold, Silver and Bronze winners, read the State College Magazine article.