Located in Centre County, Pennsylvania, State College is a college town heavily influenced by the campus life of Penn State University and have gained the nickname “Happy Valley” for its resilience during the Great Depression. Downtown State College provide the public with essential resource, accommodation, and entertainment that stretch along College Ave and Beaver Ave. In 2010, CQ Press ranked State College as the third-safest metropolitan area in the country. They say there’s something magical about the Nittany Valley, where time just seems to stand still. Updates on the downtown area’s current affairs and additions can be located on this topic page.
Downtown News and Blogs
State College and University Police are investigating an alleged assault that occurred over the weekend after multiple social media posts regarding the incident went viral. Information is still murky and contradictory in places, but here is what we know so far.
Members of Penn State’s chapter of Phi Mu set up a charitable see-saw this morning in front of the Allen Street Gates to raise money for its beneficiary, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
As part of the University “Kill The Cup” Challenge, the HUB Starbucks is giving away 2,000 free, reusable cups yesterday and today.
The Corner Room and The Student Bookstore are coming together to create “All American Friday,” a fundraising effort benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
Sheetz, or Wawa? The age-old debate amongst college students has reared its head once more. Sheetz on Pugh Street is officially open for business.
In the beginning of the year, so much is going on that it doesn’t dawn on you until it’s almost too late: at some point, you will probably need to get a haircut in State College. We’ve got you covered. Five of our writers debated on the best place to get your hair cut in State College.
Alas, nothing, not even Happy Valley, can be perfect; that includes the food selection. There are certain restaurants some of our writers can’t seem to live without. Here are our staff picks of what other food spots should be brought to Penn State.
Only a few more days until the start of the fall semester…and as it turns out, only a few more days until we finally get to taste our coach’s legacy in beer form. According to Jay Paterno, Paterno Legacy Beer will be coming to a tap at the State College Champs this weekend.
The vacancy on South Allen street left by Chili’s will be the future home of Champs Sports Grill. A liquor license is currently pending approval by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and if all goes according to plan the restaurant will be open by October.
The Penn State Cycling Club will host the first ever Nittany Stage Race on August 1 and 2. The two-day event will feature three different types of bike races, including the state championship Pennsylvania Elite Women’s Road Race.
The Metropolitan building, located on the corner of West College Avenue and South Atherton Street, will be one of the first buildings in State College that offers amenities to both Penn State students and the State College residents.
Coming off the release of their latest album, popular indie rock band Built to Spill will play The State Theatre in September.
In the 2015 rankings from Niche, State College topped the state list for “best towns” and came in at 14th in the nation.
The ninth Summer’s Best Music Fest lineup features a slew of talented acts, including country singer Jo Dee Messina.