Try something new!
Whether you’re looking for a great donut, an ice cream treat or a massage, there are several new businesses worth checking out. Let’s take a quick spin through Happy Valley to check out what’s new and where you should go this Blue-White Weekend.
What’s better than a fresh donut? Well, a fresh donut with ice cream, of course. At Happy Buns, that’s exactly what you’ll get. The recipe is pretty straightforward — a glazed doughnut is filled with ice cream and your choice of 12 toppings — including Fruity Pebbles, Oreos and many more. Happy Buns doesn’t skimp on donut, ice cream or toppings, so be sure to take your appetite.
Happy Buns is located at 426 E. College Ave.
Maine Bay & Berry
If you love seafood, you know how hard it is to get the fresh stuff in Happy Valley. Sure, you can hit one of the area’s fine restaurants and plunk down some big bucks. Or, you can get seafood at a grocery store and roll the dice.
Well, not anymore.
Enter Maine Bay & Berry. The brainchild of Shaun Knight and Christa Stofferahn, Maine Bay & Berry sells fresh — not frozen — Maine lobster and scallops as well as Maine blueberries. How did they come up with the idea? Well, Knight taught in the Smeal College of Business for 15 years. When he taught, he would take orders for his colleagues when he returned to his hometown of Winter Harbor, Maine.
The rest, as they say, is history. What started out on a whim has grown into a full-fledged business. In addition to seafood, Maine Bay & Berry also sells things like fresh berry pies.
Maine Bay & Berry is located in The Barn at Lemont year-round. From May through December, their original location is open — located along Shiloh Road in State College, not far from the Nittany Mall and Sheetz. Be sure to check it out because the seafood runs out quickly!
Pappy Chuck’s Candy Shop
Do you miss the old fashioned candy shops that were a staple in every small town in America? Well, now you can revisit those days at Pappy Chuck’s Candy Shop, located at 125 W. Bishop St. in Bellefonte. Pappy Chuck’s isn’t your typical candy store. The storefront is in an old house in historic downtown Bellefonte. Have a sweet tooth? Pappy Chuck’s can help. Owner Chuck Kormanski plans to sell vintage candies, chocolates from Asher’s in Lewistown as well as soft serve ice cream. Take the kids and show them what candy shops were like back in the day.
OK, so this isn’t really new. If you’ve been around Happy Valley for a while, you know the name Prospector’s. The official name is Prospector’s Mount Nittany Rib Company. Its new location will be at 333 Benner Pike, a spot formerly occupied by Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.
Prospector’s menu is well-known in Happy Valley. The restaurant used to be located on Cato Avenue. That location now houses Gigi’s Southern Table. Prospector’s has a great selection of ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled pork. There will also be salads, sandwiches and Prospector’s famous sides.
The Benner Pike location will not be ready until May, but you can still get your Prospector’s fix at the Blue-White Game. Prospector’s has a stand along Curtin Road. It sells select items from its menu, including sandwiches, ribs and sides.
Revive Modern Massage
Need to de-stress? Looking for a new place to go for a massage? Well, check out Revive Modern Massage in downtown State College. Revive offers a plethora of massage services, from therapeutic massage to hot stone massage to couples massage. Prices vary depending on which type of service you choose. If you’ve never had a massage, what are you waiting for? Happy Valley’s newest massage business is located in the Allenway Building at 311 S. Allen St. in suite No. 3.
Taste Buds Kitchen
Looking for something different to do when it comes to cooking? Well, look no further than Taste Buds Kitchen, located at 331 Benner Pike in State College. Taste Buds Kitchen offers a variety of services — everything from camps, classes, birthday parties, team building, adult events and private lessons.
Maybe you need a refresher on old dishes or just want to try something new to impress your guests. Whatever the case, Taste Buds Kitchen has it. During the day, Taste Buds Kitchen features parent and child classes, but in the evenings classes are strictly for adults and those are B.Y.O.B.
To see what Taste Buds Kitchen has to offer, visit www.tastebudskitchen.com.
Not enough choices when it comes to pizza in State College? Have no fear: UR Pizza is here. The pizza joint opened its doors in March and is located at 214 Calder Way right next to Underground Burgers and Crepes. What makes UR Pizza different than all of the other pizza places in Happy Valley? Well, UR Pizza allows its customers to create their own personal-sized flatbread pizzas. The hook? The pizzas come with unlimited toppings for just $9.49.
UR Pizza is owned by Yallah Foods. There are an amazing amount of toppings, including chicken, spinach, broccoli, peppers, onions and various meats. There are more than 30,000 possible combinations.
The restaurant is open daily at 11 a.m. and will close at 10 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday. It closes at 3 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Customers have the option of dining in or taking out. Delivery is expected to be available soon.
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